Oct 29, 2020

Back to School

COVID-19 has posed a great challenge to the continuance of education during this pandemic.  Since most of the children lack reliable electricity at home, let alone internet or laptops, our teachers managed with their commitment to their students and their families.  During the day, they have been going door to door where their students live, bringing lessons, books, and words of encouragement, supporting vulnerable populations from a six-foot distance.

 After the ease in lockdown, the government announced that all the schools across the country will reopen in phases from Sept. 15, ending a six-month closure propelled by the pandemic.

In the first phases, we welcomed our Grade 9 &10. Students in grade six to eight returned to school on Sept. 23, while students in nursery to grade five were back to school on Sept. 30. Our students are so happy to be back and so are we!

We have set up all precautionary measures against the spread of the corona virus, strictly following the SOPs. Other than providing face masks and sanitizers, non contact infrared thermometers are used to take temperatures. To ensure social distancing and in an attempt to control the spread of virus, we are running the schools in two shifts.

Enthusiastically, the students celebrated World TeachersDay with the theme Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The love and dedication these teachers have shown their students and their families despite all odds and the risks of doing so, will always be a reason to be proud of their teachers

Thank you for your trust and belief in the cause of education and for supporting Moqah Foundation through the COVID-19 crisis. We need your help now more than ever to ensure continuity of education for the underprivileged children.

Jul 8, 2020

Relief in a time of suffering

We all are going through challenging and turbulent times as we deal with the pandemic. Lockdowns have caused economic despair and despondency in our communities. It is saddening to hear of food shortage and hardships from women who had graduated and had either launched their businesses or were preparing for self-employment. There is uncertainty and fear for the future as most earning members of the family have lost their jobs. They have few savings and cannot afford to store food. They are facing devastating consequences as there is very little or no income which directly relates to missing meals, yet too proud or afraid to ask for help

In our attempt to help these women facing severe hardship, and with the facilitation of volunteers, we distributed food ration bags containing flour, rice, cooking oil, grains, sugar, tea and condensed milk, along with hand washing soap and masks, observing all social distancing measures.

As we plan to embark on our next relief mission, we request you to stand with us in providing relief to these families suffering in times of distress.

Jul 6, 2020

Standing together to fight Corona

March has always been the busiest time of the school year. End of academic session, final exams and result: a time both students and teachers look forward to. Teachers are excited to begin everything new, setting up both short-term and long-term goals. While all this arrangements were on, the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in Bhara Kahu, and the area was completely sealed with no one allowed to exit or enter.

The lockdown halted all economic activities rendering the daily-wage earners jobless in the area. Most children in our schools and their families have been affected. With similar situation in Sheikhupura, with the help of teachers who are mostly local residents, we identified households in urgent need of support and created lists with all the necessary information, selecting 300 most deserving families who have had too little or nothing to eat since the lockdown. Our community-based volunteer team, on April 5 late night, managed to distribute food ration bags among the families in both Bhara Kahu and Sheikhupura. We send over hand washing soaps with basic hygiene instructions too. Since then, we have been raising funds to help out the families on monthly basis. Some of our generous donors donated through GlobalGiving

The government has announced that they will not allow the schools to open until the end of the pandemic. Since the lockdown, our teachers prepare weekly homework packets for the students: these along with notebooks and stationary are delivered to the students. We will continue to do this till the reopening of the schools. We understand that life during pandemic is difficult for parents and children alike, confined to overcrowded, small houses in vulnerable communities, limiting their ability by containment and physical social distancing among other issues. To avoid lasting damages, such as forced child labor to bolster family income and early or forced girl marriages, we are scaling up support for children and their families.

Please consider donating to avoid lasting damage to these children and their families.

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