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Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future

by Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future
Educate a Girl in Pakistan & Give Her a Future

With universities and schools set to reopen in September, we are fundraising to help education be back on track. Although SOPS will be in place, the Government of Pakistan is determined to restore traditional education. Private schools in many cases will be experimenting with sophisticated online learning, including PE online! 

While the schools are trying to find their way, Educate a Girl has 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 (we have permission to publish her name).

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.

 

please note this was a very public event in all newspapers and we have permission to use and publish names of all participants 

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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 putting together 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 scholars 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. 

To date, we have educated 2600 girls in Pakistan, and with the help of all 479 donors including you, we have raised $74,231 on GlobalGiving.  

We have witnessed the impact on each girl's life. Take Bushra (name changed as per GG policy), who has started a home based start-up to connect people to home cleaners. Or Aisha (name changed) who has designed a website selling colouree henna. She was trained through our e-commerce Educate a Girl training.  The stories continue and continue.  

So, as 2019 ends. Why not end the 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 479 donors donated $10, we would raise $4,790, which is the education of 40 girls!!!  If you of you donate $100, 400 girls will be educated. That's four hundred lives changing, just by donating $10 today.  Yes, you can make a difference!  

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Educate a Girl scholars with the French Consul Gen
Educate a Girl scholars with the French Consul Gen

The French Consul General in Karachi Didier Talpain invited 35 Educate a Girl scholars to his private residence where he taught a lesson on the history of France and Pakistan - in Engish with Urdu translation - and served a wonderful tea spread.

France is a 150 years older than Pakistan and both countries have a fascinating relationship between religion and state. France began as a religious nation and today is secular, while Pakistan began as a nation with freedom to all religions and today is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and faces several challenges with regard to its religious minority communities.

Although the Educate a Girl scholars are trained vocationally in topics related to their abiity to obtain ad maintain a job, this kind of opportunity and access is what sets Educate a Girl apart from other programs and makes its students and alumni determined to not just do something with their lives, but to know.  

The beauty of the home, the manner of entertaining, the warmth of the host and the exposure from the opportunity will not ever be forgotten by these deserving girls.

Most exciting of all, we are now working on getting a girl or two scholarships to study in France.  The Eiffel tower will no longer be a google search or a picture. It wlll be a part of their reality.

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Aisha is an Educate a Girl alumni from Karachi. She's soft-spoken, big eyed and petite. However, she is an absolutely charmer. With her big smile and turn of phrase, she is immensely likeable.

However, she is struggling to get a job. Going through our Educate a Girl program helped her have substance to her education as well as improve her communication skills to reinforce her innate charm.

The job market is very competitive and with struggles and discomfort - even harrassment - sometimes while going to/from job interviews, let alone work, girls can get easily discouraged. At home, in many cases, their mothers, encourage them to give up and not suffer this way.

But many girls, like Aisha, crave outlets for their self-expression.

That is where your donation has its most value. It is not just funding education but it's making the difference between minimum studying to optimizing an entire life.  Your donation is enabling a girl to dream. For the very first time.

Thank you and please do consider giving again today and spreading the word so together, we can transform lives. One girl at a time!

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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
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589 donations
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