The Kids Aren’t All Right

A very informative organization called has put together a great interactive infographic entitled "The Kids Aren't All Right." If you go to 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 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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Open Moqah positions!

20140210_085540Moqah is seeking a CEO, Secretary and Head Teacher. Please click on each Scope of Work to learn more about the positions.

You can read more about the CEO position here: Moqah CEO 3.2014 This position is located in Multan or Lahore, Pakistan. MDF/Moqah is unable to support any financial costs associated with re-locating to either of these cities.

...the Secretary position here: Moqah Secretary SOW 3.2014 This position is located in Multan or Lahore, Pakistan. MDF/Moqah is unable to support any financial costs associated with re-locating to either of these cities. ...and the Head Teacher position here: SOW- BK Head Teacher position This position requires residency preferably in Barakahu or Islamabad. MDF/Moqah is unable to support any financial costs associated with re-locating to either of these cities.  Moqah Foundation seeks to reduce poverty through economic growth via education, vocational training, and market linkage programs. We seek to work in communities in which we are invited and provided a safe space for youth and their families to learn. Moqah Foundation was originally founded by small international NGO Marshall Direct Fund (MDF), based in Colorado, USA. The organizations continue to work closely together with some of the same board members on each.    
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Moms supporting moms

MfMAspenLogo_Rectangle_Small300x100Marshall 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 AspenBasalt, CarbondaleGlenwood 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!
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NYT Correspondent Sharing Malala’s Story July 1st at MDF 6th Annual Fundraiser

tumblr_mlpxxkuIb11r146zvo1_1280We are thrilled to announce that Adam Ellick, a New York Times Correspondent, will be joining us for our 6th Annual Fundraiser to share Malala's story through his award-winning documentary, Class Dismissed.

Our Annual Fundraiser Celebration will be held on July 1st from 5:30-7:30pm at 796 Little Woody Creek Road, Woody Creek, Colorado. We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating, yet another successfully year of continuous support for our educational programs for children and vocational training for the women of Pakistan.

Thank you again for all your incredible support and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

To view more details about the event please click here.

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Join us in Pakistan & Nepal

Now that it's the beginning of the year, we are all making plans for this years vacations and philanthropic events. Be sure  to add "Klimb4Kashmir" to your list - a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Pakistan and Nepal with a great group of individuals! May 4th-11th join us on a trek and cultural adventure to the beautiful Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. There is also an optional pre-trek tour with Marshall Direct Fund to visit sights in and around Islamabad, meet students at MDF schools, and participate in cultural activities in Pakistan May 1st-4th. We suggest participants raise $2,500 in sponsorship to support Marshall Direct Fund's mission in educating children and women in Pakistan to improve relations between the West and Muslim world. All proceeds raised are tax deductible. For more information on the trip details and prices please see The trip has been carefully planned each day with meals and lodging provided throughout the trek. For more information in regards to the step-by-step details, you can find a full itinerary at One World Trekking We hope to see you on May 1st in Pakistan and/or May 4th in Nepal for an amazing once in a lifetime experience!  
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Holiday Soiree at The Gallerie

The snow is falling, holiday lights are being hung, and The Gallerie is hosting a trunk show soiree to support Marshall Direct Fund! This upcoming Friday, December 14th, please  join us at The Gallerie and change the lives of women and children in Pakistan through education. 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 in Pakistan. They plan to carry the products that disadvantaged women in Pakistan are starting to create. In the meantime, they are donating 10% of all items sold during the trunk sale to benefit MDF. We hope to see you there! 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.  To RSVP please contact 970-544-4893 or email  
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The Malala Effect

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 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.
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Teach a Man to Fish: School Enterpise Challenge

The Marshall Direct Fund is excited to announce our partnership with Teach a Man to Fish, a NGO focused on supporting education initiatives across the developing world. Founded in London in 2006, Teach a Man to Fish began by funding innovative projects that share its mission of financially sustainable education to reduce poverty and unemployment, as well as fostering entrepreneurship.

MDF has been competing in the School Enterprise Challenge, a business competition to reward entrepreneurship in schools across the globe. This involves submitting a business plan and review of results of student-led enterprises. You can follow MDF's vocational school progress via blog: The competition distributes over $40,000 in prizes, encourages global partnerships between schools and empowers students with valuable skills to tackle new business endeavors.

MDF is the proud recipient of the October, 2012 blog of the month award!

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MDF Board Member wins Human Rights Award

MDF Board Member wins Human Rights Award

Congratulations Shehrbano

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Pakistani journalist and daughter of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, Shehrbano Taseer, received a Human Rights Award during an annual award dinner in New York City on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Human Rights First honored Shehrbano “for her courage in carrying out her father’s legacy of religious tolerance.” She has published a series of op-ed pieces calling for change in Pakistan, and has openly criticized those who  glorify her father’s murderer, said the press release.

Please click here to read the full article Promoting Religious Tolerance

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World Literacy Day observed in Pakistan

World Literacy Day observed ‘Constitution envisages compulsory education up to secondary level’ Daily Times - Friday, September 09, 2011 KARACHI: Sindh Senior Minister for Education & Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has said that the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan provides for free and compulsory education from primary to secondary level and the state is responsible to implement the same. In his message, read out by Secretary Education Muhammad Siddique Memon to the participants of a walk held here on Thursday to mark World Literacy Day, the minister quoted the Article 37/B of constitution, which says, “Free and compulsory education up to secondary level is the constitutional obligation of the state”. He said the theme of International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy and Peace’ which make people independent and ensure their participation in social system to enlighten them with civil rights. The literacy also builds self-confidence in the people and enhances their interest for participation in political and social system. He said literacy is essential for the eradication of poverty, curbing of population growth, achieving gender equity and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. “Literate people are better geared to meet pressing development challenges,” he added. He said the Provincial Plan of Action 2003 on Education For All (EFA) was being prepared in the wake of challenges being faced by the Sindh government in achieving the goals set by Jometin Conference 1990, subsequently revised in Dakkar Conference 2000. Present Peoples’ government is taking serious efforts to achieve the targets before the specified time till 2015, he said. EFA Units have been established in all 23 districts and at provincial level in the year 2008-09 as the first step towards positive progress. Awareness campaigns were initiated at union council, taluka/town, district, regional and provincial level to aware the people about the dangers of illiteracy and their responsibilities individually and jointly at all levels. Girls’ enrollment was also enhanced through re-opening of 400 closed girls’ schools through Rural Support Programmes, in which 12,000 girls students continued their education. To read the article please click here. A printer friendly copy is available here Daily Times - Site Edition [Printer Friendly Version]
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