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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 Program to 65 Afghan women and girls, and provides its Mentor Program to five Afghan attorneys and one Afghan graduate student.

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 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

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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.

Previous Stories

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AIWR for almost seven years now, and it has consistently been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much from the senators and women's rights attorneys who participated in AIWR's Mentor Program, while enjoying the feeling of being useful to them. Witnessing their increasing professional mastery and success over the years has been very rewarding, whether seeing them get hired by leading international women's rights organizations or accepted into competitive LL.M. scholarship programs in the U.S. But most valuable to me has been the increased understanding and friendships formed over the years of working together. Lisa Herb has created a truly amazing organization, offering so many opportunities to empower the women of Afghanistan while increasing international understanding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Simply put, the Alliance for International Women's Rights changes women's lives for the better. An incredibly dedicated staff of volunteer experts commit their time and energy to help women in Afghanistan reach their potential against all odds in a dangerous and unforgiving environment. Recently, over 40% of the Afghan women in the program found jobs or scholarships. The program also helps to break down the cultural barriers between Americans and Afghans in a way that builds trust and long-term friendships. It is really a stunning example of how people can make a real, important difference in this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AIWR is a fantastic organisation helping women and girls in the modern world. The staff work incredibly hard offering support, assistance and answering questions with a swift prompt turnaround. They are very approachable and friendly.
I have been working with the organisation for a couple of months as an English tutor. I thoroughly enjoy working with this organisation. I cannot recommend this organisation highly enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is an amazing organization run by people who are passionate about ensuring that all women have a voice. I am a volunteer--mentor/english teacher with AIWR and I have loved every minute of my work. The staff who run AIWR are supportive, kind and always willing to assist with whatever is needed . Questions are answered promptly and although we (volunteers) work from our respective homes, I think we still feel very connected to the organization. More importantly, I am amazed and humbled by the strength, determination and spirit of my student mentee and the many other women and girls who participate in this program.