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.
While her life has been filled with challenges, love, and adventure, Nasrine Gross isn’t taking her good fortune for granted. Instead, she dedicates her life to helping women and men in her home country write their own stories. Whether or not those stories will have happy endings has yet to be seen. This Valentine’s Day we want to share the story of one woman’s love for education, and how she is working with couples in Afghanistan, helping them learn and grow stronger together.
When you think about your legacy, what comes to mind? Is it your children and grandchildren? Is it a property or business? What about a path forward? Many people associate a legacy with something that lasts after we are gone, but a legacy is a path that connects the past with the present and acts as a guide for the future.
Dasht School, in Tajikistan, is a story of unwavering faith in the power of education, despite obstacles both societal and natural. The people of Dasht and surrounding villages held classes for their children in unfinished classrooms too small to hold the number of children who want to learn.
All over the world, the revolution for girl’s education is gaining strength. Young girls, mothers, daughters and wives are taking the first steps toward a future with education. People from all walks of life are standing with them, helping to provide schools and supplies, and give them a voice. Are you letting the revolution pass you by?
Last year closed with an exciting electricity. People all over the world felt a desire to mobilize, to raise their voices for the causes they believe in, and to band together to create change. With a new year and a blank slate stretched out before us, it may seem daunting to incorporate that momentum into your New Year’s resolutions and goals. If you’re creative, like our friends overseas, you might be surprised at the number of ways you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, all without spending even one cent.
As you sit down to celebrate, sip hot cocoa and go sledding, or take part in your favorite traditions this holiday season, know we are so glad to count you as part of the CAI family.
The 25 teachers at Kindergarten #5, in Khorog, Tajikistan, are no exception. For nine hours a day, Monday through Friday, they wrangle 280 children as young as 1 1/2 years and as old as 5
When you start an adventure-travel business with an intention to give back to the communities where you work, the logical next step is to begin peer-to-peer fundraising to support people in the region.