We have had over 100 more women participate in the vocational training program since our last update, just shy of our goal to reach 1,000 women in 2014! It is our hope and desire to reach more women in 2015 by training other trainers and utilizing mobile technology as teaching tools. Please help us ensure that Pakistan is no longer the second lowest ranked country of women in the workforce. Let us make sure that women can gain skills and contribute to family and community income to break the cycle of poverty and live more financial secure, educated, and healthy lives. Women and girls with means and education are more likely to ensure their children are educated, leading to less vulnerability and engagement in extremist activities.
We are very lucky to be among 8 other organizations with access to over $20,000 remaining in matched funds from Safer World Foundation. Help us maximize this opportunity and see your donor dollars go further. Safer World provides a 50% match for the vocational training program until the funding pool is used! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched.
MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org
We live in a world that values quick fixes, tackling one thing then moving on to the next task. Education is a long-term strategy that has the power to solve one of the world’s largest crises. Thank you for your previous support! We are happy to share that the students, staff and programs in the schools in Pakistan are doing very well. We want to keep you appraised of our activities and share stories about the important work you have helped support. This quarter we wish to share a personal story of one of the students whose life has forever changed:
As far back as Maria can remember, she worked to help her father sell milk to support the family. She longed to go to school, but knew his income was not enough to feed the family let alone support the cost of school. In spring of 2011 she was selling milk in Sheikhupura, a poor community near Lahore. The local school children were celebrating Eid Milan and she stared, wishing desperately to be like them - To be a student. To belong. To be happy. Maria was noticed by a few of the students and was invited to join them. She was hesitant, but with her father’s nod, she gathered all the courage she had. She joined the students in a place she thought was never meant for her. The children shared their food and the teachers allowed her to participate. She admitted how much she wanted to go to school and it was then she learned that this school was free and open to girls like her. Maria told her parents and they could not deny the hope and excitement and enrolled her the following school year as long as she promised to help with family business after school. Maria is now in 2nd grade and among the brightest in her class. Her teachers say she is a delight and that she is always raising her hand to ask and answer questions. When asked what she would like to be when she grows up, she smiles with confidence and has a twinkle in her eye, “It is my life ambition to become a teacher at this school to help make dreams come true for other children like me!” As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. Know that this project enables youth and their families to obtain credible education, critical thinking skills, and provides a safe place to learn and grow where they can better respond to natural disasters and other challenges Pakistan faces in the future. Please help us generate awareness – Become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. Right now, one of MDF's other projects, supporting vocational education in Pakistan is matching donations through Safer World Foundation by 50%. To see your donations go farther please donate today: www.globalgiving.org/projects/vocationaltraining-for-100-pakistaniwomen/. If you would like to start a MDF Circle group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at email@example.com or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!