Madonna announced she plans to sell a 1921 cubist painting, “Three Women,” by Fernand Léger to help raise money for girls’ education projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The singer said she wanted to “trade something valuable for something invaluable.”
For decades, the children of Pakistan have been beset by a failing educational system. Despite years of ordinances and attempted overhauls, the country’s school system currently lacks sufficient teachers and safe places to learn. As a result, millions of children may never become literate, or pursue any education past primary school. A Young Nation In Need Of Education
Pakistan is home to tens of millions of children, with about one-quarter of the country’s current population believed to be under the age of 16. In fact, one in ten school-aged children worldwide are Pakistani. Yet as of […]
Chiara Guariglia’s wedding day will be special, and not just for herself and her fiancé Valerio Nardone. Chiara has chosen to dedicate her wedding to Central Asia Institute. As a result, the celebration will also be a event to remember for dozens of children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan when they learn in schools supported by their charitable wedding gifts.
In Italy, guests usually place a gift of money into the bag or box at the reception. At Chiara’s wedding, when they open the gift box, they will see a note inside informing them that their gift is being donated to […]
Imagine you’re a second-grade student in Tajikistan. It’s December and freezing, but your school is unheated. The cold concrete walls do little to trap the heat in, and there’s no floor, so the damp ground makes the room even more unbearable. Being in school makes you ill as your body struggles to keep warm.
Or maybe you’re a child in Pakistan. Your village had a school built 20 years ago, so you’re lucky to not be one of the 9.5 million primary-age students who don’t have access to education. But the number of children at your school has doubled, and your […]
For many in Central Asia, education takes place outdoors. Without classrooms or school buildings, students sit in chairs or on a carpet. If there is enough money, the school can buy a tent to keep rain and wind from stopping a lesson.
With little else to distinguish where a school property begins or ends, strangers can wander right onto the property or lurk at its borders. If that sounds concerning to you, it is as well for parents. Too often, that danger results in children kept at home, away from a threat of kidnapping or abuse. In conservative communities, where many […]
One of the major barriers to education in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan isn’t what you might think. As populations grow and the education revolution takes hold, there simply aren’t enough classrooms to hold all the students who want to learn. This simple lack of classrooms is holding thousands of children back, and many of them are girls. How do we know? Along with research from various global relief organizations, we seek out counsel from the people living in the villages who are experiencing these problems first hand.
Jack Few is an adventure cyclist with a soft spot for the places he travels and people he meets. At 24 he’s already completed a 3,000-mile bike ride through India, self-published a book of stories and wisdom learned on the road, and now he has embarked on an even bigger challenge. This year Jack is riding his bike from Brighton, England to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and raising money for girls’ education along the way. Jack is one of the lastest adventurer-turned-advocates who is using his passion to raise awareness and funds for Central Asia Institute.
In Tajikistan, poverty is one of the largest barriers to higher education. All too often promising students must end their academic dreams early, or their families take out loans they can never pay back and are often not sufficient to put their children through school. With help from donors, CAI’s partner in Tajikistan (CAIT) gives scholarships to students based on need and merit, ensuring poverty does not derail the dreams and careers of some of the country’s best and brightest students. Each applicant must submit their school grades and their family’s income information, complete an interview, and submit recommendations from village elders and teachers.
“I have long believed that the best way to fight terrorism and poverty is to educate women. When women have knowledge they begin to realize they have power. They begin to transfer that to their children. They teach their daughters that women are valuable and can make a difference. They teach their sons compassion. They teach their children that there is more than one way to look at the world.” - Elaine Olson. Read about what it's like to be a Dream Maker in our monthly giving program from two women who believe in the power of education.
January 2018 ushered in a new tax law with many sweeping changes. The 503-page document left many CAI supporters wondering how their donations to charities will be affected, and what to do about the loss of possible deductions. There is good news as the new tax law preserves the IRA charitable rollover rules, more appropriately called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), making it permanent. This allows donors to continue to donate directly from their IRA to nonprofit organizations like CAI. The new tax bill streamlines giving options through your IRA and opens up more opportunities to make a charitable donation through your IRA when it’s most convenient for you.