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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: We empower communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls; to promote peace through education; and to convey the importance of these activities globally.

Results: Central Asia Institute was started in 1996. Since then we have built 189 schools, supported 120 schools, 65 vocational & literacy programs, 14 community programs, 37 public health programs, 11 scholarship programs, and 14 teacher support programs. This past year we positively impacted over 100,000 people through CAI supported programs.

Target demographics: empowering girls and women in Central Asia

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Tajikistan

Programs: We build schools, provide ongoing support to schools and children, women's vocational centers & literacy programs, public health programs, community programs, teacher training programs and scholarship programs.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Educating girls and empowering local communities through CAI allows me to do a small part in building peace, spreading kindness, and fulfilling dreams.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was hooked when I read in Three Cups of Tea that a nation will never get ahead unless/until the females are educated. Sounded like a great way to spread world peace, and I've been donating ever since, as someone else said, through thick and thin.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very practical way to make a big difference with a little donation. The education and empowerment of girls and women is the key to peace and prosperity for everyone. I don't have much money to spare, so I have to carefully choose where my donations will go. This is a well-run, no frills, no hassle charity I'm proud to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by this program since first reading Three Cups of Tea and subsequently meeting Greg Mortenson. As a returned Peace Corps volunteer I could relate to many of the stories and situations Greg described in doing grass-roots intercultural relations. I have also worked many years to improve the health of women and children. I couldn't agree more with the approaches of CAI. I feel I am promoting international goodwill and peace through CAI.

Donor

Rating: 5

CAI fearlessly takes the right approach to changing the world---empowering women and local people. I have gladly supported the mission through thick and thin and always will.

Donor

Rating: 5

Really impressive work they are doing in regions where that even basic human necessities are hard to procure. CAI injects hope and confidence into these little minds. I am proud to be a part of this great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been donating to CIA and closely following their work for many years. With two brothers in the military it was important to me to contribute in a positive way, building communities in the places my brothers served. CIA has been very proactive in organizing us as donors and keeping us involved in their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donating to CAI since we listened to the book "Three Cups of Tea". In a region that's full of conflicts, poverty and uncertainty, what CAI does sends a courageous and hopeful message to the world. Education, prosperity, hope and peace go hand in hand. Sharing understanding, empathy and love across boarders, races and religious beliefs are what we all should promote and foster. Every little bit helps. I am proud to continue supporting this organization and it's mission.

Jenny119

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't believe terrorism can be defeated militarily. It's like a hydra head - as soon as you chop off one head, seven more grow. I do think we need to work with hearts and minds to foster peace. I have supported CAI's mission of providing education to people in central Asia who need it, especially women and children, by making monthly donations for almost ten years. Our tax dollars go to fighting wars whether we want them to or not, so I want my donation dollars to help create peace.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was inspired to become a monthly donor after seeing an article in a magazine and reading "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson. His approach to building schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Central Asia areas, is unique and hugely successful. The Central Asia Institute team works WITH villagers, village elders and other key people to get their perspectives, find out what their needs and challenges are, and gain their support. The result? Girls and young women are being educated and bringing wisdom and skills that enhance the lives of their communities. What better way to lift up women in the world and foster peace ?