New matching opportunity! Starting at 10pmMST August 31st (12amEST September 1st), any donations to our Vocational Training Program on GlobalGiving will be matched 50%, courtesy of the Safer World Fund! Each donor can donate up to $1,000 to qualify for the match. Donations will be matched until the funds run out (there are $50,000 of matching funds available), so be sure to donate as soon as you can!
Our Annual Fundraiser was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported women and children in Pakistan. Please check out this video of MDF Founder Silbi Stainton and Moqah Foundation CEO Farida Ahmad discussing education and our schools in Pakistan.
Do you shop at Amazon.com? Please consider switching to Amazon Smile and supporting Marshall Direct Fund! If you sign up here, you still can use all of the same benefits of regular Amazon, but a percentage of all your purchases will go to support women and girls in Pakistan. Just remember to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com after you sign up! Thank you so much for your support!
A very informative organization called Healthcare-administration-degree.net has put together a great interactive infographic entitled "The Kids Aren't All Right." If you go to http://www.healthcare-administration-degree.net/world/ and click on the "Girls Enrolled in School" tab on the right, you'll see something that looks like this:
But don't just read about it here; go to http://www.healthcare-administration-degree.net/world/ and see for yourself how disheartening the statistics of Pakistani girls in schools can be. Thankfully, with your help, Marshall Direct Fund has been able to help many young girls attend school. We currently offer schooling for grades 1-5, but we are aiming to add a new class every year so that children can extend their education beyond 5th grade.
Marshall Direct Fund continues partnership with Aspen Moms for Moms to help share our mission and event information with mothers in the Aspen area!
Aspen Moms for Moms run by local mom, Rachel Goodman, is a hyper-local social network for mothers to connect, share information, find and offer support and be inspired to get involved. Moms can find local events, discounts and deals, items for sale, resources for moms who own their own businesses, and much more. Mothers from pregnancy through grand-motherhood are encouraged to join their free local Moms for Moms site throughout the valley Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood or Rifle. Don't live in these areas? Don't fret, many cities have similar forums. We encourage you to do an online search to find yours. Moms for Moms Communities are building stronger communities by engaging mothers, and we look forward to collaborating with them to foster our mission to improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia. It takes a village!
Our Annual Fundraiser Celebration was held July 1st in Woody Creek near Aspen in Colorado. Each year we have an annual reception the first week of July to raise funds to support MDF educational programs for children and vocational training for the women of Pakistan.
To view more details about the event please click here.
The snow is falling, holiday lights are being hung, and The Gallerie
hosted a trunk show soiree to support Marshall Direct Fund in December 14th. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us and change the lives of women and children in Pakistan through
The Gallerie is a high end boutique in Aspen that carries finely
chosen women's and men's fashion. Recently, The Gallerie launched
their own line, Gray, inspired by natural surroundings between the
Mountains of Aspen and Beaches of California, as well as the designers
love for high style. They are long time supporters of MDF that have
offered fashion advice and market demand info to female entrepreneurs
Details: Friday, December 14th at 5:00 to 7:30pm
Location: The Gallerie 520 East Durant Avenue, Aspen
Find exquisite Christmas gifts that support a good cause.
Sometimes it takes a hero to notice or be reminded what is important. In a country like Pakistan where girls are systematically disenfranchised, a 14-year-old girl is an unlikely candidate. Malala spoke out on behalf of girls in Pakistan and their right to education. After being hunted down and shot in the head by the Taliban while boarding her school bus on October 9, 2012, she now has the world’s attention.
Malala’s father ran a girls’ school in Swat Valley, a mountainous region with over 1,000,000 residents close to the country’s capital, Islamabad. In 2009, the world watched in horror as the Taliban took over Swat and instituted its gruesome system of law and order. When the Taliban ordered girls’ schools be closed, Malala and her father defied their orders, kept their school open, and courageously defended the right of education for girls. During the terrifying reign of the Taliban, Malala fearlessly blogged her experience for the BBC and was featured in documentaries by The New York Times.
As Malala fights for her life in a hospital bed, the world is reminded of the perilous state of affairs in Pakistan. Predicted to be the world’s fourth most populous country by 2050, Pakistan has over 17 million school-aged children out of school – that means one in ten of the world’s out of school children resides in Pakistan! Public education is inaccessible to most children and when it is accessible much of the curriculum enforces rote learning and a narrow-minded worldviews that fuels negative stereotypes. Private schools are cost-prohibitive to most families of the country as they survive on less than $2 a day. The other alternative, madrassas (religious schools), offer limited knowledge with their focus on religious education. What future lays ahead for the children, particularly the girls of Pakistan?
The fact that Malala was targeted by the Taliban is evidence that they know that education of girls will be their undoing. Since educated girls bring about economic growth faster to a country than any other measure, the unstable, illiterate, impoverished, black market gun-running and drug-smuggling friendly environment extremists thrive in will no longer be available to them when all girls go to school.
At MDF we are convinced that education, awareness of cultural diversity, and economic empowerment build the groundwork for peace in a region of the world critical to international security. Currently we are the only organization in the Roaring Fork Valley providing education to girls in Pakistan. We are keeping daily tabs on the health of Malala and have great hope for her survival, for her vision to become a reality.
Girls in Pakistan need access to quality education where they are taught multiple subjects, critical thinking, and learn skills to support entry into the workforce so they can overcome conditions of poverty. The Girl Effect is well known in the International Development world but what is needed here is The Malala Effect. Girls in conflict countries are given the least amount of support than any human being on the face of the earth. Investing in girls in conflict countries will do more than just eradicate poverty and illiteracy, it provides an additional return on investment, it helps create peace and stability. For people interested in supporting the dreams of Malala, please consider supporting MDF, we have a scholarship fund specifically for girls. Please visit our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org. Thank you to all of our current donors. You can also donate to the Malala Family Fund that has been set up. You can also join the campaign to save Malala and girls' education.