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Hidaya strongly believes that women need to be properly educated as they are the future mothers of the next generation and therefore the most important building block of our societies. History has proven that illiterate mothers will likely produce illiterate and ineffective members of societies. Alternatively, literate mothers will largely contribute to literate and effective societies.

 

 

In December of 2005, Hidaya’s team in Pakistan conducted research to determine the percentage of women attending school in the district of Shikarpur. The results of the research were alarming. It was identified that approximately 2,500 girls enter into primary school each year, but only 250 (or 10%) of those students continue until completion of their studies. It was also discovered that three times more (approximately 7,500) such women students never even see a classroom in their lives, due to a lack of schools for females in their small villages or because their parents can’t even afford to send them to the first grade. This situation has created an environment in which the literacy rate is below 3% for all women.


 

To identify causes of the high number of dropouts, a brainstorming session was held with female students from the 11th and 12th grades along with teachers at the Government Girls College Shikarpur. One of the major factors to this tragic problem was an even bigger problem – poverty. Parents can’t afford even the essentials for survival, hence they decide to keep girls at home and, if at all even possible, they send only their sons to school.


 

Hidaya’s team went further to start defining the project at hand by collecting additional data. It was found that 10 – 30% of girls who attend school can’t afford to continue after some time. Therefore, such students were to be supported by meeting their economic needs on a monthly basis so they may remain in class. Additional research proved that all the districts away from major cities show the same statistics. For those students who have never even seen a school, it was determined that their well being must be addressed at a later phase of the project.


 

In early 2007, Hidaya’s Pakistan team submitted a formal proposal with plans on how to tackle this major problem. The proposal was approved and the implementation of work was initiated. These girls come from extremely poor families. Therefore, working with their impoverished parents, Hidaya has launched a major initiative to provide financial support for school aged girls which allow them to continue with their education.


 

Just $6 per month is enough to offer one student the opportunity to continue her education and bring a remarkable change to her life and in time, many such cases can bring change to the larger society.

 

 

Sitara-e-Isaar Awarded to Hidaya Foundation

The sister organization of Hidaya Trust, Hidaya Foundation was awarded Sitara-i-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice) by the Government of Pakistan, in recognition of the results-oriented relief efforts of both the organizations during the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. It was awarded during a special ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC.

In Keeping with our commitment to the communities in which Hidaya Trust operates, it hires its work force as an equal opportunity employer.  It means that employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and not on race, color, status in the society, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed and marital status.