Schools: Educating underserved youth in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund
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!

Marshall Direct Fund schools are thriving - Students recently participated in a spelling bee, completed more art projects, and learned about Malala earning the Nobel Peace Prize. Recently, schools were shut down nationwide for nearly three weeks in the aftermath of the Peshawar school attack (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435). We hope the outrage from this attack will galvanize and unite Pakistani politicians to work more effectively ridding extremists from their borders. It is clear that extremists see education and empowerment as their biggest threats. This is all the more reason why we will continue fighting for more educational opportunities for as many underserved youth as possible. To do so, we are adding a sixth grade class to one of the schools in April since there isn't any easy to access secondary schools nearby. We are delighted that families are open to allowing boys and girls attend school together now that they see how important education is to their children, community, and future.

As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. 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!
maria
maria

We live in a world that values quick fixes, tackling one thing then moving on to the next task. Education is a long-term strategy that has the power to solve one of the world’s largest crises. Thank you for your previous support! We are happy to share that the students, staff and programs in the schools in Pakistan are doing very well. We want to keep you appraised of our activities and share stories about the important work you have helped support. This quarter we wish to share a personal story of one of the students whose life has forever changed:

As far back as Maria can remember, she worked to help her father sell milk to support the family. She longed to go to school, but knew his income was not enough to feed the family let alone support the cost of school.  In spring of 2011 she was selling milk in Sheikhupura, a poor community near Lahore. The local school children were celebrating Eid Milan and she stared, wishing desperately to be like them - To be a student. To belong. To be happy. Maria was noticed by a few of the students and was invited to join them. She was hesitant, but with her father’s nod, she gathered all the courage she had. She joined the students in a place she thought was never meant for her. The children shared their food and the teachers allowed her to participate. She admitted how much she wanted to go to school and it was then she learned that this school was free and open to girls like her.  Maria told her parents and they could not deny the hope and excitement and enrolled her the following school year as long as she promised to help with family business after school.  Maria is now in 2nd grade and among the brightest in her class. Her teachers say she is a delight and that she is always raising her hand to ask and answer questions. When asked what she would like to be when she grows up, she smiles with confidence and has a twinkle in her eye, “It is my life ambition to become a teacher at this school to help make dreams come true for other children like me!” 

As always, we welcome site visits by anyone interested in our schools and activities. Know that this project enables youth and their families to obtain credible education, critical thinking skills, and provides a safe place to learn and grow where they can better respond to natural disasters and other challenges Pakistan faces in the future. Please help us generate awareness – Become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. Right now, one of MDF's other projects, supporting vocational education in Pakistan is 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 there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can 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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