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Educate a Girl Zakaat

by Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl
Educate a Girl Zakaat
Educate a Girl Zakaat
Educate a Girl Zakaat
Educate a Girl Zakaat

With universities and schools set to reopen in September, we are fundraising to help education be back on track. We also have been holding virtual supplementary conferences with powerful, inspiring speakers on You Are Not Defined by The Colour of Your Skin."

In Pakistan, it is the young girls who bear the brunt of colorism and it really damages their self-esteem, cripples their motivation and ambition. This was the first such conference in Pakistan's history and was opened by Mrs. Samina Alvi, wife of the President Of Pakistan.

More than 3 million deserving girls, stuck at home during Covid, had access to and some even spoke at this training.

Believe in these girls, support them with their education and donate now.  

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With universities and schools closed due to COVID-19, its the girls of the world, paritcularly those in Pakistan, who are suffering the most education-wise. Especially deserving girls don't have laptops to do home study, and the majority of their schools do not have remote study programmes.

Although final exams are on hold, many girls are eager to learn and are reaching out to us through our Educate a Girl and other programmes.  We are working on a viritual training series in Urdu to help these girls learn and develop during this unplanned "time off" so to speak. When school resumes this year, our Educate a Girl zakaat recipients will have overcome more than imagine. During the lockdown, many girls may stop their education path forever as they will be diverted toward helping their home, marrying earlier than otherwise, or other options.  Those girls who end up continuing their studies, will do so against so many odds. More than we can imagine.

Believe in these girls, support them with their education and donate now.  

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Thank you all for educating girls with your zakaat. 

To date, we have educated girls in Pakistan, and with the help of all 29 donors including you, we have raised $5,283 on GlobalGiving.  

We have witnessed the impact on each girl's life. Take little Abida (name changed as per GG policy). Abida is very shy and while she's a good student, she does not speak up in class. Her teachers try their best to encourage her but she simply would not speak when called upon. Her Educate a Girl scholarship required her to speak in front of class in order to pass, regardless of how intimidating she found it. At first. It took coaxing and coaching til she spoke, but once she spoke, she wouldn't talk. She had a lot to say. 

So, as 2019 ends. Why not end the year or begin the New Year on the magical note of transforming another life. Educate a girl or two today. And, if you can't right now then please donate $10. If each of the 29 Donors donated $29, we would raise $841, which is the education of more than 70 girls for a semester!!!  That's seventy lives changing, just by donating $29 today.  Please also spread the word and consider Educate a Girl zakaat for your entire zakaat donation for this year and the next. Yes, you can make a difference!  

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Yes, there are many girls who because of safety and culture are prevented from going to school. However, there are other girls who have always gone to school but are now not able to, because their parents cannot afford the fees.  This usually happens overnight. It's shock. Trauma.  

Educate a Girl Zakaat is for young girls age 4-16 to help them stay in their schools so they could get proper education which further will help them in achieving their dreams.

Meet Jehanara. She's 5.  She has two older sisters and loves going to school. She has loads of friends and is her Urdu teacher's favourite student.  She feels special and enjoys learning and being part of the community. When their father lost his job, he couldn't pay the school fees so all three girls were no longer allowed to attend class. She misses her friends, her teachers, the learning, but most of all being part of a community.  She is too little to have career plans, but she knows how to read and write and likes giving short speeches in class when asked to speak on a topic.  Jehanara likes being spontaneous and speaking off the top of her head.  It finds magical. She couldn't wait to get back to school and now because of the Educate a Girl Zakaat fund she can.

Every time you donate to this cause, you are helping a girl stay in school. Perhaps she will do a trade, maybe she will start a business, maybe she won't even work but she will be educated. And, maybe, like Jehanara, she might be starting a journey to a dream that she hadn't dared dream before. All because of you.

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Educate a Girl Zakaat is for young girls age 4-16 to help them stay in their schools so they could get proper education which further will help them in achieving their dreams.

 

We have been meeting with and taking feedback from girls who have been educated through this program.

Meet Aliya. She is 9 and has a missing right front tooth, giving her a goofy smile and making her beautiful, big brown eyes seem almost enormous in her face.  Her complexion is like soft mocha, but her voice is strong and firm as she shares her dreams.

"I want to become a doctor!"

"A doctor," we ask.  "Are you sure. You are just 6. You may change your mind."

"I won't change my mind," she replies and then looks down to complete the old, beaten up jigsaw puzzle she is trying to put together.

"Why do you want to become a doctor?"

"I want to help people."  Her words are simple and straightforward, but her big eyes share a story of childhood pain that she is not ready to put into words.  

Every time you donate to this cause, you are helping a girl stay in school. Perhaps she will do a trade, maybe she will start a business, maybe she won't even work but she will be educated. And, maybe, like Aliya, she might be starting a journey to a dream that she hadn't dared dream before.

All because of you.

Together we are transforming lives  

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Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Twitter: @ladiesfund
Project Leader:
Tara Dawood
Karachi, Pakistan
$18,478 raised of $25,000 goal
 
79 donations
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