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Dropout 500 Girls Back to High School in Pakistan

by Muwakhat Foundation
Dropout 500 Girls Back to High School in Pakistan
Distributed Cart and give cash for fruit to daily
Distributed Cart and give cash for fruit to daily

CASE STUDY

Alia and Ahmed newly married couple, living slum area of Lahore city. Her husband is daily wager and earn by paint homes. Since March 2020, He lost his work due to COVID 19 and whatever had saving is end. Alia shared with Muwakhat Foundation, almost a week not cooked food and not able to pay rent of last two months. Her landlord gives 10 days for pay rent or leave.

Muwakhat Foundation pay rent of two months, given dry ration and some cash to fulfill basic needs.

Same stories of daily wager’s families facing following challenges and Muwakhat team tirelessly working to respond immediate problems, i.e:

  • No income,
  • Losing home for not able to pay rent
  • Lack of food.
  • Children school fees
  • Unable to pay COVID 19 test fee to designated hospital
  • Medical expenses for treatment of COVID 19

 

Distributed Food packages and cash to daily wagers’ families affected from lockdown till todate.

RESULT:  SOAPS, MASKS, FOOD PACKAGE & CASH DISTRIBUTED TO 117 poor families and amount in rupees 735,500

# of SOAPS distributed                 6800 units to 1460 Poor Families

# of MASKS distributed                 3600 units to 896 Poor Families

# of FOOD PACKAGES                2340 units to 202 Poor Families

# of Cash Packets                         154 Packets to 125 Poor Families

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19% DROP OUT GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL
19% DROP OUT GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL

We proudly share the achievement of Muwakhat Foundation for the poor community, especially women, girls and children with the purpose of lasting change and it became possible with collective action of members, board, management and non members who care about community’s development.

During six years of operations, our primary focus is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable groups, especially women, children and old citizens and offer services with a holistic approach. It includes food, health, education, interest free loan, qard-e-hasna.

OUTCOMES & IMPACT

 1) Grants & Donations:  Rs     11.61m

  2) Food packages to homeless

 #         : 23,586,      Value     : Rs   85 m

  3) Clothes distributed to street children

 #       : 3,700,          Value     : Rs   2.98 m

 4) Promoting Girls Education:

awareness sessions to 4,998 parents

 5) 19% of 500 dropout girls back to school

6) Free legal aid and awareness sessions to women & girls:  # :1960  

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community school
community school

About half of Pakistan’s population is illiterate, and 7.26 million children are out of school due to poverty. 

Muwakhat Foundation believes education is effective tool to break poverty trap and empower women. Organization is working on four areas of education to achieve above goals

1) Educate rural underprivileged children to break poverty trap

Out of every 10 Pakistanis, four are without the basic needs of life, which include food, shelter, education and healthcare.

According to an Institute of Social and Policy Sciences report, “Pakistan has the second highest number of out-of school children in the world after Nigeria because Pakistan spends the

lowest GDP on education in South Asian countries.”

Quality Education help rural children to break poverty trap. Muwakhat Foundation select 12 community schools and introduces holistic approach in education providing quality infrastructure, easy and joyful learning materials, computers, English language program, physical and mind development through sports, yoga & nutritious noon meals. Mostly children need character building, rehabilitate from trauma, overcome personality’s weaknesses and this will do by psychologist on regular assessment. The schools teach health & hygiene. The schools actively promote girls education. In three years, Muwakhat Foundation provides primary education to 6000 children.

Target Audience: Children from age 04 years to age 10 years

2) Drop out girls sends back for higher education

Of Every 100 girls in rural Pakistan, only 18 will reach the 8th grade, only 1 complete high school. In three years, Muwakhat Foundation send back 30,000 drop out girls to high school after counseling of their parents and overcome obstacles. Result with collective effort, we can change their world.

3) Girls send to abroad for higher education

In Pakistan, women are facing to barriers for higher and professional education, because of not only inadequate financial support but also traditional thinking that women do not need professional degree to become engineer, doctor or scientist etc.

Every year foundation selected 20 girls who passed secondary education, talented and willing to get professional education from abroad. Foundation helps to send their application for admission to related universities in abroad. Scholarship covers fees, boarding, lodging, travelling, food and books for four years.

 

4) Food and education for homeless children.

43,000 Gypsies live in Lahore, Punjab’s largest city, half of them women. They are most neglected vulnerable group in Pakistan who lack basic needs of life. Muwakhat Foundation selected 500 gipsy families to support for three years by give food, clothes, health facilities, education for children, clean water and finance for startup business. Results with collective effort, they come out from poverty and live respectable life.

