Mission: Iqra Fund provides access to quality, sustainable education, especially for girls, in the remote tribal areas of Pakistan. Iqra Fund envisions a world where every child has access to quality, sustainable education that provides the skills to achieve success. Since its establishment in 2011, Iqra Fund has enrolled over 2,170 primary school children (1,218 girls), has hired over 50 local teachers, and has worked closely with village elders and parents to establish local Village Education Committees. Iqra Fund serves 5 valleys in 3 districts and derives its name from the Arabic word to "read."
Geographic areas served: Gilgit-Baltistan province, Pakistan
Programs: Secondary school supportthe secondary school support program was launched in 2012 in the northern areas of pakistan. We provide transportation to/from the student's village to the location of their secondary school, along with room and board while they are away from home. Additionally, we provide support in the form of tuition, school supplies, uniforms and materials. And finally, we provide regular check-ins and access to mentors who meet with each student regularly to assess their progress, lend support, and provide access to whatever resources they may need in order to progress in their studies.
primary school supportwe provide support to overcome the barriers keeping primarily school-aged women and girls out of school. This support is achieved in various ways, invcluding the following: tuition assistance, books, materials, uniforms and fees, providing a girl-friendly school environment, and supporting teachers' salaries. Providing teacher training/development, not only for the teachers whose salaries are provided by iqra fund, but rather for all of the teachers in every school where we work. Establishment of education committees in each town where we work responsible for implementing measurement and evaluation strategies and criteria required by iqra fund before support is committed. These committees report on progress and results to iqra fund's staff. In 2014, we supported more than 2,170 students directly with our primary school support program, 46 teachers were hired and trained with professional development workshops, 100 mothers were supported with adult literacy programs, and 40 special needs children and adults were provided with services.
Like most of us I don't have a lot of extra money to spend. What I do have, however, goes to this fund. Why? Because it goes to support education for young girls in a country where education for women is not always easy to come by. I spent part of last year teaching in Pakistan. I taught at a women's university where none of the young women took their education for granted. The money I contribute to the Iqra Fund goes to an impoverished area in the north of Pakistan. Little girls who were denied an education are now dreaming of what they can do WITH their education. What I give to this fund really does change lives. It has been a privilege to be part of this.