Marshall Direct Fund EventsMarshall Direct Fund 2014 Fundraiser! Thank you for joining us on July 7th for our Annual Fundraiser! Our work would not be possible without the generous support we receive from our community. The event was a huge success! Check out MDF Founder Silbi Stainton and Moqah Foundation Farida Ahmad here. Her Own Two Feet Launch Party, March 7, 2014, Aspen, Colorado March 7, 2014 Aspen, Colorado Thank you to all those who helped celebrate the launch of Her Own Two Feet, a line of hand-crafted, embellished flip-flops crafted by women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The event was a huge success! Thank you to all of our sponsors: Ferrari, Stirling Peak Properties, Gold Leaf Productions, Mawa’s Kitchen, Veuve Clicquot, Woody Creek Distillers, 02 Aspen and Aspen Peak. Her Own Two Feet is a project of Peace of the Action and Marshall Direct Fund. Our Vocational Training Program provides women with training and tools necessary to start successful businesses, generate income, send their children to school and lift their families and communities out of poverty. In addition to learning these business skills, participants gain access to international markets, which provides further opportunities for economic development, gender empowerment and peace. Check out photos of the event, courtesy of Hal Williams, here. Products will be available at O2 in Aspen and can be ordered by calling 970-925-3161. Style names listed along with the images can be viewed here. Available sizes: 6-10; price: $45. Check out coverage in Aspen Peak here. 2014 Auction Item Adventure International has donated a 7 day luxurious journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Machame route. Please see information Kilimanjaro Machame trip for more details. Value of trip $3,615. Additional trips can be booked through Adventure International. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjVrdR5KSt4). Don't miss an opportunity to witness an insightful account from Ambassador Haqqani on the culture in Pakistan, the influence of education, and how the dynamic between the U.S. and Pakistan is evolving through programs like Marshall Direct Fund. Marshall Direct Fund’s 6th Annual Fundraiser The 6th Annual Fundraiser for Marshall Direct Fund took place July 1, 2013 at the magnificent Scanlan Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado. Our guest, Adam Ellick with the New York Times, produced the 2009 documentary “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story” profiling the young courageous girl who was targeted and shot in the head by Taliban in 2012 for her efforts to advocate for girls’ education. Malala has survived and continues to demand human rights. She is proof that the biggest threat to extremist organizations is the mass education of girls. Please click here to view Adam Ellick's video "Class Dismissed". Thank you, Adam, for an informative and moving account of your experience there and the compassion you illustrated in your courageous discussion. Klimb4Kashmir We hope to schedule a trip to Pakistan and a trek in a neighboring country in May 2014. Please visit the Klimb4Kashmir website and stay tuned. A jewelry trunk show and champagne fete during Aspen Fashion Week! An event that took place during Aspen Fashion Week was a huge success! Thank you to all that were able to attend the event at Distractions on March 18th – you helped us raise over $4,000 to support vocational training for mothers and older sisters of MDF students. The Woods Fine Jewelry consists of bold pieces juxtaposing natural elements with exquisite diamonds. Their designs are worn by fashion trendsetters across the globe including celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Ashley Olsen, Charlize Theron, and Paris Hilton. Artist, Evan Hecox designed a piece loosely inspired by the MDF logo which Sam and Shawn translated into a charm. The charm can be attached to various necklaces and bracelets the sisters have within their jewelry line. 100% of the profit of these pieces benefit MDF. Sam Hitchcock Terkun & Shawn Hecox of The Woods, along with Heidi Semrau of Distractions are role models for female entrepreneurs across the globe. This event was a fun way for fashionistas on this side of the world to support our female counterparts in Pakistan who are working hard to obtain better livelihoods for themselves and their families. Women everywhere love to feel beautiful and strong. Distractions and The Woods Fine Jewelry embody this mission. MDF is honored to have such intelligent and talented women standing by our side! To purchase a bracelet (300 USD for those that have wood or horn, 350 USD for ivory), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this order form (PDF). Beading choices pictured here. 100 percent of the proceeds of these pieces supports vocational training for mothers of children in the schools we operate. By providing mothers skills and business training in embellished, fabrics, clothing, and accessories, MDF helps women develop tools necessary to generate income, send their children to school, and lift their families out of poverty. **The MDF logo was inspired by the shape of the sail that was displayed on the original Marshall Plan posters – symbolizing the worlds flags coming together sailing across the sea to help war ravished countries abroad. In addition, the curves of letters reflect the shape of Eastern languages including Urdu, one of the main languages of Pakistan. Lastly, the MDF logo resembles the modern architecture of Gehry – his works flow with the environment around him….just as MDF reflects the needs of the communities and the flow of their environment.