Schools: Educating underserved youth in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund
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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!
after summer break
after summer break

Happy to report that school is back in session and students are excited to return to their teachers and studies. Teachers received training during the break that explored current teaching methodologies and specific issues related to modeling tolerance and compassion. Know that support of this project enables youth and their families to obtain a credible education, valuable critical thinking skills, and provides a safe place to learn and grow. In addition, their education can better prepare them to respond to future natural disasters and the many other numerous challenges that Pakistan faces. Please check out the video created to show the impact you are making possible click here

We are facing a financial shortfall and could use your help with spreading awareness and promoting the important work being done in Pakistan. There are so many ways to get involved, including donating proceeds for a race or physical challenge, doing birthday donations (asking for donations instead of gifts), or participating in a one week poverty challenge (where you live on $2/day or less). It's easy to start an account on crowdrise and link your objective to the the MDF profile page.  

Please help us generate awareness by joining our social media pages and sharing with your networks. If you or anyone you know
 would like to join our Allies In Action movement there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that range from book/movie clubs, one-time or re-occuring events, and skype visits with MDF students that we can share with you. Reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or at +01(970)963-3150. Thank you so much for your support!

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thank you
thank you

Several classes participated in our Global Kid Connect program this year, engaging in meaningful exchange with students in the U.S. With the help of teachers, students scanned letters, took photos, and shared videos asking and answering questions that allowed them to learn more about their pen pals and respective cultures. Every year we conduct this program we are inspired by the wonderful dialogue that ensues and the impact that it has on the students. Final exams went well and students are about to start their summer vacation. Since local registration in Pakistan has been secured, many thousands of dollars worth have been donated by Pakistani organizations and individuals which has helped with the shortfall of MDF support as programs have grown over time. With this support we have also been able to start and grow a library.  

As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. Two months ago one of our newly elected board members, Courtney and her daughter, visited Sheikhupura school. A joyous occasion for the visitors and students and teachers. Know that this project enables youth and their families to obtain a credible education, valuable critical thinking skills, and provides a safe place to learn and grow. In addition, their education can better prepare them to respond to future natural disasters and the many other numerous challenges that Pakistan currently faces. 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 up to 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 various one-time or re-occurring ideas and 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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Marshall Direct Fund

Location: Aspen, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​marshalldirectfund.org
Project Leader:
Jodi Fischer
Program Director
Aspen, CO United States

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