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Message from Pakistan

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your Condolence and prayers.

In our daily life and society we have seen many bad things like incompetent Governments, corrupt politicians, poverty, corruption and hurdles in every step of life but this terrorism has dramatically changed our life.

Peshawar Incident recalls the day of earthquake when we pulled out dead students from destroyed buildings and still things are alive in our mind. After Peshawar incident it looks that all our kids are silent and every family have lost their child.

I believe that Pakistan is Rising now because Religious leaders are badly exposed, Madrassa education is exposed, support of Arab Countries in terrorism is also  exposed, and now Nation stands on one page of moderate society.

Thanks & Best Regards,

Ghayour Abbas

Public Relations Officer,

Women University of AJ&K Bagh

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Scholarships Awarded to Second Group of Students

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Six scholarships have been awarded to a second group of students in Rerrah, Kashmir, Pakistan by Friends of Pakistan USA. These scholarships will help students complete the 11th and 12th grades for University preparation.  The big ceremoney was organized on the grounds of the newly, inaugurated Women University. The President/Chancellor awarded the scholarships to the students. Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education Govt of the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir were also present. DSC_0508DSC_0532 DSC_0726 DSC_0725 DSC_0722 DSC_0719 DSC_0717 DSC_0715

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New Women’s University Established in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

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The Chairman of Higher Education recently visited the newly established Women University for Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The inauguration was marked by the planting of trees. This is the first ever Women University in the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. THEC Chairman Plnating a tree in Campus.he University was announced in June 2012 but will start its first BS-4 year Program in September 2014, and M.S., M. Philosophy in February 2015.

The Friends of Pakistan USA is currently funding scholarships at the 11th and 12th grades for the Girls Government Intercollege School in Rerra, Azad HEC Chaimran Entering University Campus.Jammu and Kashmir. We hope that all of the girls from Rerra will have  Women University as a part of their future educational plans.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Urdu: آزاد جموں و کشمیر‎ Azad Jammu o Kashmir) abbreviated as AJK or Azad Kashmir (literally Free UnknownKashmir), is a self-governing autonomous state in Pakistan which lies west of Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir. It was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir war in 1947, fought between India and Pakistan.

 

 

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Ruppe Award to Friends of Pakistan USA

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This video is the Ruppe Award presentation to Friends of Pakistan USA on June 21, 2014 at the Peace Corps Connect Conference in Nashville, TN. Kate Schachter presented the Loret Ruppe award on behalf of the NPCC to Carol Cespedes former President of FOPUSA. Carol does a wonderful job of accepting the award for FOPUSA.

 

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Kashmiri Times Reports FOPUSA Scholarships

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KASHMIR TIMES newspaper shows the photos of Vice Chancellor, Women University of Azad Jammu &Kashmir and 6 students during the presentation of FOP-USA scholarships.

The article  mentions that from 2013 FOP-USA has provided scholarships to 6 students on merit and need base. This year FOP-USA decided that Vice Chancellor of first ever Women University in Azad Jammu & Kashmir should be asked to present the scholarships and introduce the 6 students from Rerrah to the University. They will get information about University and they will think about and decide on University education in the future (2015).

At the end; it is also mentioned that President of FOP-USA Mr. Millard Mott thanked the Vice Chancellor (through email) for his time, cooperation and best wishes were communicated for the future.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Urdu: آزاد جموں و کشمیر‎ Azad Jammu o Kashmir) abbreviated as AJK or Azad Kashmir (literally Free UnknownKashmir), is a self-governing autonomous state in Pakistan which lies west of Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir. It was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir war in 1947, fought between India and Pakistan.

 

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Good News for Education in Pakistan

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In Pakistan, education could help change the fortunes of impoverished families, but corruption and pressure by the Taliban prevent many children from enrolling. An alternative school system is making efforts to expand access and change attitudes towards education for impoverished boys and girls. PBS reports.

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Congratulations! First Group of Scholarship Students Complete Year

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A special congratulations to Ismat, Safia, Benish, Sajida, Nazima and Sidra. The six students at Girls Government Intercollege in Rerra, Kashmir have been recipients of scholarships from Friends of Pakistan USA. Yesterday all Rerra students along with Ex-Principal Ms Jannat were requested to come to the Women University to get their Scholarships from the hands of the Vice Chancellor of Women University, Dr. Mohammad Haleem Khan.

This is the first evDSCF6277er Women University in the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Women University was established in June 2012, but it will start its first BS-4 year Program in September 2014, and M.Science, M.Philosophy in February 2015 for at least 50 thousand Women in the Pakistani administrated Kashmir.

DSCF6290The students have now completed the 11th grade. Friends of Pakistan USA will provide them with scholarships next year for the 12th grade to prepare them for the University.

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Friends of Pakistan Supports Girls’ Education

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This article was published in the National Peace Corps, Global Education Newsletter by Barbara Janes and Leslie Noyes Mass.

An Inspiration

In her remarks to the audience assembled at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, Malala Youfaszai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for attending school said, “We call upon the developed nations to support the expansion of educational opportunities for girls in the developing world.”

Malala Youfaszai is a strong and resourceful voice for girl’s education in Pakistan. But she is in good company. Although Peace Corps has not had a physical presence in Pakistan since the 1965 (with the exception of a short period in 1990), Peace Corps Volunteers have been advocating and working for female education in Pakistan since the early 1960s.

Aid to Pakistan

In 2005, after a devastating earth- quake in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, a small group of Returned PCVs to Pakistan connected by the internet and organized to send aid to the people of that region. From this connection, Ben Cespedes (Pak I, 1961-63) and his wife, Carol, formed the group into a 501c3 organization named Friends of Pakistan USA (FOPUSA). The members pledged to continue to assist the people in Pakistan with monetary and/or professional expertise.

