Scholarships and bursaries to support education in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and vocational programs. Build learning environments through constructing and equipping libraries, reading rooms, computer hubs and small group sharing spaces. Educate children, youth and communities on nutrition, health and cleanliness. Support healthy meals in schools and fellowship meals in the poorest communities.
Chak Jalal Din
Chak Jalal din is a slum community in the outskirts of Rawalpindi, home to more than 4000 families who are impoverished and marginalized because of their Christian religion and occupations. Many residents of this community work in sanitation, cleaning sewers and collecting refuse. Some provide domestic help for Islamabad’s affluent and some are scrap collectors. These families live in dilapidated houses constructed over open sewers. Open Hands Global is partnering with the local leaders in the community to provide access to good schooling and nutrition for children – support families that have high aspirations to improve their own standard of living. Open Hands Global has established its presence in the community for ongoing research and is equipped to develop educational and health programs based on first hand need assessments.
Slum dwellers in Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan are mostly sanitary workers and their families. These families live in the city without any civic facilities, no proper drainage system, and poor sanitation. Most of these settlements are located on the banks of brooks in the city with a large number of illegal sewerage connections ending into it. The people live in misery with the smell emanating from the water of the streams turned into sewerage drains and the polluted water a breeding ground for deadly diseases. In the midst of this chaos, Light on a Lampstand, USA is a shining light providing free early education for the children of this marginalized community. Open Hands Global Relief and Health Programs has come alongside this Institute to provide a healthy meal a day for 34 children to ensure that no child has to sit through classes hungry.