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Find ways you can support AIL’s programs and give the women hope for the future.

To donate to AIL, contact Creating Hope at or visit their Global Giving project site to select a project you wish to contribute to.

Volunteer. Mentor.

Make an impact by mentoring AIL team members and sharing your skills and knowledge to help AIL grow.

Share your skills, help build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives by volunteering with AIL in Afghanistan.

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Learn why the Skoll Foundation chose social entrepreneur Dr. Sakena Yacoobi as one of their Uncommon Heroes.

Hear first-hand how AIL is changing the world by educating and empowering women in Afghanistan.

Learn more about Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.

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AIL has upgraded their Herat and Kabul offices and select Women's Learning centers with computers and satellite Internet access, enabling women to share their stories on PulseWire, and participate in a student program sponsored by New Global Citizens.

In addition, AIL offers computer training classes to teach women the basics of computer and Internet use, as well as providing guidance for successful online interaction.


William Vazquez. Photographer, Maternal Health Initiative supported through a grant from the Abbott Fund.

AIL: Building a Better Future for Afghanistan

Often at great risk, the Afghan Institute of Learning has pioneered creative ways to deliver critical access to education and health services in post-Taliban Afghanistan, one of the deadliest places to be a woman. Find out what you can do to help.

“We would have no future or life if not for AIL giving us this opportunity to come to school.”

AIL student | Afghanistan

In 1995, visionary entrepreneur Sakena Yacoobi founded The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), just as the Taliban came to power. Her goal? To empower women and girls by helping them access education and health services through an organization designed and run by Afghan women. Fifteen years later, AIL reaches 350,000 women and children annually, and operates 42 program sites, including four health clinics and 38 education learning centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Today, AIL uses World Pulse’s online community, PulseWire to bring Afghan women's issues to the international stage. From mentoring AIL teachers and students through PulseWire to making a donation, you can help Sakena and her team make a difference for Afghan women and girls.

Why the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)?

AIL's holistic approach of teaching students through methods that promote critical thinking, problem solving, and the value of human rights, particularly women’s rights, has provided the basis of moving the culture towards self-reliance. AIL educates those with no access to education, trains teachers, provides basic health education to students and health care recipients, operates health clinics, and sends Community Health Workers into rural communities while promoting critical thinking, human rights, and leadership.

The Inside Story

AIL has provided education, training, and health services to over 7.1 million Afghans since 1995. AIL requires community participation in all of its projects to support its vision to have a society where individuals and communities can find ways of solving their own problems and the needs of their community. Believing that the best results are achieved when everyone is integrally involved, AIL works with community leaders in all aspects of the planning and implementation of projects. Utilizing this visionary strategy, communities now contribute 30%- 50% of the resources a project needs and AIL continues to strengthen community ownership of programs as a part of ongoing efforts toward sustainability.

What You Can Do to Help

To achieve its vision, AIL focuses on providing literacy, primary and secondary education, university classes, and teacher training for women and children across Afghanistan, and at the request of local communities, has integrated health programs into its work and now operates seven rural clinics. For ways you can support AIL’s programs, visit the links in the sidebar.

Connect with AIL PulseWire members:

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AIL Partners:
Creating Hope International
Global Giving

AIL Fiscal Sponsor:
Creating Hope International
To spread the word about AIL’s work and introduce AIL to donors, please contact Toc Dunlap at

AIL Executive Leadership:
Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director (AIL)
Toc Dunlap, Executive Director, (Creating Hope International)


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