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Sulhiya’s Story – Tajikistan

Sulhiya’s Story - Tajikistan Growing up in the Gorno Badakhshan region of Tajikistan, Sulhiya was known her for compassion and outgoing personality. When she was looking for direction after graduating...
Afghan girls playing

Asia’s Story

Asia’s Story Asia is a second grader on a mission. Living in the Dasht Sar Lola village of Badakhshan, Asia has faced tremendous obstacles in her journey towards education, but...
Royesa’s Story

An Education Back on Track: Royesa’s Story

An Education Back on Track: Royesa’s Story In the Ishkashan Village of Badakhshan District, Afghanistan, primary education is not a guarantee. Although all children are expected to attend primary school...
Classroom in Pakistan

Nurturing Young Minds

Nurturing Young Minds The Early Childhood Development center in Dain, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, begins each day like all early childhood centers: with smiling teachers greeting their littlest learners. One of those...
Sitora in Tajikistan

Sitora’s Story

Sitora’s Story Sitora Majnunova, 41, lives with her brother and daughter in the Roshkala district in Tajikistan’s marginalized Gorno Badakhshan region. Following the death of her husband a few years...
Badukshan region in Afghanistan

Sadia’s Story

Sadia’s Story Sadia Sahar, 24, lives with her large family in the Khash District in Badakhshan. Her parents are farmers. While Sadia was lucky to attain a bachelor’s level education,...
Afghan Girls Education (AGE) program

One Student, One Tree

One Student, One Tree For the teachers of Central Asia Institute’s Afghan Girls Education (AGE) program, environmental stewardship and education go hand in hand. This spring, classrooms in four Badakhshan...

Preschool #2 Update: A vision realized, brick by brick

Preschool #2 Update: A vision realized, brick by brick Barushan is a small town nestled in the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) region. A poor and isolated...
Morning classes at CBE school

Read, Watch, and Listen. Your Central Asia Study Guide.

Read, Watch, And Listen: Your Central Asia Study Guide BOOKS Defiant DreamsBy Sola Mahfouz and Malaina Kapoor, 2023Mahfouz and Kapoor shed light on the experiences of everyday Afghan girls and...
Student reading from a book

Other ways to give

Other Ways to Give Whether you choose to give a direct monetary donation, a gift of stock, or an in-kind gift, CAI appreciates your support. And we’re excited to tell...
Landscape in Pakistan

Tackling the Climate Crisis on the Frontlines

Tackling the Climate Crisis on the Frontlines By Nicolas Pavoncelli Over the past year, Central Asia Institute has been working closely with our partners on the ground to understand how...
Korphe Pakistan

A Closer Look at Central Asia Institute’s Impact in Pakistan

A Closer Look at Central Asia Institute’s Impact in Pakistan By Libby DaghlianCentral Asia Institute’s story begins in 1996 in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. Today, CAI...
Mina Sherzoy

PROFILE: Mina Sherzoy CAI Board Member

PROFILE: Mina Sherzoy CAI Board Member CAI Board member Mina Sherzoy has never been one to shy away from a challenge. From empowering Afghan women to pursuing a career in...
Afsona - Teacher in Tajikistan

Scholarship Spotlight on Afsona

Scholarship Spotlight on Afsona By Libby DaghlianFor more than 20 years, Central Asia Institute has supported students in Tajikistan with scholarships to continue their higher education studies. Falling under the...
Landscape in Pakistan

Early Learning in Pakistan

Early Learning in Pakistan By Libby Daghlian Nestled in the breathtaking mountains of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region, the city of Dain is home to a thoughtful young preschooler named Moheed.Coming from...



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