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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!