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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.