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Building a bright future

Building a bright future By Libby DaghlianImagine the start of a perfect school day. You might envision the faces of smiling children waving goodbye to their parents. There might be...
Afghan woman with black hijab

Tracking Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: A Timeline

Tracking Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: A Timeline Shortly after seizing power on August 15, 2021, the Taliban announced, “We are going to allow women to study and work within our...
Afghan girls in CBE classroom

Afghans Hold On to Hope and Ask the World to Do the Same

Afghans Hold On to Hope and Ask the World to Do the Same By Molly ShapiroWhen the United States withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021 and the Taliban took over,...
Ayub Teacher in Pakistn

Pakistan: From CAI Graduate to CAI Teacher

Pakistan: From CAI Graduate to CAI Teacher By Shahzadi Imrana Jalil, Moawin Foundation When Ayub was a boy living in Haiderabad, a remote village in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan region of...
Khatera at the CBE School in Afghanistan

Be a Force for Education

Be a Force for Education. Create a Legacy Today! By Marianne Monoc Imagine a world in which women and girls have the education and skills to unlock their full potential...

Ramadan Mubarak 2023

Ramadan Mubarak During Ramadan 2023, Central Asia Institute partners, staff, and program participants shared their reflections on the holiday. From finding strength in fasting to putting more passion into work,...

The promise of an education

The promise of an education: Gul Naz starts second grade For eight-year-old Gul Naz, the thawing of winter in her remote Afghan village meant more than just warmer days ahead—it...
Children in Afghan homeschool

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...

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