May 25, 2017

GIRLS DROPOUT FROM SCHOOL FOR FORCE LABOUR TO SUPPORT FAMILY

Ulffat working since age of six
Ulffat working since age of six

Manpower Pakistan Survey (2007-08), 21 million children of age group 10 to 14 are working in various sectors. The child labourers average income is Rs.1,500, which reflects that how they are being exploited. An estimated 1.2 million children are on the streets of Pakistan's major cities and urban centers.

 

# of free or low fees school available for these children, unfortunately, parents or children itself not willing to go school, the reason they support their families. 

In Kasur city of Pakistan, every third house is sending their children for work. Most of the children started force labour from age of 7 years or less. During the survey by Muwakhat foundation, found that 87% children facing health issues due to the malnourished and un-hygiene workplace. when the question was asked of children that are they willing to go to school and 93% responded "Yes". On other hand, parents responded 100% “yes" if someone helps to feed and bear the cost of education. further parents said that they have the same dream of future for their children as other parents, get a higher education, established business and well-settled life. Unfortunately unwillingly, we sending our children to save ourselves and them from fear of hunger and secure three times meal a day.

Real Case study:

Ulffat is 12 years old girl who started decorative work on clothes from age of 6 years. She studied till class 3 and her dream is be a pilot. Unfortunately, she left her education and joined her other two sisters at work. Their weekly earning is US $ 5 only and this money help to pay off debt taken from one of a financial institution for one of their sister's marriage.

Ulfat eyesight weak year by year because shining of decorative stuff on clothes and sunlight affected her eyes. Also, she has a consistent headache and muscular pain in shoulders, due to work long hours.

if she starts her education but cannot fulfill her dream "become a pilot" because her eyesight issue not curable. Like Ulffat, most of the forced labour children facing health issue.

Three positions holder sisters left school

Last Year, Rehana and her two sisters got the first position in the school. They forcefully left school due to financial crises, their father’s health does not allow to work more than two hours. Rehana and her two sisters started embroidery and decorative work on party clothes. They weekly earn US10 for feed their family. Rehana wants to be a teacher and she believes on her dream.

PROJECT “ 500 dropout Girls back to school”

Muwakhat Foundation started to help girls for rejoin school and fulfill their dreams. Under this project Girl and her family support to

1) provide a food package US 15 dollar per month against one child allowed to send school.

2) provide family health insurance coverage US$ 20 for 12 months 

3) provide admission fee, books, shoes, school bags for child

4) provide monthly school fee US$ 10 for a child

 

We believe that together can bring smile on child by " say no to child forced labour and yes for education"

Shamim left school at age of nine years
Shamim left school at age of nine years
Rehana and her two sisters
Rehana and her two sisters
three sisters at work
three sisters at work
street of Kasur city Pakistan
street of Kasur city Pakistan
May 22, 2017

Need Assessment Survey for fulfill dreams of homeless women & children

Muwakhat Team conducting interview with women
Muwakhat Team conducting interview with women

Background for Need Assessment Survey

Muwakhat Foundation team started a project to help homeless women and children since July 2016 with a distribution of new clothes to children age zero till twelve years on Eid-ul-fitar.( Muslim festival). It was observed that these women and children are most neglected and vulnerable group, lack basic needs and most important these families ignored and not treated as a respectable citizen of Pakistan. People help once in a while by food, dry ration, and clothes but no one did the effort to bring them in society who excluded.

April 16 & 17, 2017 Muwakhat Foundation conducted need assessment survey income to identify needs, their income generation activities and poverty level. This helps to develop the roadmap of homeless families for the transformation of their life from neglected to a respectable citizen. Women and children are given warm welcome to our team members. This was the first time that women were interviewed. They were shared their life challenges and dreams.

 

Areas focused in survey

In survey form, questions related to basic needs i.e health, education, water, sanitation, income, and expenses details were asked to women. This survey will help to understand homeless families living pattern, life challenges & threat, income generation sources and household expenses.

