Promoting Peace Through Education in Pakistan

Executive Director Jodi Fischer recently was showcased in her alma mater's publication, the University of Denver Magazine. In this piece, you can learn more about the work of Marshall Direct Fund in Pakistan and the various ways you can help. Contributions are always welcome and can be made right here on our website. Jodi will be heading back to Pakistan in late Spring 2015 and would be thrilled to bring along as many items on this wish list as possible. Please let us know if you can contribute any items to MDF.
Laptops Battery time allows staff to communicate and gain access to teaching tools even during the frequent power outages.
Digital or video cameras Would love to better capture student and staff experiences to share with supporters, but to also assist with vocational training module replication.
Cell phones Staff are in need of effectively and regularly communicating with school administrators, parents, and taking photo/videos. Smart phones also welcomed since admin staff would benefit from accessing internet and sharing tools for instruction aids.
Printers (2) Printable worksheets for kids are great tools for teachers.They help to make subjects like reading, writing, math, and science fun and engaging.
Computers (2) Laptops are preferable to deal with the power outages, but these are still welcomed for both staff operations and student learning and for computer literacy programs
UPS Generator (1) Power shortage and load shedding has worsened in the last few years. Often facilities are without electricity for hours, sometimes all day during the hottest months. Uninterrupted Power Supply is detrimental for keeping the lights, fans, and equipment on. 
White Boards (10) Many of our classrooms do not currently have chalk or white boards and this would assist tremendously with instruction.
Students Desks (60 3-seaters) Much of our previously donated were used and are over five years old and in disrepair, we also wish to accommodate new admissions.
Projectors (2)  Provide teachers and trainers multimedia tools to assist with instruction.**Please note, smaller easily transported items can be donated in the US which can be brought over by our home office staff in spring 2015. If you are located in Pakistan, all donations are welcomed. If you wish to donate financially to ensure the purchase of any of the items, we would also be happy to accept.
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Recent events in Pakistan

We are saddened and concerned about the recent school attacks in Pakistan. Attacking children and their right to education is a disregard of the most fundamental principles of humanity. This occurrence concerns Pakistan as well as the entire world-- education and our children's right to freedom are rights that all people deserve. Our deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. We ask the global community to join hands with the Pakistani nation, especially with the victims’ families to help them have the courage to bear the loss. If you would like to strengthen the effort to bring education to children in Pakistan, please support MDF here:https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/MarshallDirectFund/OnlineDonation.html. sheikhupura 4
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Threads Worldwide

The fundraiser with Threads Worldwide is ending at midnight Mountain Time on Thursday, December 11. The time to double up on good will is now! Shop for your holiday list while supporting women around the world AND contributing to MDF. Shop here: www.threadsworldwide.com and enter 'MDF' in the fundraiser box at check out so we get credit. Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 8.34.37 PM
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Holiday giving

Want to make a difference with your online shopping? The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchase to us when you choose Marshall Direct Fund as your favorite charity, allowing us to continue changing the lives of youth and young women who need education and vocational skills. Shopping never felt so good! Learn more at: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2308730. smile_fb_logo
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Malala Yousafzai wins 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Ms. Malala Yousafzai has won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her work supporting the right to education for children all over the world. Congratulations Malala! You can read more about her winning here. Hero_Malala
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Save the Date: 2015 Summer Fundraiser

The 2015 Marshall Direct Fund Summer Fundraiser will take place July 1, 2015 at the home of Terry & Tony Caine in Aspen, Colorado from 5pm to 7:30pm. Dalia Mogahed, author of Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, will be our featured guest speaker.
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50% matching opportunity!

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! S
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Annual Fundraiser

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. 
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Amazon Smile

smile_fb_logo 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!
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The Kids Aren’t All Right

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: Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.28.41 PM 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.
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