This spring, Pennies for Peace is honoring six schools whose passion and creativity made a difference in their own communities, as well as communities in Central Asia. This is CAI’s second year of giving Peace Leader Awards, demonstrating our appreciation to the dedicated students and teachers who have shown consistent passion for spreading peace and education all around the world.
Two weeks ago we received an urgent request from Wakil Karimi, director of Star of Knowledge (SKO), one of our partners in Afghanistan. The country is facing one of the largest refugee crises in the world, and thousands of displaced refugee children may miss out on years of schooling if we don’t act fast.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized access to clean water as a fundamental human right. In some far-flung areas of Central Asia, however, that right continues to go unrealized, even for children. Read more to learn how CAI is working to ensure more children have access to clean drinking water.
Close to 300 children, ages 1 1/2 to 5, have been waiting excitedly for the long winter to loosen its grip on Tajikistan. This spring the arrival of warm weather signals the start of Kindergarten No.5’s first school year with a brand new playground, installed late last September.
When the alarm goes off at 5am, it can be hard to push yourself to get out of bed, to pull on your running shoes and head out the door. This year, Central Asia Institute can help you find that extra motivation by combining fitness with fundraising for girls’ education. Through our collaboration with the Rock n Roll Marathon Series and the San Francisco Marathon, we’re helping two different sets of hard workers accomplish their goals. For many, committing to a charity race can give them the extra strength to run, ride, or ski across the finish line, even when it seems impossible.
All around the northern hemisphere temperatures are getting warmer, snow is receding and hints of spring are in the air. After a long winter, people for centuries have been marking the return of warm weather and the growing season with holidays and spring traditions. These celebrations vary from country to country, state to state, and even town to town.
This year International Women’s Day carries a significant weight. As the Women’s Revolution has been heating up around the world, women and men from all walks of life have come together to not only stand with women, but in support of the history of empowered women who have raised the bar for all humankind. In places like the U.S., there are a number of pioneering women who have left a blueprint to show the world how important women are. In other places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, this women’s revolution is just beginning, and women in these areas are the ones creating the path forward for the future.
People all over the world have been having conversations about the best ways to get involved with causes dear to their hearts. How can we make a difference in the lives of others? What kind of volunteer goals do you want to set? One simple action you can take is to join Central Asia Institute by starting a nonprofit fundraiser for girls’ education.
Without teachers, the schools we build and support in Central Asia could never fulfill their ultimate purpose: to provide education and literacy for girls and women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. In many rural areas, some of which are supporting their first schools, finding qualified teachers can be difficult. For the past few years, CAI and our overseas partners have developed and led teacher-training courses for teachers in the remote areas where we work.
When you start reading in a room full of children, no matter what kind of chaos that room is in, they notice, and gradually, they start to listen. There’s a hush that comes with reading; there’s a peace that stories bring. Reading aloud has the power to capture a child’s imagination, to get them excited about reading and learning, to get them excited about expanding their view of the world.