Vehicle urgently required for Umeed Partnership

Umeed Partnership Pakistan urgently requires the donation of a pre-owned vehicle for its operations in Punjab Province, and based in Lahore. Large estate or 4×4 would be ideal. Please contact Dr John Perkins, Chair of the NGO, at john@justshopping.co.uk or Yousuf Gill (Project Director) at umeedpartnershippakistan@gmail.comPakistan JanFeb 2014 042

Umeed Update News-sheet – November 2013

Dear Friends,

I shall be making a short self-funded visit to the Umeed Project early next year and while there will attend a ceremony at which the two Umeed Middle Schools in the CholistanDesert region will be dedicated as the Emma Marchant Umeed Middle Schools in memory of our daughter who died in January 2010. I will also observe all Umeed activities in Pakistan to satisfy the Umeed Committee, supporters and donors that the money being sent from the UK is being used in accordance with the Umeed ethos & constitution – that is, for the education, training and empowerment of women and children.

News snippets from the Project Co-ordinator

  • Trainees at the Umeed Vocational Training Centres completed their 12 month programmes on 31 October. The certificate-awarding ceremonies will be held towards the end of the year.
  • New Umeed skills training centres in rural communities are being established.
  • Renovation of buildings and acquisition of school furniture and teaching materials is taking place at both Emma Marchant Umeed Middle Schools (EMUMS).
  • Two new teachers have joined the staff at the EMUMS in Community BC18.
  • The First Semester examinations have just been completed at both Schools.
  • In early December the UP in Pakistan will be hosting a visit of guests from the Netherlands who have a special interest in the women’s education and vocational training programmes offered by Umeed.
  • Following a fundraising initiative, UP Pakistan has been offered support by the International School of Choueifat, Lahore, in a partnership initiative.

Transport for Umeed – an appeal for wheels

Since the earliest days of Umeed, the Project Co-ordinator (Yousuf Jalal Gill) has used a small city car as the project vehicle. However, this vehicle is no longer fit for purpose – it has come to the end of the road! So a newer, more rugged, vehicle is now essential.

UP(UK) is appealing for funds to purchase a more recent vehicle more suited to the punishing journeys required of it. Please do consider donating for this particular need. If you’re aware of a source of funds for providing vehicles for charitable work, please let me know.

Malala’s progress

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

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Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousufzai (16) describes her return to school as the most important day of her life.

Malala, who was shot for her campaign for education for women in Pakistan, has made an amazing recovery. She is well-settled into her school in the Midlands and quite unbelievably

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has published her book “I am Malala”. This has raised the profile of women’s education, not just in Pakistan but across the world.

Many thanks to you for your support of the Umeed Project.

JOHN (Perkins) 7 November 2013

Chair, Umeed Partnership (UK)

Tel 01248 712389 (H); 07547 730 495 (Mob)

john@justshopping.co.uk

UPP Annual Report 2012-2013

Umeed Partnership Pakistan (UPP) has a non-political, nonprofit
ethos, registered under Societies Act 1860 and is
entitled to work nationwide. Umeed is also registered as a
charity in the UK.

Umeed in the recent past has emerged as
a humanitarian organization committed to work for
Development and Human Rights promotion. The
Organization has its Head office in Lahore along with three
regional offices in Loralai, Bahawalpur and Lahore. The
Umeed Project is managed by an executive board.UPP+Annual+Report+2012-2013

St Andrew’s Church, Bedford

We’re delighted to report that St Andrew’s Church in Bedford has agreed to continue its significant support for the Umeed Project for a further period of two years. This sort of regular commitment is vital for long-term project planning. Thanks from the Umeed Committee to the parishioners in Bedford for their generosity in supporting such a worthy cause.

Sponsored race – Ras Y Wyddfa

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Annual General Meeting – April 2013

Umeed Partnership (UK)

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013

Meeting:        17 April 2013

 

Present:         John Perkins (Chair), Neil Evans, Miriam Isherwood.

Ged Sanders, Clive Southerton,

 

Apologies:      Renee Taylor, John Butler, Marion Southerton, Ruth Goggin, Stuart Elliott

 

 

1.        WELCOME AND MINUTES

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 23 May 2012 were accepted as an accurate record.

