"Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man's help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too." - Albert Schweitzer


Asalaam Aleikum (Peace be with you). With this early fall edition of Alima, we bring you news that Central Asia Institute's FYE 2010-11 independent audit has been successfully completed and the results reported in our second annual report, "Peace through Education."


An excerpt from the annual report is included below, plus online links to the report and other pertinent information. In addition to financial information, the report includes details about CAI's work overseas and stateside - all of it made possible by donations from individuals like you.

Additional highlights in this Alima:

CAI's Co-founder Greg Mortenson is currently overseas, visiting projects with overseas managers and meeting with students, teachers, parents, village elders and local and national government leaders. As always, their determination, devotion to education, and success drive us onward.



Individuals provide more than 90 percent of CAI's annual support

"Do not wait for leaders. 

Do it alone, person to person."

- Mother Teresa
From the annual report: "Peace through Education"
Message from CAI's Board chair, co-founder, and executive director


CAI's Annual Report for the 2011 fiscal year.

Dear Friends,


We draw strength from the children, their parents, village elders, and teachers whom we serve in Central Asia and from you, our supporters, who share our mission of empowering young people through literacy and education, especially for girls. The backdrop of war, sectarian strife, and vulnerability to natural disasters in the remote, rural communities of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan are subjects of newspapers, television, and the blogosphere. But for the communities we serve, they are harsh and immediate realities. Literacy through education is the central engine of change for young people in Central Asia - the chief opportunity for choice in their lives.


No other NGO does what we do in these locales to assist the local communities to provide this life changing opportunity with such a small team of dedicated individuals.


When the stakes are high, people come together and show their true strength. Last year, it was individuals who provided 91 percent of CAI's total annual support. Likewise, it was individuals in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan who translated that support into their own educational and community programs.


Read more HERE

Additional information:


FYE 2010-11 AUDIT & ANNUAL REPORT: We take very seriously our obligation to ensure that donor funds are spent wisely. Tracking the money is part of our job.


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION: CAI's annual IRS 990s since inception are available on the financial page of our website and are available upon request at info@ikat.org


MASTER LIST: CAI's overseas team and US-based staff are constantly updating our Master Project List, which is available online and provides detailed information about where CAI spends its valuable donor contributions. The list is a "living document," in that it is constantly amended with the most current information available about each CAI project.


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Journey(s) of HopeJOH2
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is
unaware." Martin Buber


Girls practice reading in class at Haji Ali Memorial school in Korphe, Pakistan. Photo: Ellen Jaskol, 2011.

Karin Ronnow, CAI's communication director, has made five trips overseas this year to document our work and collect stories for the "Journey of Hope." Her stories, along with photos by Erik Petersen, will be published in November. Highlights this year include accounts of Greg Mortenson's trip to Korphe and reunion with old friends last spring, a new university library near Pakistan's tribal areas, impressive and exhausting work by our Afghanistan crew to help needy communities in some of the most remote corners of that war-torn country, and forging new relationships in the Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. It's been a busy year!


Everyone on our mailing list will receive a copy of this sixth volume of stories. Additional copies for use in classrooms, church groups or book clubs, or to share with friends, family and colleagues are available free by request. To request additional copies, contact us.


CAI will also publish a 2013 Journey of Hope calendar, just in time for the holidays. Copies are $10 each and can be purchased from our office beginning in December.


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MALSupport for Malala


Elementary-school-age students in Baltistan, northern Pakistan, concentrate as Greg Mortenson teaches them the English word, "cheek" during a visit in May. Photo: Karin Ronnow, 2012. 

The Pakistani Taliban's deplorable attempt to kill 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, an advocate for girls' education, has become the modern-day shot heard 'round the world.


By seeking to silence this brave ninth-grader in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, the Taliban gunmen inadvertently managed to do just the opposite: They turned up the volume on calls to educate the girls of the world.


Read more on CAI's blog.



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KorpheIndependent reporting on CAI in Pakistan


Older students shift outside for a class period at Haji Ali Memorial School in Korphe, Pakistan. Photo: Ellen Jaskol, 2011.

While trekking to the K2 base camp in northern Pakistan this summer, journalist Sabina Khan stopped at the Korphe School for "some first-hand answers" to her lingering questions about CAI.


She found the school "in fine shape" and lots of support for CAI and Dr. Greg.


"The people of Korphe, Askole and other locals that I came across during my trek had nothing but immense appreciation for Greg Mortenson and his work," she wrote. "It is important to understand that the CAI is making efforts to provide education in distant corners of Pakistan where there is little to no presence of public schools."


Please take a look at her blogpost and photos. 



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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

A teacher at a CAI-supported women's literacy center in Kabul watches as a student practices her writing on a whiteboard in the teacher's home, where she holds classes. Photo: Ellen Jaskol, 2010.

The latest news from CAI is always available on our blog, CAI Communiqué, at www.ikat.org/cai-communique/. The blog includes stories about projects, communities and our overseas project managers, field reports from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and breaking news from the areas we serve.  To stay up to date, sign up to receive an e-mail notice whenever the blog is updated. 


And please forward this electronic newsletter to any and all people you think share our hopes for peace through education. Thanks for helping us spread the word. 



Central Asia Institute staff


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A student practices reading aloud in a girls' elementary school in Afghanistan. Photo: Ellen Jaskol, 2011.

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