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 […]

23 11, 2017

Violence Against Women A Roadblock To Education

2020-01-13T11:46:09-06:00November 23rd, 2017|Field Notes, General, Impact|4 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.

30 10, 2017

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

2020-01-09T11:48:06-06:00October 30th, 2017|Afghanistan, General, Pakistan|8 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.

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