Marshall Direct Fund

Our mission is to improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia.
Feb 3, 2015

Update: Schools in Pakistan

Marshall Direct Fund schools are thriving - Students recently participated in a spelling bee, completed more art projects, and learned about Malala earning the Nobel Peace Prize. Recently, schools were shut down nationwide for nearly three weeks in the aftermath of the Peshawar school attack (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435). We hope the outrage from this attack will galvanize and unite Pakistani politicians to work more effectively ridding extremists from their borders. It is clear that extremists see education and empowerment as their biggest threats. This is all the more reason why we will continue fighting for more educational opportunities for as many underserved youth as possible. To do so, we are adding a sixth grade class to one of the schools in April since there isn't any easy to access secondary schools nearby. We are delighted that families are open to allowing boys and girls attend school together now that they see how important education is to their children, community, and future.

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 a credible education, valuable critical thinking skills, and provides a safe place to learn and grow. In addition, their education can better prepare them to respond to future natural disasters and the many other numerous challenges that Pakistan currently faces. Please help us generate awareness – Become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. Right now, another MDF project supporting vocational education in Pakistan is receiving matching donations through Safer World Foundation up to 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, we have various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we can share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!
Nov 10, 2014

Schools flourishing in Pakistan - thank you!

maria
maria

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 info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Nov 10, 2014

The Value of Women - Update on Vocational Training

Young women participating in training this month
Young women participating in training this month

You have helped women in Pakistan learn they are valuable…that they can earn a fair wage, lift their families from poverty, send their children to school, get healthcare they need, and put food on the table! The world is better because of people like you who care and walk the talk. We’re pleased to share that over 800 additional women have participated in the Vocational Training Program in 2014 and we’re well on our way to meeting our goal or reaching 1,000 young women before the end of the year. Next year we have an ambitious goal to double our reach, so that we can assist 2,000 women in 2015. We continue to benefit from working with many valuable partners throughout Pakistan so that we can work with women in many different communities.   

We have just received a renewed matching grant from Safer World Foundation that enables donors to receive a 50% match for the vocational training program until the $50,000 funding pool is used (only ten other organizations eligible)! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their donor dollars go farther.

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 info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

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