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.

Mar 11, 2020

Women's Empowerment through Training

Community baazar created by women post training
Community baazar created by women post training

In a country where only 1% women are engaged in entrepreneurship, Moqah Foundation is working to equip women to become entrepreneurs in their communities through a joint initiative with Alternativ's Global Entrepreneurs  by providing enterprise development trainings.  Alternativ's curriculum was adapted to Urdu and trained program leaders who developed a thorough understanding of the model through Train –the- Trainers course, conducted entrepreneurship training sessions in order to enlighten and empower the women to achieve autonomy, education and opportunity and decrease extreme poverty among the participants

So far, the program has seen two groups and 50 women trained and graduated with a certificate of achievement after 40 hours of training with a further three trainings to follow. The participants learned financial skills in money management. Words can't describe how inspiring and beautiful it was to see results of the follow-up of the trainees. In less than two months, 6 trainees have launched their businesses!

 Over the two years, we will target two poverty stricken communities in the regions of Bhara Kahu located near Islamabad Capital territory and in Kot Malik,  Sheikhpura a rural area situated on the outskirts of Lahore. We are also planning to expand to more communities outside of Islamabad, where women are especially vulnerable to forced in to forced early marriages, and face other cultural and security barriers face other cultural and security barriers.

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