Today when I am writing this, my heart fills with not only enormous amount of gratitude for your support but with great power with the realization of having you beside us, standing with us for this noble cause.
From the past two months our team has been hard at work on the ground after receiving your donation support to shape it into impact for the women in tribal villages of Pakistan. The process has been tough and wonderful! Our team's hardwork and your support has helped us take the project off the ground and now that its actively running we are honored to share this update with you!
Shaping the Project:
The project began was designed to follow the main structure of Sughar, where our focus is to create a Sughar Center inside the village where women from every household would come everyday to go through a life changing cycle of enterprise development training, basic education, life skills and value addition of embroidery. The project is designed to be completed in a year, while the past two months have kept us busy in the following activities!
- Baseline Survey to select two villages of operation
- Mobilizaition of the men and women in those villages
- Organizing groups of women for the project
- Designing and establishing the Sughar Center
Our main goal was to select two new villages for our activities. How do we select 2 villages within all those is defined by a set of criterias that we look for in our baseline surveys. Our team at Sughar did a thorough survey around the tribal villages of Thatta District in Sindh province and came to the conclusion to select two villages for this core project that you have supported! [The villages mapped out for you below]
After the main activity of selecting a village our whole focus shifts to mobilizing that community to work with us. This is thought to be the most toughest activity as it aims to seek the consent of the tribal elders and religious leaders of the community. Our team organized meetings with them, convincing them on our goal to promote their tradition and to provide income support to their families and usually when it takes a few months to find positive response from these villages our team was able to convince the tribal elders to not only let us inside their village but to work with us to make this project much better!
Organization of women groups:
One of our main initial activities is to organize village groups and women groups to help women come together as a community. This helps throughout the project in building saving groups, registering their local corporation or even to connect women together more for peer to peer education techniques. Two women groups were formed with the name of Rani Sughar Group and Nasim Sughar Group.
Establishment of Centers:
Finally when the whole village especially the tribal leaders are in our support, we proceeded to the construction of the Sughar Centers. The construction was a wonderful process of learning for all of us! Sughar team brought engineers and designers from Karachi to design a beautiful learning place for women where they are able to sit together in an open space, with light, air and clean space. The establishment took 3 weeks within each village and in the end the villagers and kids came together to paint those Centers in their favorite colors!
[More on the structure of Sughar Centers in the next report]
However, we are delighted to see the process going ahead soon! Our main motto was to involve the local leaders as much as we can in the activities and it seems every new day brings more hope for our team with smiles, support and love from everyone in the communities we work with!
Thank you so much for your support once again!
Love and Respect,
Sughar Empowerment Society
Khalida Brohi standing with women beneficiaries
Sughar Center during pre-construction