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Need: Volunteers Needed in Afghanistan

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) was founded in 1995, as the Taliban came to power, with the goal to empower poor women and children by providing them access to education and health services through an organization designed and run by Afghan women.

By bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives, AIL has played a major role in reconstructing Afghan society. AIL reaches 350,000 women and children annually, through its 42 program sites, including four health clinics and 38 education learning centers, by using the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of individuals from around the world.

We are actively recruiting volunteer doctors, lab technicians, drug rehab specialists, librarians, rugs and handicrafts designers and quality control experts, and carpenters to design and teach how to make quality furniture and other wood products.

If you are available to share your professional expertise, please contact us for more information.

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

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Jennifer Brier's picture

Volunteer interests...

Hello-
My name is Jennifer Brier and I am a Certified Addictions Counselor. I currently work for the Veteran's Administration and I have worked for the Marine Corps and the Navy as a counselor in a civilian capacity. I am therefore familiar with 'trauma-informed' treatment models. I served in the Marine Corps for 10 years and I often wish I had the opportunity to authentically help Afghan women although I know military service is not what I am drawn to participate in anymore. I would love to know that opportunities available for volunteering in Afghanistan. What are the time periods in which one can volunteer? What are the requirements? Needs? Specific areas of concern?

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Jennifer

Jennifer

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Tocdunlap's picture

Drug Addiction Programs

Jennifer and Lamont –

Thank you so much for your interest in assisting the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in dealing with drug addiction problems. Jennifer, we apologize for not seeing your comment previously. It came to our attention when we received notice of Lamont’s posting. (Which now appears to have been somehow removed.)

Drug addiction in Afghanistan is a new problem and drug use is on the rise. It is a huge concern to families, communities and the government. Because it is new to this Country, there are very few programs available for treatment or counseling. (AIL) has been approached by several agencies, requesting that they begin a program or treatment center to deal with this new issue. However, as this is not our area of expertise, we are somewhat inhibited from initiating such a program.

As you have both worked with drug rehab, can you tell us what you have seen work in programs that you have been involved with? What, in your opinion doesn’t work? If we were to set up a program for drug addiction, where would you suggest we begin?

We look forward to your input and again thank you for your willingness to assist us.

Toc Dunlap
Executive Director
Creating Hope International

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