Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan

by Sustainable Development Association (SDA)
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
Free Education for 100 poor girls in Pakistan
A Session With Community at a Religious place
A Session With Community at a Religious place

Though the majority of the people are now aware about the importance of education for the girls but population is increasing very rapidly which result in poverty. Poor families have not enough resources which result in sacifice of girls education. Management of the Sustainable Development Association decided to launch Enrollemnt Campaign. Corner meetings, walks, door to door visits and seminars were held in the village. Students and communty elders were involved. The message was "Girls' Education Ensures Prosperity". It attracted the masses particularly the poor families and many mothers visited the school. Members of SDA even visited Religious Places and influenced the rigid religious clergies. In all the events the participants raised their hands and made promise to play their role for the promotion of education.  The admission will start in Feb and we are very hopeful that majority of the girls will start their education in next session.

Community Elders promising to educate girls
Community Elders promising to educate girls
Students Joined hand in Campaign
Students Joined hand in Campaign
More students in Campaign
More students in Campaign
Another Session with community
Another Session with community
Door to Door visit
Door to Door visit
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Village Rukhla Pakistan
Village Rukhla Pakistan

Sustainable Development Association (SDA) is a right based organization. It has a team of very devoted individuals who are very sensitive and have empathic hearts. They keep them busy in empowering the Right-holders and building the capacities of duty bearers.

 SDA started a right based program with salt mineworkers’ community residing in a village Rukhla of District Khushab in the Province of Punjab Pakistan.

Rukhla is a beautiful village at the foothill of Salt Range also known as Red Mountains. The Red Mountains are very scenic and fascinating. Residents are poor mineworkers and violations of their rights is a common practice. They work from sun rise to sunset and earn very nominal sum of money.  Safety measures are not ensured in the mines and every, year many fatal incidents take place.  They are not provided the adequate health facilities and many Mineworkers face different diseases. Their children go to nearby school 3 KM away from their village.

Though there exists a Policy Document but Government Agencies do not take care about it and severe rights violations of mineworkers were very common. Women and children face the most inverse effects. SDA started intervention to empower these marginalized mineworkers. Many meetings and seminars were held to make them sensitized about their rights.

During the meetings, the most burning issue raised was non availability of clean drinking water. The source of water was rain water stored in an open pond at a distance of 1 KM from the village. Animal and human both were using this water pond. Women had to fetch water from this pond.

The team of SDA was shocked to see this painful situation and decided to support the community to provide clean drinking water within the village.

In a meeting Mineworkers told the solution for this issue. A canal was passing 2 KM away from the village. Subsoil water near that canal was suitable for drinking. A bore near that canal was made and pipeline was laid from that bore to the village. In the village, a tank was made with taps. Water was supposed to pump into the water tank and community would have to fetch water from the tank.

Everyone in the community was happy on completion of the project. It was all made by the team of SDA, local community and local mason.

Pumping of water started to the tank. But it was only for less than an hour.  The pipe started leaking from many spots. “Oh” why it happened, no one had the answer.

A civil engineer was consulted and he told that the tank is at a height of 500 feet and the pressure was not bearable to the pipes.

We all were sad on failure but gave us strength to stand and start a comprehensive campaign for the provision of drinking water to the village Rukhla. We met the duty bearers and Elected Representatives and highlighted the issue. Within one year, Government approved a scheme and the community was facilitated with clean drinking water.

Symbol of our failure “The water Tank” was used for alternative purpose. Yes community is producing Bio gas from it.

We learned that; for technical work, we must have to consult technical expert as well and only indigenous solution might not work. We learned not only the success but failure also boost and rebuilds our strengths to move forward and achieve the goal. We learned that the product of failure could be used in alternative ways.

Rain Water in Pond used for Drinking
Rain Water in Pond used for Drinking
A Girl Fetching Water from Pond
A Girl Fetching Water from Pond
A Old Woman of the Village Rukhla
A Old Woman of the Village Rukhla
Students of Village Rukhla
Students of Village Rukhla
" Water Tank" Product of Failure
" Water Tank" Product of Failure
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Daughter of Ms. Ruqia who joined the School.
Daughter of Ms. Ruqia who joined the School.

 In this report we are going to share story of Ms. Ruqia in her own words. It is a real story but names of the characters are changed.

“Salam! My name is Ruqia Bibi, I am 37 years old and I live in village Bola, District Khushab. We are a poor family. My husband is a peasant and I am a house wife. We have one daughter and two sons. My two sons are going to a public school but my daughter who is 9 year of age started education in boy’s school but due to cultural hinders she was forced to stop school after completion of class 2. She is very shining star and light in her eyes shows the dream she has but I surrendered to cultural norms and we were not having financial resources to send her in a city school. One day Ms. Shakila Nasir program officer SDA Khushab came to me and she told me that she is aware about issue my daughter.  She called my daughter and told her the happiest news to go with her to Rising Sun School. I came to know that education for girls is free in this school and they will manage uniform and books expense as well. Mt daughter is in Rising Sun School. They are very devoted people and working with missionary zest. Environment is very friendly and I used to visit school frequently. They love us and we reciprocate the same. This school is like our home where poor girls are getting free education. My husband and I are very satisfied that our sweet daughter has restarted education. When we stopped her education it was like a burden on our souls that we had broken the dreams of our daughter and we were not able to help her due to limited financial resources. I am also being told that philanthropist around the globe help the school to continue its free service. I thank you all those who are supporting for this Nobel cause. There even single penny keeps the eyes shining of poor girls of the school.”

Ms. Ruqia at her home...
Ms. Ruqia at her home...
Ruqia's Husband
Ruqia's Husband
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Meeting with women to enroll Girls in School
Meeting with women to enroll Girls in School

“School Staff is local and they are motivated to change the fate of their village by providing free quality education at the doorstep of poor families of the village” A female teacher of the school expressed her opinion. She further added, “We engage the parents in seminars, we used to visit their home and convince them to send their daughters in the school. Only one thing can bring prosperity in our village and that is providing equal opportunity to the girls in all spheres of life particularly in education.”

15 more poor girls are enrolled in school. Their glittering eyes tell their feelings of highly satisfaction and feelings of thanks to all those who are supporting their free education. One of the newly enrolled girl says, “It is like dream, I am here getting education in school. I will learn a lot. I will do all things with hard work and shall become a doctor to serve my village”.

Another meeting
Another meeting
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Teacher helping student in planting a tree
Teacher helping student in planting a tree
We are not only prviding Free education to poor girls of village Bola but also involving them in different 
activities so that they could perform better in practical life.
Climate change is affecting the lives of people. Climate resilient society is need of the day.
Village Bola is vulnerable to hill torrents of nearby Salt Range. The area faces very often sever heat waves,
off seasons rains, droughts, hails and storms. Children are our future and they must be brought up to play
their role for environment.
Students of Rising Sun school were sensitized on the issue and children were directly involved in plantation
of trees. Each children was provided one tree to plant and grow it. They will water and fertilize their plants
and positive competition will be started among the children. 45 Plants are planted and students are very
actively caring their plants.
One students expressed her feelings,
" I love my plant and I am very happy to see it producing new leaves. I will leave school after completion
of studies but part of my life MY Tree will remain here and I will keep on visiting school to see the children
sitting under its shadow".
Students with their trees
Students with their trees
Plantation is going on
Plantation is going on
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Sustainable Development Association (SDA)

Location: Jauharabad, District Khushab, Punjab - Pakistan
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