Highlights of Survey

Muwakhat Team did one to one interview with fifteen families and did focus group discussion with women and children. Survey data will be analyzed and Report will be published in mid of June 2017. Here we are sharing some snapshots to give and the idea of their life:

  • Biggest challenge: There is no concept of birth registration within the community, which makes it difficult for them to get Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC).
  • They do not have a permanent place and all families living in a tent for 30 years.
  • Community lives below the poverty line, in severely unhygienic conditions.
  • 100% women and children illiterate.
  • Most of their children send for force labour at age of seven
  • 100% women birth their children at their tent which is so called house due to not have the facility of a health center.
  • No clean water available
  • Do not have facility of electricity and gas
  • No proper sanitation
  • 85% families sleep with empty stomach twice in a week
  • More than 80% women have embroidery skills and some of them show their work ( see pictures)

Plan of Action

Muwakhat Foundation will work with homeless families in three phases. Phase I will start soon and plan of action of phase II & phase III will set after survey report.

Phase I: In this phase Muwakhat Foundation will do the following action

  • Register homeless families and issue card for receive help from Muwakhat Foundation
  • Ramadan Month (fasting & holy month for Muslims) will start in next week, Food package distributes to homeless families to assure food in the holy month.
  • After 30 days Eid festival coming, the Muwakhat team will collect the donation, purchase food and clothes for children and women and distribute before the festival.

Join us for this noble cause. Your small contribution bring big change in their life

Zareen Chairperson with homeless women & children
Zareen Chairperson with homeless women & children
Cloth tent
Cloth tent
Nabeela showing her patch work
Nabeela showing her patch work
Samina and her daughter giving interview
Samina and her daughter giving interview
Ahmed blind by birth excited for study at school
Ahmed blind by birth excited for study at school
Feb 21, 2017

Little Angles invited at Muwakhat Branch Office Lahore Pakistan!!!!!!!

Little angles invited for new warm clothes
Little angles invited for new warm clothes

January 19 2017, Muwakhat Branch office located in Lahore city of Pakistan filled with little angles (children age between 01yrs-13yrs) invited with their mothers and fathers for received new warm clothes. As time passing, their noises were rising high with excitement and waiting for a moment when they got their package of warm clothes. All children were known that this event made possible with support of GlobalGiving’s donors and some seen flex printed organization name.

Highlights of event “distribution of new warm clothes to homeless children”

  • Muwakhat staff members purchased clothes and made package for children
  • On January 19 2017, children were invited with their mothers but some of their fathers also attended this event.
  • Some female students from department of “Gender Studies” of Punjab University collected donations for children and came at Muwakhat branch office to attend emotional event.
  • Mr. Sikander Javed  High Court Senior Lawyer attended event and give brief details on  women basic legal rights
  • Package of new warm clothes distributed to children
  • Most of children wear new clothes for picture and video
  • Children stamp their hands at white chart to say thank you GlobalGiving
  • Female students of Punjab University shared that we just collected a cost of one cup of tea from 45 students but here moments were very emotional and smile of children bring energy in our body.
  • At the end of event, milk and biscuits distributed in children.
  • Zareen Aamir Chairperson thanks to all families, Lawyers, university students and branch staff. She shared next action plan for financial sustainability , education and health.:

 

Inside Package:

Each package includes two pants or trousers, two shirts, one woolen sweater or leather jacket, one pair of socks and one woolen cap.

 

SMALL CONTRIBUTION BRING BIG SMILE!!!!!!!

All children and team members of Muwakhat were thanks to donors of GlobalGiving who believe and supported to the project of “warm clothes for winter”. They got new warm clothes to fought with cold of winter.

At the end of event, I thank you to all participants and promised them that together with generous support of GlobalGiving donors "WE BRING CHANGE"

 

Story of Najma girl age 8 years:

I was very excited a day before of event and did not slept whole night. Since age of 4 years, I never wear new clothes. We are six brother and sisters and resident in cloth camp.

I got package of new warm clothes and wear one suit with sweater, a pair of woolen socks and woolen cap.  I couldn’t express my feeling, when light and fluffy material touched skin and kept warm.

Thankyou Muwakhat and GlobalGiving

children received package of new warm clothes
children received package of new warm clothes
smile of little angel on wear new clothes
smile of little angel on wear new clothes
thankyou GlobalGiving!!!!!
thankyou GlobalGiving!!!!!
Flex mentioned name of Muwakhat and GlobalGiving
Flex mentioned name of Muwakhat and GlobalGiving
 
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