2508, 2015

Dreaming Freely In Afghanistan

August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Is Studying Astronomy an Impossible Wish in Afghanistan?
2406, 2015

Adapting to a shifting environment

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Jim Thaden in AfghanistanThe operating environment for non-governmental organizations working in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan has become more and more tenuous over the years.

Following an especially violent year in Afghanistan, fighting does not appear to be subsiding in 2015. This spring, the warm-weather brought the expected annual uptick in fighting. Compounded with the ongoing drawdown of international troops, the war-weary population of Afghanistan saw conflict intensify and spread.

Across the border, Pakistan faced many challenges of its own. On December 16, 2014 seven gunmen affiliated with the extremist Tehrik-i-Taliban, attacked […]

806, 2015

Why this Veteran is Investing in Girls’ Education on Memorial Day

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

blog-may25-featuredRocket attacks were relentless. Most exploded harmlessly into fields or against the nearby mountainside. Some wounded or killed Afghan civilians. On occasion, the 107mm rockets would strike the outpost. A few of my paratroopers had suffered light wounds. If the rocket attacks continued more casualties were inevitable.

The rockets were being launched from the inaccessible east side of the Kunar River, in Afghanistan’s rugged Saw valley. Ethnically Pashtun and Kohistani, the population eked out a living as subsistence farmers in the isolated stretch of northeastern Kunar Province.

In the summer of 2007 […]

505, 2015

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, say thank you

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation DayThey guide us, they inspire us, they teach us, and today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, we get to tell them how much they mean to us. Although, in our opinion, every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day, Central Asia Institute would like to take a moment to thank hardworking teachers, near and far.

In the United States, the first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week and the Tuesday of that week is recognized as National Teacher Appreciation Day. Though origins of the holidays are unclear, […]

2204, 2015

Celebrate Diversity with Pennies for Peace

April 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Pennies for Peace (P4P) is excited to announce a worldwide campaign in celebration of the 14thannual “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, on May 21, 2015.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted Diversity Day in 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks. As Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says: “It is our responsibility to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to sustain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the diversity of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.”

Diversity Day is a fitting opportunity for […]

1404, 2015

CAI needs your help to raise $360,000 for school buildings

April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

A school is never just a building. It takes a community working together, sometimes against formidable odds, to make any school succeed.

In every community Central Asia Institute (CAI) serves, all of those pieces come together over time – the building, villagers, teachers and students – and become pivotal characters in a story of hope.

CAI schools are not architectural wonders – they are basic yet solid buildings, designed for function. Yet their stories are complex, laden with successes and setbacks, struggles and victories.

That’s been particularly true in Saw, an Afghan village high in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Kunar […]

2403, 2015

Back to School in Afghanistan

March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Kids around school entranceOne of the happiest and most inspirational days in Afghanistan is “Back to School Day” at the end of March. This year, the war-torn impoverished country has much to celebrate.

When schools across the country opened Monday, approximately 10 million children were enrolled, according to the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE)*. Among them were more than 3 million girls.

This is particularly remarkable given that as recently as 2001, only about 1 million students were enrolled in school, and only a handful of them were girls. That dramatic increase represents one […]

1903, 2015

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader

March 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Karen HayesCOMMERCE CITY, Colo. – From the moment Colorado teacher Karen Hayes first heard about Central Asia Institute and our Pennies for Peace program , she felt a connection.

Hayes grew up in a small village in Nigeria called Kwoi. Her missionary parents, who had moved the family to the West African country, built schools, hospitals, medical clinics, bridges, churches, and orphanages. Much like CAI does today, Hayes’ parents crafted projects that incorporated local materials wherever possible, and community involvement.

“Most of the materials came from the resources in the area,” she recalled. “Lumber […]

803, 2015

Historical hero wrote about ‘The Worth of a Girl’

March 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Bertha Pratt KingA century ago, women’s activist Bertha Pratt King of Terre Haute, Ind., put pen to paper to celebrate the value and promise of girls.

“She had a special affinity for helping girls, through education, break free of the confines that society created for them,” her hometown newspaper, the Tribune Star reported.

King’s 1916 book, “The Worth of a Girl,” outlined her belief that “every girl should be able to earn her own living, that she should be trained to some pursuit of her own happiness, and that she should become a useful member […]

403, 2015

Whoever you are, wherever you are, Wednesday is the day to read a story aloud

March 4th, 2015|0 Comments

World Read Aloud DayThe first Wednesday in March marks World Read Aloud Day, when millions of adults and children in 80 countries celebrate the power of simply reading aloud, and the right of every child to be literate and have an education.

Some communities that Central Asia Institute (CAI) serves in Afghanistan and Pakistan also promote World Read Aloud Day. But there the coin is flipped, in that the first wave of literate girls and boys will read aloud to their illiterate parents, grandparents, and families instead of the other way around.