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Dec 19, 2016

Prophet (P.B.U.H) Birthday

This is the month of Rabi' al-awwal ( ) which is the third month in the Islamic calendar. During this month, the majority of Muslims celebrate Mawlid - the birthday of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

It is a month of celebration as well as introspection. As responsible Muslims, we should evaluate our role in the society and make further efforts for its improvement. Those of us who are lucky to be blessed with wealth have a duty to support others, especially orphan children—who are the most vulnerable segment of our society.

Orphan children have a very special place in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was the epitome of kindness especially towards orphan children. The month of Rabi Ul Awwal invites us to emulate his (P.B.U.H) great character. It also beckons us to identify helpless orphan children around our surroundings—within our relatives, neighborhood, or circle of acquaintances.

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “I and the custodian of an orphan are like this (together) in Paradise”, and he joined his forefinger and middle finger together.

According to a UNICEF survey, Pakistan is home to approximately, 4.2 Million orphan children. This alarming statistic should call us to action immediately. Remember that today’s children will take over the reins of tomorrow. Our future will largely depend on how we treat these 4.2 million orphans. It is our responsibility as Muslims and Pakistanis to treat orphan children with kindness and love.

The holy Quran says: “They ask you, (O Muhammad), what they shall spend. Say: that which you spend for good (must go) to parents and near kindred and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatsoever good you do, lo! Allah is Aware of it.” (Qur’an 2:215)

So on 12 Rabi ul awwal, we at DGF arranged a visit in the nearby orphanage and the to give each of these orphans a special gift to include these children in the happiness and help them forget their deprivation. We met many kids over there and shared with them many sayings of Prophet (P.B.U.H) , which they all enjoyed a lot.

Ahad was one of the kid at orphanage who was very excited by receiving a teddy bear and said that one day he will also celebrate Prophet (P.B.U.H) birthday in the same manner like us and will give gifts to other kids. His statement really touched our hearts and we pray to GOD that all his wishes come true.

We were able to do all this just because of our amazing donors so on behalf of our whole team and on behalf of all these kids, we would like to thank you all.

We are also planning to celebrate Christmas which is next week in the same way and would really appreciate your help so we could bring happiness in more and more lives.

Dec 7, 2016

#EAGKarachi 1000 Celebration

Amin Gulgee addressing class
Amin Gulgee addressing class

It was in 2011 that the United Nations General Assembly declared 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) with the aim to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges that girls face around the world. Basically, this day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. And recently, to commemorate International Day of the Girl, Educate a Girl (EAG), celebrated the completion of the education of 1000 vocational scholarships funded for deserving girls in Karachi in order to help them become journalists and find jobs as well. 

The celebration, hosted by Lincoln’s Corner, Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC), included training modules by sculptor Amin Gulgee, designer Deepak Perwani, news anchor Nadia Naqi, Imran Zakir (Bureau Chief (Khi), Pakistan International Press Agency), Social Development Professional Bilquis Rehman, grooming expert Khadija Chagani of Pivot Point, Honorary Consul General of Finland Sadia Khan, fashion journalist Zurain Imam and news anchors Sana Hashmi and Jaweria Ali. 

At the event, Tara Uzra Dawood, Founderr –Educate a Girl said, “I am proud to announce that some girls have become news anchors, several girls have newspaper columns, some now work at TV channels, and eight girls have funded the scholarship of other girls out of their first ever pay cheque. EAG winner Jaweria Ali has funded two scholarships including Ghanwa Akram, our 1000th winner!”

It’s all because of the wonderful donors who made this happen and on behalf of Educate a Girl and all these 1000 girls we would like to thank you all!!

We are looking forward to begin this journey now to educate 1000 deserving girls in Lahore and would love your support in that.

 

TOGETHER, WE ARE TRANSFORMING LIVES.

Some EAG Scholars
Some EAG Scholars
EAG #1000, Ghanwa and her donor EAG #25 Jaweria
EAG #1000, Ghanwa and her donor EAG #25 Jaweria
Nov 10, 2016

Inspiration

Chimezie, Educate a Girl in Nigeria # 100
Chimezie, Educate a Girl in Nigeria # 100

                                    "TO BE INSPIRED IS GREAT BUT TO INSPIRE IS INCREDIBLE"

 

Chimezie is an Educate a Girl winner in Nigeria. When we asked her about her experience of the training and if this training helped her in anyway, she said that this course inspired her to improve the wellbeing of humankind.

To explain this further she said,

“I remember on the second day of our #EAGNigeria training, our trainer asked us a simple question; What is more important: To be happy or to be satisfied?
Just like every other girl in that training hall, the first thing that came in my mind was the sentence that we always use, it is important to be happy but when the trainer explained us the importance of this question, that completely changed the view of life for me.
To explain us the difference between being happy and being satisfied she said, imagine if your happiness is the result of someone’s suffering (which is possible), then imagine you aren’t happy but at least you were never a reason for someone’s sufferings, that’s when you will be satisfied. That’s when we got our answers that to be satisfied is actually more important than to be happy.  
Although there were many other things that we learned in this course but I will always remember this question because this was the moment that explained me the importance of life, and made me realize that why its being said that the meaning of life is to shine a light, where there is no light. I can say this was definitely a life changing moment for me.

Today, I can say that I am taking the responsibility of shining that light, as much as I could and for that I initiated a programme called, Nwuliareads Initiative, which discover innovative solutions to tackle the issue of literacy (reading) culture deficiency in kids, teens and young people and has a Vision to be a leading educational platform in building an army of readers and thinkers with strong leadership potentials. NwuliaReads is mixture of Igbo and English. Nwulia is Igbo, a coined form of "nulia" which is a verb to "Anuli" (happiness), with the “n” hyphened on top, but for easy pronunciation, i had to add the w to the n and make it distinct. I got it from the Igbo name, Kanyinulia, which is “Let us rejoice” So to the brand name NwuliaReads, simply means “Read in Happiness and Fun”. Because in my Educate a Girl training, i learnt that literacy is a bridge from misery to hope and I want to give hope to these young kids because that gives me satisfaction and also makes me happy.”

There are many other Educate a Girl winners in Nigeria like Chimezie, who got inspired with this training and now are inspiring others, and it’s all because of the wonderful donors, like you, who made this happen. So on behalf of everyone connected with Educate a Girl, we would like to thank you!

We have many other deserving girls across Nigeria on our waitlist to attend #EAGNigeria. Donate today, please spread the word, and together, we can transform lives.

 
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