From their own experiences in Pakistan, the members of FOPUSA were convinced that,
in spite of the restrictions on educating girls in a Muslim country, educating girls makes
good sense: educated girls marry later, earn more money, insist that their children learn to read and write, have healthier families, and make their communities healthier and cleaner. Supporting women and girls’ education in Pakistan became a primary focus of FOPUSA.

Funds for Scholarships

In 2007, following a trip to Pakistan to train teachers for a Pakistani NGO known as The Citizens Foundation, Barbara Janes (Pak I 1961-63), guided FOPUSA to support girls education in Pakistan by raising $2000 per year for scholar-ships for ten girls to attend a Citizens Foundation Secondary school. Over the next five years, FOPUSA raised $10,000 to support fifty girls at the TCF Phengali Girls Secondary school outside of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Two Additional Projects Begin

In 2011, to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the members of FOPUSA pledged to raise another $10,000 for two additional education projects in Pakistan.

The first project, also with The Citizens Foundation, supported mothers of TCF children, who, though illiterate themselves, wanted to learn to read, write and do basic math to help their children with their school work. Known as the Aagahi project, FOPUSA raised $5000 to provide special literacy classes for the 22,000 mothers and older sisters of TCF students in forty cities across Pakistan.

The second FOPUSA 50th anniversary project was with Design for Change, Pakistan, a Pakistani organization to show school children how to make a difference in their communities. FOPUSA raised $5000 to support teams of DFC staff to work with children in primary and middle schools across Pakistan, showing the children how to identify problems in their community, brainstorm ideas for solutions, implement their solutions and report the results. Through this process, the children discovered that they have the power to change their communities and become more active members of their society. http://www.dfcworld.com/dfc/PAKI- STAN/.

Two More Projects

In 2013 FOPUSA voted to support two more projects at girls’ schools in the mountains of Pakistan: Rerra government Girls High School in Azad Kashmir, and three village schools in Manshera District, Khyber Puktunkhwa Province.

The first of these projects, Rerra, began with a friendship between one of FOPUSA’s Board members, Ken Chouquette, and a USAID contractor from the 2005 earthquake area of Azad Kashmir. In 2012, the FOPUSA board raised funds to supply the Rerra Girls Government High School with books for their library. In 2013 FOPUSA added an additional donation to the Rerra project and provided scholarships for six girls to complete their intermediate high school education, making it pos- sible for these girls to go on to higher education and/or entry into professional training programs.

The second FOPUSA 2013 project, Manshera Project in Khyber Puktunkhwa Provice, supports the salaries of three teachers for girls’ higher secondary classes in three villages. Under the auspices of the Hoshyar Foundation, the girls attending these higher secondary classes in the three schools will be eligible to continue on to university or midwife programs after which they will return to their villages to serve their communities. FOPUSA is near its goal of raising $10,000 to complete this project and will continue to accept donations until they reach their goal.

The members of FOPUSA firmly believe that their contributions to the above programs will make a significant impact on the lives of girls attending them. In turn, these educated girls will continue to live in their communities and will improve their lives and the lives of their families for generations to come.

In the words of Malala again, “So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.”

If you would like to learn more about work of FOPUSA and help us continue and expand, please visit our website: http://friendsofpakistanusa.org

Barbara Janes (Pak I) and Leslie Noyes Mass (Pak II) contributed to this article.

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Pakistani Journalists in Washington, D.C.

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Ann Hartman, FOPUSA Board Member and staff at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii is leading a group of journalists for a three-week period to several cities in the US – Honolulu, Washington, DC, New York City and Columbus, Missouri. The Pakistanis are part of an exchange program with journalists from the US visiting Pakistan.IMG_1467

Barbara Janes, Sandra Houts and Millard Mott from the FOPUSA Board met with the journalists in DC for a long lunch at the Capitol Hill Tandori and Grill Restaurant.

The lunch with the 12 Pakistani journalists was wonderfully lively and open and instructive. They were energetic and diverse in their opinions. Three of the journalists were women.

The women’s experiences were very different in all respects—family support, manner of dress, and choices in their beats. On the other hand, they experience good relationships with their male peers—and, the males around us agreed that the female journalists also treat them well! The field of journalism has welcomed women only in the last decade or so—but, it’s happened.

IMG_1473There were comments from the journalists that were both sad and inspiring:

“I had to go on a hunger strike to get my father’s support to become a journalist.” – from one of the women.

 “There isn’t a neighborhood in Peshawar that hasn’t been bombed. But people carry on with their lives.”

“I’ve been surprised by the government structure in the U.S. The States have a lot of independence from the Federal Government.”

“I’ve learned how important a civil society is to support a democratic government.”

“There has been some progress in Pakistan. The Supreme Court is now truly independent.”

The journalists were from several parts of Pakistan – Lahore, Quetta, Waziristan, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi. There were five from Peshawar. They were in good humor, teased each other, – just generally fun conversations while learning about the contemporary Pakistan. We talked about safety in all the cities; the consensus apparently is that no one is safe, though some places are less so.IMG_1477

Most of the journalists thought there would be no problems going anyplace in Pakistan except Azad Kashmir and Peshawar; even Quetta was thought to be open to tourists but not journalists.

The Pakistani meal we shared with them was tasty and reminiscent of our earlier days in Pakistan and appreciated by the journalists. They were impressed and a little surprised to meet a group of folks who had experienced Pakistan the way we had.

 

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