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.
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!

Nov 10, 2014

The Value of Women - Update on Vocational Training

Young women participating in training this month
Young women participating in training this month

You have helped women in Pakistan learn they are valuable…that they can earn a fair wage, lift their families from poverty, send their children to school, get healthcare they need, and put food on the table! The world is better because of people like you who care and walk the talk. We’re pleased to share that over 800 additional women have participated in the Vocational Training Program in 2014 and we’re well on our way to meeting our goal or reaching 1,000 young women before the end of the year. Next year we have an ambitious goal to double our reach, so that we can assist 2,000 women in 2015. We continue to benefit from working with many valuable partners throughout Pakistan so that we can work with women in many different communities.   

We have just received a renewed matching grant from Safer World Foundation that enables donors to receive a 50% match for the vocational training program until the $50,000 funding pool is used (only ten other organizations eligible)! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their donor dollars go farther.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. 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 Allies in Action 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 +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

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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