6 11, 2017

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

2017-11-07T15:29:40+00:00 November 6th, 2017|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.

30 10, 2017

What About the Boys? Educating Boys is Still Important in Developing Countries

2017-10-30T10:31:47+00:00 October 30th, 2017|5 Comments

Educating girls in developing countries has been the focal point of NGOs and charity organizations for many years. The UN highlighted girls’ education in both the 2000 Millennium Development Goals and the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.  While these goals include educating boys too, they call out the disparity in gender specifically. CAI also singles out girls’ education as an important focus in our mission, noting that girls face higher social and economic barriers to education than boys in the countries where we work.

20 10, 2017

Afghan Kuchi Tribes Thrive With Community Education

2017-10-20T10:35:54+00:00 October 20th, 2017|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.

9 10, 2017

Update: Hareem Still Dreams of Being a Pharmacist

2017-10-18T17:22:04+00:00 October 9th, 2017|4 Comments

Last spring CAI supporters met Hareem, a young woman with a dream of being a pharmacist and a strong determination to achieve that dream despite poverty, family tragedy, and difficulty accessing education. Hareem was a featured scholarship student during the 2016 summer campaign. Read an update to her story to see how her determination continues to push her toward her goal, despite unexpected hardships.

3 10, 2017

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

2017-10-03T13:36:09+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|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.

5 09, 2017

Update: Spring Projects Are Underway Thanks to Donors

2017-09-05T16:08:29+00:00 September 5th, 2017|9 Comments

Earlier this year, we put out a plea for help to repair damaged and crumbling schools and build two new structures for students crammed into small homes or studying in the open air. Hundreds of people from across the country and even across the world came together and pitched in to make sure students in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan have a safe space to learn.

23 08, 2017

It’s Back to School for Pennies For Peace

2017-08-23T15:28:38+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

Back to school is on the minds of many parents and children as the hazy days of summer shrink into cooler nights. Grocery store aisles of fresh pencils, colorful notebooks, and backpacks are replacing summer coolers, beach balls, and sun hats. Halfway across the world in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan students and their parents are thinking about going back to school too. Many schools have been on a summer break, and in some areas it’s too hot to go to school in summer, so they wait until the cooler months to start classes.

14 08, 2017

A Feminist, an Environmentalist, and a Humanitarian

2017-08-14T11:47:38+00:00 August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Bonnie Hough was dedicated to finding solutions for challenges - personally, locally, and globally. It was her nature to observe a problem from what she considered a scientific perspective, creating solutions based on her observations and understanding. She did something because it interested her and it needed to be done. This was simply her approach to life.

27 07, 2017

In Her Own Words: An Honest Letter From a Scholarship Student

2017-07-27T10:44:11+00:00 July 27th, 2017|3 Comments

I, Yalda, daughter of Gholam Heydar, study Dari Language and Literature at the Teacher Training School of Seyed Jamaleddin Afghan. If I tell you the story of my life, you will see what a hard life I have had so far. I was six years old when my father was martyred and at the same time my brother lost a limb in a bombing airstrike. From this very moment, my life became grim and was left with a mountain of grief.