Locusts, polio, poverty and marginalisation… and now the pandemic leaving students without education
“If the hostel closes I will never be able to return to school to complete my education” student, Mirpurkhas hostel
Anglican Missions is partnering with the Diocese of Christchurch and NZCMS with this specific appeal to support the now unfunded hostel at Mirpurkhas, a mission of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Funds raised will ensure the Mirpurkhas hostel can remain open, enabling marginalised students from remote rural areas to complete their final years of high-school education. Without funds the hostel will not be able to re-open once the government lifts Covid -19 lockdown restrictions. While the hostel is due to re-open in September, key funders have pulled out because of Covid19. If the hostel doesn’t re-open, current students will not be able to complete their studies. The plan is to raise sufficient funds to enable the hostel to stay open for 8 months from September through to April 2021 (the end of the academic year and exams). This will give the Diocese of Hyderabad time to explore new funding sources.
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Hostel benefits: The Diocesan hostel programme supports children from marginalised rural backgrounds, allowing them to access education, something many of their parents were not able to do; and to learn life, leadership and vocational skills, and become more resilient, multi lingual and resourceful. Former students have gone on to be leaders in their villages, communities and church.
Not being able to continue their education at the hostel would be life-changing for them.
Life in this rural area: Bonded labour is still common. Health issues such as polio and TB, malnutrition and measles are challenges these communities face. Waves of locust plagues this year have devastated crops, meaning food shortages are likely. Crops were also not fully harvested this year because of the Covid lockdown and associated travel restrictions. Opportunities for jobs are limited and the Covid 19 pandemic has made life even more insecure for these rural villagers. Accommodation at the hostel enables students to come from remote rural areas to obtain an education.
Support background: The hostel is an enterprise of the Diocese of Hyderabad. The Christchurch Diocese here in NZ has had links with the Diocese of Hyderabad for a long time with a Cantabrian currently working alongside the Diocese. Hyderabad Diocese, led by Bishop Kaleem, has asked for help from Christchurch Diocese to ensure the hostel does not have to shut.
Bishop Kaleem is extremely grateful for our support during this difficult time.
The funds will provide:
Hostel Student Nutrition: Research shows malnutrition is a major issue in the areas these boys come from. Providing students with good nutrition is an important aspect of hostel life and is an important foundation for the day’s studies and activities. Funds will provide three meals a day for the students. Six monthly height and weight checks are carried out along with annual medicals to monitor health and progress.
Life Skills and Leadership Development: These village boys come from families with minimal resources, families often working as bonded labourers, are orphaned, or have no higher level school facilities in their remote rural locations. Through coming to the hostel these students receive training in life skills to empower them to have better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.There is a student council and a regular programme of sports and social activities. What the students learn they also offer as training to others, including to local schools and their own villages in their holidays. A small laptop lab has been developed which gives the boys a chance to develop basic computer skills.
Educational Expenses: Living in the hostel gives these students access to a holistic education (grades 9-12) and helps with educational costs that include school/college fees, textbooks, stationery, tuition support and exam fees. Education for these boys opens many future opportunities.
Funds will also buy soap, masks and huge quantities of sanitising materials!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The price of…
1 flat white ($4.50) will provide breakfast for one day for everyone at the hostel
1 Big Mac combo ($12) will provide one student’s food for two weeks
2 Big Mac combos ($24) will provide food one student’s food for a whole month
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