This spring, CAI received one of the most touching grants for education in our twenty-year history. It wasn’t the size of the grant that honored us the most; it was the group of students from the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) who chose to support CAI’s mission of peace through education.
Two of Ms. Kucharski’s classes, totaling fifty students, participated in Pennies for Peace this spring. “It was inspiring to see how much the students took ownership of the program.
Though refugees come from many countries, the United Nations reports 54% of this population flees from just three countries: Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria.
The children of Kamp-e Farm Hada are lucky to have Owsubila looking out for their education. In this village, parents see education as the only way out of poverty, even for their girls.
In mid-May floods swept through the Shuhada district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan following closely on the heels of a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 10. The rushing waters destroyed more than 800 homes, washed away roads, and left canals filled in with silt and debris.
Twenty years ago, in 1996, Central Asia Institute was founded on this principle. Educating the children of villages torn by war, poverty, and isolation is the best way to solve conflict and provide opportunity.
“We realized there was no military solution for what we wanted to do,” explains Nathan. It was time to turn traditional methodology on its head."
Meeting the students, teachers and community VIPs who attended these four events reminded me that I really do have the best job in the world.
In places like rural Pakistan and Afghanistan the flu can render someone severely ill, possibly on the brink of death, due to a lack of easily accessible healthcare thus cutting short any and all plans for that person’s future.
“When we went through this transition of traditional to commercial farming we wanted to make life better, but it didn’t work out that way,” says Asif.