Update on Central Asia Institute Programs in Pakistan

Dear Friend,

As Chair of the Board and on behalf of all our staff, let me start out by thanking you once again for your generous support for the Central Asia Institute. For more than two decades, CAI and its in-country grantees in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan have engaged in a wide array of activities to support access to education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women. Projects you support have directly benefited and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls, boys, and women in some of the most remote and underserved communities in the world.

I’m writing to update you on CAI support for programs in Pakistan. At all times, CAI has strived to implement its educational projects in full compliance with Pakistani government directives and protocols. Unfortunately, however, recent changes instituted by the government of Pakistan regarding non-profit organizations have necessitated putting a hold on CAI’s support to the international grantees implementing the projects in Pakistan until new registrations are in place.

I want to assure you that the CAI Board of Directors, staff, and our Pakistani grantees are currently undertaking all necessary steps to meet the new requirements so that we can resume our support as soon as possible. Further, to the extent that working through these bureaucratic processes may take time, we will continue to keep you informed. You can also rest assured that the good work being done in Afghanistan and Tajikistan remains uninterrupted. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at boardofdirectors@centralasiainstitute.org.

Once again, thank you for continuing to support CAI, and for standing by us in the face of these challenges – challenges that will not deter us and which we are working diligently to overcome. Generous and lasting support from donors like you is critical to unlocking the full potential of girls and women through education, and to fulfilling our mission of promoting education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women, in the remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Sincerely,

Asif Chaudhry
Chair, Board of Directors