Shahina Aftab Foundation--- A chance at life

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A global foundation for women where we cater for two kind of women:

1. Bottom of pyramid--- Women that earn less than a dollar a day and are the poorest of the poor. They need money for basic necessities of life. In most cases these women are semi-skilled or unskilled. We are setting up systems to provide these women technical training, allowing them to set up small enterprises. To show case and market their products and to earn. This means the difference between life and death, between having food on their plate or starving and between sending their kids to school or letting them become child labrours.

2. Educated Women---- A growing number of educated skilled women in Pakistan that left job to settle in life. Speaking to thousands of them we find them energetic and ethusatic who have dreams and goals in life. They want to do something with it. To channel their energies in a positive manner to make a difference.

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Shahina Aftab Foundation--- A chance at life

  1. 1. “A chance at life” <br />Shahina Aftab Foundation<br />
  2. 2. Every single minute, hundreds of women in Pakistan are denied the opportunity to health care, education, employment & sometimes life.<br />
  3. 3. Vision<br /> To provide women “a chance at life”through technical training for income-generating projects so they have access to necessities of life & can live the life of their dreams.<br />
  4. 4. Formal Organization<br />Shahina Aftab Foundation (SAF) formally started operations in 2010 as an answer to over 500 distress cries of help from desperate & desolate women & their families.<br />These were cries for help for lighting their stoves, sending children to school, and basic health care. Other desperate calls were from educated women who after getting married could not be part of work force because of family needs but wanted to work. <br />SAF believes the answer lies in income generating activities! <br />
  5. 5. Mission <br /> Answering 5,000+ distress cries of helpfor health care, education & income generation<br /> Helping BOP* women setup their business to keep their stove burning everyday<br /> Promoting & Marketing handicrafts and products of BOP women to generate funds for them.<br /> Providing educated women in Pakistan opportunities to set up small businesses with flexi-work hours allowing them to work from HOME<br />*BOP= Income less than $ 1/ day<br /> “poorest of poor”<br />
  6. 6. Our Work<br />Having worked in various capacities in the public, private and non profit organizations, between them the founders have 50 years of diversified experiencein helping women & children get access to education, health services & income generating activities.<br />
  7. 7. Bonded Labor BOP Working Women<br />Women in Pakistan<br />do not earn enough to meet EVEN nutritious needs hence other basic needs are far away from their approach. <br />All the women who earn between Rs.( 0-4000) should be considered as poor because of ballooned price hikes of daily use commodities and consumption. <br />Source: SPDC<br />
  8. 8. Working Statistics<br />State Bank estimates…<br />27 million (17%) live below $1/day <br />116 million (73%) live below $2/day. <br />This population is assumed to be poor whereas rising inflation in Pakistan leads to further increasing number of people in this category. <br />Share of women in employment is 17%<br />8% of urban Pakistan <br />17% employed from rural Pakistan<br />67.4% women in agricultural <br />15.8% involved in services.<br /> (Source: SPDC)<br />
  9. 9. Child Labor <br />Many private organizations have estimated …<br />8 to 19 million child laborers in Pakistan<br />Federal Bureau of Statistics identified <br />Age of a child: 5-14 years<br />Number of Children : 40 million in Pakistan<br />In many cases, the parents cannot afford education for their children. Statistics show that most child laborers go on to have children that do not attend school and the cycle of poverty continues. <br />
  10. 10. Income Generation<br />GOAL: Providing women a chance at life through technical trainings for setting up small businesses, showcasing their products & micro-franchising .<br />Income Generation through:<br />- Technical Training<br />- Show casing of products<br />- Micro Franchising<br />- Women Cluster Centers<br />
  11. 11. SOHO Shops<br />GOAL: Providing educated women a chance at life to set up Small Office Home Office (SOHO) where they use their education and skill set to reach their dreams and contribute to the society!<br />Setting Small Business through:<br />- Technical Training<br />- Marketing of Business<br />- Reaching Customers<br />- Building a network<br />
  12. 12. Maternal Health<br />Is child birth a death sentence?<br />Pakistan--- we are losing a mother for every 89 child births.<br />Absolute number : 10,400 maternal deaths/year.<br />Balochistan, 785 deaths/100,000 live births (triple the national rate)<br />85% of these deaths are preventable!<br />
  13. 13. Children Health<br />The infant mortality rate for Pakistan is 77/ 1,000 live births<br />Mortality rate for children under age 5 = 97. <br />2 million children of less than 5 years of age die of pneumonia. Similar number die of diarrhea every year<br /> Together these account for 22% of child death in Pakistan <br />Malaria kills nearly 1 million children/ year.<br />
  14. 14. State of Health ServicesPakistan <br /> 2007 Official Data highlights<br />85 physicians for every 100,000 persons in<br />One doctor for 1,225 people.<br />Only 62,000 nurses all over Pakistan <br />
  15. 15. Health Care Services<br />Health Centre Services through<br />Medical Camps<br />Maternal Health Services<br />Child Health Units <br />Women Health Officers<br />Nurses<br />Lady Health Workers<br />
  16. 16. Dowry & Weddings <br />A “dowry” is property/ house hold items a woman brings to her husband at marriage.<br />UNICEF has reported that women with bridal dowries deemed too small have been abused, beaten & even murdered by in-laws. <br />Dowry deaths or disfigurement by burning or acid are reported in Pakistan <br />
  17. 17. Sponsor a weddingGive a girl, a gift of new life<br />GOAL: Enabling women of marriageable to start a “new” life with dignity & care. Preventing child marriages and traditions as wattasatta.<br />We support by arranging : <br /><ul><li>Mass weddings for poor people
  18. 18. Getting basic necessities for brides
  19. 19. Income generating activities to </li></ul> support household.<br />
  20. 20. Experiences<br /><ul><li> 10 years of operating various Women & Child Centers focusing on health care and education for the poorest of the poor.
  21. 21. 5 years of experiences of providing access to credit to educated women to set up their own small business to reach their dreams.
  22. 22. Projects spreading over 3 years to provide access to credit for the bottom-of-pyramid women. These projects reached 6,000 women in over 614 villages.</li></li></ul><li>Our Areas of Operation<br />Punjab<br />Women & Child Center, Rawalpindi<br />Employment Centre, Fasialabad<br />Women Employment, Bobari<br />Financial & Business Center for Women, Islamabad<br />Baluchistan<br />Women Center, Quetta<br />Sind<br />Women Center, Karachi<br />NWFP<br />Women Center, Peshawar<br />
  23. 23. Planned PartnershipsYou are only as strong as your weakest link<br />Powered by linkages with Donor Bodies, Government & Private Sector to provide BOP women & children <br /> “A chance at life”<br /> Give a chance at life women. Become a part of Shahina Aftab Foundation!<br />
  24. 24. Join NowOrdinary people, extra-ordinary results!<br />“I salute your work…” <br /> Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO Acumen Fund<br />Memberships forms are available through email request. Write to:<br />ceo.saf@gmail.com<br />Mailing Address:<br /> Apt#209, Golden Heights,<br /> F-11/1, Islamabad, 44000,<br /> Pakistan<br />

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