October 2015

Blog: Relief efforts hindered after Afghanistan earthquake

A massive magnitude-7.5 earthquake on Monday killed upwards of 350 people and caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Several days later, aid agencies are still struggling to distribute supplies as freezing weather moves into the more mountainous regions. Obstructed roads and concern over  Taliban presence in some areas have also hindered relief efforts.

Updates from project managers working in the field...


Introducing HER...

CAI has launched a new initiative called HER: Hope. Educate. Rise. HER is a great way for supporters like you to get involved and make an impact through fun, engaging social fundraising. You can use your talents and interests to
fundraise  in a way that is fun and meaningful to you. The best part is that all of the money you raise goes to CAI's programs overseas, so you make a huge impact. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or are ready to Start Something for HER, go to .  

VIDEO: Kids helping kids
P4P animated video

Kids helping kids is what Pennies for Peace is all about. Check out our brand new animated film designed specifically for children. It explains why students in Central Asia need their help, and how only a few pennies can make a real difference in their lives. 

See the video on our website 

Celebrating twenty years of progress: 
promoting peace, education, and hope

CAI's 20th anniversary calendar is now shipping. The special edition calendar is full of incredible photos of the people we serve and places where we work. Calendars make excellent holiday gifts. Order one now in time for the holidays!

The proceeds go to help the people of Central Asia and further our mission to promote peace through education.


Central Asia Institute (CAI) works with communities in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, to promote education, especially for girls. At home and abroad, CAI is committed to sharing its expert knowledge with the public.  Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world, one child at a time.