Skills training and spiritual growth provide holistic means for escaping poverty
Timeline: 1 year
Spiritual Engagement: 72
Community Engagement: 960
Anticipated Lives Impacted: 1,032
Total Amount Requested: $47,040
In their own words:
“Rina Sarfraz, 19, is the eldest of five children. Her impoverished family was unable to enroll Rina in school, so she was unable to secure a job, support her family financially or help educate her siblings. Then she received skills training in stitching and tie and dye. Now she runs her own small business, is supporting her family and teaching her younger brother and sisters the skills they need.” — as reported by RWDO staff
An estimated 60 percent of Pakistan’s population lives below the poverty line and more than 96 percent are Muslims. This project takes place in Jamilabad, the largest Christian community in Multan City, where 90 percent of the residents live in poverty, 80 percent are illiterate and 95 percent are unskilled. Without a proper education or skills, many of the town’s 3,789 residents cannot find adequate employment.
Living conditions in Jamilabad are particularly dire for youth ages 14 to 18. Most of them are illiterate and unemployed. Bored and unqualified for work, except for the most menial of jobs, they are often lured into substance abuse and alcohol addiction, which too often lead to drug dealing, theft, sexual assault and prostitution. These youth need to learn skills so they can earn a living.
Remedy Welfare and Development Organization (RWDO) and the Anglican Multan Diocese, Church of Pakistan, will equip youth with technical skills so they can find meaningful employment. Sixty young
men will be trained in welding and electrical work and 60 young women in stitching, cutting, sewing and embroidery. During the training they will be exposed to God’s Word and biblical teachings that help them abandon harmful activities and embrace a life based on truth and hope. Their family members (an average of seven people per household) will experience higher household income.
This project benefits at least 1,032 people, some through multiple impacts:
- 120 youth who will receive skills training and their 840 family members who will benefit from a higher household income, improved nutrition and better access to education
- 60 community members will expose the youth to life-skill development and biblical teaching
- 100 youth will be exposed to Christian teach at church, prayer services and daily Bible reading
- 20 drug-addicted youth will give up their harmful habits and encourage friends to do likewise
- 12 staff, volunteers and diocesan personnel will lead prayer meetings and Sunday services
The Multan Diocese will work with RWDO to provide skills training to 120 young people in the town of Jamilabad. The technical skills will enable the young people to participate in more positive activities, earn a living and support their families, who in turn will be able to educate their children – all keys to escaping poverty.
A committee comprised of staff from the church and RWDO will oversee this project, while a paid, full-time project coordinator, social worker and training instructor will implement it. Experienced and skillful instructors will develop curriculum, according to guidelines of the Government Technical Training Center. The committee will select the 120 candidates for the program after giving them written and oral tests. They will be local young people who have struggled with drug addiction
or who have dropped out of school. Young women considered the most vulnerable, such as orphans and widows, will be given special consideration.
The 60 male participants will receive full-time training in welding and electrical work, five full days a week for one year. Female students will receive training in stitching, cutting, sewing and embroidery, five evenings a week for a year. This is because many young women work as domestic helpers or in a factory during the day The students will learn marketing skills, how to establish a business and how to look for a job. The products will be put on display and up for sale, with proceeds benefiting the students and the program.
Participants will also read or hear Scripture regularly and attend services, thus learning Christian values. The Diocese of Multan will give them Scripture materials for personal use. It is expected that the participants will share what they learn at home and with their friends. Biblical resources will also help people struggling with their addictions.
At the end of a year, participants will be assessed and tested by the staff.
Measuring impact: Project leaders will regularly monitor progress, submitting quarterly reports to the project committee. This committee will also organize regular field monitoring, internal evaluations every six months and an end-of-year evaluation, executed by the diocesan and RWDO secretary. A charted accountant, under the supervision of the diocesan treasurer and RWDO, will conduct an audit of all project accounts.
Machinery/equipment for technical training center for men1: $30,620
Machines for vocational center for women2: $5,100
Research and evaluation: $5,040
Staff3: $2,870 (Funding also provided locally: $1,330)
Monitoring and evaluation: $2,150
Product display center for women: $1,260
Total: $47,040 (Additional funding provided locally: $1,3304)
1includes machinery, rent and utilities for the vocational center, instructor salaries, raw materials and generators
2includes 15 sewing machines, one embroidery machine, one knitting machine, salaries for sewing teacher, cloth and thread
3includes stipends and traveling expenses for project coordinator and social organizer
4RWDO and diocesan contribution
Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5
Concept: Risk Level 1
This project invests in young people by helping them develop practical skills, attain economic independence and pursue life ambitions, thereby supporting both themselves and their families.
Program Design and Experience: Risk Level 2
Participants may drop out before completing the skills training program, in some cases due to unavoidable circumstances. To minimize this risk, project staff will constantly reiterate the importance of learning a life skill comprehensively, empowering participants to make a better life not only for themselves, but also in order to gain financial security for their families.
Leadership: Risk Level 1
RWDO has strong leadership that understands the changing needs of people in Pakistan. Under the leadership of Raheel P. Mall, the agency responds effectively with timely strategies and solutions to help people living in abject poverty.
Financial Control: Risk Level 3
RWDO has externally audited financials. It has not relied on external funding in the past and is not backed by a significant asset base. The expenditures are based on their income. However, the project size, relative to the operating budget, is rather large and greater than budgets it has managed in the past.
Sustainability: Risk Level 2
This project provides social investments that lead to long-term sustainability in communities where RWDO operates. Although RWDO must acquire a large percentage of the budget from outside sources (97 percent), the agency’s operating model and product display center will help this project operate over the long-term. However, this program does not currently earn sufficient income to make it immediately sustainable, which warrants the needs for external funding.
External: Risk Level 2
Although Pakistan is fraught with religious extremism, this kind of project will not attract much opposition. RWDO has operated without persecution during the last decade, and the agency has effectively partnered with the Multan Diocese, a significant sign of community acceptance. However, as this project grows and its spiritual impacts multiply, community members may feel threatened by Christian teachings, in which case RWDO could begin to face opposition.