In this quarter we have started one vocational training center in which 43 women and girls are currently enrolled. We will establish new vocational training centers once the project is able to raise some more funds. The community is also supportive and there is an increase in the membership of CBOs. Women are also saving on regular basis and now the total membership of the CBOs is 213 women in all 10 CBOs.
AHD has also planned to start evening school for female domestic workers (young girls) who also work as maids with their mothers in the houses of the posh localities of Islamabad. The enrollment has been finalized and the classes will start in the next quarter.
In this quarter the membership of the CBOs increased and now the membership is 192 women in 10 CBOs. The CBOs key office bearers have been trained in basic management skills needed to run and manage their community based development interventions. The field team has selected 123 women and girls for the training. The centers are also functional now and the classes have begun. The women and girls are showing lot of interest for vocational skills and other project interventions.
The local community leaders (men) are also supporting the cause. In this quarter a new need emerged that many young girls (school drop outs) showed interest to complete their formal education. AHD has started the enrollment and arrangements are being done to start one evening school for desiring girls to help them complete their formal education at least secondary level school certificate (equal to 10 grades).
The project has started and in the first quarter of the project 10 community based organizations with membership of 150 women have been formed. The membership is also increasing and within this second quarter the membership will increase to 200 women and potentially the project may have more membership of women in the women CBOs. The field team including three female staff members are paying regular visits to the community and are building up the basic skills and knowledge of the CBOs on saving, organizational management and basic concepts of women development and women rights.
The local men and local religious leaders are also supportive and they are providing space for community meetings and also have started allowing their women to participate in the project activities. The project will establish adult literacy and vocational literacy centres in this quarter and the centres will be functioning. The CBOs will also develop their community based development plans for the empowerment of women from the 10 slums of Islamabad including Hansa Colony, J.Salik Colony, Maskeen Colony, Faisal Colony, 66 Quarters, 48 Quarters, 100 Quarters, Allama Iqbal Colony, and Issa Nagri.
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