Educating girls in developing countries has been the focal point of NGOs and charity organizations for many years. The UN highlighted girls’ education in both the 2000 Millennium Development Goals and the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. While these goals include educating boys too, they call out the disparity in gender specifically. CAI also singles out girls’ education as an important focus in our mission, noting that girls face higher social and economic barriers to education than boys in the countries where we work.
Last spring CAI supporters met Hareem, a young woman with a dream of being a pharmacist and a strong determination to achieve that dream despite poverty, family tragedy, and difficulty accessing education. Hareem was a featured scholarship student during the 2016 summer campaign. Read an update to her story to see how her determination continues to push her toward her goal, despite unexpected hardships.
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.
Embrace Ramadan’s spirit of gratitude, humility, and self-restraint
Just as summer has finally arrived in the mountains of Montana, Central Asia Institute’s Muslim friends around the world have begun to observe the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar and represents the historic period during which the Koran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. The Koran is “the sacred scripture that Muslims revere as the words of God,” Imam Sohaib Sultan, of Princeton University, wrote for Time […]
This Mother’s Day we want to honor Mahbuba Qurbonalieva, the director of Central Asia Institute Tajikistan (CAI-T) and an amazing mother who champions education for all girls. CAI asked Mahbuba to share some of her insights, important lessons she learned from her mother, and wisdom she wants to pass on to her daughter. Below are her thoughtful answers to our questions about motherhood, education, and raising strong women.
“The only way to prevent Afghanistan from going backward is education.” These words hung heavily in the hot air of a teacher’s lounge in a small village in Nangarhar province last year during a conversation about the future of Afghanistan with CAI Communications Director Hannah White. They were spoken by Muhammad Asif, an Islamic Studies teacher for grades 9 – 12 at Khodi Dust Girls’ Higher Secondary School. Muhammad is passionate about education, and he truly believes it is the only thing that can save his country
As Mother's Day approaches (it's May 14th!) it's time to consider what mothers really want. Beyond gifts and appreciation, mothers all over the world want their children to thrive, to get an education, and to flourish.
Two weeks ago we received an urgent request from Wakil Karimi, director of Star of Knowledge (SKO), one of our partners in Afghanistan. The country is facing one of the largest refugee crises in the world, and thousands of displaced refugee children may miss out on years of schooling if we don’t act fast.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized access to clean water as a fundamental human right. In some far-flung areas of Central Asia, however, that right continues to go unrealized, even for children. Read more to learn how CAI is working to ensure more children have access to clean drinking water.
When the alarm goes off at 5am, it can be hard to push yourself to get out of bed, to pull on your running shoes and head out the door. This year, Central Asia Institute can help you find that extra motivation by combining fitness with fundraising for girls’ education. Through our collaboration with the Rock n Roll Marathon Series and the San Francisco Marathon, we’re helping two different sets of hard workers accomplish their goals. For many, committing to a charity race can give them the extra strength to run, ride, or ski across the finish line, even when it seems impossible.