Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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Education Update

We are working hard to provide as many women and  girls as we can with a quality education. Women who are educated support the education of their daughters. So far in 2015, 9,904 adolescent girls are attending  AIL classes in Afghanistan. There are classes in math, literacy, sewing, English, Arabic, Dari and many other topics. Girls are also learning about health, leadership, elections, democracy and civil society. Lives are changing because minds are being opened to knowledge and self belief.

A student called Masouma said, “ I wasn’t doing anything when I came to this center.  But they put me in literacy class and now I can read and write and soon I will be ready, and they will put me through public school. I want to continue my education as long as I can. I want to thank AIL, it has been a great opportunity for me.I don’t know what I would be doing without the center or the classes here.”

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends,

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So far in 2015, AIL Learning Centers have educated over 20,000 students and transformed the lives of many women and girls. The health program has provided care to over 129,000 people  and health education to 82,000! Your donation will help AIL to continue providing vital education and health services!

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Thank you.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that this Thursday, August 6 I will be a guest on Beth Green’s radio program, the Inner Revolution. I invite you to listen live, from 6-7pm ET (3-4pm PT) as we discuss my programs in Afghanistan, including the Classes that this project supports. Thursday’s show is titled “The Other Side of Afghan Women: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and See Courage in Action!” and the description is as follows:

Honored for her courage and vision, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is human like us, yet has had to face daunting conditions, which continue to the present day. In 1990, Sakena returned from the US to establish education, health and training programs in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. In 1995 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning to continue her work. But when the Taliban took power, they devastated women’s rights, including access to education. Instead of crumbling, Sakena worked with communities to establish home schools. The resulting years have seen an astounding litany of accomplishments including the rebuilding of Afghan society. How has she done it? How did her organization found 80 secret schools under the Taliban at the risk of death? And what about today? Although no longer in control of the national government, the Taliban and repressive attitudes toward women still have a hold. What’s happening now? We often see the anguish of Afghan women. Tune in and see the courage.

I will share stories of the wonderful women and girls supported by the Afghan Institute of Learning. Girls like E., a 19-year old Afghan studying in a Mobile Literacy Class at one of AIL’s centers, and supported by you. Stories like this one:

“Hello. I am E., and I am 19 years old. I think this mobile literacy class is so interesting. Before coming to this class I didn’t know anything at all, and since coming I have learned how to read and write, like really read and write, you know? Since learning to communicate with my friends and family via mobile messages, I have made many new friends. I can also manage all of the settings of my phone as well. After this class I plan on taking more classes so that I can use what I have learned here to learn even more. Thanks AIL and Professor Sakena Yacoobi for making it possible for me to attend this class and to change my whole life.”

You can click this link for more information about Thursday’s broadcast. I hope that you will make time to listen!

 Warm Regards,

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Beth Green
Beth Green
Students in an AIL Classroom
Students in an AIL Classroom
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.



AIL Learning Center
AIL Learning Center

Dear Friends,

 Thank you so much for your generous support of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).

 We’d like to share with you the words of the manager of an AIL Learning Center. She says, “I was not an active member of society. I was trying to build my capacity, but when I faced problems I was not able to solve them and it was painful for me. I was talking about this with some colleagues, but they did not encourage me. I decided to start searching for solutions on my own, and I learned that AIL is conducting workshops to empower members of civil society in different areas of this life. I took part in an AIL Leadership workshop and learned many ways to be a leader. After participating in the workshop, I felt such a big change in my career. Even my colleagues noticed a change in my behavior and ideas, and began to put more trust in me. Each month I took part in a different AIL workshop; workshops like leadership, report writing, women’s rights, advanced leadership, management and many other kinds of workshops that AIL held at their office. Through these workshops, day by day my knowledge increased and I was soon ready to conduct workshops of my own to people who held high positions in my province and in the provincial council. I learned this leadership from AIL and am now able to solve other people’s problems. It was my goal to teach this knowledge to others, and AIL gave me the chance to achieve my goal. After a time as a trainer, with support from AIL, I was able to establish a Learning Center in my village. I now share our programs with people from all over our province, and with people from other organizations. We are able to offer training and education to young girls and women; training and education that helps them to be able to support themselves and their families and to lead healthier lives.”

 By offering trainings and workshops, AIL was able to help this woman build the capacity, leadership skills and eventually empower her to establish a Learning Center in her village, which now serves about 175 girls each month, in classes such as sewing, literacy and Arabic.

 Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful support of AIL. We are so grateful to each and every one of you!!


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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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