Sidra Noureen is a 20 year old girl. She is an orphan girl. She lives in a Bangash Colony Pirwadhi, Rawalpindi. She came to visit SPARC’s skill center and got herself registered on 16th March, 2016. She joined the tailoring course at the skill center on May 1st,2016 and she completed her course on June 15th,2016.
Sidra’s father passed away in her early age. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her mother is sick and she has a hearing problem. Sidra’s family doesn’t have money for the treatment of her mother. Sidra’s elder brother is jobless and he is currently searching for a suitable job/work for himself. The two younger siblings of Sidra are in school and now Sidra bears their education expenses. She stitches cloths and she also teaches students in the evening at her home.
Now Sidra started her own work at her home. She stitched cloths and earned Rs.5000. She saved her money and from the savings she wants to buy more sewing machines. She is very passionate to teach other girls at her home on commercial basis. In a follow up meeting with her she revealed like the statement below:
“For good marriage proposals, it benefits girls to be socially and economically empowered. Skills training and education are most important for the better future of the girls, because it will empower me and help me, when I get a marriage proposal to make a contribution to the family decisions.”
Sidra’ s mother shared that now she is very confident about my daughter. She further shared that after the death of her husband only her daughter overlooks all matters in the household. She said that she is very thankful to SPARC’s skills center to provide not only skills training but also provide knowledge about health and hygiene. Sidra shared that the attitude of her relatives and family members has been positive due to these trainings. