The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) helps address the crisis of poor access to education and health services for the people of Afghanistan, especially women and children. Founded in 1995 by visionary leader Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and run by Afghan women, AIL’s programs include pre-school through university education teacher training, health education and health care services leadership training, and peace building. AIL’s goals are to lay a foundation for quality education and good health for years to come and to provide comprehensive education and health services to Afghan women and children, so that they can support and care for themselves.
"Education is the key to improving women's lives. Educating a girl, transforms her life and the life of her family, changing a community and through that you change a nation for the better. Health education is what creates sustainable improvement in the health of communities."
-- Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Madonna and the Ray of Light Foundation support the Afghan Institute of Learning projects for reproductive health, mobile literacy, peace and human rights workshops and leadership.