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Central Asia Institute

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Causes: International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Vision: To unlock the full potential of girls and women through education. When girls and women thrive, their families, communities, and nations prosper. Educate a girl. Change the world. Mission: To promote education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women, in the remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Results: Central Asia Institute was established in 1996, since then we have initiated around 500 projects and helped hundreds of thousands of people across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Target demographics: empowering girls and women in Central Asia

Direct beneficiaries per year: 63,647 people

Geographic areas served: Central Asia

Programs: building and repairing schools, providing support to schools and students, women's vocational centers & literacy programs, public health programs, community programs, teacher training programs and scholarship programs.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie B.7

Donor

Rating: 5

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." An eternally famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, and one of the many reasons why I have chosen to dedicate my life to education, and one of the reasons why I chose to donate to CAI. Thru the CAI institute, children from some of the most impoverished part of our world can receive an education that they so deserve. An education that will allow them to be the positive change we all wish to see in our world.

Starry S.

Donor

Rating: 5

To dedicate one's life to serving the most remote areas of the world is a testimony to that person's love of others. We have lived in Asia and the Middle East and have witnessed the need of those who are denied an education because they must devote their lives to working and to keeping their families alive. After reading "Three Cups of Tea" we were amazed at the love and dedication that Mr Mortensen and his colleagues have for those who live in the most remote parts of our world. Education is more than "reading and writing and arithmetic", it is the essential base of learning and achieving goals, of realizing that those goals can be met, and that there are more goals that will be met in the future. Learning is essential to peace and prosperity in one's family, one's town, one's country, and the world. Central Asia Institute not only builds schools, their teachers build their pupils' strength to move forward, and to dream of and achieve the goals that once seemed unattainable. As a teacher, I know that Central Asia Institute is a leader and an example for all of us.

Ray L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

From reading the first book by Greg Morrtenson, Stones into Schools, I have been impressed with the work accomplished by CAI. So much better to educate the girls, women and children to change a culture away from violence and repression to a sustainable society. Thanks you for what you do and have accomplished over the years.

Donor

Rating: 5

CAI is helping girls in Central Asia in ways nobody (including their own governments) has ever done. CAI builds, furnishes, and staffs schools where girls can become literate and be active participants in their communities. CAI communicates these girls' life stories to donors and the general public frequently and well, with good photography, so we can see the benefits. Every dollar I send them is well spent (and I'm rather picky about charities I send money to!) Greg Mortensen had a vision of helping those who live beyond the ends of roads; and CAI has made it a reality. CAI has assembled groups of people who work "on the ground," facing great difficulties and geological hazards all the time, and whose courage should be applauded. Sincerely, Anne Paterson.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great concept to have a charity that empowers women by making possible for them to get an education for the first time ever. Central Asia Institute does that and more by building schools in remote locations in war torn areas, providing teachers and books, and supporting the dreams of all children through their safe schools initiative. My money is well spent by CAI, and I look forward to reading of their success each year.

Donor

Rating: 5

After reading Three Cups of Tea, the journey began. This is a good place to put your money where you mouth is to make a difference in peoples' lives. When we make other peoples' lives better, we all reap the benefit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a firm believer that the road to peace is through education and empowerment of women in developing countries. The Central Asia Institute is the embodiment of this effort through their work in educating the young across Central Asia.Every dollar donated is multiplied many times in the value of the education provided. Excellent work,

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years ago, I read the book Three Cups of Tea. This so inspired me regarding the non-education of girls and even just poor or isolated children that I began donating and have continued at least 1-2x/year. I was taught by my immigrant father that education is the true key out of poverty and oppression. When you educate, especially a girl, they will in turn educate their children.

Susan368

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting CAI for many years. I love their emphasis on the education of women and girls, as it has long been shown that this can improve the health and well-being of the whole family and the community.

Deborah G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the very few charities that I donate to. They build and staff schools for girls in areas of the world that tend to deny education around women. Through CAI women in these areas are being empowered by being educated! I could think of no greater organization than this!

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that the work that the Central Asia Institute does is very important not only to the women and children that it helps and educates, but to the possibility of future peace, empowerment, education and progress in the region where the work is done. CAI has a long-term view and strategy of which a vital part is the inclusion and involvement of local communities and partners. Many nonprofits present themselves as solutions while excluding the local people, cultures and beliefs. This is the antithesis of CAI's founding creed, activities and actions. That is why I have supported them for a number of years now; I believe in their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

Doing important work for women and girls in area where they are undervalued.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Greg in 1993 and fell in love with the Karakoram too. I still go there every year with www.K2Trekking.com , and groups of men and women of all ages and abilities who love trekking, beautiful mountains and the wonderful kind hearted people of the Karakoram. I am currently organizing and leading another fun and interesting group for summer of 2019. I look forward to chatting to folks who are interested in going on this trek, which is probably the best basecamp trek in the world. Please do contact me to learn more at danielmazur@summitclimb.com and 360-570-0715 . Looking forward to further discussion, to meeting, and to trekking together! -Dan

Donor

Rating: 4

CAI's focus on education is the basis of my support. It is my belief that women are the change agents for the world. Providing support for the education of all while ensuring opportunities especially for young women and girls is a significant mission of CAI. Educated young women have more opportunities and can, if they choose, have sons and daughters that they pass the importance of education on to. Taking the world out of the clutches of mystics and religious zealots starts with a strong educational foundation. It is the only path forward to the survival of our species and a world worth living on.
Carry on CAI!

1 Suzanne Harrington M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so moved by reading “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones for Schools” and learning all the life changing work done by CAI that I donate what I can when I can to this day. I was honored to meet and speak with Greg Mortenson when he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Simmons College in Boston. Simmons is celebrating its 114 Commencement this year and shares CIA’s passion for educating women to be leaders and to make a difference in their community and the world. It’s an important mission and I wholeheartedly support CIA and their wonderful work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I developed my small travel bag business in 2014 to help raise funds so girls in impoverished areas of the world might gain access to education. As a teacher, I was looking for an organization I could partner with where my donation money might make the biggest impact. I considered several different organizations that effectively achieve this goal, but Central Asia Institute stood out because of the rural underserved areas where they work, and the grass roots approach they use in building, staffing and maintaining the schools they help build. By choosing to act as an assistant to a village wanting a school, where the village is committed to helping in various aspects of the schools creation and ongoing work, CAI finds the right balance in helping a dream come true in rural towns and villages. In order to be effective and successful long term, the people who these schools serve need to be fully vested. For these reasons and many more, my education donation dollars go to CAI.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I served in Afghanistan from 2006-2011 as a civilian advisor to the Afghanistan government. In my travels I saw first hand the great education program that Central Asia Institute provides. An excellent non-profit service to the children of Central Asia.

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Donor

Rating: 4

It has been our pleasure to support the work of the Central Asian Institute for the past 10 years. We believe strongly in their mission to enducate young people, especially women, in this area of the world (Afganistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan). The work they are about is of value not just to the individual student, but to the development of their countries and to the future of the world. CAI is building bridges between the people the world over. We appreciate the way in which they keep us, as donors, informed about their work and their mission. We will continue to play our part this great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Asia Institute stands out from other education-focused and women-focused nonprofits in its dedication to its mission: to promote girls' and women's education and livelihood skills in the most remote areas of some of the most dangerous places on earth. They work where others won't, or never have, giving thousands a chance at education that they would never otherwise have.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Asia Institute has one of the most valuable missions for the future of the societies in Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Empowering girls and women through education has the potential to change the futures of these countries in innumerable ways. I applaud these incredibly dedicated staff here in the US and overseas for their work to make the world a better place now and in the future.