Thank you for all you have contributed towards AIL’s goal of educating the women and children of Afghanistan. While the conditions in Afghanistan are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with.
This year, AIL has had many exciting successes. Some of these include:
- The expectant mothers workshops continue to be incredibly successful. To date, 413 women have participated in the workshops, 206 of whom were pregnant women, and 207 were their birth helpers. Of these, 118 reported back to AIL about their births and there was only stillbirth. This result is far below Afghanistan’s 10.3% infant mortality rate. While the purpose of this workshop was to educate women so that they could have a safer home birth, AIL has found that most women choose to deliver at a clinic after attending the workshop, which is unique in Afghanistan where most women will deliver at home.
- AIL piloted a mobile literacy program where two classes of female students were given cell phones and taught to use them to supplement their learning in literacy classes. These girls were able to advance through three levels of literacy classes in only five months, a feat which normally takes 18 months.
- AIL hosted a love and forgiveness conference in Afghanistan featuring the poetry of Rumi. This conference was so well received that AIL is now developing smaller workshops based on the conference. Many who heard about the conference are asking for AIL to host workshops on the subject in their village. AIL sees the impact that these workshops are having on the people of Afghanistan, especially the young people, and is excited to spread the message of love and forgiveness further.
- AIL has received a donation from a corporate donor that has allowed us to begin teaching more advanced computer classes along with English classes. If the students understand English, they are enrolled in the computer class. If their English is not advanced enough, the students are enrolled in classes which will give them the skills they need to take the computer classes. So far this year, 758 students have participated in these new classes, 504 of whom were women.
Through August 2012 over 11,155 Afghans have attended classes in AIL’s schools and centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 7503 of whom were women. AIL has provided workshops on topics such as leadership, health and human rights to 1147 Afghan women and girls. 579 female teachers have been trained in workshops offered by AIL. 101,597 patients have been treated in AIL’s clinics, the majority of whom are women and children. At these same clinics, 89,678 Afghans received health education through information at the clinics, workshops and information from Community Health Workers.
AIL continues to offer education and health care to Afghan women and girls in a culturally sensitive manner. With your support, AIL is looking forward to being able to continue offering new and innovative programs to continue improving the lives of the women and girls of Afghanistan.
Don’t forget! The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!