About Dustin Thompson

Communications Manager at Central Asia Institute
30 05, 2017

Update: Ray-E-Abisham Primary School Construction On Hold

2017-12-28T20:45:55+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Afghanistan, General, Impact, School Building, Maintenance, Equipment and Supplies|9 Comments

For 20 years CAI has focused our efforts on educating people, especially women, in the most remote areas of the world, knowing they will have the biggest impact. This journey is long and difficult, and we’ve learned that even the best-laid plans sometimes need to shift. This is the case with the Ray-e-Abisham primary school in Ishkashim, Afghanistan, one of the featured projects we’ve been writing about in our Spring Construction Campaign.

16 12, 2016

Educating Kindergartners in Tajikistan

2017-12-28T21:29:52+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Field Notes, General, Pennies for Peace, Tajikistan, Teacher Support|2 Comments

The 25 teachers at Kindergarten #5, in Khorog, Tajikistan, are no exception. For nine hours a day, Monday through Friday, they wrangle 280 children as young as 1 1/2 years and as old as 5

9 12, 2016

Graffiti Artists and Murals Bridge Cultures Half-Way Around the World

2018-02-07T18:00:39+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Field Notes, General|3 Comments

Images can have meaning far beyond words. They become part of a universal language understood by all. Easy brush strokes, sharp sketches, and even graffiti evoke feelings that resonate with people from all walks of life. When barriers arise from language, distance, and culture, art can create a bridge to universal understanding and peace.

2 12, 2016

5 Best Gift Ideas For The Journey of Hope Calendar

2017-12-29T09:30:09+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|JOH Calendar, Journey Of Hope|0 Comments

Holiday shopping can be stressful when you’re out of ideas for gift exchanges, work events, and the people that are hardest to shop for. The Journey of Hope wall calendar, filled with colorful and inspiring photos of the people and places in Central Asia, is the solution to these holiday shopping woes. Here are five gift conundrums the calendar can solve.

23 11, 2016

Violence Against Women A Roadblock To Education

2018-02-07T18:20:50+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Field Notes, General, Impact|2 Comments

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In places like Central Asia, women face the threat of violence every day, especially pioneering women who break tradition to attend school. This blog is part of a three-part series, published at msmagazine.com, that tackles the violence women experience from their families, society, and culture. Education is key to ending violence, and our in-country partners are striving to create an environment that is safe for all students.

15 11, 2016

Girls’ Education: The Unstoppable Revolution

2017-12-29T09:47:53+00:00 November 15th, 2016|JOH Calendar|0 Comments

The first written word was recorded nearly 5,000 years ago. Though literacy has evolved over time, nearly 17% of the world’s population is still illiterate. They can’t even write their names. Many of those people are women who have no access to education or may be bared from seeking education. They have had enough, and women in Central Asia are joining an unstoppable revolution in girls’ education.

10 11, 2016

Take Time To Be Thankful, Not Just On Thanksgiving

2017-10-18T16:55:13+00:00 November 10th, 2016|GivingTuesday|3 Comments

It’s easy to rush through life, hurtling from one day to the next, and we forget for a moment to stop and reflect on the simple things to be thankful for. We can give thanks for our families who support us, our access to education where we learn to think and interpret our world, or simply for a sunny, quiet day to rest and recharge.