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Vocational Center In Kilam Sharif

 
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Khurram Owais Shah



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 9:47 am    Post subject: Vocational Center in Kilam Sharif Reply with quote

Project: Women’s Vocational Center
Organization: The Prudents
Location: Kilam Sharif (village near Rawalpindi)
Amount Requested: $2,180

Project Description: The women will attend short regular courses to learn and practice new skills in computing, sewing and embroidery machines. They will be able to learn basic educational and technical skills such as sewing, cutting and embroidery to make clothing as well as have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other women in their local community.

Project Team: Sabrin Beg, Vikash Ahuja, Tehniyat Kardar, Sidra Sajid

EC:
Janet Zhou, Akbar Bhaidani, Danielle Garcia, Omar Biabani


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Khurram Owais Shah



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rabia's Questions. Alana (Prudents) wrote:

1. Will women who acquire skills be starting their own businesses or be employed by some else?
Following the training the women will have the sewing skills to start their own small businesses. They will also be able to manufacture their own clothing reducing their families expenses. Their training will include embroidery of bridal dresses in addition to normal stitching. This will allow a them to offer a broad range of sewing services.

2. If women are planning to sell these items, how and where will they do it?
Initially we envision that the women will work from their houses to make clothes and repairs for other families in the village. In addition to this, The Prudents will provide them with counseling and opportunities to sell the products in urban markets, thereby, widening their customer base and helping to further develop business skills in addition to sewing skills. We will also provide them with orders received from our members and other interested people as a means to promote their businesses.

3. When the course ends, will the women be able to purchase their own materials to continue producing crafts?
Yes, basic materials are inexpensive and readily available. In order to establish an initial inventory, they will be able to purchase necessary materials through a 'First Women's Bank' for micro financing which The Prudents is in the process of establishing.

4. What is the measurable (economic/ empowerment) value added to these women's lives?
Women will be able to generate revenue through their technical skills, where at the moment they have no income. In follow up surveys with the women we anticipate their reporting an increase of personal and family income and a decrease in expenditure on clothing. The Prudents feels one of the largest impacts of empowering these women will be the impact on their children of seeing their mother engaged in a profession and receiving the benefits of that work in terms of better clothing, better food, better health care and improved schooling.

Computer Literacy

1. Have community members expressed a strong need for computer training in Kilam Sharif?
Yes. This request originated from the community. Some women from Kilam Sharif are engaged in studies but there is no facility such as computer training.

2. How will women use their computer skills?
Many of the literate women in Kilam Sharif are working in various offices in the nearby urban areas. Computer training will add to their profile. It will also help other women to get training and increase their employability.

3. Does Prudents have prior experience working in Kilam Sharif?
Yes, we have been running a free medical camp in Kaliam Sharif since June 2007. It was through interactions and discussions at these medical camps which has lead to the planned vocational center.

4. Has Prudents deployed a computer lab before and does it have trained computer teachers?
Yes. We have been running a computer lab since 2002 in Lalazar. This facility plays dynamic role in women empowerment in Lalazar. We will be using the exerience and expertize from this center to organize, establish and staff the center in Kilam Sharif


Measuring the outcome

1. How will their progress after completing the course be measured?
Before beginning and after completion of the course we will conduct a survey in order to measure the immediate effectiveness of the skills training. We will conduct follow up surveys with the participants to measure the effect on their family's income and general status. Specifically, there are a number of private schools in nearby urban areas. We are confident that with more skills, the women of Kilam Sharif will be employable in these schools and businesses.

2. How many women already have jobs working in fields or elsewhere versus the number of women who are currently unemployed?
In Kiliam Sharif, 10 - 15% of the women are employed. The rest are unemployed. This project will help increase the percentage of women with an income.

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Sidra Sajid



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:36 am    Post subject: Q&A Reply with quote

1) Who is going to teach the courses? I can understand local women teaching the sewing, but what about computers. This is important because the locals should trust the people teaching the courses.

2) How is the NGO planning to keep a check on the quality of what is being taught?

3) Is there any other similar vocational project in this village being run by this institution or by any other NGO?

4) Are the people really willing to send their daughters to urban areas to work? How does the NGO know?

5) Has the NGO contacted the village influentials regarding this aspect?

The answers of The Prudents:

1. As there are many literate women in Kaliam who are working in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, we may contact them and I also know one women, who is MBA from Quaid I Azam University and she is house wife in Kaliam. We are confident that this will not be problem for us to arrange computer teacher.


2. We already have syllabus in our women center lalazar, We have procedures to issue the certificates to successful students. We apply the same procedure in that center. We also appoint one of our member to monitor the project.


3. This will be the first project in Kaliam Sharif.


4. Once women will be trained then monitory benefits will help us to convince them. We also have plans to assist them in getting jobs but, on later stages.


5. In Kaliam Sharif, there is a tomb of Saint Baba Fazal Shah Kaliami, People all over the Pakistan visit the tomb and pray for the soul. The Head of the management Sain Asrar supported our project after discussion with many locals. He is retired Manager from Allied bank of Pakistan. His wife is master from university and his daughter is student of Quaid Azam University. He is the most source full and powerful man of Kaliam. even in Pakistan.
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Sidra Sajid



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Q&A Reply with quote

My Ques
1. You mentioned in your last email about some females of this village being quite eduacted. I would like to know if there are any girls schools in the area and the female literacy level.



2. Secondly, a major question is how are the women going to put their skills into use, that is, how will they get access to capital (the machines needed) on their own?


Ans

1. Yes there is a government girls school in the village. I don't know the exact women literacy rate but I guess it should be around 40%.

2. We are negitiating the donation of machines with our members. I am confident that once we start the project then we will be able to sort it out. We are also considering micro-finance project. May be we request "First Women Bank" to collaborate with us in supporting the women.
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Sidra Sajid



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sidra Sajid



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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