A Canadian Registered Charity
We are delighted to report that we received our charitable status on 2nd August 2017. This is good news for all our donors as we will be able to issue tax deductible receipts for this year 2017 and moving forward. Please know that all donations received are used 100 percent for benefiting the recipient children and communities. Your donations support school fees, books, uniforms, transportation and afterschool programs for the children of impoverished communities in Pakistan. All administrative costs for the organization including the salary of the Program Manager in Pakistan are supported by contributions from the board.
The afterschool program that was started in May this year to support children with their home assignments and to cope with the academic demands of being in an English medium school was expanded to a day program during the summer vacation. Both teachers, Huma and Sumbal, put in extra effort with weekly tests to prepare the children for their first term examinations held right after summer break in August. Haroon, our program manager, also taught a weekly class for spoken English. We are so excited to report that 5 children were in the top 10 ranking in their respective classes: Daud Younas (Grade 5), Mishal Pervaiz (Grade 4), Amber Imran (Grade 4), Timmer Sohail (Grade 4), and Carolina Qasir (playgroup).
After School Program
During the summer, the home volunteered by the beneficiary family to run the Summer School Program was equipped with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and also a UPS battery because of frequent power outages experienced in the community. This power source is able to support a light and fans for several hours per day in order to assure that the school program can run uninterrupted. Also, a refrigerator was purchased to ensure that children had cold drinking water throughout the summer. Attendance of children for the summer program was optimum at 95 percent.
The after school program is ongoing and with your help we can improve the conditions of the facilities where the program is being run. While we are looking at options for a better facility that is enclosed, dry and comfortable we look forward to purchasing chairs and tables for children to use right now, and setting up a few heaters to warm the space during the very cold winter.
Teachers and Families
At Open Hands Global, we understand that without active engagement from the teachers, families, and community, the path to education for the children will not be sustainable. This Christmas we want you to meet Sumbal, our assistant teacher. She is not only grateful to be given the opportunity to play an integral role in the lives of these children, but also knows that this work will improve her own family situation and break their cycle of poverty. Sumbal’s parents are both illiterate. Her dad is a steelworker and the sole breadwinner in the family. She is the eldest of 5 girls whose ages range from 13-25 years. This family of seven lives in a single room with the kitchen outside in a small verandah. Her father has worked hard all his life and held multiple jobs to help educate a few of his children in subsidized federal government schools. Sumbal, through her hard work and desire to excel, completed her Bachelor of Arts. She is working with Open Hands on a very small wage and takes it as an opportunity to better the lives of others. We want your help to support an increase in Sumbal’s wages.
Congratulations to our Program Manager, Haroon George, and his lovely wife Anna who just got married 28th October 2017. We wish them both all the joys of married life.
Music Gala and Fashion Show Fundraising Event -2017
We want to thank all of you who supported us by donating, sponsoring, participating, volunteering, and attending to make the event a great success. Sufficient funds have been raised to provide transport for 15 more children, the first step towards their access to quality education. We look forward to your continued support and engagement in the next year to sponsor the children for school fees, books, uniforms, and afterschool program.