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Empowering women and girls through education

We know that until children, especially girls, are educated, societies won’t change. Education is the antidote for ignorance, poverty, and war. Empowering women is extremely important in this plan.

  • More than 573 million women and girls worldwide are illiterate.
  • A woman’s earnings will be 10-20% higher for every year of school she completes.
  • The child of a literate mother has a 50% greater chance of surviving past age 5.
  • Children with educated mothers are 50% more likely to go to school.
  • Of 57 million children who aren’t in school 31 million of them are girls.
Empowering women and girls through education
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When CAI began its work in 1996, there was nothing to follow, no formula for doing this kind of work in these areas, and no infrastructure to support it. Central Asia Institute pioneered a process to bring together disparate groups with varying agendas within these regions around a singular objective – the education of their children.

The success of CAI’s process hinges on community involvement. CAI believes in the strength of neighbors pitching in together for the common good. We only go where we’re invited, serving the neediest people in the “Last Best Places.” Our projects are, by design, initiated by a community request. We build relationships first.


She is the key

When girls and women thrive, their families, communities, and nations prosper. That’s why, with your help, we’re investing in their education.

  • 76% of our beneficiaries were female
  • 292 women received scholarships
  • 193 girls attended preschool
  • 595 women learned to read and write in literacy classes
2019 Impact Report
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