June 2016
Father's Day: Principal and father watches over students

Students sometimes drop out of school or skip class, but Principal Owsubila will seek them out and urge them to come back.  He worries that if a boy drops out he may join an extremist group and fight, but if he stays in school that boy will serve his family, community and country instead. If a student can't come to school because her family can't afford it, he has been known to pay for her supplies with his own money.
The children of Kamp-e Farm Hada are lucky to have Owsubila looking out for their education. In this village, parents see education as the only way out of poverty, even for their girls.
World Refugee Day: More than half of refugees are children

On World Refugee Day a total of 65.3 million people remain displaced throughout the world. That's eight people fleeing their homes in fear every minute.
More than half the world's refugees are children under the age of 18. These children are forced to leave their schools before they graduate and often never return.
Boston Teens Give Grant for Central Asian Children

This spring, CAI received one of the most touching grants for education in our twenty-year history. It wasn't the size of the grant that honored us the most; it was the group of students from the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) who chose to support CAI's mission of peace through education.
Pennies, Peace and. . . Pies?
To keep students engaged, Ms. Kucharski launched the Pennies for 
Peace service-learning program.  She wanted to help them understand the importance of education - here in the  United States and globally.   "I knew that Pennies for Peace  provides opportunities for students, especially girls, to receive an education; but what I did not realize is that they provide much more  than education. They provide students a safe place to attend school  with their peers, and a sense of purpose and belonging within the  school setting," said Ms. Kucharski.

Flood Relief for Badakhshan Victims
In mid-May floods swept through the Shuhada district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan following closely on the heels of a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 10. The rushing waters destroyed more than 800 homes, washed away roads, and left canals filled in with silt and debris.
CAI Turns 20: Triumphs and Learning Moments
Twenty years ago we began work to help fund our first school in Pakistan. Today, CAI has initiated over 450 projects in remote, often conflict-ridden areas in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Imagine creating 450 projects in historically volatile areas occupied by many groups with varying agendas.  We had to pioneer our own process, forge relationships, and create a network across these different regions with one common goal - to bring education to children, especially the girls.
Donate Your Iftar to HER
Ramadan is a time of abstention, reflection, fellowship, and selflessness. As you break your fast each night, realize that others are not so fortunate.
Dedicate your iftar to HER and make it possible for children to have a safe place to go to school. Everything you need to start a fundraising iftar dinner with your friends or family is available by pressing the button below.

Empower Kids With P4P
"It was inspiring to see how much the students took ownership of the program. They really felt a connection to the students in the videos and genuinely wanted to make a difference for those children. I believe my students started to understand how important their education is and how fortunate they are to have a school, teachers, and community that supports their education on a daily basis." 

- Ms. Allie Kucharski, P4P participant
Learn more about creative ways you can get involved with Pennies for Peace.

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Central Asia Institute

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.