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Central Asia Institute's focus is on community-based education programs especially for girls. By August 2006, CAI has established or supports over 55 (mostly rural) schools with an enrollment of over 22,000 students, including 11,000 girls.
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Central Asia Institute supports and promotes community-based education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote regions of Central Asia. Over 150 million children in the world (age 5-14) are deprived of education due to poverty, slavery, sexual discrimination, racial discrimination, racism and religious intolerance, and the cost of educating each child in the third world is about $1 per month per child. Several global studies show that a (at least) fifth grade education level for girls, is the most significant factor in imporverished societies to: 1. Decrease Infant Mortality Rates 2. Decrease / Stabilize Population Growth 3. Significantly improve the basic quality of health and life quality over a generation In Pakistan and Afghanistan, CAI''s projects focus on girl''s education, literacy and basic health education.
After the October 2005, Pakistan earthquake in Azad Kashmir, CAI has launched about two dozen community-based initiatives to help support ongoing education and schools for children. In Afghanistan, we are the first and one of few organizations helping to promote education initiatives in the remote regions of the Wakhan corridor, and other provinces like Kunar, Khost, Nanghahar, Wardak, Panjshir, Takhar, and Nuristan. CAI''s community projects are primarily located in remote, underserved regions where few organizations work. Often, CAI works in regions where the literacy rate is less than 5% and one out of three babies born alive dies before age one.

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David Starnes joins CAI team as new executive director Will move to Bozeman in late Febuary. Central Asia Institute announced today that it has hired a new executive director, David Starnes. David, a 57-year-old father of three, will join us in late February after winding down his work with ... more »
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I am not a little disturbed by your information on Central Asia Institute, as it is badly out of date. Greg Mortenson resigned as Executive Director some time ago and recently has left its Board of Directors in order to preserve what has been an important mission of both Mortenson and the Institute... more »
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I feel Greg Mortenson is one of the great men of the world and question whether that can be said about 60 Minutes or Jon Krachauer. One of the reviewers commented that his was an impartial report. How do we know that? Obviously, Mortenson is not necessarily good at handling money and it appears ... more »
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