February 2016
Race from Europe to Mongolia

Jackson Jarman-Miller, an Oregon native and recent graduate of The University of Oregon, is an extraordinarily adventurous young man. So adventurous in fact, that his idea of fun is to ride a used, 1.2 liter engine vehicle 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia.

In the Mongol Rally each team is required to raise $1,000 for a charity of their choosing. Jackson and teammates Jake, Cameron, and Gabe have decide to raise more, and have set their sights on  raising $10,000 for CAI's social fundraising program HER: Hope. Educate. Rise.
Winter in Tajikistan
winter in tajikistan

Because CAI works mostly with remote villages in rural communities, many that are tucked away in the mountains, weather can put a damper on any scheduled activities, and it's not uncommon for villages to slow down during the winter months almost as if they are in hibernation until springtime. And when harsh weather does hit, you can only imagine what it's like trying to get to school.

Read More of our interview with Mahbuba Qurbonalieva, Central Asia Institute Tajikistan director.
Pennies for Peace Promotes the Importance of Service
Bozeman, Montana, CAI's hometown, embraced a new chapter of our Pennies for Peace (P4P) program, launching initiatives around town. Events started on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (also recognized as the National Day of Service) and continued through the month of January. Along with fundraising efforts, including coin collections to go towards the promotion of education for girls and women in remote regions of Central Asia, the goal of the events was to raise awareness of the importance of giving back.

Teachers building a better tomorrow
Pennies for Peace
"I'm planting a seed to build awareness about what is happening in other parts of the world - especially in places where girls are denied an education. At some point, that seed will grow and my students will become mindful, giving adults."

- Pennies for Peace teacher, San Diego, CA
Educators: Learn more about how you can help your students understand their capacity to effect change with our FREE curriculum
Learn how you can get involved by emailing Alanna Brown at info@penniesforpeace.org

Race for HER in the San Francisco marathon
Race for HER
Join HER, Central Asia Institute's social fundraising program, as we run for HER on July 31 at the San Francisco Marathon.

Choose to run a full marathon or half marathon through beautiful San Francisco while raising money for HER. We are here to help you every step of the way! Training programs, a virtual coach, and fundraising support will get you to the finish line and on the way to fulfilling our mission--bringing peace through education.

Limited spots are available for this amazing opportunity. If you're interested, please contact Laura.


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.