Vocational Training for 5,000 Women in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Next group of women ready to start training
Next group of women ready to start training

In March Marshall Direct Fund participated in the Girl Fund Campaign, which resulted in incredible support and raised more money than we anticipated!  Thank you to everyone who supported the Girl Fund Campaign and voted for our program!

Since we now have enough funding to support more women than expected with our vocational skills and business training we have decided to start the training sessions this August. Between now and August we are working on further building our Monitoring and Evaluation system to ensure we are effectively tracking the progress of the training program. We plan to conduct a baseline survey with the new women who will be trained in August so we can best track their specific progress. We also are ensuring that we developed the correct market linkages and training plan so we are providing our trainees with the most effective skills and resources possible for their future success.

Thank you again for your support!

Asma
Asma

The ultimate vision of Marshall Direct Fund is to provide our women participants with life long financial independence and skills so they can be employable. As part of this we are equipping our 7th and 8th grade girls (and boys) with skills and additional curriculum lessons to match that of the local Government Vocational Skills Training Program (TEVTA). The hope is that each student upon graduation will gain entry into the TEVTA program and continue on their selected career path.

This is Asma, she is 15 years old and dreams to be an artist. She is currently in Grade 8 and is engaged to be married (her fathers decision). She partakes in the vocational training courses at the school and hopes to run her own business one day incorporating her art with tailoring. She has successfully convinced her parents for the past 2 years to put off her marriage so she can finish school. She knows once she is married she will not be able to continue her schooling. Every year she is able to convince them to keep her in school is one step closer to future employability. She hopes she will be able to continue on to the TEVTA school and have a career and financial independence.

The Safer World Foundation continues to match every donation made to this project by 50%- help us unlock the $9,000 remaining in the campaign- time is limited! Think of how many lives we could change together with these additional funds. Please share this opportunity with friends and family you think might be interested in supporting underserved young women in Pakistan so that they may receive the hand up they need to chose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. 

Thank you to all our generous supporters- its supporters like you that give us the confidence to continue our work!

Two young girls who are learning to sew
Two young girls who are learning to sew

In my recent visit to Pakistan I witnessed first hand the impacts of our program on young women. The girls that are receiving education and vocational training through our program are not being forced into early marriages.  We have prevented over 108 early marriages alone this year! The parents acknowledge that the girls can be an asset to the family and help with household costs, which means they are not as likely to marry them off. 

We did notice there is a gap of 50 girls who have received up to grade 5 education, but were not given the opportunity to continue their education. We would like to include them in this project in order to provide them with vocational skills and business training so they can begin to provide income for themselves, decrease their dependence and not be forced into early marriage. We will hopefully begin these trainings in January 2018.

When young girls are married while they are still children (under the age of 18) the result is that they are denied fundamental human rights. Child marriage compromises their development and often results in early pregnancy and social isolation, with little education and poor vocational training reinforcing the gendered nature of poverty. Required to perform heavy amounts of domestic work, under pressure to demonstrate fertility, married girls and child mothers face constrained decision-making and reduced life choices. Both boys and girls are affected by child marriage but the issue impacts girls in far larger numbers, with more intensity—and is wide ranging.*

The Safer World Foundation continues to match every donation made to this project by 50%. Please share this opportunity with friends and family you think might be interested in supporting underserved young women in Pakistan so that they may receive the hand up they need to chose peace and prosperity over violence and despair.  


Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!
*Early Marriage: A Harmful Traditional Practice, UNICEF, 2005.
 
Business Training
Business Training

 We currently have 20 students enrolled in vocational training at each of the schools. With a recent donation of a new sewing machine we are able to support more sewing classes and students. The Enterprise Development program will now operate exclusively in the communities where MDF has closer ties to the local community and therefore can more easily monitor progress. We expect about 1000 enrollees between 2017-2018 and estimate a higher level of post training success as a result of our increased monitoring capacity.

Our vocational training and enterprise development programs have a direct impact not only on the wellbeing of the women who participate in our program but on the wellbeing of their entire family as well. Women who earn income tend to reinvest that income in their families at much higher rates than men do. When women acquire marketable skills and the knowledge base to start and manage a successful business, they are furnished with the means to provide for their families’ needs (in terms of health care or education) on their own.

From Amina*, a project participant in Vocational Training,  "I started sewing and doing embroidery work for women in my neighborhood. For five years I continued to sew and stitch, but could not earn enough to maintain livelihood. Then I came to know about Marshall Direct Fund. This came as a ray of hope for me. I was lucky to be selected for 4-days vocational training program which helped in improving my existing skills and here I learnt about decision making, communication and financial skills. The vocational training program plays a very important role in shaping the lives of women like myself and contributes to empowering women and lifting them out of poverty."

*Name changed to protect identity

The Safer World Foundation continues to match every donation made to this project by 50%. Please share this opportunity with friends and family you think might be interested in supporting underserved young women in Pakistan so that they may receive the hand up they need to chose peace and prosperity over violence and despair.  

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

In 2017 we are planning to provide regular sewing courses for women who are willing pay a fee for learning new sewing skills. Our target is women in the neighborhood who can afford to pay for the classes and bring their own materials. These fees will then be used to pay the salary of the instructor but also enable us to provide free training to underserved women in the area, including interested mothers and sisters of our students.

There are several vocational training centers in the neighborhood, offering free/nominal charges courses, which include computer skills, sewing classes, plumbing, training in livestock management and beautician courses, to name a few. The ultimate goal of these centers is to empower youth. Once our students finish their high school education (grade 10), we will assist them with the enrollment process to attend these centers.  All these courses offer better prospects for employment. 

The Safer World Foundation continues to match every donation made to this project by 50%. Please share this opportunity with friends and family you think might be interested in supporting underserved young women in Pakistan so that they may receive the hand up they need to chose peace and prosperity over violence and despair.

We always welcome visitors at our schools or trainings which can be arranged through our director, Farida fahmad@moqah.org. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks if you haven't already. If you or anyone you know would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or annual or monthly ideas and activities. Contact us here to learn more.
Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

 

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Marshall Direct Fund

Location: Aspen, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​marshalldirectfund.org
Project Leader:
Danielle Givens
Executive Director
Aspen, CO United States
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