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.
Oct 1, 2012

Vocational Training for 200 Women in Pakistan Fall 2012

The vocational training commences next week! We had a last minute site change, but all is still a go. The women are ready and excited. The curriculum being utilized from Foundation for Social Change has been translated into Urdu and modified by our fantastic local trainer, Rubina, to take into consideration local culture and the needs of the women we will be working with Thanks to your support, we have the resources necessary to begin helping 200 women secure a 12 week course that will introduce business acumen and foster financial management skills. The women will be reporting on their progress weekly and we hope they will take photos and videos of their experience. We look forward to sharing this with you in the coming months. We are so lucky to have supporters like you supporting these activities and helping women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

We would also like to announce and extend an invitation to you to join us on a guided tour of Pakistan and Nepal May 1-11, 2013. The trip is intended to increase awareness and join others in reaching new heights. This trek is open to anyone who is interested in participating. Please visit the K4K site to learn more www.klimb4kashmir.org If you or anyone you know is interested in going please let us know!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank all of our donors and supporters. We encourage your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would enable us to 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

Sep 13, 2012

Education for Kids in Pakistan Summer 2012 updates

craft project
craft project

It’s back to school time for the children at Marshall Direct Fund schools throughout Pakistan. While the children spent time with their families, the teachers were hard at work. MDF staff took part in professional development programs with the goal of learning how to better serve the students and provide support to one another. Over the Summer, our new Director instituted an array of new and improved processes that the staff and students have benefited from, including more regular meetings chaired by different staff on various subjects with the objective of sharing challenges and learning from each others’ experiences, increasing confidence and range of skills, fostering leadership and respect for diversity, and improving time management and creativity. We intend to conduct future teacher training on subjects that range from IT development, volunteerism, and human rights, and to facilitate more frequent exchange of ideas between teachers at the different MDF schools.

We are very proud of the 250 students that graduated to the next level last June. We look forward to seeing their smiling faces in class this month. This year we will be implementing the Global Kid Connect (GKC) program in January or February for a fourth year of connecting students on one side of the globe with another! This academic year, we will be partnering with Citizens Archive of Pakistan in order to reach more schools in Pakistan. Students who participate in GKC interact with their peers at sister schools in the U.S. via a classroom blog. On the blog, students exchange letters, pictures, drawings, cards, and collages all within a program that is designed to foster empathy and cultural exchange. The students at Pakistani schools had a lot to talk about last year. They got to go on their very first field trip ever - to a Museum followed by a park! We are so excited for these students to have the opportunity to take part in educational activities that provide a brighter future. We are also proud of the staff and our supporters that help make this possible. 

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

Jul 5, 2012

Vocational Training for 200 Women in Pakistan

-a gem of an idea-
-a gem of an idea-

The young women participating in the vocational program are looking forward to their first day of training this September. Meanwhile, we have identified and hired a well qualified market linkage coordinator to ensure the success of the product (details to come!) We have also conducted further market research doing focus groups and conducting surveys, to get input from future buyers. Additionally, we are working with the wholesale provider to fine tune the raw products that the women will be embellishing. Once we launch the product we will be sure to share more details.

Thanks to your support, Marshall Direct Fund (MDF) received $25,015 in donations and an additional $12,248 from the Safer World Matching Fund Drive for a total of $37,262! There is still time to donate or encourage others to donate to this project with a 50% matching opportunity through the Safer World Foundation on the Global Giving website http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/safer-world/. MDF is one of a handful of organizations that are being matched and there is still about $1,300 in matching funds available!

This September we are supporting an 18 day trek in Kashmir for those who would like to see this part of the world and get involved with MDF. All proceeds from this guided tour through the beautiful Northern Himalayas go straight to our vocational programs. More information on this once in a lifetime opportunity can be found by visiting the Klimb for Kashmir website: http://www.klimb4kashmir.org/ .

Marshall Direct Fund would sincerely like to thank all of our donors and supporters. MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would enable us to 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.  

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