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Dec 2, 2019

Fundraising continues ...

At this stage, we are focused on fundraising. The need is real and so very great.  The Garage School does so much for street children, providing education, love and food - nutritious staples - at school and in their homes.
This project is very ambitious in that it is an entire new building.  It is not yet constructing and renovating the building to be safe, but home-like for these children.
The architecture has been donated and the plans are coming to life in what looks to be a gorgeous building, especially in this extremely poverty stricken area.
Thank you for your donation and for spreading the word.  
Oct 16, 2019

Step by Step

Lend a hand today!
Lend a hand today!

It's amazing how much joy was spread by this campaign during Ramadan. Not only were orphans - some of the most neglected persons in society - fed and cherished and sent love, but there was a connection between them and the larger community, the humanity of the world.  Sometimes just knowing you are seen, that is, people know you are alive and exist, is enough to keep someone going in a cold, tough world.

Aisha, 11, said it best.  "This is for me!" she exclaimed in Urdu.  "Really! Really!  Really!"  Her excitement was worth all the facilitation, coordination that went into making this happen.  

The greatest joy is being able to put a smile on a face, particular a face that doesn't usually have a reason to smile.

As we focus on our goal of distributing these dates on Ramadan 2020, starting Friday, 24 April 2020 (estimated), we are fundraising so we can gear up for a major distribution drive. Some of you are asking us why donate now when there is time. Also, some people feel its better to give the donation during Ramadan, not in advance.

So, we wanted to focus this report on our vision and how to make your donation more impactful.

If all 7 of those in this group donated $15 every Friday the whole year, that would be $105 a week.  27 weeks from now, Ramadan will begin and $2835 will be raised and 3 1/2 orphanages will have supply for Ramadan every day for the entire month!  

This token amount weekly becomes impactful.  From a religious point of view, it is feeding those and the feeding will take place in Ramadan even if the donations are consistent throughout the year.  How beautiful is that.

Lend a hand and see the joy unfold.

Sep 25, 2019

Educate a Girl scholars meet with the French Consul General

Educate a Girl scholars with the French Consul Gen
Educate a Girl scholars with the French Consul Gen

The French Consul General in Karachi Didier Talpain invited 35 Educate a Girl scholars to his private residence where he taught a lesson on the history of France and Pakistan - in Engish with Urdu translation - and served a wonderful tea spread.

France is a 150 years older than Pakistan and both countries have a fascinating relationship between religion and state. France began as a religious nation and today is secular, while Pakistan began as a nation with freedom to all religions and today is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and faces several challenges with regard to its religious minority communities.

Although the Educate a Girl scholars are trained vocationally in topics related to their abiity to obtain ad maintain a job, this kind of opportunity and access is what sets Educate a Girl apart from other programs and makes its students and alumni determined to not just do something with their lives, but to know.  

The beauty of the home, the manner of entertaining, the warmth of the host and the exposure from the opportunity will not ever be forgotten by these deserving girls.

Most exciting of all, we are now working on getting a girl or two scholarships to study in France.  The Eiffel tower will no longer be a google search or a picture. It wlll be a part of their reality.

 
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