Thank you for supporting underserved youth and young women in Pakistan so that they can access education and relevant skills to break the cycles of poverty. We are relieved to share that all Marshall Direct Fund staff and students are accounted for in the aftermath of the recent attack last Sunday in Lahore. We pray for the injured and mourn the 72 victims (most of which were children and women) and their families. We hope that this will unite the country and international community. There has been an aggressive counter terrorism strategy implemented and over 200 suspects are being detained. Anything done after these types of atrocities just masks the symptoms. We will increase our efforts to address the root causes of conflict through the provision of quality and relevant education and economic opportunities so that people can choose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. Every day we see students and entrepreneurs that are standing up in courage demanding a better future Pakistan. They are our hope!
For those who have given recently, thank you so very much. To those of you who have not given in 2016 please consider a donation, even $10 will aid in our efforts and help us qualify for up to $3,000 in prize funds for the most unique donors. Safer World Fund is also generously matching all donations by 50%. Every little bit goes a long way in countries like Pakistan. Please know that you can always give a gift in the name of someone you love. GlobalGiving gladly customizes a thank you that helps the giftee understand the impact of your support in their honor.
We invite visitors to our facilities in Pakistan at any time and would be happy to arrange. We also encourage you to consider Marshall Direct if interested in doing a race or physical challenge. There are so many ways to get involved - participate in a one week poverty challenge (where you live on $2/day or less), volunteer, join a MDF committee, start a chapter. I would be happy to discuss the myriad of possibilities that best fit with your interests and schedule.
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