We have had a busy few months. Students at MDF schools celebrated Iqbal (national poet), Kashmir Day, Valentine's, and International Volunteer day. Lectures on health and sanitation were provided and a health club at one of the schools started! Founder of the nonprofit, Silbi Stainton visited the students, teachers, and staff late fall and was so happy to see all proud and strong. Teachers have received some extra workshops on best practices and behavior management. In December both schools started terminal examinations. Students will be preparing for another round of exams to take place end of March.
Marshall Direct Fund is happy to report that we have finally secured local registration in Pakistan. Our Pakistani organizational name, Moqah, means "opportunity" in Urdu. We want all deserving youth and young women to have opportunities for a better future and believe there is no better way to ensure this than through education. WIth local registration secured, Pakistani's and local organizations will now qualify for tax benefits. We are actively seeking local organizations able to donate or subsidize uniforms, books, USP generators, and technology to support staff needs and operations. There will be new opportunities for the organization and its beneficiaries! Thank you for your previous support. We welcome you to stay involved.
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. 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!
We hope this finds you enjoying 2014! We are delighted to share that nearly 400 additional women graduated from the vocational training program in the last quarter of 2013. Thisaccomplishment occured over the course of three sessions and in partnership with three local organizations.The Multan Center is thriving and our Master Trainer, the renowned Ruby Dewan, has been traveling throughout Pakistan to offer training to women who are unable to travel to Multan. All of this means that with your help, we successfully trained 1,070 women in the last year! We have received great feedback from the entrepreneurs that have participated and the women who are engaged in Peace of the Action, the social enterprise created to help women get specific products into the international marketplace. This doubles and sometimes triples women's incomes while simultaneously allowing a portion of the proceeds to be invested back into Marshall Direct Fund activities. More girls and women are receiving the necessary education and training to gain economic independence and to adapt a sustainable business model for MDF. We also have achieved local registration status in Pakistan, which allows Pakistani citizens to benefit tax-wise by donating and qualifying for other forms of funding and grants! We plan to scale the program, pending funding in 2014, to reach 3,000-5,000 women. To view more pictures, please visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MarshallDirectFund?ref=br_tf.
MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us reach the 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 +1-970-963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org
Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!
“My name is Shazia. My family is poor but hardworking. We receive our livelihood from harvesting, and I was responsible for grazing our cattle, helping my family with their work, and serving as a maid in other homes to increase family income. When I first started at Sheikhupura school, the teachers took pity on me and cut my hair, and nails, taught me how to brush my teeth. I felt like a brand new person. I could look in the mirror and feel proud of myself. They were so kind, it’s hard to keep clean with the type of work I had to do from the moment I left school. When I started falling behind because I did not have time to do homework, the teachers spoke with my parents. I would not be able to excel in school if I didn’t also do my homework and study for my exams. One day we had a field trip to the zoo. I was SO happy! I got to see animals that I had only previously known of in books. I started reading aloud all the boards at the zoo and the other students were surprised by my reading ability. When I was asked how I could read some of these difficult words I replied, “Before I started school I was a dirty little girl, now I am confident, smart, and important”. My parents now excuse me from most of my responsibilities so I have enough time to study. They are proud and happy and now understand the value of an education. I have promised them I will be a good student and share all that I am learning so others can benefit from my education too!”
Shazia is one of many students that have faced great challenges in their lives and hurdles to gain access to education. Thank you for your support in making it possible for her and so many others to gain skills and confidence that will forever change their lives. The schools resumed in late August after Eid holidays. Due to some issues with an anticipated grant not being delivered yet we are short funding to fully support the schools with sufficient uniforms and books which has affected morale and attendance, but we have faith that with the upcoming holidays we will be able to raise additional funding to cover this unanticipated shortfall. Should you or anyone you know be interested in donating before year end there is a 100% match opportunity through Global Giving starting at 12pm EST on December 3rd. There is a limited amount of matching funds available so we urge donations to be made as close to the opening date/time as possible.
As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in MDF 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. 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!