Schools: Educating underserved youth in Pakistan

 
$13,862
$36,138
Raised
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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!

Jul 24, 2014

Update on MDF schools

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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Mar 3, 2014

Update on MDF schools in Pakistan

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!

Nov 25, 2013

Shazia's story and update on MDF schools

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

Aug 15, 2013

Update on MDF school activities

Join us in creating an army of Malalas
Join us in creating an army of Malalas

It has been blazing hot in the Punjab with power outages of up to 18 hours a day, but despite this, it has been a full few months for the staff and students at Marshall Direct Fund schools. April was the start of another school year and we welcomed 40 new nursery aged students. Their smiles and eagerness to learn is something precious to watch. In addition, schools instituted an annual election where students vote for leaders to assume various responsibilities including mentoring younger students, keeping the schools clean, and serving as representatives of their class and school. In May and June students made cards for Mother’s Day, 5th graders participated in a cooking class, a writing competition was held, measles vaccine administered, an anti-smoking assembly took place, and parent teacher meetings scheduled to discuss homework to be performed over the summer break. During the first month of summer holiday teachers held a camp to assist students needing extra help in any given subject. Now teachers are preparing for their annual training and are in the midst of participation in an exchange with teachers in the USA. The Story Swap is conducted in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Writers Foundation. Teachers share correspondence to get to know one another then share a personal story that has impacted their life. These stories are then written by their counterpart as if they were them, putting themselves in the other persons shoes. We very much look forward to the final stories and the impact experienced by this meaningful exchange.  

We welcome site visits by anyone interested in MDF schools and activities. A darling video of some of the students, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPyItZU5Tiw, is online to thank you for believing in them.  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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