Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Women Empowerment and Adult Literacy...

Assalaamu Alaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu

Economic Empowerment for Women:

Helping Hand for Relief and Development emphasizes on skill development to support productivity and self employment and works to articulate it as per the community needs.

Skill development centers have been built to separately train male and female members of society. Women and younger girls focus on sewing, embroidery, and computers. This not only helps to build confidence in these individuals but allows them to be productive members of their household and society.

The main goal behind these centers is to provide an appropriate education in an atmosphere which fosters lifelong erudition and high expectations of achievement in the people of the flood affected areas. The objective is to help flood effected widows and less advantaged women establish their lives and become self-sufficient.

Bringing Adult Literacy to the Forefront:

Pakistan is ranked among one of the lowest in terms of human development indicators. Illiteracy of women is more severe. In rural areas the situation is even worse where the responsibilities of women in these places are multifarious. Besides raising a large number of children, they have to take care of the whole household including relatives. They even have to share the burden of the males in the agricultural fields. With all these responsibilities and eventual hard physical work their health and nutrition are always at stake. Moreover, illiteracy and superstition make them highly vulnerable in terms of sufferings and disrespect.

Education and awareness can equip them to play their desired role with dignity and efficiency. Moreover, they can be the most effective catalyst in promoting child education, adult literacy and good health and hygiene practices in society.

Join hands with Helping Hand to help bring these women out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of knowledge so they too can enjoy the benefits and comforts of an education.

Sri Lanka Amidst the Floods:

With more than 300,000 people displaced by the floods and 11 of the 25 districts submerged in flood waters, the citizens of Sri Lanka are still in dire need to emergency relief and aid. The worst hit areas of eastern and central Sri Lanka have now found themselves dealing with the aftermath of receding waters and the devastation therein. With the threat of water borne diseases on the rise, funds are needed to provide the proper medication for the people of Sri Lanka along with the necessary compensation for their livestock and farms.

Please continue to keep the people of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, along with the million others who are facing such calamities in your prayers, and visit our website to send a heartfelt donation.

Wasalaam Walaykum WaRahmatuallhi WaBarakathu

-HHRD Team

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