We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
AUA would like to extend our warmest thank you to one of our unique partners in Tajikistan: IRODA (Parents of Children with Autism Initiative) for sending us these beautiful handmade “thank-you” cards. They were all made by the children of IRODA with the help of the staff. Our AUA volunteers then used the handcrafted stationary to write to their summer program donors.
Director and Founder of IRODA, Lola Nasriddinova, sends additional photographs of unofficial ambassadors Britta Nippert and Okxana Cordova-Hoyos during their time with the IRODA staff, creating intuitive games, and exercising with the children. AUA appreciates the support and partnerships of these impactful organizations and we look to maintain our relationship with them in the future. Thank you once again to the IRODA staff, children, and to our 2014 unofficial ambassadors for your service!
Focused on autistic children and their parents, IRODA raises awareness of autism spectrum disorder in Tajikistan, as well as provides training to government, educational, and medical professionals on the condition. In the relatively short time since the commencement of its pioneering work IRODA has seen dramatic changes in the lives of children with Autism in Tajikistan.