Global Giving matching 50% on two AIL projects
1073 - Save rural Afghan women with healthcare and 1155 Fast track education
Afghan Institute of Learning
The Afghan Institute of Learning.
In 17 years reached 11 million people
The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is committed to bringing quality education, healthcare and peace and dignity to the Afghan people as they struggle to overcome poverty, oppression, economic devastation, and injustice wrought by the last thirty years of war and sectarian violence.
AIL works with all people and is there for all the disadvantaged who need help. Approximately 70% of the direct beneficiaries of AIL's programs are female but men and boys also need the chance to make changes in their lives and communities. That opportunity, the chance to make a small change, is what makes a huge difference in people's lives.
The mission of AIL is to provide education, training and health services to vulnerable Afghans in order to foster self-reliance, critical thinking skills, and community participation throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan.
AIL is an Afghan, women run, non-governmental organization (NGO) which was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi to help address the crisis of poor access to education and health services for Afghan people, especially women and children. When people cannot support their lives, this has a huge impact on Afghan society as a whole.
AIL’s internationally recognized work plays a major role by creating or reconstructing education and health systems capable of reaching the women and children and men of Afghanistan--whether in refugee camps or in their homeland. AIL’s visionary programs have had a major impact and are now being replicated by the Afghan government and other NGOs in the region.
AIL has offices in Kabul and Herat, Afghanistan and in Peshawar, Pakistan and 70% of its employees are women. AIL has offered preschool through university education, training opportunities to teachers in interactive, critical thinking methodologies and training for members of civil society in subjects such as human rights, women’s rights, leadership, and peace. AIL also provides health education and health care through its clinics, health outreach to places such as orphanages and schools and through the wide reaching Community Health Workers Program.
AIL believes that an educated people are the key to a future developed Afghanistan. With that in mind, AIL works to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed by expanding their education and health opportunities and by fostering self-reliance and community participation. AIL’s goals are to lay a foundation for quality education and good health for years to come and to provide comprehensive education and health services to Afghan women and children, so that they can support and care for themselves.
AIL requires community participation in all of its projects whether educational or health related, believing that the best results are achieved when everyone is invested and integral to the project. AIL will only take on a project when the community has requested help and then AIL works closely with community leaders in the development and implementation. This visionary strategy has contributed to the fact that communities now contribute 30 to 50 percent of the resources needed for a project some even provide 90% of the cost with AIL providing administrative and teacher training, oversight and a small amount of funding for partial salaries. These community contributions can come in many forms, including volunteer help, assistance with security, and donated space, materials, and supplies. This direct contribution strengthens the community’s involvement in, and ownership of the project and is part of the underlying mission of creating self sustaining development.
Another of AIL’s innovative strategies is to take a holistic approach to its provision of services. AIL believes people need to receive health care but also at the same time health education so the cycle of illness and disease can be broken. Teachers need training in new interactive teaching methodologies but also need to know about peace, leadership, health and human rights so they can pass these onto their students. Illiterate women come to centers to learn an income generating skill like sewing but are encouraged to also enter classes to learn to read and write and do math.
AIL has a track record of years of success in Afghanistan and has received recognition in news coverage (see News page) and national and international awards (see Awards page). We also see success reflected in the confidence of our continuing supporters whether corporate, foundations or members of the public. We are grateful for their help.