Send 60 Girls in Pakistan to School

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Dear Pakistan Project supporters,

Past

With your tremendous support our work in Pakistan continues. In the past few years Girls Ed in partnership with Bedari has been providing safe transportation to and from school to the girls, raising the status of women and community at large.

During past 3 years we've supported over 100 in their pursuit of education. Currently 74 girls completed their matriculation and others continue their studies this year. Delaying child marriages till the age of 18 years is a tremendous achievement, as the girls receiving education begin to realize their rights and become more eager to participate in decision-making processes at home and in the community.

There have been some set backs as well. We lost three of our girls to untimely deaths due to clan reveries; and ten girls got married before completing their matric education.

Present

Perhaps partially due to uncertain times at the home front, we have had more difficult time raising money for our project the past year. Yet, we continue strongly with our mission, realizing that impact of our work on the young women is direct, deeply appreciated and much needed. This year, due to Girls Ed’s funding restrain we are working with 60 girls only. We have identified five new villages in district of Chakwal, and 60 girls that are extremely excited to become part of Girls Ed and find their way for better and brighter future.

Beyond the transportation needs, there is high demand and need for self-growth activities for the young women. In the past Bedari organization had provided many enriching activities for them. Due to funding constraints many of these initiatives have stopped for now but Bedari is looking forward to enter into collaboration with local organizations that may provide vocational skill to enhance the growth of girls under Girls Ed program in the future.

We want you to know the girls that you support better, to understand your impact more intimately. With that in mind, this month meet Shanza in the interview below.

As our Executive Director recently said, quoting Shakespeare from Midsummer Night's Dream: "And though she be but little, she is fierce."  Thank you for your continuous and generous support.

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHANZA:

Q: How has your education raised your awareness about issues around the world?

Ans: My name is Shanza Batool and I belong to village Hathar, where the basic needs are hardly met. I got the chance to receive education with Bedari. Due to education I was able to talk about myself and my village.

Q: How has your education assisted you to fight extremism, build intercultural communication and be advocate for positive change?

Ans: Until I moved out of my village I was only aware about the problems of girls in my village. But when I moved to distant places to receive education I realized that until the girls won’t speak up for their rights they would not be able to gain an equal stature in the society.

Q: Can you see yourself as agent of change in the world?

Ans: Attending different trainings of Bedari helped me understand how I can speak for myself in an appropriate manner. How I can give opinion. How I can work for the equal stature of women in the society. Education has equipped me with the power to talk.

Q: In what way do you want to make world a better place and how will education help make that happen?

Ans: I may not be able to become a source of change in this world. But I see marked difference of opportunities. Because of which I am able to bring a certain change in the attitudes of my own family at the least. According to me, awareness programs should be increased in number. A major population resides in villages and backward areas. This is the main group of people with enormous problems. Awareness programs should be made easier at village level. Parents should be encouraged to educate their daughters. There should be a way to talk against problems.

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Maryam image

Dear Pakistan Project Supporters,

 

Happy Women’s History Month to all of you. Needless to say our lives wouldn’t be the same without the strength and beauty that all of us have experienced from a female figure in our lives, be it a mother, a sister, a daughter, a co-worker, a friend, a loved one or a stranger. I believe, we are witnessing complicated but historically crucial times for gender equality. Trying to understand centuries old believes and misconceptions, once untangled, eventually will liberate all of us, women AND men. Then we can all have a chance to live to our full potential, with purpose and shear joy, having support and expectations not based on gender roles assigned by our societies but determined by individual choice and merit. Over and over again, it has been shown that education is one of the most direct ways to bring this change.

 

We have some good news at Girls Education International. Our Pakistan Project was approved for GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign. From March 1st through 15th, along with dozens of other organizations we will have an opportunity to move up the leaderboard by bringing in the most unique donors – if in the top four, securing a spot in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund, which will come with ongoing support from GlobalGiving for the remainder of 2018. Please consider donating https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/send-60-girls-in-pakistan-to-school/ and sharing our campaign with friends so we can continue supporting amazing young women in Pakistan.

 

We have some great success stories and news coming out from the field. This month we want to highlight Maryam, one of our students who is truly an inspiration for our work and your incredible support. We will let a short interview with her speak for itself. To see the video where Maryam speaks about her work, please link to our facebook page at Girls Education International.

