12 06, 2018

ISIS Attack on CAI-Supported Schools

2018-06-12T11:43:09+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Afghanistan|2 Comments

We are deeply saddened to report that earlier this month ISIS militants in Afghanistan attacked two schools supported by Central Asia Institute. Fortunately, neither students nor staff were hurt in the attack, however, the main gate and adjoining portions of the boundary wall were destroyed when a bomb was detonated. CAI’s implementing partner in the region, Star of Knowledge (SKO), has made the decision for the safety of everyone involved, to temporarily suspend program activities at those locations. SKO and the community will continue to evaluate the situation and determine next steps at a later date.

Our hearts go out to […]

11 06, 2018

A Charitable Wedding Day is Special for Hundreds

2018-06-19T12:44:09+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

Chiara Guariglia’s wedding day will be special, and not just for herself and her fiancé Valerio Nardone. Chiara has chosen to dedicate her wedding to Central Asia Institute. As a result, the celebration will also be a event to remember for dozens of children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan when they learn in schools supported by their charitable wedding gifts.

In Italy, guests usually place a gift of money into the bag or box at the reception. At Chiara’s wedding, when they open the gift box, they will see a note inside informing them that their gift is being donated to […]

24 05, 2018

Photo Update: New Photos of Spring Construction

2018-05-29T12:07:32+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Programs|6 Comments

Imagine you’re a second-grade student in Tajikistan. It’s December and freezing, but your school is unheated. The cold concrete walls do little to trap the heat in, and there’s no floor, so the damp ground makes the room even more unbearable. Being in school makes you ill as your body struggles to keep warm.

Or maybe you’re a child in Pakistan. Your village had a school built 20 years ago, so you’re lucky to not be one of the 9.5 million primary-age students who don’t have access to education. But the number of children at your school has doubled, and your […]

3 05, 2018

We Remain Firmly Committed to Education in Afghanistan

2018-05-07T09:14:38+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

For the last two weeks, I have watched in disbelief and dismay as CAI’s Afghan friends and family faced unspeakable horrors, enduring violent attack after violent attack.

Just this Monday, 31 people were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan. On April 22, a suicide blast in Kabul killed 57 people — including at least five children — and wounded over 100 more at a voter registration center. That attack was preceded by a car bombing in southern Afghanistan in which at least 13 people were killed and 35 others injured. In […]

1 05, 2018

Photo Update: New Construction to Keep Children Safe

2018-05-07T12:02:45+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Programs, Tajikistan|4 Comments

For many in Central Asia, education takes place outdoors. Without classrooms or school buildings, students sit in chairs or on a carpet. If there is enough money, the school can buy a tent to keep rain and wind from stopping a lesson.

With little else to distinguish where a school property begins or ends, strangers can wander right onto the property or lurk at its borders. If that sounds concerning to you, it is as well for parents. Too often, that danger results in children kept at home, away from a threat of kidnapping or abuse. In conservative communities, where many […]

27 04, 2018

In Wake Of Recent Attacks On Schools, Boundary Walls Are Essential

2018-04-30T16:24:07+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Afghanistan, Field Notes|7 Comments

For the last 10 years, attacks on schools by Taliban insurgents have been almost unheard of. According to a recent New York Times article, Taliban school attacks “proved so unpopular with communities that the insurgents announced that they would not be continued, even claiming to support girls’ education.”

Things changed on April 11 when insurgents struck a girls’ high school in Logar Province and set it on fire. A separate assault was conducted on a school in Nangarhar Province the following Saturday. Labs and archives were reportedly set ablaze.

Although both operations occurred at night and no students were harmed, the […]

21 03, 2018

Why Do We Need More Classrooms? Ask the Teachers, Parents, and School Staff

2018-03-27T20:28:39+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Programs|2 Comments

One of the major barriers to education in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan isn’t what you might think. As populations grow and the education revolution takes hold, there simply aren’t enough classrooms to hold all the students who want to learn. This simple lack of classrooms is holding thousands of children back, and many of them are girls. How do we know? Along with research from various global relief organizations, we seek out counsel from the people living in the villages who are experiencing these problems first hand.

5 03, 2018

Powered By Passion: A Journey Through Central Asia for Girls’ Education

2018-03-28T07:34:36+00:00 March 5th, 2018|P2P Fundraising|4 Comments

Jack Few is an adventure cyclist with a soft spot for the places he travels and people he meets. At 24 he’s already completed a 3,000-mile bike ride through India, self-published a book of stories and wisdom learned on the road, and now he has embarked on an even bigger challenge. This year Jack is riding his bike from Brighton, England to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and raising money for girls’ education along the way. Jack is one of the lastest adventurer-turned-advocates who is using his passion to raise awareness and funds for Central Asia Institute.

20 02, 2018

In Their Own Words: Scholarship Stories from Tajikistan

2018-03-27T19:49:26+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Programs|9 Comments

In Tajikistan, poverty is one of the largest barriers to higher education. All too often promising students must end their academic dreams early, or their families take out loans they can never pay back and are often not sufficient to put their children through school. With help from donors, CAI’s partner in Tajikistan (CAIT) gives scholarships to students based on need and merit, ensuring poverty does not derail the dreams and careers of some of the country’s best and brightest students. Each applicant must submit their school grades and their family’s income information, complete an interview, and submit recommendations from village elders and teachers.

5 02, 2018

Meet the Dream Makers Who Give Monthly to Create Lasting Change

2018-03-28T21:18:34+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Programs|2 Comments

“I have long believed that the best way to fight terrorism and poverty is to educate women.  When women have knowledge they begin to realize they have power. They begin to transfer that to their children. They teach their daughters that women are valuable and can make a difference. They teach their sons compassion. They teach their children that there is more than one way to look at the world.” - Elaine Olson. Read about what it's like to be a Dream Maker in our monthly giving program from two women who believe in the power of education.