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Peter Zahler

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Review for Alliance For International Women's Rights, East Chatham, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member, I have witnessed the significant impact that AIWR’s long-distance Empowerment Programs have in the lives of Afghan women and girls. For example, of the 101 Afghan women and girls who participated in the English Program in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011, over 43 (or 42%) have already used their enhanced English skills to obtain employment or education scholarships. This statistic is remarkable given the restrictions on women’s education and employment in Kandahar and the scarcity of employment or educational opportunities. The professional English teachers who donate their time to meet with their Afghan students on Skype twice a week are incredible and fully deserve a five star review for making the English Program such a success. But the true heroes of the English Program are the indomitable Afghan women and girls who risk their lives on a daily basis to seek education and employment. They deserve a 100 star review.

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Role:  Board Member

Review for Alliance For International Women's Rights, East Chatham, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Alliance is providing support for Afghanistan's greatly beleagured women through mentoring, training, and other support. through the use of long-distance Skype technology, women in Afghanistan are learning new skills, developing existing ones, and learning English so they can reach out to the international community to communicate their experiences and recieve greater support. The Alliance uses only highly skilled international professionals and experts to provide unique, one-to-one training for each Afghan woman and girl in their program. Through this mentoring, the Alliance also crosses cultural boundaries and links Western women with Afghan women, greatly increasing their shared understanding of each other's lives and experiences.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have worked in Afghanistan beginning in 2002 and continuing on and off to this day. During this time I have seen the need for the kind of help that the Alliance provides, and since its inception of work in Afghanistan in 2007 i have seen the outpouring of appreciation from women in that country for the work the Alliance is doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding to provide more and greater assistance to the women of Afghanistan.

Role:  Board Member & I am currently serving as a board member for the Alliance.