July Update 2014

Dear Friends,

1. Stuart’s sponsored events

stuartStuart Elliott, an athletic member of the Umeed Committee, will be running in two mountain races shortly and he has very generously offered that all sponsorship raised will be donated to the Umeed Project:

19th July  Snowdon Race

25th October Snowdonia Marathon

…… and in 2015 he will be doing something even more crazy – just  watch this space!

To donate go to the Umeed website, click on the Justgiving link icon and follow the instructions – EASY!  Please do this – it only takes 5 minutes and is, of course,  a very worthy cause.

2.  News from the Project in Pakistan

Welcome to Mr Victor John, recently appointed by Umeed to supervise examinations at both Emma Marchant Middle Schools.
At the end of May students and staff of both Schools participated in a Study Tour of Bahawalpur. For these people this was a life-changing experience to sample life in a city, most of whom had never had the opportunity of leaving their villages.
A two-week summer camp followed in June to provide additional coaching in Maths and English; art, poetry & debating competitions were entered enthusiastically; also a sports festival.
Interactive theatre performances for 600+ women were devised and presented in June by the students of the Adult Literacy Programme and focussed in particular on women’s rights and exploitation of vulnerable women.

3. Administration

This is the boring (but necessary) bit. The Umeed AGM was held on 4 June. The Officers, Committee Members, Professional Examiner of Accounts and Trustees were elected. However, the post of Secretary has yet to be filled; it’s very easy. Expressions of interest – please contact me.

umeedgirlsThe minutes of the AGM and the Chair’s Annual Report are to be found on the Umeed website.
So, many thanks to you for your unfailing support of the Umeed Project. Please remember –

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” – Malala Yousufzai

 

JOHN (Perkins)                                                                 8 July 2014
Chair, Umeed Partnership (UK)