Nov 19, 2010

November 2010 update on Girls Ed Pakistan project

Dear Girls Education International supporters,

Thank you for helping to give 30 girls in Laphi and Sarkalan books, uniforms, and transportation to attend school at Government Secondary School Buchal Kalan, district Chakwal, Pakistan!    

Our partner agency, Bedari, reports that the girls have been successfully enrolled in school and Bedari has purchased and provided them with their uniforms, shoes, and books.  Bedari has also hired a wagon to provide pick up and drop off service for the girls between school and their homes. The girls are attending their classes and are very happy to have restarted their studies.   

Safeer Ullah Khan, our project officer with Bedari, reminds us in his report to Girls Ed of the challenges faced in convincing the parents of some of the girls to allow them to receive support:  

"Sharing this project with the parents of the identified girls was a challenging job, as girls’ education is not a priority. Some of the parents quickly agreed to receive support. However, there were others who did not like the idea for various reasons. The most important reason was cultural. Charity is not accepted by the people, and those who receive charity are looked down upon. Bedari did not present this support as a charity work. We presented it as scholarship for those girls who have successfully completed their primary education."

Safeer's report reminds me of why we believe that Girls Ed has a unique program service model with great potential for success - we partner with local organizations that already work in the regions we serve.  These local organizations already have relationships and infrastructure in the rural communities that allow us to maximize existing resources through strategic partnerships, while respecting existing culture and values. 

Thank you so much for continuing to provide support to our girls in Pakistan and giving them this opportunity to continue their education!

With the holiday giving season upon us, we hope that you will consider Girls Education International for your charitable giving.  You can also make a donation as a holiday gift in honor of a family member, friend, or even a secret santa through Globalgiving (choose "give a gift in honor of" on our project page) and send a holiday card to the honoree through Globalgiving or your home computer.

On behalf of the Girls Education International Board of Directors, I wish you a happy holiday season and all the best for 2011 !  With much appreciation, Therese Thompson, Executive Director Girls Education International


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