Central Asia Institute


January 2016

Stephen Colbert fund supports Central Asia Institute
Jim Thaden
There are many good things to say about the delicious pint of goodness that is Americone Dream ice cream (Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl). 

If we had to pick, however, our favorite would be that proceeds are donated to charity through The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Last month, CAI was grateful to receive a $5,000 gift from the fund.
Businesses for profit or for purpose?
Corporate Sponsorships

More and more, customers are basing their shopping habits and corporate loyalties on how companies conduct themselves. What footprint does your company leave? 

We are proud to introduce CAI's first corporate sponsorship program. Together our staff and your socially responsible business, can have a positive impact on communities in Central Asia.

Take advantage of our tiered program and get involved at the level that's right for your company.

The Art of Teaching: CAI Hosts Teacher Training in Gilgit
Teachers huddle

CAI is known for the schools that we build in the regions in which we work, but when the tools and materials are put away and the final touches are complete, our work is not nearly over. The physical structure is a huge step towards providing an education to the many children who may otherwise not be able to receive one or for those learning in makeshift outdoor classrooms. But without quality teachers, the structure might as well stand empty.

A 17-day CAI-sponsored winter teacher training was held in early January in Gilgit, Pakistan under the guidance of CAI-Gilgit managers Dilshad Begum and Saidullah Baig. In attendance were 74 teachers (17 male and 57 female) who traveled from small villages near and far.
Creating for HER
This past December, Anya McManis, a long-time supporter of HER: Hope. Educate. Rise. and  Central Asia Institute  held an art show in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. She and her husband Joe sold their original paintings and donated a portion of the sales to HER. Some of the pieces were renderings of girls and women who have benefited from CAI programs. 

Bozeman businesses stand up for education

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, businesses in Bozeman, MT showed their support for girls' education and Pennies for Peace.   

Lockhorn Cider House hosted an evening fundraiser and a percent of all sales went to P4P. 

406 Brewery and Wild Rye Distillery held a reception. A portion of all drink and food sales were donated. 

Zocalo Coffee House featured a snickerdoodle latte for the entire month of Jan and donated half of the proceeds to P4P. 

Red Tractor Pizza and MaYarising held a penny collection. MaYarising also donated a dollar from every fair-trade item sold. 

P4P and CAI would like to thank all participating businesses and everyone who came out to support us!
See the local news coverage. KBZK
Learn how your business can get involved by emailing Alanna Brown at info@penniesforpeace.org

E Magazine: Female Executives for HER
This month's edition of 
E: The Magazine for Today's Female Executives featured an article about HER. See what all the buzz is about and how you can get involved with HER.

New officers elected to CAI board of directors
Jed Williamson
According to its governing bylaws, the board of Central Asia Institute elected its slate of officers at the recent January meeting.

John E. (Jed) Williamson was named as the new chair. Williamson is the former president of Sterling College in Vermont and of the American Alpine Club, as well as having been a faculty member in the Dept. of Education at U. of New Hampshire. He served as the CAI board secretary from 2012 to 2016.

"As the organization celebrates its twentieth year of promoting peace through education, I am especially grateful for the opportunity to contribute in some small way to the global revolution we are seeing in the realm of girls' education. I look forward to working with members of the board and CAI's very talented staff, as we launch CAI into its third decade."

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.