What We Do 2017-03-28T12:45:33+00:00


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CAI builds new schools, repairs and improves existing schools, and purchases equipment — such as uniforms, furniture, and school supplies — for students and teachers.

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CAI awards advanced-education scholarships to ensure promising students are able to complete their studies.

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CAI organizes teacher trainings and pays teachers’ salaries.

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Public Health

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Students can’t go to school and learn if they aren’t healthy. Maternal healthcare, infant wellness, nutrition, and hygiene programs; disaster relief assistance; and clean water systems are all provided by CAI.

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Community Support

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Other projects are occasionally funded by CAI. These projects include bridges, porter trainings, and museums.

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Global Outreach

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The Pennies for Peace (P4P) encouraging students to learn about their Central Asian counterparts, while raising funds to help them get an education. CAI promotes cross-cultural understanding around the world and campaigns to keep education in the public eye at home and abroad.

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Many of the villages of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan where we work have been plagued by poverty, illiteracy, and violence for centuries.

Because of this, other organizations don’t – or can’t – work here.

But Central Asia Institute is at home in these places, often high in the mountains, off the beaten path

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CAI educates boys and girls. But it’s educating the girls that really makes the difference.

The saying goes, “If you educate a girl, you educate a nation, you educate a generation.” Educating one woman is equivalent to educating several men because she shares her knowledge with her family, her children, and her community, amplifying the impact of one school ten-fold.

SHE is the key.

  • Her family will be smaller and healthier.
  • Her children will be twice as likely to go to school.
  • And she will raise her family out of poverty by bringing home more money with every year of school she completes.

In a seedbed of poverty, ignorance, and extremism, she is a ray of hope.

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