Schools: Educating underserved youth in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund
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Three years ago, at the age of nine Ambreen was begging in the streets to earn income for her family. It wasn’t until her family tried to enroll her brother into school that her fate changed. Our school policy does not allow boys to attend unless sisters are enrolled first. The teacher explained to her parents that with every year of education, girls have the ability to earn exponentially more.

Ambreen recalls “this was the beginning of a new life for me.” Before, her parents did not give much importance to girls’ education. Now, Ambereen’s is in the fifth grade and her parents support her studies, and her love of math. For Ambreen, school is changing the course of her life. She says that her teachers are her guides, helping her to understand how to “be responsible and make good decisions.” She now has the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.

Ambreen’s neighbors took notice. When they found out the school, uniforms, and books were free, they started to ask around and enrolled their children. “Without school we would never have dreamed of getting a respectable job. Now we have choices and something to look forward to!”

Thank you for supporting students like Ambreen. Over 20 million school aged kids in Pakistan are not in school, that’s one fifth of the out-of-school population in the entire world. In rural communities, the literacy rate for women and girls is 14%. In a country where over 75% of the population lives in poverty, most kids only dream of going to school. Education provides them with opportunities to learn to read, write, think critically, and have job prospects. Thank you for making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many! We wish you and your loved ones a happy healthy new year.

Students at BK school Sept, 2016
Students at BK school Sept, 2016

Schools are back in session and we have hundreds of students enrolled thanks to your support! Over the summer teachers were provided a workshop on how to offer tailored learning experiences that meet the needs of all students so that lessons can be implemented that cater to a range of abilities and learning styles. Students are putting their skills to the test through spelling bees and quizzes this week. Staff work diligently to offer quality education that cultivates critical thinking. Anything done in the face of extremist conflict is too little too late, only education has the power to turn the tide of terrorism. Shahbaz Taseer, recently returned kidnap victim shares his harrowing story living among extremists for nearly five years at our annual reception. To learn more click here

Please consider supporting mothers and older sisters of our students through the MDF vocational training program. Safer World Foundation is matching donations by 50% through Global Giving. That means $20 become $30! Please consider supporting vocational training in Pakistan today. Support of this program allows families to earn more income and break the cycles of poverty and pursue peace and prosperity over violence and despair. 

If you would like to start a MDF chapter or conduct an activity or invite a MDF representative to your community, we have a toolkit with choose your own adventure activities that we would gladly share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your support in addressing the root causes of poverty and conflict through education and economic opportunities. You are a part of the solution! Thank you for all that you do. 

Happy Ramadan to our Muslim friends! No matter what faith and life philosophy, we hope this summer season finds you happy, healthy, and cherishing each and every day. Due to good people like you, we have been able to serve hundreds more students this academic year who otherwise would not have access to education! By providing scholarships to impoverished youth, you are helping to break the cycles of poverty so that they may choose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. Leaders across the globe are increasingly speaking out about the importance of addressing the root causes of poverty and conflict through education. Thank you for being a part of the solution! 

Students are out on summer vacation, but MDF staff are working hard to make sure to increase the quality and scope of services. Please consider supporting the mothers and older sisters of our students through the MDF vocational training program. We obtain permission from male family members to provide vocational training for young women to start or grow businesses so they may earn greater income for their families. Right now Safer World Foundation is matching donations by 50%. That means $10 become $15. Please consider supporting vocational training in Pakistan today: www.globalgiving.org/projects/vocationaltraining-for-100-pakistaniwomen/. If you would like to start a MDF chapter or conduct an activity or invite a MDF representative to your community, we have a toolkit with choose your own adventure activities that we would gladly share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your support in addressing the root causes of poverty and conflict through education and economic opportunities. 
Sharing Love
Sharing Love

Students in Pakistan continue to learn and grow thanks to your support. One of our schools moved to accommodate the growing classrooms and adding grade levels. Parents are wiling to buck the cultural norm of gender segregation starting at puberty to ensure ongoing education for their children. We see this as a testament of parents seeing the important value of education and are now offer education through 7th grade.

This quarter in addition to our normal curriculum, we offered a workshop on personal hygene, celebrated a day dedicated to unity, held a spelling bee, and conducted parent teacher meetings. The 5th and 6th grade students started Global Kid Connect, a modern day pen pal program where youth in Pakistan and America exchange photos, videos, and letters online to explore topics of culture, leadership, and peace. This year the 6th graders are doing a co-construct story project, taking turns contributing to a single story and seeing where it goes. We hope to publish and share these soon. Stay tuned!

In the meantime please consider helping generate awareness of the importance of education in conflict countries like Pakistan – Become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. Right now, another MDF project supporting vocational education in Pakistan is receiving matching donations through Safer World Foundation by 50%. To see donations go farther please support beneficiaries of MDF programs today: www.globalgiving.org/projects/vocationaltraining-for-100-pakistaniwomen/. If you would like to start a MDF chapter or conduct an activity or invite a MDF representative to your community, we have a toolkit with choose your own adventure activities that we would gladly share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!

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Madiha
Madiha
Pakistan is the world's 6th most populus country, with a population of over 196 million. More than half of this population lives in poverty and at least 25 million school aged children are not in school. Additinonally, many are subjected to terrible violence at the hands terrorist organizations. In light of this recent violence, we stand behind a phiolosphy of “Guns kill terrorists. Education kills terrorism.” Education is no’t the quick fix that some organizations tend to prioritize, but it is the solution to ending conflict and poverty so that people can choose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. 
 
Each year we like to share the story of one of our students, this year we want to share Madiha's story. Madiha is from Waziristan, a region in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area near the Swat Valley. Notably, this is where the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, survived a Taliban attack. Women are severely repressed in this region and there are no schools available to girls, as the Taliban banned girls' education. Mahida's uncle, who lives near one of the free MDF schools outside of Islamabad, wanted to help his nieces and nephews by providing them with an opportunity to attend school. When Madiha turned five, her uncle brought her and her brothers and sisters to Barakahu. There they are learning to read, write, and gain skills that help to lift them out of destitution. Although Mahida is far from her parents, she is thriving alongside her siblings. she is learning to think critically  and making new friends. Madiha especially loves art, her teacher, and, of course, recess!  Her confidence and love of learning grows daily. She is one of hundreds of students that are deeply grateful for her school and the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
 
Please join us in supporting Madiha and other students like her. The Marshall Direct Fund works to reduce the number of students in Pakistan out of school. We welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. Please help us generate awareness – Become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. Right now, another MDF project supporting vocational education in Pakistan is receiving matching donations through Safer World Foundation by 50%. To see your donations go farther please donate today: www.globalgiving.org/projects/vocationaltraining-for-100-pakistaniwomen/. If you would like to start a MDF Circle group in your community, we have choose your own adventure activities that we can share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your continued support!
 

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