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Alliance For International Women's Rights

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Women, Womens Studies

Mission: AIWR's mission is to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.

Results: AIWR currently provides its long-distance English and Mentor Programs to approximately 55 women and girls. Since 2005, AIWR has provided its program to over 400 women and girls.

Target demographics: AIWR works to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50 Afghan women and girls.

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan and Nepal

Programs: AIWR's English Program: The purpose of the English Program is to increase the English capacity of Afghan women leaders and future women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one English classes. By improving their English skills, Afghan women and girls can more easily reach out to the international community for education, information, advice and funding, as well as sharing their experiences with the world. The English Program matches Afghan women and girls with experienced, volunteer English teachers from the U.S. and other Western, English-speaking countries. Each student and teacher pair meet on-line twice a week, via Skype™, for live English classes, using both voice and instant messaging features. In addition to providing individualized English lessons to Afghan women and girls, the classes provide both the students and teachers with a unique opportunity to directly meet and learn about each others’ cultures. This unique cultural exchange helps to build better understanding and stronger relationships between the Western world and Afghanistan, one person at a time. AIWR's Mentor Program: The Mentor Program helps build the capacity of Afghan women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one mentoring relationships with American women mentors. The Mentor Program selects qualified American women professionals to provide long-distance mentoring to Afghan women and girls in the subject matter of the mentor’s expertise. The mentor and mentee meet weekly via Skype’s free computer-to-computer phone and instant messaging service. One example of our Mentor Program includes a team of Seattle women attorneys who have been mentoring Afghan women human rights attorneys twice a week via Skype. The mentoring sessions focus on English legal and political terminology relevant to the Afghan attorneys’ work, including discussing the legal and political terminology in the Afghan Constitution and comparing it to other countries’ constitutions. The Mentor Program also provides editing and writing support to its Afghan partner organizations. For example, Mentor Program Volunteers assist Afghan partners with writing and editing documents that have been translated into English, such as grant proposals, website materials, brochures, articles, letters, and reports. By having Alliance Volunteers assist with editing, research and writing, the partner organizations are able to improve their standing and communication with the international community and donors and more effectively reach out to the world.

Community Stories

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer English teacher since February and I am proud to work alongside these amazing people in the organization. We have Skype sessions twice a week. The students learn English while discussing everyday topics, such as work, chores, likes and dislikes, and general experiences. We also learn about each other's cultures. AIWR gives them the opportunity of getting to know other countries and ways of living (I've joined from Argentina!), and the girls are eager to learn! The experience so far has been incredible, as I have been able to interact with wonderful young women from Afghanistan who have shown me how important it is to fight for your future no matter the odds. AIWR is a professional, well-organized non-profit which helps to make a positive difference in the world. I'm so glad to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer ESL teacher with AIWR in collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar, Afghanistan since January 2017. This is an excellent non-profit run by a passionate, highly organised staff with a clear and pressing goal; to connect women and girls across the world in the advancement of global womens' rights, one relationship at a time. The program is conceptually robust, culturally sensitive and gives much to both teachers and students. I give them my full recommendation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Alliance for almost two years. I treasure the contact with the young women I've tutored. My third student is an appellate court judge. I am inspired by her. I look forward to our tutorials/conversations every week. I am in the position of learning far more than the student. The Alliance is an amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer in this organisation for three years. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as improve yourself as a teacher and put your skills into use. The coordinators are really helpful, and you never feel alone when you have a problem. I'm glad to be working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for AIWR the first time this year, after putting off volunteering for them for the past ten years. The team at AIWR are extremely supportive and enthusiastic about the program, which in addition to knowing the valuable purpose of offering education to females in disadvantaged regions, offers great motivation to volunteers to deliver meaningful lessons. AIWR genuinely wants to make a difference. They are not just a token presence. There is thought-through feedback built into each student's course, so that progress can be formally recorded by the teachers. I felt extremely rewarded at the end of my volunteer shift to hear my student say that she was going to attempt entry into a dental school. I would definitely advocate anyone with time to spare to volunteer with AIWR.

