19 12, 2013

December 19, 2013 – The 2014 Journey of Hope Calendars

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December 19, 2013 – The 2014 Journey of Hope Calendars

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The 2014 limited-edition Journey of Hope calendars are going fast!

If you want one – or more – act now to ensure you get a copy of this beautiful limited-edition collection of photographs from CAI projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

Each calendar is $10 and all proceeds go to CAI’s work to promote education, especially for girls, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

To order online, click HERE. Or call 406.585.7841; email info@ikat.org, or send a note to: […]

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 […]

5 12, 2013

December 5, 2013 – Ode to Joy

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Ode to Joy

At this time of year, when days are short and the dark nights seem so long, it is important to remember the light in our lives. Remember the joy.

In the words of Frederich Buechner: “Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes.”

Joy is a mystery. And it is a gift.

– Karin Ronnow, CAI’s communications director.

3 12, 2013

December 3, 2013 – Be a part of Giving Tuesday. It will make a difference.

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Giving Tuesday

December 3, 2013 – Be a part of Giving Tuesday. It will make a difference.

As Central Asia Institute’s database manager, I am the lucky person who sees the generosity and thoughtfulness of our supporters every day. I hear and read CAI supporters’ stories about why they are passionate about girls’ education and peace in the communities where we work. I receive the handcrafted cards from Florence in Washington each month. I read letters from motivated teenagers like Amy in Massachusetts, who grew up volunteering for her father’s non-profit. I am humbled to hear from […]

27 11, 2013

November 27, 2013 – Attitude of Gratitude

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November 27, 2013 – Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States that dates back to colonial times, a time to count our blessings and express our thanks.

It was the first U.S. president, George Washington, who proclaimed in 1789 that “it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

Photo: Greg Mortenson 2013 Photo: Greg Mortenson 2013

Nearly 70 years later, as the […]

15 11, 2013

November 15, 2013 – Difficult and dangerous: Education in Afghanistan

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November 15, 2013 – Difficult and dangerous: Education in Afghanistan

EDITOR’S NOTE: David Starnes recently returned from his first visit to Afghanistan as Central Asia Institute’s executive director, a position he has held since March 2013. Here he shares some of his thoughts, impressions, and reflections.

A lasting impression from my recent visit to Afghanistan was inspiration: from those who built these schools and the students who continue to endure great hardship to attend the schools and receive an education.

One striking example of this came during my visit to a CAI-supported school […]

13 11, 2013

November 13, 2013 – “Sir Sarfraz”

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November 13, 2013 – “Sir Sarfraz”

A year ago today we lost our dear friend and colleague Sarfraz Khan. There are no words to express how much we miss him, his sense of humor, his energy, and his tireless determination to help CAI make the world a better place. We think about him every single day.

Sarfraz

On this day, we’d like to honor his memory by sharing a poem written by several CAI-supported scholarship students in northern Pakistan. These young women read the poem aloud during a ceremony in Gilgit, Pakistan, in May.

Sir Sarfraz

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8 11, 2013

November 8, 2013 – CAI Releases Annual Report (September 30, 2012)

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November 8, 2013 – CAI Releases Annual Report (September 30, 2012)

Central Asia Institute (CAI) has released the Annual Report for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. The report summarizes CAI’s financial statements and programs, and illustrates how your support continues to further our mission.

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As I noted in my annual report message, I am just settling back into my office in Bozeman, Montana, after a four-week tour of Afghanistan, where I made extensive visits to schools, women’s centers, and community-based projects. […]

6 11, 2013

November 6, 2013 – 2014 Journey of Hope calendars available for pre-orders

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November 6, 2013 – 2014 Journey of Hope calendars available for pre-orders

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The 2014 limited-edition Journey of Hope calendar has gone to press and Central Asia Institute is now taking preorders.

This year, photographer Erik Petersen and CAI Communications Director Karin Ronnow documented CAI projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. The calendar includes stunning photography of CAI projects, plus explanations of CAI’s programs and a map of the areas we serve.

The stories will be published in the upcoming “Journey of Hope,” which is scheduled for an early […]

5 11, 2013

November 5, 2013: Happy Islamic New Year!

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November 5, 2013: Happy Islamic New Year!

Central Asia Institute wishes everyone a blessed Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)!

cai Ancient astronomers and navigators used astrolabes, such as the one pictured here, to locate the sun, moon, planets, and stars, and determine local time. In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate prayer times. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the History of Science.

Al Hijra is the first day of the Islamic New Year. It marks the day when Mohammad began his migration from Mecca to […]