Schools: Educating underserved youth in Pakistan

 
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Several classes participated in our Global Kid Connect program this year, engaging in meaningful exchange with students in the U.S. With the help of teachers, students scanned letters, took photos, and shared videos asking and answering questions that allowed them to learn more about their pen pals and respective cultures. Every year we conduct this program we are inspired by the wonderful dialogue that ensues and the impact that it has on the students. Final exams went well and students are about to start their summer vacation. Since local registration in Pakistan has been secured, many thousands of dollars worth have been donated by Pakistani organizations and individuals which has helped with the shortfall of MDF support as programs have grown over time. With this support we have also been able to start and grow a library.  

As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. Two months ago one of our newly elected board members, Courtney and her daughter, visited Sheikhupura school. A joyous occasion for the visitors and students and teachers. 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!

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!
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!

some of the students at one of the MDF schools
some of the students at one of the MDF schools

We're pleased to share that we successfully concluded another school year! It was an academic year not without its challenges - We faced poor conditions in much needed extra space of one of the schools, delayed uniform and text book delivery at both, and ongoing issues accessing electricity due to frequent and prolonged power outages that are so common in these areas without proper energy sources to power fans, lighting, and equipment. That said, teachers, staff, and students are dedicated and persist in the face of adversity. Staff members found local organizations willing to help pitch in such as Lions Club and Rotary. A new Head Teacher at Barakahu is uniting the team at that school in powerful ways, and a new Director of Operations is providing innovative new strategies to support the success and sustainability of the schools and other Moqah Foundation activities. With the recently secured local registration, we're not able to accept funds directly through Moqah Foundation in Pakistan and are happy to see individuals in Pakistan supporting the schools and youth of their district financially and with much needed materials.  We will continue to seek local partnership with organizations that are willing to donate or subsidize uniforms, books, furniture, and technology to support school activities. If you have any suggestions or would like to share this with others, the beneficiaries of MDF programs would be most appreciative! 

In April i had the distinct pleasure of visiting our school facilities and re-connecting with the students and teachers. It brought tears to my eyes to see the eagerness and earnestness reflected in the students' faces. They're growing, learning, and take a huge amount of pride in their respective schools. It's because of you that their education has been possible. We hold you incredibly high esteem for previously contributing to this cause. Please feel free to view pictures (link below).

As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested. 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 if you are not already, 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!

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boys at barakahu school
boys at barakahu school

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

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