Scarlett C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AIWR for 10 years, and it's been an amazing part of my life. I am honored to work with so many incredible volunteers to support women and girls in Afghanistan and Nepal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Alliance for International Women's Rights for eight years, and I am proud to support such an incredible organization that makes a significant impact on the lives of our students and volunteers. I am inspired by the women and girls in Afghanistan who participate in AIWR's English Program and I love learning about the interactions and connections that our English teachers and students make with one another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer ESL teacher and program coordinator since January 2012 and have loved every minute of it. AIWR is an incredible organization to work with, comprised of amazing women that work tirelessly to provide the girls of Kandahar and Biratnagar with a quality education. The relationship between the volunteer teachers and students is the foundation of the organization's success. Each teacher works with one student to provide tailored tutelage to ensure the student has the best experience possible. Relying solely on the dedication of its volunteers has enabled AIWR to tap into the long-distance learning market and reach thousands of girls across south Asia. AIWR truly is a great non-profit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with AIWR as an English teacher in 2012. I've enjoyed every moment of my classes with my Afghan student, and of working with the amazing AIWR team around the world. I can attest to the powerful bond teachers form with their students and how life-changing it can be for all those involved. I feel incredibly fortunate to be apart of this phenomenal organization that achieves what countless others only strive to. I began coordinating the morning English class in Afghanistan this past September. Doing so has provided me with a unique opportunity to connect those who share AIWR's mission of empowering women around the world with the young women of Kandahar. It has been an absolute privilege to witness the growth of this organization over the past few years. I am greatly looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the young women of Kandahar who have participated in our program!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For me, an educational NGO is the backbone of developmental efforts as someone has rightly said that Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
I have done only one session with AIWR as a volunteer ESL tutor. However, it has taught me a life long experience too. The role that AIWR is playing by providing educational support to girls is not only an effort to improve their educational standards but to equip them with a life long confidence and self esteem in order to live and lead lives of many around them with a firm faith that education is the strongest pillar to develop a nation and ultimately a region.
Keep it up!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for about six weeks and it has been a very rewarding experience. I am working with a delightful young woman and we are learning so much from each other. AIWR does great work and is a professional and well run organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Please visit the AIWR website at http://www.aiwr.org/in-the-life and in the section, "In the LIfe" tab, read the writing of some of the students. You'll find they express their opinions, points of view, and wishes most eloquently and passionately. I've been a volunteer with AIWR for about 10 years! First, I was a volunteer teacher and for the last couple of years I've been a volunteer coordinator of the English Program. What keeps me involved is the knowledge that AIWR is making a difference in the current and future lives of the students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2006, teaching and now coordinating. I have learned so much about another culture, about teaching ESL, and now learning more about how a great volunteer organization is run. The students in Afghanistan face many challenges by even attending school each day. The English Program, offered through AIWR, allows them to consider and prepare for opportunities of the future.

The coordinators and Executive Director, Lisa Herb, have always been supportive, and made certain that the time and effort given by a volunteer is well placed.

What I really enjoyed while teaching was that we used everyday topics to study and practise the skills of English. We shared information about food, chores, etc. A student might be applying for a job and so, we would use ‘job search’ as a theme to practise skills. When I learned that a student liked art, for example, then I chose material about art. I learned a bit about the arts in Afghanistan!