 

Thank you for your continuous support and have a wonderful start to the spring!

 

Tamrika Khvtisiashvili

Pakistan Project leader


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Dear Supporter of Pakistan Project at Girls Education International,

We, here at Girls Education International, want to wish you a fantastic, fun, and rewarding holiday season with your friends and family. We have few updates from the field, filled with mostly encouraging news (with some somber notes as well).

The most recent report from the Chakwal district in Pakistan where due to your generous support, the project sends 76 girls to school, reported that 66 out of 76 of the students appeared for their annual examination. Approximately 80% of them passed the exams, with few still waiting for their results and others preparing to re-take the exams as needed. We are excited and encouraged by the girls’ progress.

During this reporting period, the project unfortunately faced few challenges as well. Predominantly the challenges involved pressures that the students receive from their families to leave school for the purpose of arranged marriage. Handful of our students were victims of this situation and were forced to drop out of school. Statistics show that 14 million girls in the world under 18 will be married just this year, that’s 38 thousand in one day, or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds (UNFPA, 2012). #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 years of age is in childbirth, not to mention the quality of life, prospect of employment and chances of their children receiving an education as well. While we cannot interfere with families and don’t wish to untangle deep woven traditions and customs of the region, we do know that every time we educate another young woman, the chances of her pressuring her own child for early marriage decreases drastically, as well as she is much more likely to encourage education for her own children.

In this season of giving we just want you to know the direct affect that your support has on those young women. It is long-lived and permanent in their lives. Every dollar that you continue to give to this low overhead organization will continue to have tremendous benefits in their lives and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity.

 

Thank you for your continuous support,

 

Tamrika Khvtisiashvili

Pakistan Project Manager


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Dear Pakistan Project Supporters,

As the new academic year begins and the students enter the classrooms again, our gratitude goes out to all of our Girl's Education International supporters that make so many girls' dreams in Pakistan turn into reality. $10 support covers transportation for one student for a full month. Having lived in Saudi Arabia, I am diligently cognisent of the role the tranportation or access to it can play for women. While there are numerous obstacles that women face in gaining education, having an ability to physically get to school is a basic need. $80 covers all expenses for four students for a month, while $240 covers all expenses for one student for a full year. The benefit the girls get from a year of education goes beyond the subjects they study. Although the knowledge they gain will hopefully help them secure jobs in the future, the daily skills they learn such as self-reliance, colaboration and critical thinkings will guide them in all spheres of their lives. Couple months down the line, we will update you with their academic progress but meanwhile we wanted to thank all of you that have made this possible.

With much gratitude,

Tamrika

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Tania photo

Dear Girls Ed supporter,

For this report we are so excited to share with you images and interviews directly from the field. Those are some of the girls that your generous donations support with their education in remote villages of Chakwal district of Pakistan. We asked them some questions about their lives and they delivered, giving us a glimpse into their dreams and their every day lives. We hope you enjoy getting to know them. Their dedication and spirit is truly humbling and inspiring.

Below please find the academic report of the students in the last three months. In the first quarter of the reporting period all the enrolled girls continued their routine education while the second quarter since April was dedicated to the examination period.

  1. 13 girls appeared for exams of grade 6 and 7, and all of them passed their exams; 12 girls appeared for exams for 8th grade and passed their exam successfully.
  2. 49 girls appeared for the secondary exams, and their result is awaited.
  3. 7 girls appear for their 11th grade exam in May and 11 girls will appear for 12th grade this month. Results awaiting.
  4. Last year one girl from 12th grade failed in two papers. She reappeared for those exams and passed successfully. However, one girl who failed did not reappear.

Bedari (our partner in Pakistan) while managing this project in the field also often plan self-growth workshops and exposure visits for students. However, because of lack of resources, Bedari could not plan any such activity during this reporting period. Bedari, however, ensures participation of these girls in the events of other projects during the next reporting period.

We can't thank you enough for your continous support. The impact of your involvement cannot be overestimated.

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Girls Education International

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.girlsed.org
Project Leader:
Tamrika Khvtisiashvili
Boulder, CO United States

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