Did you know that educating youth (and ensuring girls and women’s education) improves the health status of children and the economic development of their communities? Statistics reveal that for every 1% increase in education there is a .3% increase in economic growth.
Now more than ever, youth in Pakistan need access to safe and quality education. Prior to the floods, only 63% of Pakistani students finished primary school. With so many schools damaged or being used for other public needs in the aftermath of the floods, over a million students are now without schools. Without education, critical thinking capabilities and economic opportunities, impoverished youth are susceptible not only to extreme poverty but even more vulnerable to recruitment into extremist organizations.
Fortunately none of our schools were directly affected by the floods, but the long term impacts will be felt. Access to clean water and health care are formidable problems. Fuel prices have skyrocketed. Ensuring access to healthy meals will become more difficult since massive crop destruction took place during the floods and there is huge inflation of food prices. The start of our school year was delayed but is now successfully in session. We are determined more than ever to make sure that underserved youth in Pakistan have access to quality education which increases self-confidence, improves the ability to make informed decisions and ensures marketable/professional skills, thereby allowing the youth to grow up to become contributing members of society and capable of assisting with the reconstruction of an improved Pakistan. We welcome your assistance with our goals.
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