3 05, 2018

We Remain Firmly Committed to Education in Afghanistan

2018-05-07T09:14:38-06:00May 3rd, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

For the last two weeks, I have watched in disbelief and dismay as CAI’s Afghan friends and family faced unspeakable horrors, enduring violent attack after violent attack.

Just this Monday, 31 people were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan. On April 22, a suicide blast in Kabul killed 57 people — including at least five children — and wounded over 100 more at a voter registration center. That attack was preceded by a car bombing in southern Afghanistan in which at least 13 people were killed and 35 others injured. In […]

1 05, 2018

Photo Update: New Construction to Keep Children Safe

2018-05-07T12:02:45-06:00May 1st, 2018|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Programs, Tajikistan|7 Comments

For many in Central Asia, education takes place outdoors. Without classrooms or school buildings, students sit in chairs or on a carpet. If there is enough money, the school can buy a tent to keep rain and wind from stopping a lesson.

With little else to distinguish where a school property begins or ends, strangers can wander right onto the property or lurk at its borders. If that sounds concerning to you, it is as well for parents. Too often, that danger results in children kept at home, away from a threat of kidnapping or abuse. In conservative communities, where many […]

21 03, 2018

Why Do We Need More Classrooms? Ask the Teachers, Parents, and School Staff

2018-03-27T20:28:39-06:00March 21st, 2018|Programs|2 Comments

One of the major barriers to education in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan isn’t what you might think. As populations grow and the education revolution takes hold, there simply aren’t enough classrooms to hold all the students who want to learn. This simple lack of classrooms is holding thousands of children back, and many of them are girls. How do we know? Along with research from various global relief organizations, we seek out counsel from the people living in the villages who are experiencing these problems first hand.

20 02, 2018

In Their Own Words: Scholarship Stories from Tajikistan

2018-03-27T19:49:26-06:00February 20th, 2018|Programs|9 Comments

In Tajikistan, poverty is one of the largest barriers to higher education. All too often promising students must end their academic dreams early, or their families take out loans they can never pay back and are often not sufficient to put their children through school. With help from donors, CAI’s partner in Tajikistan (CAIT) gives scholarships to students based on need and merit, ensuring poverty does not derail the dreams and careers of some of the country’s best and brightest students. Each applicant must submit their school grades and their family’s income information, complete an interview, and submit recommendations from village elders and teachers.

5 02, 2018

Meet the Dream Makers Who Give Monthly to Create Lasting Change

2018-03-28T21:18:34-06:00February 5th, 2018|Programs|2 Comments

“I have long believed that the best way to fight terrorism and poverty is to educate women.  When women have knowledge they begin to realize they have power. They begin to transfer that to their children. They teach their daughters that women are valuable and can make a difference. They teach their sons compassion. They teach their children that there is more than one way to look at the world.” - Elaine Olson. Read about what it's like to be a Dream Maker in our monthly giving program from two women who believe in the power of education.

8 01, 2018

Update: The Number of Girls with Access to Education in Darel Valley Homeschools Doubles

2018-03-28T16:02:16-06:00January 8th, 2018|Pakistan, Programs, Student Education Support Program (SESP)|11 Comments

In 2017, after careful talk and negotiation, CAI was presented with the opportunity to create more educational opportunities to Diamer District, an incredibly conservative area in Pakistan. In this region 72 percent of children age three to 16 are out of school, with girls representing the majority of that number. For decades outside groups have attempted to bring education to this region, but the concerned mullahs (religious leaders), were cautious of these foreign groups, many of which tried to start programs without talking with them or getting their approval.

4 12, 2017

Computer Skills Training in Northern Afghanistan is Revitalizing Schools

2018-03-28T08:10:29-06:00December 4th, 2017|Afghanistan, Impact, Journey Of Hope, Programs|2 Comments

In northern Afghanistan most schools don’t have computers. Teachers and administrators must keep track of grades, attendance, and lessons by hand. It’s not always lack of access to computers that’s holding these teachers back, but a lack of computer skills training and understanding of this new technology that keeps them isolated.

6 11, 2017

The Gifting Season is Upon Us, so What About Donation Gifts?

2018-03-28T08:14:15-06:00November 6th, 2017|Planned Giving, Programs|1 Comment

Suddenly it’s November. Snow is falling gently outside the window at CAI, and this year’s Journey of Hope magazine is at the printer ready to display a year’s worth of progress, challenge, and hope in its glossy pages. Gift-giving season has snuck up on us once again, and this year CAI is trying something new, a gift catalogue with a variety of charitable choices that make a meaningful gift for friends and family. Each gift in the catalogue goes directly to programs overseas, so you can be sure your donation gifts are doing the most good.

20 10, 2017

Afghan Kuchi Tribes Thrive With Community Education

2018-03-28T08:19:53-06:00October 20th, 2017|Afghanistan, Impact, School Building, Maintenance, Equipment and Supplies, Spring Campaign|6 Comments

In the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, where agriculture is still the main source of income, semi-nomadic Kuchi tribes still move with the seasons, following ancient cultural traditions. In the past these tribes roamed across the region in search of grazing grounds for their herds of sheep and camels, but government borders, private land, and changing climate have drastically reduced the number of people who still travel, and the places they can go.

3 10, 2017

Collaboration, Education, and Hope Resound at CAI’s Event in D.C.

2018-03-28T18:19:50-06:00October 3rd, 2017|Impact, Programs|5 Comments

Most of the media reports on Afghanistan and Pakistan revolve around military strategy and the ongoing battles against militant groups. However, there are many more issues and initiatives that are taking place to help the people of these countries receive the tools they need to heal and grow their countries. CAI decided to bring these solutions to light during our event in Washington D.C. on September 21, 2017.