Ayni Education International creates quality educational experiences in Afghanistan that empower and inspire children and their families to build peaceful, just and life affirming communities.
Our Journey with an Afghan School, began just months after September 11th, 2001 and the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan. It is a grassroots project to provide access to education in Afghanistan, support an educated future for Afghan girls, and to build, supply and support schools for Afghan children.
We are not simply interested in building schools. We are driven to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between Afghans and Americans. Our hope is to engage, educate and empower the poor in the developing world.
We are very thankful to our individual donors, and major donors including National Geographic, Janet W. Ketcham Foundation, The Paul Allen Family Foundation, Seattle International Foundation, and the Circle of Sisterhoood.
Airokhsh, a native of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, is interning with Ayni this summer. She will be recording the life of Afghan girls who attend Ayni Schools. Our blog will feature her photos, videos and insights into the lives of contemporary girls in Afghanistan’s rural and urban schools. At the completion of her internship, Airokhsh will produce a video on girls’ education in the schools we serve including the story of the new Gohar Khaton Girls’ School we are building with the support of the Janet W. Ketcham Foundation, that uses innovative design techniques, sustainable materials and generates jobs for the local community. The Northern Virginia Giving Circle (NOVA) is sponsoring Airokhsh’s internship. Join Airokhsh on her Journey with an Afghan School.
Event Report: May 11, 2013
Afghan Girls, Their Time is Now
We held our ‘Afghan Girls: Their Time is Now’ event at Seattle University on May 11th. The event was a great success. We would like to give special thanks to our intern Halla Ahmed for her tireless efforts in organizing this event that highlighted the different aspects surrounding girls’ education in Afghanistan. We are extremely grateful to the many interns and staff who helped put on this event. Specifically, we want to thank our speakers: Serena Cosgrove of Seattle University, Farhana Ahmad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and Catherine Gelband, president of our board of directors. We would also like to thank the many friends and family of Halla Ahmed who contributed to making this event possible. Thank you!!!
Ayni’s newest project is showcased in the December 2012 edition of “Columns,” the University of Washington alumni magazine. The Janet W. Ketcham girls’ school is an exciting partnership between the Janet W. Ketcham Foundation, the University of Washington School of Architecture, and Ayni Education International. The Janet W. Ketcham Foundation is funding the project. The University of Washington School of Architecture just concluded a 10-week graduate level student design studio on the project. Robert Hull of Miller/Hull Architects and Professor Elizabeth Golden co-taught the course. Ayni Education International is managing the project.
Flip to pages 32-33 to find the article! December 2012 “Columns”