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)