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Case Study: Jado Kalhoro Village Gets a School

 

Jado Kalhoro, a small village of about 300 people, is located approximately 600 km North of Karachi. Some elders of the village maintain that almost two generations of their people have remained ignorant and illiterate resulting in poverty, bad hygienic conditions and social disintegration through petty disputes. Their economic condition has gone from bad to worse, as they are not making use of modern technology and methods to get ahead in their ancestral profession of farming.


Understanding their problem, in 1991, after much appeal, the community fi nally received approval from the government to have a primary school built in their village. Because there were no educated people in the village, a teacher was hired from the nearest city which is located 25km away! After 3 years, the teacher requested transfer, which resulted in the school shutting down. The school remained closed for the next 12 years (from 1995 to 2007).


In 2007, Hidaya expanded its Support a School Project to adopt 5 government primary schools in the Shikarpur District, including this school in Jado Kalhoro.


When Hidaya took over the school, the building was damaged and one community member had taken the facility as a storage place for corn crops from his field. Hidaya’s team faced two major challenges after adoption of this school:
1) Repairing the school building, which according to Hidaya’s agreement with the district education department, is the responsibility of District Government Shikarpur.
2) Get the school building freed from the community member unlawfully using it.

 

With the blessings of Allah, persistence of Hidaya’s team, and help from influential members in the community, the building was freed, repaired and the school was restored to session on March 17, 2008.


A local member of the village was appointed and trained by Hidaya’s education team to serve as a teacher in the school to avoid the same problems of the past.


Currently, 40 students (29 boys and 11 girls all in Grade 1) are enrolled in the school. The villagers are extremely happy with the re-opening of the school in their village. They are very cooperative and supportive of each and every activity related to school, because Insha’Allah (God-Willing) this time it will stay open and change the destiny of their community. Each school Hidaya is re-opening has a story of its own.

 

 

 

Sitara-e-Isaar Awarded to Hidaya Foundation

The sister organization of Hidaya Trust, Hidaya Foundation was awarded Sitara-i-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice) by the Government of Pakistan, in recognition of the results-oriented relief efforts of both the organizations during the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. It was awarded during a special ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC.

In Keeping with our commitment to the communities in which Hidaya Trust operates, it hires its work force as an equal opportunity employer.  It means that employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and not on race, color, status in the society, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed and marital status.