Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!! So a donation of $20 on March 16th only will be worth $40!! Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

50% Match Available!  We would love your help!  

There are 50% matching funds available for donations made to your project and  these 2 projects through GLOBAL GIVING UK starting TODAY 9am ET March 7th to 14th. Funds will run out quickly! 

Please note: You must go to GG UK site at this link NOT Global Giving.org. All donations are final. Please check leaderboard to see if matching funds still available. Here are the projects: 

 921     Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

1155     Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Online donations up to 500 UK pounds per unique donor per project get the match. So you can donate to more than one project.   

AIL is changing lives every day. In 2015, a total of 22,096 (14,616 female) students attended classes at AIL Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The classes offered vary from site to site depending on the community requests. They can include English and computers together with the perennial favorites of literacy, math and sewing. AIL is also promoting Afghan culture by providing lessons in carpet weaving, tile making, miniature painting, calligraphy and many other traditional Afghan crafts. One popular class is Mobile Literacy where students start out with little knowledge of reading and many end up reading at 4th grade level in only 4 months!. A recent class of 30 female students that finished at the end of September had results of 25 students reading at 4th grade and 5 at 3rd grade level by the end of the course.

Here are the words of one student, "My name is Latifa. From the day that I joined the Mobile Literacy class I felt a big and observable change in my life. In this class in addition to reading and writing we learned about new technology. On the first day, we were excited from the moment our teacher started teaching as we got how interesting it is. Now I can read and write and also I can message to my family and friends."

Your donation will help AIL to provide educational opportunity to poor Afghan women and girls. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

AIL runs 24 Learning Centers in Herat Province which served  17,813  people including, 11,592  women and girls in 2015. One of the centers is for the disabled and there are 30 residents including 5 women. The center provides them a place to learn and receive care as there are 3 nursing staff on hand. Most recently the center opened a library to help with the residents' education and for enjoyment. This resident’s comments explain what the center means to the people.

“My name is Fariba. I am a 21 years old woman. I am disabled because of my legs and I can’t walk. I am not feeling any mental disability since I came to this center. The nurses helped me get out of a dangerous depression. I never believed in my abilities and I thought I was useless, but I found out about my capacity here. I have a lot of new friends and study literacy here. My mind has changed I have got good feelings about myself and I believe that I can do a lot of good things. I go to the city in my wheelchair a few times a week and attend classes where I learn to live happily and love others in the community. I have also learned about leadership and I have made big decisions for my future.”

This center helps women cope with their disability and look to learn new skills. Many students are now attending regular school and 11 are at university.

We are thankful for your continued support for Learning Centers for women in Herat. Together, we are making a difference in Afghan lives.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We thank you for the support you have given in 2015. Your giving has changed lives in many Afghan communities.  There are only a few more days left in 2015 and donations of any amount are always welcome! 

If you want to take advantage of this donation option - AIL has two projects in the 2015-16 Safer World Fund at Global Giving.

Safer World Fund is offering a 50% matching donation up to $1,500 per donor per project (until funds run out or the project gets the maximum match of $15,000.)

Just think! Your donation of $40 to help women with healthcare will be worth $60 AND your donation of $40 to Afghan education will be worth $60. The matching funds are limited time, so make your donation now!

Two eligible Projects:

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Children 

Education changes lives! Here is a story proving that!

Fatima was brought to the girls’ orphanage in Herat when she was about 8 years old by her relatives.  Both of her parents had died and she had no brothers or sisters.  She was very unhappy and devastated when she came.  She went to school and, when AIL began working with the girls’ orphanage setting up a Learning Center and offering computer and tailoring classes in the afternoon, she joined them.  She is now in the 8th grade and has excellent computer and tailoring skills.  She works for a small NGO in Herat teaching their students tailoring and doing their computer work.  They are paying her so she has begun to earn money for herself.  All of this has transformed her!!  She is happy, always helping the younger students with their homework and is looking forward to finishing high school, going to university and becoming a teacher.

There are 14,363 women and girls being educated at AIL Learning Centers each year. Through education women are empowered to take responsibility and direct the course of their lives and then they improve the lives of their families.

2015 Newsletter attached with information on the Afghan Institute of Learning!

Thank you for your support.  Best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Creating Hope International and the Afghan Institute of Learning.


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Latest News!!

Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to share some great news! GlobalGiving has chosen to feature our project, Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women, as part of their GlobalGiving Global Goals initiative. In celebration of the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals at UN Week, GlobalGiving is highlighting three projects working to achieve each new goal.

They are featuring our project because we’re one of their highest-ranked partners that’s committed to learning and effectiveness.  Hopefully this means more exposure for our organization to a broader network individual, corporate, and institutional supporters looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please help us spread the word! Check it out here, where we’re featured under Goal 5: GlobalGiving Global Goals initiative.

Education is transformative. The women and girls who come to AIL Learning Centers grow and develop in knowledge, thinking skills and self- confidence. They realize they are capable and seek more opportunity to learn and grow. This story shows this transformative effect.

I am Zahra and I am 22 years old and one of the sewing class students. Here at the center I have learned sewing in six months and now I am working outside of the center in my own business. Before coming here, we were totally broke and disappointed since we all had no job and no income in the family whatsoever. I couldn’t do anything, there was nothing that I could do. After I heard about this center, I came and started literacy and sewing. I had never been to school before and never did sewing and it was a big challenge and opportunity for me. After a while at the literacy classes, I learned how to read and write and then I started studying on my own.  I started sewing classes and it took me a while till I learned the skills and started working seriously. Now besides working at the center, I am also working at home, sewing and I am almost the only bread winner of home!”

So far in 2015, there have been 14,309 females taking classes in AIL Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Happy Giving Tuesday! and thank you for your support!

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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