Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills

by Advocacy, Research, Training and Services (ARTS) Foundation
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills
Orphan Girls Empowerment through Vocational Skills

It was never been thought by me that there would be full lockdown as well as the no physical human interaction which has been observed due to COVID-19. In first wave it really brought much financial crises for me as the physical movement was completely ban, no one can come to visit me for their dress making nor I was able to go to market to purchase threads, buttons etc from the market. I was stuck and my income been about zero. But at the end of first wave. I have been contacted by the ARTS Foundation team that ARTS Foundation is going to start a counselling and skill classes for dress making graduate girls to learn about online marketing and purchasing as well.

Indeed, it was great decision by ARTS Foundation and my participation in the classes in order to learn about online purchasing. I did learn a lot then I started placing orders to purchase threads, buttons etc online which supported me in care of my health, saved my time and efforts which I used to travel and pay fare etc.

I am able to continue to my earning through online purchasing which is saving my time and that time enables me to earn from Rs.500 to Rs.800/-

Shahida adds, ‘I think I have been successful in continuing my earning in the times of pandemic’. 

Indeed, very much thankful to ARTS Foundation as well as the philanthropists under the platform of GlobalGiving for making this whole possible through their generous online funding as extended through the project of ARTS Foundation.

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I am Kiran of 23 years old with three class level education. I have been divorced by the husband after 5 years of marriage as I could not give birth to boy baby as I have given birth to two girl babies. I never thought to face such situation in my life and I was not prepared for such situation, this situation happened when my daughters were only of age 3 years and 15 days. Indeed, sudden divorce brought lot of challenges for me, my babies as well as my poor parents. In order to feed my children, I started working in houses to cook, clean and wash dishes and clothes, against these services I use to get not more than seven thousand per month. This amount was too less to meet my travel expenses from home to these houses as well as feed my children along their needs as kids. But there was no other option and it was good as someone said rightly that ‘something is better than nothing’. I did this for at least 5 years before learning dress making training from ARTS Foundation with the generous support of individual philanthropists under the umbrella of GlobalGiving.

I heard about dress making training by ARTS Foundation through Lady Health Workers who attended a certification ceremony at ARTS Vocational Training Center. So, I decided to get admission as it was free of cost for orphan as well as widow and divorced women. I visited the center and submitted my application, after due diligence, I have been informed to joined 6 months evening class at ARTS Vocational Training Center.

The dress making course was included about knowledge sharing with regard to color combinations, fashion designs, marketing and dealing with customers. The course has focus on building confidence among girls and women to augment their interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with customers smoothly to attract them to get more business.

ARTS Vocational Training Center is providing whole set of basic materials as needed to trainees for the course, like fabric, threads, buttons etc as well as pick and drop facility because the orphan girls can’t bear travel and transport expenses.

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I am Zuman of just 19 years with matriculation level education. I am an elder child in my family. Indeed, I was a normal girl I mean no tension to earn or feel even about the earning or expenses of the family because my father was alive and was running a small grocery shop at the corner of area residential area. Indeed, sudden death of my father brought lot of challenges for our family as he was the only source of income in the family. We are total 5 members now in the family including my mother, me and 1 brother of 4 years and 2 sisters 7 and 11 years.

I wanted to run that small grocery shop but could not do as I proved an unexperienced person and the shop went in loss and within three months, I wind up it. I tried to join any job but was too hard as I was just matriculate. But I was lucky that I got a teaching job in a small private school and they were ready to pay Rs.1700/only. In initial months, it was very good for me that I was spending Rs.700/ for my travel and petty expenses and Rs.1000/ was handing over to mother for the home expenses. On the completion of one-year job, the school management raised my salary Rs.300/ which means Rs.2000/- per month. But due to utilization of savings as made by father as well as increased expenses of the education of brother and sisters as well as the home expenses, it was too much stressful for me to manage all in just Rs.2000/- per month. I thought to earn more to fulfill the requirements of the family. In continuation of searching more earning options, I heard about dress making training by ARTS Foundation and fortunately the classes were in evening. So, I decided to join it along continue my morning job with the school. So, I submitted my application and joined 6 months evening class after my selection in ARTS Foundation’s Vocational Center.

The course includes more than just dress making as it was about color combinations, fashion designs, marketing and dealing with customers. The course has focus on building confidence among orphan girls to augment their interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with clients/customers to attract them to get more orders. Adding more about my learning, I will say, ‘I learned everything, right from sketching, drafting, cutting, stitching and negotiating with customers.

ARTS Foundation with generous support of Philanthropists under GlobalGiving is providing whole set of basic materials which they need for the course, like fabric, threads, buttons etc as well as pick and drop facility because the orphan girls can’t bear travel and transport expenses. Indeed, ARTS Foundation is very thankful to the philanthropists for making this work possible through their generous online funding and support.

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‘Before the dress making training, I did not know I had a purpose in life. Now life is so exciting! I have realized I have the power to be a role model for orphan girls of my area. No doubt, six months dress making training stitched my purpose in life. I am a skilled and a decent earning girl in my 5 members family including 3 sisters and 1 brother,’ says Shahida Hayat. Adding more about her learning she says, ‘we are taught everything, right from sketching, drafting, cutting and stitching.

The course includes more than just dress making but it was about color combinations, fashion designs, marketing and dealing with customers. The course has focus on building confidence among orphan girls to augment their interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with clients/customers.

Shahida Hayat adds, ‘I think we have succeeded in opening a small door to opportunity for the other orphan girls of my relatives and the areas as well.’

ARTS Foundation under GlobalGiving provides these girls with the basic materials they need for the course, like fabric etc as well as pick and drop facility as these orphan girls can’t bear travel and transport expenses. Indeed, ARTS Foundation is very thankful to the philanthropists for making this whole possible through their generous online funding.  

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Orphan girls in Pakistan face challenges and discrimination just for being born daughters without the protection of father or mother. A girl’s education is less likely to be valued, and she’s more likely not to finish school. She may be married off at young age, or sent to work as child labor. Without education, she’ll live in poverty for the rest of her life, and her children will face the same hardships. But education changes her future. She’ll stay safer, make her own decisions, and grow up to lead an empowered life.   

One of the important areas that we work on is providing education, guidance, support and stability to these orphan girls. We have a 2 fold approach in preparing them - Preparatory program & Aftercare support. We start working with them, preparing them since they turn 18. After they complete their high school education, we provide them with career awareness programs & orientation, career counselling. 

We understand the importance of education for girls- and for all children. With your help, we can rescue and educate orphan girls who may not otherwise have the chance to grow up in a safe loving home and get an education to empower their futures. Together, we reach the most vulnerable children, those left behind by society and in need of protection and education. Your gift provides funding for programs that support our orphan girls today with education and counseling while fostering their long-term potential. Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to protect, care for and educate every girl that comes to our doors.

ARTS Foundation aim is to enhance the employment prospects of institutionalized orphan girls providing them with vocational training and skills that offer employment opportunities. 

Thank you for caring for them and for being a part of our orphan girl’s family. Your support makes a difference.

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