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Afghanistan Update: Making Education Possible – One Girl at a Time

Afghanistan Update: Making Education Possible – One Girl at a Time The news stories from Afghanistan continue to be grim. Growing poverty and hunger. Increasing  repression of women and girls....
Afghan girl peaking out from tent

Fighting the odds: new programs keep education alive for Afghan girls

Fighting the odds: new programs keep education alive for Afghan girls Take a moment and imagine what it’s like to be a girl or young woman living in Afghanistan today......
Two girls reading in empty classroom

Women’s education and CAI programming: What does the future hold?

Women’s education and CAI programming: What does the future hold? Updated December 9, 2021 In the past several months, many of you have contacted us to ask pressing questions. What’s...

Your Dollars at Work in Afghanistan

Your dollars at work in Afghanistan It’s been nearly four months since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and the Afghan people continue to face incomprehensible hardship and an uncertain future. With...
Ghulam Nabi -Teacher in classroom

Together, we turned Giving Tuesday into Teacher Tuesday

Together, we turned Giving Tuesday into Teacher Tuesday When Umeed Primary School in remote Pakistan ran into financial difficulty, Ghulam Nabi continued teaching. For nearly a year, he worked without...
Afghan woman in black

Executive Statement: 9/11 – 20 Years Later

Executive Statement: 9/11 – 20 Years Later Mourning what we lost, remembering what we gained This Saturday, September 11, 2021, America will commemorate those who lost their lives 20 years...
Afghan girl

Update-Attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport

UPDATE: Central Asia Institute's Statement on the Attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan Central Asia Institute is deeply shocked and saddened by the monstrous and unconscionable attack earlier...
Afghan woman

[Urgent] Taliban seize control of Kabul

[Urgent] Taliban seize control of Kabul & solidify control of the country Along with so many people around the world, CAI’s staff and board are deeply distraught by the unfolding...
School girl in Afghanistan

What’s next in Afghanistan? Answering your questions.

What's next in Afghanistan? Answering Your Questions UPDATED as of August 11, 2021 With the news of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan in recent weeks, many of our friends...
School construction in Barushan Tajikistan

Hope comes to Barushan

Hope comes to Barushan The villagers in the mountain community of Barushan in remote Tajikistan are abuzz. Old and young alike can’t stop talking about the construction of the new...
Refugee camp in Afghanistan

Fighting the new, nameless war in Afghanistan

Fighting the new, nameless war in Afghanistan When the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan in August 2021, 20 years after their expulsion by U.S. troops, the American War ended. During...
girl looking down and reading

What does girls’ education have to do with climate change?

What does girls’ education have to do with climate change? By Alice ThomasAcross the globe, people are feeling the effects of climate change—from hurricanes to flooding to droughts to wildfires....
Two girls holding hands

We’re all connected

We're all connected By Rebecca LeeAsk Ruth Abad for the key to the world’s problems, and she answers with one word: education. Ask her to be more specific, and she...
Young students in school

Learn how to support girls’ education in smart, tax-savvy ways

Learn how to support girls’ education in smart, tax-savvy ways By Sonja BahrCentral Asia Institute depends on the commitment and generosity of supporters like you to unlock the potential of...
Gulnamo Beknazarova

Differently abled craftswoman

Differently abled craftswoman turns her passion into a profession By Hannah DenysNow Gulnamo is 42, and she creates elaborate, richly colored handicrafts—from traditional Pamiri socks to ornately beaded jewelry to...

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