Mission: AIL has 2 offices in Afghanistan that are dedicated to improving and increasing healthcare and education opportunities for poor Afghans, especially women and children. AIL also provides training in leadership, democracy, human rights and much more, including training teachers in modern methods. AIL also provides emergency aid, legal aid and culture revival classes. AIL previously worked in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan for many years.
Results: Since 1995, AIL has trained over 28,000 teachers, treated over 2.9 million patients and given health education to 3 million and impacted the education of 448,000 students. Through all its programming over two decades, AIL has impacted the lives of 15 million Afghan women, children and men.
Target demographics: Needy Afghans, especially women and children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 28,000 students, 246,0000 patients and provided health education to 177,000
Geographic areas served: Afghanistan
Programs: education, health services, health education, culture revival, legal aid and emergency aid and training, including teacher training, supporting private radio station, and leadership and computing classes in private Afghan schools
Established in 1995, I became aware of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1996 when they were still helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan. I was very impressed by their grassroots, community-based approach to providing education, training and health services to Afghans, particularly to women and children. AIL actually listened to the Afghans they were working with and provided services that they requested and, in turn, asked for input from the people. In this way, a partnership was formed and the community members had a stake in the project. Since the beginning of their programs in 1996, with a budget of $30,000, AIL has now grown to serve over 350,000 women and children annually in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and has reached over 8 million Afghans since 1996. They are a visionary organization that has provided the basic building blocks for the Afghans themselves to transform their country.