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.
This year International Women’s Day carries a significant weight. As the Women’s Revolution has been heating up around the world, women and men from all walks of life have come together to not only stand with women, but in support of the history of empowered women who have raised the bar for all humankind. In places like the U.S., there are a number of pioneering women who have left a blueprint to show the world how important women are. In other places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, this women’s revolution is just beginning, and women in these areas are the ones creating the path forward for the future.
Without teachers, the schools we build and support in Central Asia could never fulfill their ultimate purpose: to provide education and literacy for girls and women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. In many rural areas, some of which are supporting their first schools, finding qualified teachers can be difficult. For the past few years, CAI and our overseas partners have developed and led teacher-training courses for teachers in the remote areas where we work.
When you start reading in a room full of children, no matter what kind of chaos that room is in, they notice, and gradually, they start to listen. There’s a hush that comes with reading; there’s a peace that stories bring. Reading aloud has the power to capture a child’s imagination, to get them excited about reading and learning, to get them excited about expanding their view of the world.
While her life has been filled with challenges, love, and adventure, Nasrine Gross isn’t taking her good fortune for granted. Instead, she dedicates her life to helping women and men in her home country write their own stories. Whether or not those stories will have happy endings has yet to be seen. This Valentine’s Day we want to share the story of one woman’s love for education, and how she is working with couples in Afghanistan, helping them learn and grow stronger together.
When you think about your legacy, what comes to mind? Is it your children and grandchildren? Is it a property or business? What about a path forward? Many people associate a legacy with something that lasts after we are gone, but a legacy is a path that connects the past with the present and acts as a guide for the future.
All over the world, the revolution for girl’s education is gaining strength. Young girls, mothers, daughters and wives are taking the first steps toward a future with education. People from all walks of life are standing with them, helping to provide schools and supplies, and give them a voice. Are you letting the revolution pass you by?
Last year closed with an exciting electricity. People all over the world felt a desire to mobilize, to raise their voices for the causes they believe in, and to band together to create change. With a new year and a blank slate stretched out before us, it may seem daunting to incorporate that momentum into your New Year’s resolutions and goals. If you’re creative, like our friends overseas, you might be surprised at the number of ways you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, all without spending even one cent.