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

Tania is an Educate a Girl alumni from Karachi. She's loud, wide eyed and gangly. And fiesty in the best of ways. She's very popular among her friends. However, she's not sure what to do next.  She is not getting a proposal from any boy she likes and she's 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 underscore her job interviewing skills. The job market is very competitiveand the economy is taking a downturn, so it's very easy for girls to get discouraged. Her family, especially her mother, is discouraging her from working.  Still, Tania wants something to do and would like to have some money of her own.   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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On ground from Mirpukhas, Sindh, Pakistan:  Upon arrival, trucks were unloaded and put in a warehouse. Our team went to the warehouse and inspected all items for damage, quality control, safe keeping and theft.  As we had arrived at 6 am, there was plenty of opportunities not only for looters but also discreet thievery at any point during the process, so we kept cross-checking and monitoring.

Happy to share that not one item was damaged or stolen.

Here is a picture with some of the ration bags. Each contained flour, rice, oil, biscuits, tea and lentils, enough for one entire family for 10 days.

The packing process is very laborious but thankfully we had bought and were given a lot of manpower on the ground. The bag itself was very heavy, but recipients - whether male or female - managed.

More to come. Please do spread the word and continue to help us help those most in need now.

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More from the ground. 100% of rations have safely reached. We are grateful to so many, including Chief Secretary Sindh Pakistan for the safety protocols.

After waking up after brief sleep, while the trucks were being unloaded and thereafter sorted, went out to explore the city, or at least some of the drier areas as it had now been 10 days since the worst of the floods and there were pockets of dry areas where families had been set up in make-shift tents.

Never been so humbled in my life.  While we are so blessed and can feel sad or victimized due to any life obstacle or hiccup, here these families were gracious, kind, hospitable (inviting us for tea), and even smiling, despite having lost almost everything but each other.

They did not know where their next meal would come from or if they would get dengue, malaria, COVID-19, skin tissue disease or any other common ailment, but they were grateful to be alive and so happy to meet us, complete strangers.

Such incredible and wonderful, warm human beings.

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Sabeen (name changed) is a bright, go-getter girl. She is always looking for a chance and when the Edycate a Girl programme accepted applications, she was one of the first to apply. It was immediately clear, she was different from other girls. Although just a teenager and one who had never worked before, she was determined to start a business with her learning and was open and focused about her desire to hire other Educate a Girl scholars. 

Whike this seemed a very ambitious goal, within three months of graduating, Sabeen launched her own magazine and hired 3 other scholarship girls for writing and photography. She even interviewed some of the trainers and celebrity Chief Guests of the origramme for her magazine.

A remarkable girl on the fast track, Sabeen is an example of what's real and what's possible through Educate a Girl. All thanks to your donation.

Please spread the word and continue to give. 

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We are thrilled to be educating girls in person again. Recently, we vocationally educated 95 of the daughters of the staff of Sindh Governor House, Karachi.  We educated the daughters of the guards, the sweepers, the tea boys, the protocol officers, and so forth.

"The education of girls is very important to both Sindh and Pakistan, and the education of the daughters of our Governor House Sindh staff is very dear to my heart. It is a real privilege to have Dawood Global Foundation through its Educate a Girl by LADIESFUND vocationally train 85 of our staff’s daughters in soft skills, communication and media studies, and career navigation, all of which is critical for their success in life. We wish them the best in their schooling and career," said Governor Sindh Imran Ismail.

“It is essential to provide opportunities to women for their betterment and progress,’ was famously said by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Quaid-i-Azam.

Governor Sindh also donated sewing machines to 20 scholars, daughters of Governor House Sindh staff.

Educate a Girl vocational scholarships are merit and need based trainings to uplift girls and young women and position them for fast track rising in their career paths. Trainings include coding, e-commerce, media studies, financial literacy, writing and communication skills, how to job interview successfully, how to negotiate salaries, art and culture, entrepreneurial skills, and money management. Many of our alumni have gone on to esteemed jobs, including 8 news anchors, multiple award-winning journalists, international fellowship winners, entrepreneurs, and so forth.

In 2016, we held our first training at Sindh Governor House.  Several scholars went on to successful career paths, some become our interns and one our LADIESFUND Bachelors scholarship winner, where we funded her bachelors at Iqra University. For this course, we have selected some of the most brilliant minds and achievers across our nation to train the 85 girls and young women who are the daughters of the staff of Sindh Governor’s House. In addition to art history trainings by sculptor Amin Gulgee and Sibtain Naqvi, the scholars were given tours of the artwork and Amin’s famous sculpture in the lobby of Sindh Governor’s House.

Kiran Zubair representing the State Bank of Pakistan taught them financial literacy and money management, Moneeza Butt taught How to Navigate the Workplace as a Woman, Zehra Mehdi How to Interview for a Job and Succeed in Getting the Positions You Want, and Tamie Adaya and Soraya Rahim spoke on believing in your dreams and negotiating for your wants.  The French Consul General Christian Testot encouraged and guided the girls to consider and apply for international educational and job opportunities and to learn foreign languages.

Deepak Perwani taught them how to dress appropriately for the workplace.  Chairman NEPRA Touseef Farooqui will speak on Navigating Your Career to the Top and Chairman NEPRA Touseef Farooqui will speak on Navigating Your Career to the Top. Khursheed Hyder, Zurain Imam and Erum Noor Muzaffar taught on Effective Communication and Uzman Jaffery on The Art of Storytelling. Sana Pirzada spoke extensively on sexual harassment and protection of the body, and Hameeda Khan of Sensei Zain Imam’s Dojo taught self-defense tips. Emu of Fuzon surprised all with an emotional session on The Power of Music.These soft skills trainings are truly world class and prepare the scholars for career growth and success.  We wish them all the best of luck!

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Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ladiesfund
Project Leader:
Tara Dawood
Karachi, Pakistan
$107,437 raised of $125,000 goal
913 donations
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