The Afghan Institute of Learning
In January, 40 Afghan women attended a leadership conference in Kabul. At the end of the 10-day conference, the women planned how to become leaders in their communities and share their new skills with other women. Read more here.
Mali: There has been substantial progress on the secondary school construction (2 of 4 buildings are nearly complete). The community is very engaged in the project – there is an average of 111 volunteers daily from 18 villages.
Malawi: In the year since buildOn built ten new schools, enrollment has increased by 33% (total of 5,900 students) and 52% of students are female. 7 of the 10 schools are hosting adult literacy classes and 74% of the participants are women. Read more here.
The Dream Foundation
The outer structure of the Dream School is complete, including the classrooms on the first and second floors. All the rooms will be painted, furnished, and have electricity by April 2014 to be ready for the next academic year.
Read more about the organization here.
Palestine Free Trade Association (PFTA)
PFTA gave micro-loans to 14 female entrepreneurs and farmers in Palestine and all of their projects are in progress. The women’s projects include breeding and raising sheep, growing oregano for the zatar spice mix, selling wedding supplies, and raising chickens.
Read more here.
Raising Malawi launched a partnership in January with Grassroot Soccer to teach kids about HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness through the power of sports. At Home of Hope orphanage, Raising Malawi is working to prevent the spread of malaria and supporting several students in vocational school. Raising Malawi is also helping Dr. Eric Borgstein expand his pediatric surgery practice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital including funding a new pediatric surgery resident. Read more here.