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Educate a Girl in Kashmir

by HOPE USA
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Educate a Girl in Kashmir
Dear HOPE Friends,
 
The students in our 35 home schools across Kashmir just finished their second term exams. Students in grades 1 through 5 were tested in the following subjects: English language, English literature, Urdu language, Urdu literature, Mathematics, Science, Arts and Crafts, Social Studies, and General Knowledge.  Students in grades 6 to 8 were tested in these additional subjects: History, Geography, Arabic language, and Agriculture.  Overall, the students performed very well on their second term exams; disadvantaged students were given extra help and attention from the first day of classes to help them catch up to their peers.
 
Currently, HOPE home school fifth graders and eighth graders in Kashmir are fully prepared for their upcoming board exams.  Board exams are held on Pakistan province levels and all government and private schooling institutions participate in these exams.
 
To celebrate the end of the second term, teachers arranged an activity day for the students complete with food and games.  The children were very excited to have a day full of extra-curricular fun with their classmates.
 
The teachers of HOPE schools are working hard to equip their students for the future and nurture their personalities.  Along with academic knowledge, they make sure to include extra-curricular activities such the ones pictured below.  As you can see, the theme color of the celebration is red.  The students performed rehearsed dances, played musical chairs, played tug-of-war, and enjoyed a meal together.

As a side note, you can see in the pictures below that winter is already approaching in the Kashmir mountains and that the students have long-sleeved tops on underneath their party clothes. Some of you may also recognize that the students are also wearing the same Eid clothes that were gifted by HOPE donors a few months ago. The beauty of these gifts is that the students wear their clothes at each fancy occasion throughout the year.

 
Thank you for your continued commitment to these children's educations and futures!  This would not be possible without your support and encouragement!

Dear HOPE Friends, 

As you all are aware, the Kashmir political situation has escalated in the past few months.  Some of HOPE USA's home schools are located near border areas.  When tensions are high, the schools were closed for safety reasons.  After reopening the schools, children were distracted from their routine.  They need couseling and motivaton to help heal from these political conflicts.    

Naturally, much of the atmosphere in the schools these days revolves around the Kashmir crisis.  However, emphasis is being placed on having as much of a normal routine as possible.  For example, on September 6th, students celebrated Defense Day where they prepared speeches, national songs, and participated in debates.  Similarly, September 11th was the 71th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam, founder of Pakistan and students learned about the historical background surrounding his life and death.  

Please send your thoughts and prayers towards the innocent children that are being affected by the political tensions in Kashmir.  Hopefully just solutions can prevail which minimize loss of life and preserve the freedom and liberties of the citizens.  

Best regards,

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director - HOPE USA

Dear HOPE Friends,

I hope all of you are doing well! I wanted to thank each of you for allowing us to reach so many needy people in Pakistan during the month of Ramadan. In summary, we were able to accomplish the following in Ramadan through donations and corporate support:

  • 16,000 total biryanis and iftars were distributed house to house
  • 2,000 children total received Eid clothes, jewelry, and gifts
  • 2,800 children and adults participated in community iftars
  • 1,500 families were given food rations for one month

Our activities took place throughout various regions of Pakistan including: Karachi, Gadap, Ghagger, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Muzaffarabad (Kashmir), and Muzaffargarh (Punjab).

As always, this was made possible by the will of God, our supportive donor base, and our dedicated corporate sponsors such as Standard Chartered Bank.

To learn more about HOPE USA, please visit our website at https://www.hopecharityusa.org

Thank you again for your support during this special month!  

 

Best regards, 

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director - HOPE USA

Dear HOPE Friends, 

EID GREETINGS!

The HOPE USA team wanted to wish all of our supporters a blessed Eid!  Every year we raise money to provide the children who attend HOPE schools a new outfit to celebrate Eid.  The children who attend our home schools come from very impoverished backgrounds and attend school for free or minimal cost.  We double up our efforts this month to make sure that each child feels special.   Having a new outfit is a rare luxury for these children.  

 

If you would like to learn more about HOPE's multi-pronged approach towards poverty alleviation, please visit our website at:

https://www.hopecharityusa.org

 

Meanwhile, please enjoy these pictures of the colorful outfits for the beautiful children of our Kashmir home schools.  

 

Best regards,

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director - HOPE USA

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Dear HOPE Friends, 

Some of you who are aware of HOPE's multi-pronged approach to poverty alleviation know that HOPE doubles up its efforts to reach the impoverished in the month of Ramadan.  Ramadan is an Islamic month which is observed by fasting, extra prayers, and charitable acts to help the needy and underprivileged.  In addition to HOPE's regular poverty-alleviating measures in the areas of health and education, HOPE takes extra steps to ensure that the underprivileged are taken care of this month.  Some of our activities include: 

  • Providing meals to underprivileged villagers, women, and children - During the long hours of fasting in hot weather, HOPE has teamed up with RobinHood to serve food to impoverished people daily.  It goes without saying that these people struggle to provide food for themselves and their families on a regular basis.  In Ramadan, HOPE takes extra steps to ensure that no one goes without.  During the first three weeks of Ramadan, we were serving food to 400 people per day, but as the month comes to an end, we have been fortunate enough to be able to serve 590 people daily.  

 

  • Providing a new traditional Eid outfit to HOPE's almost 10,000 students - The children who attend HOPE's schools - especially the home schools - come from impoverished backgrounds.  They are the sons and daughters of laborers, farmers, and domestic helpers.  The concept of receiving new clothes seems impossible when your family is struggling just to eat daily.  But for 10 years now, HOPE has been pooling resources together in Ramadan to provide the children in its schools a new outfit to commemorate the holiday of Eid.  Our philosophy is to put a smile on these children's faces and help them feel human and loved.  Dr. Mubina (founder of HOPE) reports that she sees the children wearing their Eid outfits throughout the year at every special school function or occasion.  New clothes may not seem practical when you are struggling, but we want every child to feel special.  We realize that these actions can have long-lasting psychological and emotional benefits to children. 

 

The above activities are sponsored by our dedicated donor base, corporate parternerships, and also our LaunchGood campaigns in Ramadan.  We strive to reach all of our health facilities, vocational facilities, and educational facilities, especially the ones in remote and rural areas. 

I hope you will enjoy the pictures of the children in HOPE's home schools in Kashmir benefitting from our Ramadan activities. 

As always, you can always learn more about HOPE’s many areas of focus by visiting our website at:

https://www.hopecharityusa.org

 

Until next time – take care!

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director – HOPE USA

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