Volunteering with AIWR has been a very eye-opening and rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Coordinator for AIWR's English Program in Afghanistan since January of this year. I work with the on-site coordinators in Kandahar to pair girls and women in Afghanistan with our worldwide network of English teachers. AIWR screens our volunteer teachers (for programs in both Afghanistan and Nepal, in addition to our volunteer mentors) to make sure they have the necessary professional qualifications and cultural sensibilities. It's a joy to watch the connections between our teachers and students grow. And, when one of our students moves on from our classes to attend university, we're all filled with such joy for her future successes! It is an honor and privilege for me to work with such a talented and dedicated group of women - both on the volunteer side and the student side. AIWR's English classes are so much more than just language learning. They facilitate intercultural exchanges and give women around the world, who otherwise would never have met, the opportunity to develop lifelong connections.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for AIWR for more than two years now. It is a great organisation that supports women and helps them have awareness about their rights. I learn a lot from my students, and the coordinators are always there to help. Becoming a part of AIWR is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is definitely a life-changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer English teacher with AIWR for three years and it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done! Apart from helping one woman learn and grow I have made great friends in a culture I would not have encountered any other way. It's definitely a two way street!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Alliance For International Women's Rights for about 6 months, and have had a wonderful experience so far! They are dedicated and always willing to answer questions from their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR offers Afghan and Nepali women a unique opportunity to take advantage of English lessons and professional mentoring safely and effectively. AIWR screens its volunteers very carefully to make sure that they have the appropriate professional credentials and cultural sensitivities necessary for working in Afghanistan and Nepal. The educational and cultural exchanges that take place through AIWR and its partners organizations are nothing short of miraculous. Peace and cultural understanding through one-on-one educational programming. We all learn from each other to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding and innovative organization, and I love being a part of it as a volunteer teacher. AIWR is breaking down barriers by using Skype to bring Afghan women directly into contact with teachers and mentors outside of Afghanistan. It's not only the students who benefit; as a teacher, I'm learning so much as well! I love spending time each week "in" Afghanistan and learning about this country directly from the women who live there. Thank you, AIWR, for this rewarding opportunity!

2 Ehsanullah E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hundreds of women students of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS) have been trained in English language, communications and leadership skills since the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR) partnered with KIMS in 2008. AIWR matches women at KIMS to skilled professionals in developed countries including the United States who wish to use their skills and experience to further women’s education. The skills that women in particular obtain from the KIMS-AIWR education program help them enhance their roles in Kandahar’s communities, increase their participation in social, political and business activities, and improve their political and socio-economic standing within Kandahar’s deeply conservative society. After women graduate from KIMS-AIWR programs, their capabilities and skills allow them to make independent decisions, secure better employment and provide the key necessities of life not just for themselves, but for their communities and families as well. In return, women have an increased role and influence in both social and political life in society.

The skills taught by AIWR professionals greatly improve KIMS’ women students’ leadership, confidence-building, public speaking, critical thinking, and employment prospects. The model that KIMS-AIWR utilizes is both simple and effective – it is a technologically savvy, internet-enabled, community managed, and within Kandahar’s existing cultural and traditional values. It is supported by a wide range of international volunteers. Support from AIWR volunteers allows the institution to access modern education such as online courses, innovative ideas and technologies. These technologies and the cross-cultural interactive environment helps women in Kandahar obtain hope through interaction with other likeminded students, teachers and people, both inside and outside Afghanistan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the English Language Program Director for AIWR, and I cherish every opportunity I have to contribute to the educational goals of this amazing organization. Students, teachers, coordinators, and directors are all equally committed to high-quality educational exchanges and meaningful international and interpersonal connections at AIWR. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this amazing organization, and I truly believe that the meaningful connections we are forging are life-changing for everyone involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great honor to work as English Language Program Director for AIWR since January, 2013. I am continually amazed by the courage and motivation of the Afghan girls and women who study English with our volunteer teachers, and I'm constantly impressed by our teachers' dedication and commitment to the program. We have all learned from each other that education and international understanding are key to making our world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer teacher for AIWR since 2011, and an English-program coordinator since 2014. My student in Kandahar, Afghanistan and my fellow coordinators have given me knowledge that fundamentally changed me. The program is set up so that with only volunteer coordinators and teachers, dozens of young women in Kandahar are able to learn English each year. The relationships formed between students and teachers are precious and every time, reported as life-changing. AIWR proves that non-profits can be efficient, run on an incredibly low budget, and make a massive impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fairly new volunteer with AIWR having just joined the teaching/mentor team a few months ago. Since then I have been truly touched and inspired not only by the AIWR team but also by the students I work with. It is truly an invaluable exchange of culture and language. AIWR has made it possible for women all over the world to connect, share, and learn in such a positive and uplifting environment. Though the staff is spread out, they are always attentive to all my concerns and questions and have offered help and support whenever I need it.