Marshall Direct Fund

Our mission is to improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia.
Mar 1, 2016

Shining Stars in MDF Schools

Sharing Love
Sharing Love

Students in Pakistan continue to learn and grow thanks to your support. One of our schools moved to accommodate the growing classrooms and adding grade levels. Parents are wiling to buck the cultural norm of gender segregation starting at puberty to ensure ongoing education for their children. We see this as a testament of parents seeing the important value of education and are now offer education through 7th grade.

This quarter in addition to our normal curriculum, we offered a workshop on personal hygene, celebrated a day dedicated to unity, held a spelling bee, and conducted parent teacher meetings. The 5th and 6th grade students started Global Kid Connect, a modern day pen pal program where youth in Pakistan and America exchange photos, videos, and letters online to explore topics of culture, leadership, and peace. This year the 6th graders are doing a co-construct story project, taking turns contributing to a single story and seeing where it goes. We hope to publish and share these soon. Stay tuned!

In the meantime please consider helping generate awareness of the importance of education in conflict countries like Pakistan – 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 by 50%. To see donations go farther please support beneficiaries of MDF programs today: www.globalgiving.org/projects/vocationaltraining-for-100-pakistaniwomen/. If you would like to start a MDF chapter or conduct an activity or invite a MDF representative to your community, we have a toolkit with choose your own adventure activities that we would gladly share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!

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Dec 9, 2015

Peace on Earth is More Than Just a Slogan

Thank you for supporting young underserved women in Pakistan to access relevant skills and to develop enterprises. With economic empowerment and greater financial literacy, livelihoods improve and conditions of poverty abate. Introducing women to opportunities equips them with the knowledge and skllls necessary to understand their options and shape their futures. Thanks to you we are nearing our goal of reaching 1,000 women in 2015 and with an enthusiastic and capable new Director of Vocational Training at the helm, we are developing additional partnerships and growing the strength of the program!
 
Please help us to reach our goal of raising $5,000 in the next three weeks so we can provide relevant training to an additional 200 women by 2016. For the holidays, consider asking friends and family to give to your favorite cause. Or you can give a gift in the name of someone you love, spreading holiday cheer and the gift of impact. Global Giving gladly customizes a thank you that helps the giftee understand the impact of your support in their honor. Right now Safer World Fund is also generously matching all donations up to $1,500 per person by 50%. Jana Stanfield said “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” We cannot change the world by ourselves, but together, anything is possible and every little bit helps. Thank you for considering us in your year-end giving. 
 
There are many other ways to get involved, including directing proceeds for a race or physical challenge, participating in a one week poverty challenge (where you live on $2/day or less), volunteering, or joining our board. You can also help us generate awareness by joining our social media pages and sharing with your networks. If you or anyone you know would like to join our Allies In Action movement there are various ideas and activities that range from book/movie clubs, one-time or re-occuring events, and skype visits with MDF students that we can share with you. We are happy to connect at any time to talk about the myriad of possibilities to becoming engaged. 
 
Dec 1, 2015

Schools in Pakistan Update: Madiha's Story

Madiha
Madiha
Pakistan is the world's 6th most populus country, with a population of over 196 million. More than half of this population lives in poverty and at least 25 million school aged children are not in school. Additinonally, many are subjected to terrible violence at the hands terrorist organizations. In light of this recent violence, we stand behind a phiolosphy of “Guns kill terrorists. Education kills terrorism.” Education is no’t the quick fix that some organizations tend to prioritize, but it is the solution to ending conflict and poverty so that people can choose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. 
 
Each year we like to share the story of one of our students, this year we want to share Madiha's story. Madiha is from Waziristan, a region in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area near the Swat Valley. Notably, this is where the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, survived a Taliban attack. Women are severely repressed in this region and there are no schools available to girls, as the Taliban banned girls' education. Mahida's uncle, who lives near one of the free MDF schools outside of Islamabad, wanted to help his nieces and nephews by providing them with an opportunity to attend school. When Madiha turned five, her uncle brought her and her brothers and sisters to Barakahu. There they are learning to read, write, and gain skills that help to lift them out of destitution. Although Mahida is far from her parents, she is thriving alongside her siblings. she is learning to think critically  and making new friends. Madiha especially loves art, her teacher, and, of course, recess!  Her confidence and love of learning grows daily. She is one of hundreds of students that are deeply grateful for her school and the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
 
Please join us in supporting Madiha and other students like her. The Marshall Direct Fund works to reduce the number of students in Pakistan out of school. We welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. 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 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, we have choose your own adventure 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!
 
   

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