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Central Asia Institute

Educate a girl. Change the world.

aka CAI   |   Bozeman, MT   |  https://centralasiainstitute.org/

Mission

Central Asia Institute's (CAI) Mission: to promote education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women, in the remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Vision: To unlock the full potential of girls and women through education. When girls and women thrive, their families, communities, and nations prosper.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Alice Thomas

Main address

PO Box 7209

Bozeman, MT 59771 USA

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EIN

51-0376237

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CAI seeks to advance education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Afghanistan: The Taliban has prohibited girls from attending classes above grade 6 and has closed the door to higher education. Their regressive policies have compounded an education crisis that has left 4.2 million children, the majority girls, out of school. Pakistan: With over 22.8 million children not attending school, Pakistan has one of the highest rates of out-of-school children aged 5-16 in the world. The majority are girls. The insufficient number of schools, a lack of teachers, inadequate toilets for girls, and conservative cultural norms contribute to low enrollment and high dropout rates. Tajikistan: Tajikistan struggles with high unemployment and mass migration. The poor quality of education, dilapidated school infrastructure, and shortage of well-trained teachers undermines opportunities for the country’s youth to receive quality education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Services include:
school building, repair, and supplies
women's literacy & vocational centers
teacher support
scholarships
student education support program (SESP)
public health services
quick learning centers'community support

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number includes women who received job skills training and small business management training.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to enable peace and sustainable economic prosperity through education, especially the education of women and girls.

CAI has two purposes: to establish and support education in remote mountain communities of Central Asia and to educate the public about the importance of these educational activities.

This dual mission focuses on educational and community building projects in remote mountain regions of Central Asia and educates the American and international public about the need to expand educational opportunities in these complex regions as a way to promote peace. More specifically, CAI's programs include distributing scholarships, building schools, teacher support, public health, women's vocational centers, and global outreach. Global Outreach allows CAI to promote awareness of the importance of primary education, literacy, and cross-cultural understanding through its websites, publications, social media channels, public events, and its Pennies for Peace Program.

Central Asia Institute makes grants to selected nonprofit organizations and individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Grants are made annually, and funding of grants occurs quarterly on confirmation of compliance to the grant's terms.

CAI's fundraising activities are located in Bozeman, Montana. CAI solicits contributions through fundraising appeals via direct mail, email, social media, and online. Individual gifts, corporate support, foundation grants, legacy gifts, and limited fundraising events comprise the bulk of the organization's revenue.

In addition to its central fundraising activities, CAI raises funds through its Pennies for Peace Program. This program, conducted through volunteers in schools, is part of CAI's global outreach program to raise awareness about Central Asian culture.

All key performance and financial metrics are continually monitored and reported on our website
(www.centralasiainstitute.org), in our newsletters, annual impact report, and “Journey of Hope" annual publication. CAI believes in transparency; our audited financial statements and 990 forms are published on-line for easy accessibility. We also report to BBB- Wise Giving, The Network for Good, Charity Navigator, Wikipedia, and other charity monitoring groups.

Our most recent impact report summarizes our progress for FY 2021-2022:

10,744 individuals received emergency aid in Pakistan and Afghanistan
1,142 teachers received training
10,170 children attended CAI-supported schools, a threefold increase from the previous year

Afghanistan:
CAI supported 5,969 primary school students (4,074 girls) through community-based schools. These
schools offer access to education where no schools exist by converting local facilities into classrooms.
191 classrooms were established and provided with furnishings and learning materials.
125 women and 66 men received training to teach at these schools.
806 community members participated in school councils.
CAI provided 72 women with scholarships to complete their bachelor’s degree.
CAI’s partners provided humanitarian assistance to 6,628 people, the majority women and children, many of
whom were displaced by conflict and political unrest.

Pakistan:

CAI supported 34 schools in which 4,444 students (2,590 girls) were enrolled. Support included providing salaries and training to 189 teachers (127 women) along with supplies and equipment.
CAI supported nine Early Childhood Education Centers, serving 440 children aged 5 and under.
Central Asia Institute provided emergency humanitarian aid to 4,116 flood-affected families in the form of food packages, household items, and women’s dignity kits.
CAI led job skills training in sewing, masonry and hospitality, creating income opportunities for 267 women
and youth.
CAI provided winter clothing and training on hygiene and sanitation to 4,517 children.

Tajikistan:

CAI provided training to 315 teachers (150 of them women) focused on chemistry, biology, computer
science, and math, to help improve their subject matter expertise and introduce modern teaching methodologies.
90 women participated in training on small business management, accounting and marketing while honing their skills in baking, sewing and stitching, creating meaningful income sources for their families.
CAI awarded 58 scholarships to students (31 girls), including seven Afghan students who fled following
the collapse of the Afghan government, thus opening the door to a brighter future.
Construction of Preschool #2 has progressed to its final year. In early 2024, the school will welcome 100 children
(44 girls) aged 3-5 and will act as a model school in the area.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Central Asia Institute

Board of directors
as of 05/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mohammad Javed Khan Khan

Tuskegee University

Term: 2020 -

Asif Chaudhry

Christina Rocca

Mina Sherzoy

Lorre Jay

Eileen Shields-West

Adnan Ahmed

Mohammad Javed Khan

Moin Khan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.