 

 

2.        ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE CHAIR 

 

The Chairman provided members with an overview of the project during the last 12 months.  The Umeed Partnership Project has sustained its activities during 2012/13, and this is despitePakistan’s well-documented but negative media image which has intensified following several high-profile acts of violence. It is true thatPakistanis experiencing political instability, but as has been emphasised in previous reports, life for the large majority of the population continues largely unaffected by the troubles. The Umeed Project continues its activities in all parts, and has been untouched  by  the events reported in the media.

 

Although there was some concern at the lack of regular giving, in most months £1000.had been raised and transferred to the UP Project inPakistan.  The Project continues to thrive despite the financial difficulties.

 

Fundraising efforts in 2013/14 will continue to concentrate on re-development of theUmeedMiddle Schoolin DB52 to provide sanitation, latrines, drinking water, teaching materials, classroom furniture and rebuilding two classrooms.

 

The number of beneficiaries from the Project in 2012/13 fell slightly (reflecting the financial situation), but was nevertheless impressive:

 

174 girls and young women involved in the embroidery work

38 young women in the sewing centres

180 children inUmeedMiddle Schoolin Minority Community BC18 with 4 teachers

135 children inUmeedMiddle Schoolin Minority Community DB52 with 2 teachers.

 

In total 527 young people have received education and training from Umeed projects during 2012/13.

 

The full Annual Report can be found on the Home page of the Umeed website –    www.umeedpartnership.org.uk

 

 

3.        ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

The following officers were elected:

 

Chair:            John Perkins

Vice-Chair:   Clive Southerton

Treasurer:    Ged Saunders

Secretary:     Vacant

 

It was reported that for compelling professional and domestic reasons Ruth had declined to continue as the Secretary. Ruth had served in this post for some 9 years and in a most professional manner. The AGM recorded the deep appreciation of the Umeed Partnership and wished Ruth well in her future endeavours.

 

The search for a replacement for Ruth has proved unsuccessful and will continue.

 

 

4.        ELECTION OF ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Four ordinary members of the Executive Committee were elected:

 

Stuart Elliott

Neil Evans

Miriam Isherwood

Mieko Yamaguchi

 

 

5.        ELECTION OF CO-OPTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Two additional members were co-opted:

 

John Butler

Renee Taylor

 

It was agreed that John should contact Riffat Rizvi (former Committee member) with a view to her being re-co-opted onto the Committee.

 

 

 

6.        APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES

 

John Perkins and Neil Evans were re-appointed as trustees.

 

 

7.        FINANCIAL MATTERS

The financial report for 2012/2013 was presented by Ged.

 

It was agreed that:

[1]      the unaudited accounts should be approved provisionally and submitted for      audit.

[2]      Yousuf   be reminded to submit accounts for 2012/13 demonstrating the allocation of funds inPakistan.

[3]       Mieko be asked to ensure that the unclaimed Gift Aid applications be     submitted as soon as possible.

 

It was felt that in future the accounts should be audited before the AGM, therefore the AGM should be held in mid-May to allow the Auditor time to complete his work in a timely fashion after the end of the financial year (31 March).

 

Recognising the amount of work and professional competence required to produce an auditable set of accounts, John expressed the sincere thanks of the Umeed Partnership to Ged for preparing the accounts.

 

 

8.        APPOINTMENT OF THE AUDITOR

 

It was agreed that Mr Neville Hughes (Bethesda) be asked to continue as auditor. Renee had agreed to ensure that he received the documentation and accounts.

 

 

9.        REPORT FROM THE PROJECT

 

The Annual Report – 2012/13 – from Yousuf Jalal Gill (Umeed Project Co-ordinator) was presented to those present.  The Report covered, inter alia, the following topics:

 

1.   Core education and training:  schools, embroidery & tailoring

2.   Redevelopment of the two Umeed Middle Schools

3.   Umeed seminar – reforms in the Pakistan Education System

4.   Umeed support for fire victims of the blasphemy law inLahore

5.   Progress report on Umeed-trained embroiderers

6.   Umeed Legal Aid Forum

7.   Umeed Administrative Offices

 

The full UPP report may be found on the Umeed Partnership website.

 

 

10.      NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING

 

The next ordinary Committee meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 3 June 2013 at a venue to be decided.