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About CAI

Promoting Education for Girls

Who is Central Asia Institute? Central Asia Institute empowers communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls, promotes peace through education, and conveys the importance of these activities globally.


K2 - Central Asia Institute community projects are in remote mountain villages

Places: Remote Underserved Mountain Communities
Central Asia Institute community projects are in remote mountain villages of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. The terrain varies from the highest consolidation of high peaks in the world to miles of high desert plateau. Very few organizations serve the remote areas where we work.


People: Ancient Silk Road Cultures and Customs
The people and cultures of Central Asia are as varied and diverse as the landscape, blending to create a tapestry of customs, languages and cultures that have flourished for thousands of years. The shared commonality between these proud people is their Islamic faith, which accents strong family unity and community spirit.

Diverse cultures bringing peace through education

Teaching independence and responsibility

Self-Sustainability: The Key to Long-Term Success
We believe in the parable: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Over the last decade, we have developed innovative techniques that encourage people to take responsibility for their own well-being and vitality.
Collaborative Efforts: Through Community Partnerships
Each one of Central Asia Institute’s projects is locally initiated and involves community participation. A committee of elders guides each selected project. Before a project starts, the community matches project funds with local resources and labor. This commitment ensures a project’s viability and long term success. Local NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations) and village communities are selected for their dedication, initiative, and accountability to facilitate our community partnerships. We take great care to cooperate with the various governmental, political, and religious groups of this complex region. We meet this cross-cultural challenge without affiliation to any particular group.

Community participates with Central Asia Institute in projects