Khalida is 24 years old. She has 4 sisters and 3 brothers at home. She left her school in class 9th and didn’t completed her matriculation due to financial condition of her family. Her father is a labourer and the family is living from hand to mouth.
She came to the SPARC’s Centre for Street Children (CSC) in Rawalpindi on 12th August 2016 and got herself registered. She wanted to learn some productive and positive skills and help her family. By the 15th August, she joined the tailoring course.
Khalida is doing her vocational courses in sewing, cutting, tailoring and stitching. She gets the opportunity to learn and work. She also enrolled in lessons on Life-Skills Based Education (LSBE).
Khalida initially had a low level of confidence and self-esteem. The psychologist at SPARC conducted many sessions with her and tried hard to boost her level of confidence. She engaged her in group activities. She was encouraged to participate in class and group discussions. After consistent counseling sessions, Khalida became active in class and became passionate about her work. She observed the things in a positive manner. Her vision of life is broader and has the confidence to deal with her inner conflicts.
Khalida will now complete her skills course on 30th Sep. She has learned much about tailoring and now very active in class activities and discussions. Even skill trainers have observed change in her behavior. She knows that now, she is empowered and ready to lead the positive life.
Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)
Partnered with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) works to improve sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged young women and girls in underprivileged communities in Pakistan.
By promoting employment oriented skills, using women groups as platforms for awareness raising, collaborating with training institutes to strengthen training placement opportunities and linking with micro-financing schemes, the partnership aims to provide enabling conditions for women and girls’ economic empowerment in Pakistan.