Photo: Ellen Jaskol
26 November, 2014


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Dear Friends,


Happy Holidays!


This is a particularly busy time of year for Central Asia Institute (CAI) and we know you're busy, too. But we hope you'll take a few minutes here to read about a few things coming up between now and the end of the year.
 Walking Three Hours A Day To & From School 


Girl concentrates in school
CAI Co-Founder Greg Mortenson and Executive Director Jim Thaden take center stage in our first-ever fall appeal video.


They note in the introduction that, as families here gather together for the holidays, families halfway around the world are struggling to claim their most basic human rights of food, health, and education. Winter is especially rough.


We know that education inspires hope. Take a look at some of the reasons why.


Since 1996, Central Asia Institute has established schools and promoted education, especially for girls, in underserved, remote, impoverished and sometimes-dangerous regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Girls like Gul Bahar, who is featured in the video, are willing to walk miles every day to and from school because they see a better future with education.


Yet as CAI-supported schools continue to demonstrate their value, more communities come forward wanting assistance. There is such a hunger for education that we can't keep up. It's a good problem to have, but we need YOUR support to solve it


More than 96 percent of CAI's donations come from individuals, and the bulk of those are made in the final months of the year. We hope CAI is on your list!
Celebrating Giving 


Perhaps, amid all the busyness, you noticed that almost minutes after you finished turkey and pie on Thanksgiving Day, retail mania and consumerism kicked in with a vengeance. We had Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday.


But don't dismay! Today, Dec. 2, is Giving Tuesday, a day intended to shift the focus back to the spirit of giving.


Give Education #GivingTuesday was started by New York's 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation in 2012. The effort has grown exponentially in just two years, with communities around the world creating their own initiatives to encourage charitable giving in support of non-profit organizations like CAI.


Although the idea of a "new tradition" may seem like an oxymoron, we like this one. We hope you do, too!


"It's a simple idea," according to "Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give."


Giving Tuesday this year is Dec. 2. It's a great time to kick off a Pennies for Peace campaign with your classroom, coworkers, book club, or congregation. And it's a great time to make a donation to CAI.


Every donation helps us promote education, especially for girls, in remote, neglected, and impoverished communities, mostly in the mountains, of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. We believe that education is the path to peace. And we need your help!


For those of you who eschew the materialism and consumerism of the season, please consider giving a donation to CAI as a gift. We'll send a personalized letter to the recipient letting them know how their contribution makes a difference.


NOTE: CAI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
30 Days of Gratitude 


girls reading

And one final note: If you feel like taking a few minutes to reflect on gratitude, you can find our postings on the subject on our Facebook page.


We have so much to be grateful for: hospitality, shoes, pens & paper, and even the wild rivers that run through our world. On Thanksgiving Day, we shared a special thanks for love and laughter. 


Take a look. And join us on Facebook to keep up with CAI news and posts like these. 
Spread the Word


The latest news from CAI is always available on our blog, CAI Communiqué
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And please forward this e-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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