19 08, 2019

Today is Afghanistan’s Independence Day: 100 Years of Freedom, 40 of Them at War

2019-09-03T09:08:31-06:00August 19th, 2019|Afghanistan, General|0 Comments

Today celebrates 100 years since Afghanistan gained its independence. December will mark 40 years of violent conflict. And, if the most optimistic projections are believed, 2019 could be the first year of peace since then.

The eighth and possibly final round of talks between the United States and Taliban concluded earlier this month, with U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeting, “if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on.” The agreement will open negotiations between Afghan parties over the country’s political future, providing a […]

11 05, 2019

Mother’s Day: Honoring Our First Teacher

2019-05-11T10:18:52-06:00May 11th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Take a moment to honor your mom

What’s the first thing you remember? Is your mother in the memory? Is she teaching you something? Before you started kindergarten, before you went to preschool or had your first play date, your mother was in the picture. Maybe your grandmothers were, too. Mothers shape our lives. They teach us things. Some of those things stay with us throughout our life. We pass the teachings onto our own children and, years later, we give what we’ve learned to our grandchildren. Across generations, the teachings survive.

We reached out to two CAI donors and two overseas […]

8 05, 2019

Meet CAI’s New Executive Director, Alice Thomas

2019-05-13T10:50:14-06:00May 8th, 2019|General|7 Comments

It is our great pleasure to introduce Central Asia Institute’s new executive director, Alice Thomas!

Earlier this week, Alice also sat down with CAI Communications Director, Hannah Denys, to talk about her vision for Central Asia Institute and why she’ll be a powerful advocate for CAI’s beneficiaries and supporters. Here’s what Alice had to say:

Hannah: Alice, your name might sound familiar to friends of CAI…

Alice: Yes, many of you may already know me from my time on CAI’s board of directors. I joined the board in 2017 and served as the chair of the development committee and as a member of […]

30 10, 2017

What About the Boys? Educating Boys is Still Important in Developing Countries

2018-03-28T08:19:58-06:00October 30th, 2017|Afghanistan, General, Pakistan|7 Comments

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.

9 10, 2017

Update: Hareem Still Dreams of Being a Pharmacist

2018-03-28T21:48:20-06:00October 9th, 2017|General, Impact, Student Stories|4 Comments

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.

30 05, 2017

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

2018-03-27T20:40:47-06:00May 30th, 2017|Afghanistan, General, Impact, School Building, Maintenance, Equipment and Supplies|11 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.

22 05, 2017

Embrace Ramadan’s spirit of gratitude, humility, and self-restraint

2018-03-28T14:48:24-06:00May 22nd, 2017|Communiqué, General|0 Comments

spirit of ramadan

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 […]

12 05, 2017

Mother’s Day Insights From Tajikistan

2018-03-28T21:58:42-06:00May 12th, 2017|General, Tajikistan|2 Comments

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.

8 05, 2017

The Future of Afghanistan Depends on Education

2018-03-28T21:58:12-06:00May 8th, 2017|General, Programs|8 Comments

“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

28 04, 2017