11 05, 2019

Mother’s Day: Honoring Our First Teacher

2019-05-11T10:18:52-06:00May 11th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Take a moment to honor your mom

What’s the first thing you remember? Is your mother in the memory? Is she teaching you something? Before you started kindergarten, before you went to preschool or had your first play date, your mother was in the picture. Maybe your grandmothers were, too. Mothers shape our lives. They teach us things. Some of those things stay with us throughout our life. We pass the teachings onto our own children and, years later, we give what we’ve learned to our grandchildren. Across generations, the teachings survive.

We reached out to two CAI donors and two overseas […]

8 05, 2019

Meet CAI’s New Executive Director, Alice Thomas

2019-05-13T10:50:14-06:00May 8th, 2019|General|6 Comments

It is our great pleasure to introduce Central Asia Institute’s new executive director, Alice Thomas!

Earlier this week, Alice also sat down with CAI Communications Director, Hannah Denys, to talk about her vision for Central Asia Institute and why she’ll be a powerful advocate for CAI’s beneficiaries and supporters. Here’s what Alice had to say:

Hannah: Alice, your name might sound familiar to friends of CAI…

Alice: Yes, many of you may already know me from my time on CAI’s board of directors. I joined the board in 2017 and served as the chair of the development committee and as a member of […]

19 03, 2019

Nowruz: Celebration of Good Fortune and Springtime

2019-04-26T12:02:18-06:00March 19th, 2019|Afghanistan Culture|0 Comments

As winter begins to loosen its grip, millions of people around the world will welcome the warmer weather by celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

Nowruz was originally a Zoroastrian tradition, but it has become a part of many different cultures. Countries, like Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, even observe it as a national holiday.

Nowruz – meaning “New Day” in Persian – coincides with the vernal equinox and the onset of spring. Harvest festivals, outdoor games and dancing, and presentations of nature’s bounty are all ways that the New Year is celebrated.

Want to have […]

12 03, 2019

The role of education in childhood development

2019-03-12T12:38:20-06:00March 12th, 2019|Tajikistan|0 Comments

Within the child lies the fate of the future. – Maria Montessori

The beginning of each human life is a time of unlimited potential. Every second, a baby forms more than a million new neural connections, linking curious mind to body. But the external circumstances of our early years determine a great deal of how much that potential we can harness.

Over the years, the importance of early childhood has become more clear. Early childhood development (ECD) is now considered a time which lays the foundation for an individual’s future overall health, happiness, success, and social behavior. The years of zero to […]

11 03, 2019

Advantages of Education for Kids in the Developing Country of Afghanistan

2019-03-11T10:58:33-06:00March 11th, 2019|Afghanistan|0 Comments

The education of children and women in Afghanistan is an emotional cause, with humanitarian urgency. But if you follow the numbers, it’s easy to see a ripple effect that impacts the entire nation – educating kids has advantages for the whole country.

Beginning at birth: Afghan children live longer when girls receive an education

The highest infant mortality rate in the world: for years, Afghanistan held that tragic distinction. The prevalence of conflict, widespread poverty, limited access to health services, and a lack of access to the schooling and cultural rights over decades compounded, resulting in devastating infant mortality statistics. In the […]

11 02, 2019

See the School You Built

2019-02-14T11:33:21-06:00February 11th, 2019|Programs|15 Comments

In the spring, we asked for your help to build a new primary school in Pish, Tajikistan. The existing school was built years ago without any input from engineers or professional builders. As a result, the structure was falling apart. It didn’t have a proper roof or floor, which made it usable only in the summertime (and the summertime in remote Tajikistan is very short). Even then, the condition of the building made attending class dangerous.

With your help, we were able to raise the necessary funds to start construction in May 2018 and the new school was finished that winter. […]

20 12, 2018

Gender Equality in Afghan Education: Building a new start for a nation in turmoil

2019-01-07T13:02:02-06:00December 20th, 2018|Programs|1 Comment

We want the education by which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.

– Swami Vivekananda

At first glance, Afghanistan’s education system is struggling. The country has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with current estimates of less than one-third of adults able to read and write. For women, the numbers are even bleaker: an average of just 17% of women are literate, compared to 45% of men.

On paper, gender equality in Afghanistan is moot; legally, Afghan women […]

14 12, 2018

Improving Girls’ Education in Developing Countries: Creating a Better Future, One Life at a Time

2019-01-04T15:12:57-06:00December 14th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

The plight of uneducated women in developing countries has thousands of faces. But with so many people in need, those unique stories are often overwhelmed by reports and statistics. In countries with war-torn histories, economic instabilities, widespread poverty, geographical remoteness, and lack of infrastructure, it’s all too common for the struggles of daily life to overshadow the importance of education. Central Asia Institute believes that shifting the course of a nation’s future begins with changing the individual lives of the girls and women who call it home. Such change has the greatest impact in the form of education.

“Women share this […]

4 12, 2018

Girls’ Access to Education: Bringing the First Schools to Remote Villages

2019-01-04T15:01:21-06:00December 4th, 2018|Programs|2 Comments

Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates and the second-largest out-of-school population worldwide. The greatest impacts of those missed educational opportunities are felt by Pakistan’s girls and women — especially in outlying, mountainous areas of the country. Widespread poverty, early marriage norms, and a lack of safe or accessible school infrastructure create stark inequalities in girls’ access to education; in rural Balochistan, for example, the female literacy rate is a shocking 2%.

Instabilities in Pakistan’s social and political landscapes pull limited government resources away from areas like education. Over the past decade and a half, […]

26 11, 2018

Giving Tuesday: Funding Education with Gratitude and Generosity

2018-12-18T14:26:26-06:00November 26th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

The spirit of giving is grounded in gratitude. Throughout the holiday season, we take stock of our lives and our world—the good, the difficult, the beautiful and the hard. And inspired by the good, in spite of the difficult, we give. It truly takes a grateful heart to give generously. When we appreciate what we have, we understand the importance of sharing it.

This Giving Tuesday, in the spirit of generosity, Central Asia Institute invites you to change the world through the education of girls and women. Communities near and far are suffering division, violence, loss, and fear, but there is […]