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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

The way to make the world a better place is to focus on the educational system of children. Thank you CAI for your intentions and efforts!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to CAI since 2007. It has been wonderful seeing their growth and continued commitment to girl's education!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I truly believe in the mission of the Central Asia Institute . The work that this organization is doing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other developing countries to provide education and advancement opportunities for girls and young women is remarkable. When girls and women are empowered and educated, the quality of life in a community improves for everyone. As a woman in the US who has access to education, money and influence, I stand with my sisters across the world in hopes that all women can experience a better quality of life for their families and their communities. Congratulations Central Asia Institute for the fantastic work you are doing to improve the quality of life for women, families and communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

I wanted to be a part of this organization as soon as I read Greg's book, Three Cups of Tea. I bought the book as a birthday gift to myself and after reading it I wrote a brief note within the cover encouraging it's future readers to support education for girls through CAI. I then sent the book out into the world and initiated a regular contribution plan myself to help fund the CAI schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've set up our donations to Central Asia Institute to be deducted monthly automatically. This ensures we continue to support this admirable, far reaching, non profit organization. With two daughters of our own, we feel good about making education a reality for girls in challenging environments.

Donor

Rating: 5

With all the talk in this election cycle about “winning the war on terrorism”, very little has been said about fostering peace. CAI has determined that the best way to foster peace is through providing education to people who need it, especially women and children. This has been their focus since the beginning, and I couldn’t be prouder to support. If your tax dollars go to fighting wars, send your donation dollars to create peace. And, perhaps, with this model, we could better educate our own population and elect enlightened leaders to instill real peace throughout the world!

Donor

Rating: 5

CAI against difficulties both internal and external has succeeded beyond expectations. My wife and I have been regular supporters of CAI since reading "THREE CUPS OF TEA". Education of girls is the key to peace. No one has done more with less in this area than CAI.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work done by CAI is critical to improving the health of the populations in the areas they serve. Educating girls in particular decreases family sizes, increases maternal age at first birth, and increases rates of vaccination and extended breastfeeding. Providing education for children allows them to envision a future in which they can surpass the roles their culture would place them in. It allows local children to become nurses, doctors, and engineers who return to serve their home villages. Please continue to support this critical work.
Eric Holden PA, DHSc
Doctor of Health Science & Global Health
CAI Monthly Donor

Sharon192

Donor

Rating: 5

I think the future of the human race depends on educated people and so was drawn by the effort to educate girls and women to better care for families. I appreciate the efforts to include young school children in more advantageous circumstances to participate as well. The beautifully illustrated reports are very informative. I feel that my contributions can really make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Donor

Rating: 5

We were looking for a group that was helping in an area of need that wasn't being addressed by other organizations. CAI was the only group that we were aware of that was helping girls get an education in some of the remotest villages on the planet. CAI has been a consistent and growing presence in helping these villages set up schools where there had been none. CAI has been there to help the villages rebuild their schools when nature has shaken them to the ground. Their efforts and those of the villages they are helping have over time born the fruit of educated young women who have returned to their communities as teachers, healthcare providers and other professions. These returning young women are inspirations for the girls and boys in their communities to strive for something different and to give back. What more would one want from a donation?