11 12, 2013

December 11, 2013 – CAI delivers another Journey of Hope

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December 11, 2013 – CAI delivers another Journey of Hope

‘You can’t eat hope,’ the woman said.
‘You can’t eat it, but it sustains you,’ the colonel replied.
– Gabriel Garcia Márquez

WAKHAN CORRIDOR, Afghanistan – Central Asia Institute often talks about the “remote” places where we work.

We work in rural areas. We work in the mountains. We travel vertigo-inducing roads along mountain ridges and cliffs, through glacial streams, and over loose talus slopes to reach villages well off the beaten place, places where there is no electricity, cellphone service, potable water, paying jobs, or […]

11 12, 2012

December 11, 2012 – Hope unites us; CAI releases 2012 Journey of Hope

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December 11, 2012 – Hope unites us; CAI releases 2012 Journey of Hope

Afghan women

BAHARAK, Afghanistan – A young woman in her 20s, newly married and pregnant with her first child, asked me which I liked better – Kabul or her remote mountain village.

Without hesitating, I said, “The village.” And I meant it. I love the mountains and the wide-open spaces that surround so many of the places where Central Asia Institute (CAI) works. For me, the village is a respite, a retreat to a […]

7 08, 2012

August 7, 2012 – Promoting education in the last, best places

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August 7, 2012 – Promoting education in the last, best places

Khorog

Any trip to visit Central Asia Institute-supported projects overseas is bound to be extraordinary.

But photographer Erik Petersen and I just returned from a four-week journey through Afghanistan and Tajikistan that turned out to be, well, extra extraordinary. And one that made me vow to my family that henceforth I will never go too far off the beaten path without a satellite phone. Because you just never know what might happen.

Erik and I landed in Kabul in late […]

30 11, 2011

November 30, 2011 – 2011 Journey of Hope

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November 30, 2011 – 2011 Journey of Hope

The 2011 edition of our annual Journey of Hope highlights Central Asia Institute’s accomplishments that I would like to share with all of you who make our seemingly “impossible” mission a possibility.

Our communications director and author of this journal – Karin Ronnow – has eloquently chronicled, with stunning pictures by the photographer Ellen Jaskol, some of the milestones that we have reached in our journey from Pakistan to Afghanistan to Tajikistan.

The focus of Central Asia Institute’s mission is the same that Muhammad Iqbal, the internationally honored national poet of Pakistan, […]