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28 09, 2018

PART II: Crippling Drought Grips War-Torn Afghanistan

2018-09-30T14:00:44-06:00September 28th, 2018|Afghanistan|0 Comments

Last week, Alice Thomas spoke with us about the ongoing drought that has taken hold of Afghanistan. In part two of the conversation, she explains the direct impact of drought on education and migration. Hannah White (HW): What do our readers need to know about drought and education?

Alice Thomas (AT): It’s challenging enough for girls to get to school in rural Afghanistan, but in times of drought it becomes harder for them. And it becomes so much more important to have more robust funding for education to help cover families’ out-of-pocket costs in […]

23 09, 2018

Part I: Crippling Drought Grips War-Torn Afghanistan

2018-09-27T14:50:20-06:00September 23rd, 2018|Afghanistan|1 Comment

Afghanistan is in crisis. Already plagued by seemingly endless war, more than two-thirds of the country is now experiencing the effects of a crippling drought.  Some sources are calling it “the worst drought in decades”[1] and UNICEF estimates 500,000 children are affected by the disaster[2].

Alice Thomas is an expert on situations like this. In 2010, Alice joined Refugees International to launch the Climate Displacement Program, bringing with her over a decade of experience in international development and environmental law and policy. The goal of the program is to advocate for solutions to address the increasing impact […]

12 08, 2018

Women’s Empowerment through Education

2018-08-12T16:51:18-06:00August 12th, 2018|Programs|5 Comments

Gaining the Power of Choice in Central Asia

We don’t usually spend time considering the impacts of human choice unless our power to choose for ourselves is taken away. But for many young women living in Central Asia, the right to choose how their lives unfold was never an option. Whether dictated by culture, circumstance, family, or poverty, their paths are often already set. These young women may never make their own decisions about their career, their spouse, or even how they spend their days.

It’s all too common for women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan to surrender their chance for […]

31 07, 2018

Pakistan Facts and Figures

2019-01-24T11:49:09-06:00July 31st, 2018|Scholarships|0 Comments

A Developing South Asian Nation with Rich History

The country of Pakistan sits on the edge of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, between India, Afghanistan, Iran, and China. From its coastal waters, a diverse geography covers deserts and forests all the way to the epic 8,000 meter peaks of the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, Himalaya, and Pamir mountains. The name Pakistan means ‘land of the pure’ in Urdu, one of the country’s official languages and one of 60 spoken by its citizens. With a population of 200,813,818, it is currently the world’s […]

12 06, 2018

ISIS Attack on CAI-Supported Schools

2018-06-12T11:43:09-06:00June 12th, 2018|Afghanistan|3 Comments

We are deeply saddened to report that earlier this month ISIS militants in Afghanistan attacked two schools supported by Central Asia Institute. Fortunately, neither students nor staff were hurt in the attack, however, the main gate and adjoining portions of the boundary wall were destroyed when a bomb was detonated. CAI’s implementing partner in the region, Star of Knowledge (SKO), has made the decision for the safety of everyone involved, to temporarily suspend program activities at those locations. SKO and the community will continue to evaluate the situation and determine next steps at a later date.

Our hearts go out to […]

3 05, 2018

We Remain Firmly Committed to Education in Afghanistan

2018-05-07T09:14:38-06:00May 3rd, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

For the last two weeks, I have watched in disbelief and dismay as CAI’s Afghan friends and family faced unspeakable horrors, enduring violent attack after violent attack.

Just this Monday, 31 people were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan. On April 22, a suicide blast in Kabul killed 57 people — including at least five children — and wounded over 100 more at a voter registration center. That attack was preceded by a car bombing in southern Afghanistan in which at least 13 people were killed and 35 others injured. In […]

27 04, 2018

In Wake Of Recent Attacks On Schools, Boundary Walls Are Essential

2018-04-30T16:24:07-06:00April 27th, 2018|Afghanistan, Field Notes|8 Comments

For the last 10 years, attacks on schools by Taliban insurgents have been almost unheard of. According to a recent New York Times article, Taliban school attacks “proved so unpopular with communities that the insurgents announced that they would not be continued, even claiming to support girls’ education.”

Things changed on April 11 when insurgents struck a girls’ high school in Logar Province and set it on fire. A separate assault was conducted on a school in Nangarhar Province the following Saturday. Labs and archives were reportedly set ablaze.

Although both operations occurred at night and no students were harmed, the […]