The project was implemented to achieve the following objectives:
Sindh Community Foundation - Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Sindh Community Foundation (SCF) conducted a survey in the slum settings of Tando Muhammad Khan and opened a dialogue with community members about girls’ education and community needs. A report was developed based upon the observations as well as meetings with parents and girls separately. This assessment helped Sindh Community Foundation discover priority problems and determine ways to fix them.
After conducting assessments and community dialogues, mobilization meetings were conducted to begin work on addressing the problems and needs of community. In these meetings, the community was involved in developing solutions to the problems identified by the assessments. An exercise of participatory action planning took place with community members, where the community suggested courses of action and took on responsibilities.
The Sindh Community Foundation performed the following actions to achieve the objectives:
SCF has developed a monitoring and evaluation framework, which traces the monthly progress of each project. Monitoring visits have been conducted by the board members, the Programs Manager, and the Director. These reports and data bases suggest that activities have had a positive impact.
The sustainability of this unique model is necessary to provide long term support to girls and women for social justice and economic development. In these regards, Sindh Community Foundation has developed projects and approached some philanthropists and donors to support the center. A minimum fee of PKR 100 is being charged to girls who are enrolled in computer education classes to sustain these services by covering the costs of office rent, salary of computer instructors, and utility costs. There is need of more support to sustain the program, and Sindh Community Foundation is exploring other funding and grant opportunities.
The parents of the girls in Tando Muhammad ‘s slum areas are now very aware of the opportunities available to women and girls. They were mobilized through face to face and door to door meetings and interactive seminars at the Girls Youth Resource Center. They allowed their girls to get computer and social education so that they may become effective social and economic players. The girls who have been trained in social education and leadership convey their acquired knowledge regarding gender, human rights, and career possibilities to their parents. Twenty families allowed their girls to work in the private sector, and education about the girls’ involvement in economic and social development has occurred. Targeted communities’ behaviors towards girls have changed, and women now participate in decision making regarding choosing their life partner, education, and employment. Girls Association has addressed the issue of girls’ education, especially in girls’ primary schools in the slums and rural areas.
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