Central Asia Institute


December 2015

Writing for Change: Afghan Women Pen A New Destiny
View from inside a burqa
The view from inside a burqa

We all have seen numerous newscasts of Afghan women victimized, marginalized, violated, and stoned. And yet, after fourteen years of hearing these stories about Afghan women, flattened into one-dimensional, burqa-clad victims of violence, how often have we heard the voices of Afghan women themselves? What do we know of the complexities of their hearts and minds? When have we heard, first-hand, what they want?

Afghan women pen a new destiny for Afghanistan. Read what they have to say in the latest edition of  Journey of Hope

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
In Her Voice
by Masooma

Yesterday my sister was afraid of going outside,
Today my sisters are going to school,
And tomorrow they will work outside of the home. 

Yesterday my sister was stoned.
Today she is studying to be a doctor,
And tomorrow she will save a life. 

Yesterday my sister's dream was to have a book. 
Now she is in the library, 
And tomorrow she will write the book. 

Human Rights Day: Four Freedoms for Children
Girl smiles holding book
December 10 was Human Rights Day. Each year, Human Rights Day takes on a theme. This year that theme is "Freedoms," in particular those that were noted in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous "Four Freedoms" speech.

The Four Freedoms he spoke of? 

Freedom of speech and religion were the first two, followed by freedom from want, meaning the right to an adequate standard of living, including shelter, clothing, health and well-being. The fourth is freedom from fear, which Roosevelt describes as, "...a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-anywhere in the world."
What's your New Year's resolution?
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What's your New Year's resolution for 2016?  

Maybe it's to get in shape, start training for a marathon, or to start walking a few days each week. Whatever your goals are, why not do it for HER? The New Year is the perfect time to Run, Race, and Ride for HER.  Get healthy and fundraise to help support CAI's programs. You can participate in an organized race or event, or create your own physical challenge. You'll be able to set up an online fundraising page and use the resources in our toolkit to help you become successful. 
Run, Race, and Ride for HER for the New Year!

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Help celebrate our 20th anniversary
20th anniversary calendar
CAI's 20th anniversary calendars are going fast, but there is still time to order yours. The special edition is full of incredible photos of the people we serve and places where we work.  Calendars make excellent gifts. 

Order one now in time for the new year!
Engage your students in National Day of Service
Monday, January 18, is the National Day of Service. Help your students learn how their small actions can make a difference in the lives of children seeking an education with
Register to get access to our FREE lesson plans and activities that cover themes such as the
power of education, effects of extreme poverty, cultural understanding, geography, politics, humanitarian efforts & global citizenship.
Happy New Year from CAI!
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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.