Education sector in developing countries is suffering the most. Inflation rate is so high that people can’t even feed their families, so forget about education. People send their kids to government schools in order to check the block where most of times no teacher or school is available. Some choose to send their kids to get religious education in Madrasah, where kids can stay and get feed for free. Private education which is of better quality than above two is out of reach for a normal working class family. In Result children end up working during childhood, and forced to do a child labor. The common perception in developing countries is that future of farmer’s child is same as of his/her parents. Saharo is dedicated to change this perception.
Saharo Foundation’s one of the important goals is to provide as much support as we possibly can in education sector. This is very wide and most important element of bringing any community out of socio-economic crisis. No tool is better than education in the World. Quality education helps promote healthy and wealthy nations. Saharo Foundation has break down the education sector in different phases, so particular group can be tackled in certain way.
This is the backbone project of Saharo Foundation. Since 2006 Saharo Foundation has received numerous requests for scholarships from the talented students of developing countries. Saharo focused on one area of Sindh Pakistan. Saharo awarded several scholarships to the students of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, Sindh University Jamshoro, People Medical College for Girls Nawabshah Sindh, Chandka Medical University Larkana Sindh, and Shah Latif Uiversity Khairpur Sindh. Saharo asked Professors of those institutions to recommend highly talented and deserving students. After reviewing each case individually education committee awarded scholarships, and paid full tuition fees of a semester.
Saharo also encouraged and sponsored rural area students to get certificates and degrees from Chartered Accountant Institute of Pakistan. Saharo is planning to transform scholarship project, and announce annual scholarships.
Saharo has been on forefront in implementing and encouraging vocational training projects. Saharo starting point remained the same rural areas of Sindh. Saharo brain stormed and volunteered to sponsor jobless people for trainings through established businesses. Saharo currently runs a 20-machine vocational training center to empower women in Shaikarpur Sindh, we are also looking into ways to expand this project, and implement other micro training projects which can give an extra tool to a jobless person.
We have partnered with local entrepreneurs to help create pool of skilled people in different skills. Saharo had approached bakery owners to give internship or training where Saharo will pay the monthly stipend to bakery owners and in return they will give training. Saharo is also looking to set up a training center in Hyderabad.
This project has been one of our top priorities. Saharo is the first overseas Sindhi organization to implement this project. Saharo started asking North American Pakistani Americans to help provide career counseling during their visit to Pakistan. Several volunteers agreed to speak with students who are looking for guidance. Saharo has provided counseling sessions for Quaid-e-Awam University Nawabshah, and Isra University Hyderabad students free to charge. Saharo arranged a seminar at Isra, the first of its kind by any nonprofit organization.
Saharo Foundation believes in information sharing, in an effort to implement this project. Saharo volunteer has compiled a booklet which contains procedure of admission in international institutions, scholarships, tests, career paths, research patterns, and much more has been added to guide rural students who may not have access to internet. This project will help publish this booklet, and distribute in rural area institutions. Saharo Foundation blog (www.saharofoundation.blogspot.com) has links to several test sites; resume writing, research databases beyond google and yahoo, health tips, scholarship postings. Saharo sends these posting tippers to over 100 subscribers regularly.