Vocational Training for 5,000 Women in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund
Thank you for supporting young underserved women in Pakistan to access relevant skills and to develop enterprises. With economic empowerment and greater financial literacy, livelihoods improve and conditions of poverty abate. Introducing women to opportunities equips them with the knowledge and skllls necessary to understand their options and shape their futures. Thanks to you we are nearing our goal of reaching 1,000 women in 2015 and with an enthusiastic and capable new Director of Vocational Training at the helm, we are developing additional partnerships and growing the strength of the program!
 
Please help us to reach our goal of raising $5,000 in the next three weeks so we can provide relevant training to an additional 200 women by 2016. For the holidays, consider asking friends and family to give to your favorite cause. Or you can give a gift in the name of someone you love, spreading holiday cheer and the gift of impact. Global Giving gladly customizes a thank you that helps the giftee understand the impact of your support in their honor. Right now Safer World Fund is also generously matching all donations up to $1,500 per person by 50%. Jana Stanfield said “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” We cannot change the world by ourselves, but together, anything is possible and every little bit helps. Thank you for considering us in your year-end giving. 
 
There are many other ways to get involved, including directing proceeds for a race or physical challenge, participating in a one week poverty challenge (where you live on $2/day or less), volunteering, or joining our board. You can also help us generate awareness by joining our social media pages and sharing with your networks. If you or anyone you know would like to join our Allies In Action movement there are various ideas and activities that range from book/movie clubs, one-time or re-occuring events, and skype visits with MDF students that we can share with you. We are happy to connect at any time to talk about the myriad of possibilities to becoming engaged. 
 
Thank you for providing a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. There is a new member on our team that started after Ramadan, a new Director of Vocational Training and Master Trainer. Sumrah brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the table that will allow us to grow and reach more women. Our goals include initiation of a training of trainers program and providing ongoing mentoring to all entrepreneur participants after completed training. Being based in Karachi, we have easy access to additional partners and areas that we look forward to reaching. We are always open to suggestions of communities and partners to serve should you or anyone you know have ideas. Please note, we only work in areas that we are invited and have the support of male family members of participants. 
 
Unfortunately, we are facing a financial shortfall and could use your help with spreading awareness and promoting the important work being done in Pakistan. We are very lucky to be selected again by Safer World Fund to receive a 50% match for any donations made to the vocational training program. Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched. There are many other ways to get involved, including directing proceeds for a race or physical challenge, doing birthday donations (asking for support for this project instead of gifts), or participating in a one week poverty challenge (where you live on $2/day or less). You can also help us generate awareness by joining our social media pages and sharing with your networks. If you or anyone you know would like to join our Allies In Action movement there are various ideas and activities that range from book/movie clubs, one-time or re-occuring events, and skype visits with MDF students that we can share with you. We are happy to connect at any time to talk about the myriad of possibilities to becoming engaged. 

Thank you for all you do to support peace and prosperity in Pakistan and beyond. 

We are excited to share that we have trained nearly 750 young women in 2015 and have initiated a more rigorous needs assessment and post project reporting system. We hope to continue to provide meaningful skills and business acumen to women wishing to start or expand small business enterprises so that they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

We are very lucky to be among 8 other organizations with access to over $13,000 remaining in matched funds from Safer World Foundation. Help us maximize this opportunity and see your donor dollars go further. Safer World provides a 50% match for the vocational training program until the funding pool is used! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

We have had over 100 more women participate in the vocational training program since our last update, just shy of our goal to reach 1,000 women in 2014! It is our hope and desire to reach more women in 2015 by training other trainers and utilizing mobile technology as teaching tools. Please help us ensure that Pakistan is no longer the second lowest ranked country of women in the workforce. Let us make sure that women can gain skills and contribute to family and community income to break the cycle of poverty and live more financial secure, educated, and healthy lives. Women and girls with means and education are more likely to ensure their children are educated, leading to less vulnerability and engagement in extremist activities.

We are very lucky to be among 8 other organizations with access to over $20,000 remaining in matched funds from Safer World Foundation. Help us maximize this opportunity and see your donor dollars go further. Safer World provides a 50% match for the vocational training program until the funding pool is used! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Young women participating in training this month
Young women participating in training this month

You have helped women in Pakistan learn they are valuable…that they can earn a fair wage, lift their families from poverty, send their children to school, get healthcare they need, and put food on the table! The world is better because of people like you who care and walk the talk. We’re pleased to share that over 800 additional women have participated in the Vocational Training Program in 2014 and we’re well on our way to meeting our goal or reaching 1,000 young women before the end of the year. Next year we have an ambitious goal to double our reach, so that we can assist 2,000 women in 2015. We continue to benefit from working with many valuable partners throughout Pakistan so that we can work with women in many different communities.   

We have just received a renewed matching grant from Safer World Foundation that enables donors to receive a 50% match for the vocational training program until the $50,000 funding pool is used (only ten other organizations eligible)! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their donor dollars go farther.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

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:
Jodi Fischer
Program Director
Aspen, CO United States
$99,004 raised of $200,000 goal
 
313 donations
$100,996 to go
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