_ AIL Founder Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and co founder of CHI. Dr. Yacoobi founded AIL in 1995 to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children.
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Who We Are
__ The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is an Afghan non-governmental organization (NGO) which was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, to help address the problem of inadequate access for Afghans, especially women and children, to education and health services. We are a group of dedicated people working hard each day to provide for the most needy in our society. We are striving for a balanced and peaceful Afghanistan in which all people are valued and have educational opportunity, good health care and economic opportunity.
We have grown in size and scope over the past decade and now reach tens of thousands with education and hundreds of thousands with health services. AIL, as an organization, is primarily run by Afghan women, employs 70% women and is playing an important part in reconstructing education and health systems in communities in our country. Our visionary programs have had a major impact on Afghanistan and its people and have been replicated or adopted by the Afghan government and other NGOs.
AIL has offered preschool through university education, training opportunities to teachers in critical thinking methodologies and to members of civil society in subjects, such as human rights, women’s rights, leadership and peace. In addition, AIL provides health education and health care through its clinics and Community Health Workers. Most recently AIL has encouraged Afghans to recover their culture through a cultural arts program and workshops on love and forgiveness and poetry and projects of renewal such as greening the environment.
AIL’s goals are to lay a foundation for quality education and healthcare that will survive for years to come ensuring comprehensive education and health services is available for all Afghans so that they can support and take care of themselves and their families.
AIL is the success that it is today because of the quality of its staff and their training and the quality services that they provide, but also because of the courage of the individuals and communities who have come to AIL for education, training and healthcare. These people are forging a different path in life for themselves and forging a new Afghanistan.
Thank you for your interest in AIL and its work and the strong and capable people of Afghanistan.
Mission StatementThe 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 Board of Directors
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, President* Dr. Malalai Salim*Ms. Zakia Ibrahimi*Ms. Khadija Haida*Ms. Jamila Alokozai*Ms. Hamida Zia*Mr. Wali Shah Bahra*Mr. Ehsan Ahmad Sahel*Mr. Ali Akbar Zarin*Ms. Maryam Ismati