The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) works to empower all Afghans who are needy, especially women and children, providing them the knowledge and skills to care for themselves. AIL is expanding access to quality education and healthcare through community based programming, enabling communities to develop the capacity of their people. The goal is to create a foundation of quality education and health systems throughout Afghanistan which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. AIL was founded by an Afghan woman and is run by women, reaching thousands each year through health facilities, educational centers and training programs.
AIL has responded to the crisis in education by providing education to poor urban and rural Afghans, especially women and children. AIL reaches these people through its community based Learning Centers and through schools but access to written learning materials is limited. Most available texts are from foreign sources and do not address the educational needs of Afghans, while other relevant books are not being produced in sufficient quantities.
The project goal is to have small lending libraries in all of AIL's Learning Centers and in schools and to expand the collection in the public library. AIL also plans to open lending libraries in each of its 3 offices to provide better access to books for staff and local communities. To achieve this goal, AIL will need to both publish and purchase books. All of these libraries will be available to students of the Learning Centers and schools and will be shared with the communities they serve
The value of books to expand the mind and learning is clear. Reading helps people receive information, understand other people's perspectives and cultures, to write and think better, and to see a world outside of the one in which they live. At least 25,000 women and children each year will benefit from reading these books.