“I am studying in class 10 (Arts). We are 2 brothers and 4 sisters. My father has no permanent job. I am the elder one among my sisters. It was very difficult to bear the expense of our studies with the basic necessities of life. 4 years ago, I left studying after giving my ninth grade exams because of poor conditions at home. After some time when our condition got better than before, I got admission in Gulshan Park School in ninth class again.
The Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF) is a non-profit organization registered in the USA whose goal is to locate and serve the many children in remote northern Cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable educational opportunities. It started small in 2006 with one child and has grown to an independent charity harnessing support worldwide to assist almost 2800 children and young people a year.
The PERSATUAN KEBAJIKAN KOMUNITI is a local charity set up to help distribute and apply for governmental aids for needy people in Tapah Road and Perak. They aim to raise the standard of living in the community by encouraging education and new skills. PAWA will be supporting a grass roots programme to provide supplementary home tuition for 2 stateless sisters living in Tapah Road along with 3 other girls to be selected from their local secondary school.
“Since the family does not have stable incomes from growing vegetables, and has debt due to the father’s illness, the whole family does not want their 16 year old daughter to continue her education because they have to pay a lot and the cost of the transport is expensive everyday day. Her dream however is to at least finish another year, to grade 12.”
– Taken from One Sky profile
Progression is important to the project, and Meider Jonno Asha recently had their first university student achieve an MA in business studies and has seen the girls educated in Asha becoming the educators and change makers in their own families, at the Literacy Centre and in the wider community. In 2021 PAWA will begin funding 6 older teenage girls moving into or already at College with funding for admission charges and books.
“Thank you very much for your kindness to me. You know most of the people of our country are poor. They are suffer many trouble in their daily affairs. I am also one of them. So thank you very much to help me to build up my career life.”
– Akhi, 14 years old
Learning for Life enables South Asia’s most marginalised populations to gain access to education, health and employment -the basic human rights that form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty. They provide local partners who understand local issues with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.
“Nishtha is next to my Mom and without ‘Shikkhai Hatiyar’ project so many girls like me could not have pursued their school education. The support I have received so far from ‘Shikkai Hatiyar’ project helped me dream big and I hope someday I would able to get established in life and help others too.”
– Jaya, 13 years old
Arun Bhawan is a Social Services Centre (SSC) run by the Jesuit Society of Nepal and provides a home for orphans, single parented children, abandoned children, children at risk and differently abled children from various districts of Nepal. Children are protected and through access to education are enabled to develop self-reliance and confidence.
“No words could possibly express how happy I was when I was informed that I had been chosen and sponsored by you to receive a scholarship. I hope to become a social worker so that I can help others. This monetary donation has given me a boost in my confidence to pursue a career in a field that I think I will be successful in.”
– Clara, 16 years old