September 2015

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

CAI's 20th anniversary calendar will be available for pre-order today. The special edition calendar is full of incredible photos of the people we serve and places where we work. Calendars make excellent holiday gifts. Pre-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.

BLOG: Back to school with Pennies for Peace

As the new school year starts and students head back to school, Pennies for Peace (P4P) is launching an exciting, newly enhanced, service-learning program.

Service learning has become an essential part of the curriculum for many educators. Students participating in service projects learn valuable skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership. They also gain appreciation for different cultures and learn about their own capacity as philanthropists. P4P helps students understand the issues facing the world and realize that they can affect change.

Ms. Karrel's fifth-grade class at Chicago's Hibbard Elementary School participated last year in Pennies for Peace. See what she had to say about the experience.

We raised over 100% of our campaign goal!

CAI and the nearly 260 girls who receive scholarship funds would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to those who have donated to our summer scholarship campaign. We have raised more than the $125,000 goal!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Today is the last day. There is still time to sponsor a young woman's dream of higher education. Please consider spreading the word. Share the campaign video. Share one of our posts through social media. There are links to our profiles at the bottom of this email. Or, learn more about how to be involved. 

Please remember:
  • $60/month: Full scholarship for a university student in Afghanistan
  • $80/month: Full scholarship for a university student in Tajikistan
  • $100/month: Full scholarship for a university student in Pakistan
There is still time to for us to fund one more student's dream! Every dollar counts.

Introducing HER: Hope. Educate. Rise. - Education is not only a human right, education - specifically for women and girls - is one of the most powerful ways to help communities lift themselves up out of poverty, and build a more peaceful future for Central Asia.
This fall, we're helping connect supporters from all over the world who are committed to raising awareness and funds - all for HER. HER, which stands for Hope. Educate. Rise., is a growing movement to fund girls' education through fun and engaging social fundraising. You can choose how you want to fundraise, and every cent you raise goes directly toward CAI's education programs overseas.
Stay tuned for the launch of HER this October.

Education is important in my village:

"Because still among us there are illiterate people and to change our environment we need quality of education."
                                                                           -Laila, Scholarship recipient
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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.