Girls rejoined school
Girls rejoined school
girls dropout from school
girls dropout from school

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awareness on free legal aid and family laws
awareness on free legal aid and family laws

I started my legal profession 32 years ago from Multan which is a famous city of southern Punjab. In start of my profession I did not inspire with legal profession but gradually when I conducted the cases of very poor accused who could not engage a lawyer, I came to know that I can help such like poor accused better then others. So I took interest in this profession. During my practice, I helped so many poor accused especially poor ladies and children. There is bench of Lahore high court in Multan where cases from remote, neglected and backwards cities came like Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajan pur, Jampur, Alipur etc. These poor litigants could not afford lawyers. Police of those areas also did not help these people but favors the power full landlord’s people of those areas. If a working man arrest in a false case, then all other family members face many difficulties and miserable situations especially women. Power full people of that areas treated these person like animals, purchased their properties in very low prices. The poor people spend all their assets on litigation. These poor people compelled for begging. I try my best to release these poor accused on bail so that they can pursue their case and also look after their families. But this project needed many big teams of lawyers who can help them in initial stage in trial courts in their own cities. Many junior lawyers could be trained for this project.

Legal awareness:

For legal awareness , I started a law magazine in 2000 namely “Legal Edition” in many important laws, important decisions of higher courts were translated in national language “Urdu” so that common people as  well as young lawyers could understand that laws & decision because 80% of lawyers could not understand English in its true perspective. This magazine circulated in all Pakistan in lawyers, judges and common litigant for the last sixteen years.

Law books translated in Urdu:

Following law books were translated in Urdu (National language) and published for lawyers and for general public, so that they can understand better the law:

  1. Family Law

Family laws relating divorce, maintenance guardianship marriage, succession certificate and others related laws & prepositions which relate to family laws by the ladies and others litigants.

  1. Jail Laws

Jail laws (Prisoners Manual) which relates the legal rights of prisoners and arrested persons by Police during investigation of the cases because in Police investigation, Police torture and so called police encounters are very common and even in jail prisoners faced many difficulties and they were not given proper facilities which were written in Jail Law Manual.

  1. Pleadings:

Most of the pleadings and judgments of Pakistani courts especially Session Court, High Courts and Supreme Courts are in English-Common people themselves filed their applications by themselves in Urdu (National Language) in the courts but they did not know how they write the application and sequences of paragraphs of their application.

  1. Partition of Inherited Property:

After the death of  person his property has to be divided in legal heirs but Islamic way of calculating the share of legal heirs are very complicated so in this book all procedure of calculating the shares in different preposition and circumstances were given in easy way.

In addition to these 4 books in Urdu they are other 5 books but they are in English but process is going on to get them translated in Urdu.

Supreme Court of Pakistan in its famous judgment reported as PLD 2015 Supreme Court page # 1210 directed the Government to get translated all the Federal and Provincial laws in national language Urdu for supervising and reviewing the translation in Urdu, make a three member committee by Ministry of Law and appointed me as “Chairperson” of that committee.

COLLABORATION WITH MUWAKHAT FOUNDATION

In early 2016, my law firm signed agreement with Muwakhat Foundation with objective to uplift and support women of poor community.

Up till now on the platform of Muwakhat Foundation there is a team of 6 junior lawyers headed by me and they were providing “Free Legal Aid” to the poor people in 3 cities of Punjab i.e. Lahore, Multan and Kasur. We are trying to increase the area of Free Legal Aid Service and trained at least 50 to 60 junior lawyers for this purpose especially those persons whose belongs to poor family so they can work more with devotion and sympathy.

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Farida sharing her fear with director of Muwakhat
Farida sharing her fear with director of Muwakhat

A Case study - Farida Kasur District Punjab

Farida was shared her fear with director of Muwakhat Foundation, her parents stop her education by end of this year due to transportation expenses.

Farida is getting free education in government school of Kasur city. she lived 7 kilometer distance from her school and paying Rs.5,000 per month (US$ 50) of school van to reach schol for education. Her father is very poor and cannot bear education expenses of six children. He planned to dropout his two daughters from school to decrease expenses but her father did not discontinune education of his two sons. this gender discrimination disturbed her very much.

She is determined to continue her study and become doctor.

Tabinda Alkans Jaffery director Muwakhat Foundation observed during her visit girls school Kasur city that 9% girls dropout due to distance of school. The problem can be resolved if transportation provide to girls who lived far from school.

PROJECT OF MUWAKHAT FOUNDATION

Foundation started to help girls for rejoin school and fulfill their dreams. Under this project Girl and her family support to

1) provide food pakage US 15 dollar per month against one child allow to send school.

2) provide family health insurance coverage US$ 20 for 12 months 

3) provide admission fee, books, shoes, school bags for child

4) provide monthly school fee US$ 10 for a child

 

WAYFORWARD

After did informal survey of government schools, the biggest problem highlighted after school fee is transportation expenses. Girls cannot continue free education due to distance of school.

Muwakhat Foundation will bring microproject for support of girls to continue their education

last year 9% girls dropout due distance of school
last year 9% girls dropout due distance of school
Girls need transportation for continue education
Girls need transportation for continue education
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Location: Lahore - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Zareen Aamir
Lahore, Pakistan

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