YOUR December peace mail from Pakistan
My name is Shanti and my husband and I have 8 children. We live in a village in southern Pakistan. I am writing to thank you for giving my daughter, Sadia, an education.
Where we live, there are many families who can’t afford the cost of schooling or don’t see the value of education. On top of this, many teachers are poorly trained which limits learning and discourages children to stay in school. Sadia is 10 and she is one of the few girls in our entire region who goes to school, and she understands the pressures girls face. She tells me “Girls do not go to school because they get married early and their responsibilities increase. I want to see everyone go to school and get an education."
The work being done here by Act for Peace’s local partner, Community World Service Asia, you are helping Sadia overcome these barriers.
Your support has created a new early education program which helps train female teachers, provide teaching materials and raise awareness with parents about the importance of education. Today, Sadia has a trained teacher who creates a fun and supportive learning environment. She loves going to school and dreams of one day being a police officer, saying: “I believe that education is the right of girls as much as it is the right of boys.”
Sadia’s father works as a tailor in Karachi, while I work locally embroidering and sewing quilts to help generate extra income. However even together we earn very little and often struggle to make ends meet. I regret not having the opportunity to go to school when I was younger and I believe that if I had received an education I would be bolder and feel better about myself.
Every day I can see how passionate our daughter is about learning and we are determined to keep her in the classroom. I am so grateful my daughter is getting the chance to go to school. Sadia’s desire is to learn. So we’re trying our best to support her so that she can continue her education.
As Sadia tells me: “Schooling helps to develop our knowledge which will benefit our country. We have to study to make our country a better and happy place to live.” Thank you for giving Sadia, and my entire family, a brighter future.
Only 15 per cent of poor rural girls in Pakistan finish primary school, compared to 40 per cent of their male counterparts. Without an education, these girls are more likely to marry young, get sick, miss out on work opportunities and live in poverty
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Your Support is making a difference:
$61 can provide a teaching kit with learning cards for alphabet and numbers, educational games, building blocks and play dough, jigsaw puzzles and more. Plus stationary supplies so the teacher is prepared for the class, including: paper (coloured and white), tape, stapler, pens, markers, chart boards and folders.
Your support of the education program in rural Pakistan of our partner Community World Service Asia (CWSA), is making a real and lasting difference in the education of a generation of children. It has been the custom in many parts of rural Pakistan for girls to marry early or stay home to help with household chores, which then places no value or worth on education.
As well as this cultural barrier, rural communities can lack qualified teachers and education resources which restricts the quality of education in the classroom. Your gifts provide training and teaching materials so the classroom is an effective learning environment.
Christmas Gifts with meaning.
By giving a Gift for Peace, you will be bringing hope to families around the world – what a wonderful way to Share the joy of Christmas with those we care about. Choose from a range of gifts helping those that you’ve read about in your Peace Mails this year.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas! Thank you for your kind and generous support this year.
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