About Dustin Thompson

Communications Manager at Central Asia Institute
9 12, 2016

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

December 9th, 2016|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

December 2nd, 2016|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.

1 12, 2016

Refugees Want Education Over Water Or Food

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Refugees Want Education Over Water, Food

In the late 1970s, Pakistan welcomed Afghan refugees with open arms, but attitudes towards the immigrants soured after 9/11. Various deadlines for their expulsion were set, though not enforced. It wasn’t until 2015 that hard timelines were established and authorities began to follow through.

At one point in time, there were an estimated 3 million Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan. Since the expulsion edict, those men, women, and children have been flooding back across the border and settling in eastern Afghanistan provinces like Nangarhar, Khost, and Kunar.

CAI Afghan partner Wakil Karimi reports that in recent […]

23 11, 2016

Violence Against Women A Roadblock To Education

November 23rd, 2016|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

November 15th, 2016|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

November 10th, 2016|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.