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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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director of AIWR, I feel compelled to give a review of five stars to all the amazing volunteers who work so hard to run AIWR and to support our programs. Every single day I am impressed by and grateful for the tireless dedication, talent and immense generosity of the individuals who oversee and manage AIWR's English and Mentor Programs and administrative functions. Several of AIWR's core staff have generously volunteered with AIWR for well over ten years and have helped AIWR serve over 400 women and girls in Afghanistan, Nepal, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. It is always such a huge privilege and honor to work with the AIWR team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an AIWR volunteer ESL teacher for about 10 months. It's been great! I help a doctor in Afghanistan practise her English, and I feel that I've learned so much from her as well. She's extremely hardworking and a very interesting person. I also have nothing but praise for AIWR coordinators and other volunteers- everyone I've spoken to from this organization is very caring and dedicated. I heartily recommend anyone to be involved with this nonprofit in any way that they can!

1 Kimmy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with AIWR in 2016 and have had nothing but a positive experience. As an ESL professional for well over a decade, I have worked with hundreds of students, but the connection that I made with my student through this organization was so special. We worked on grammar and writing, etc, but we shared life experiences and developed a wonderful connection and still catch up with one another from time to time.
I have just started to work as a mentor for a different aspect of this non-profit and I anticipate the same experience. This is because the organization and the communication from the staff at this organization help to make taking part in their organization extremely easy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an ESL Volunteer for a mentee for a little over six months now and really feel good about this organization. I spent time in the Middle East and have some familiarity of some of the challenges women face there. I'm thrilled to be helping bring English education to those who can use it to rise above those challenges and achieve great things. With some non-profits, it's difficult to tell how much of a difference you're making, but I see it every week when I talk to my mentee. It's been great fun getting to know her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this organization has opened my eyes to the work needed to improve gender equity in Afghanistan and across the world. This nonprofit makes "on the ground" work possible and connects people across oceans. As someone passionate about international women's rights, it's challenging to find opportunities and AIWR makes that possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for 1 year and it has been unbelievably rewarding. The woman I work with has taught me so much about Afghan culture and I've enjoyed helping my mentee learn English grammar through our weekly sessions. This organization has given me and my mentee continual support and guidance and ultimately is improving access to women who need it the most.

1 Sarah M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer online English tutor with this organisation though it’s collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar. The opportunity to connect with young Afghan women from here in Australia , providing them with English classes on Skype and valuable female mentorship, is nothing short of extraordinary. Through numerous technical and logistical issues, the students are motivated and engaged. The administration of the program runs smoothly both in Afghanistan and from the USA / Canada, and is robust and well-resourced. Teachers are also well supported in what can be a challenging role. I can’t recommend AIWR highly enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for three months. I have a very busy schedule working full time and taking care of my three little children and it might seem that this volunteering position would cause difficulties in my life. However, that is not true at all. On a personal level, it helped me feel like I was doing something valuable and important and giving back to the society. I enjoyed every moment of classes with my Nepali student. I feel like I learned as much from her as she did from me. It was an amazing experience and I would love to volunteer for AIWR as long as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Coordinator for AIWR's English Program for nearly 2 years. I've worked with the English programs in both Afghanistan and Nepal. I am inspired every day working with such a talented and dedicated group of women - both on the volunteer side and the student side. I am so grateful to be part of this incredible group of women. AIWR is truly making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taught English as a Second/Foreign Language for 40+ years and am now "retired." My life is at the point where I can "give back," and I am very selective as to where I will volunteer. My first choice is AIWR - it is an organization which is devoted to making the world a better place by helping women to better themselves, their families, communities, and countries. I currently tutor Afghan girls. Having been in Afghanistan in the early 70's and being aware of the current political situation, I appreciate the cultural sensitivity AIWR demonstrates in its activities. AIWR is an organization worthy of supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit working with women around the world. I am a volunteer mentor for them. They are responsive and helpful. I will work for them as a volunteer forever@

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much as a volunteer for AIWR! The students are inspiring as they overcome so many challenges in life. It definitely gives me perspective. They have helped me to be a better teacher. I only hope I can help them pursue their goals in some small way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with them for the past three months and it has been phenomenal. I feel like I am making a real impact in the life of a woman who is trying her best to overcome the circumstances she faces in her country. I know the volunteer work I am doing with them is making a difference and is needed. The organization itself is very responsive to any issues that arise and the staff has been beyond helpful when I have required it. I am so proud to be associated with this organization and it's helping me grow as a person as well.

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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.

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.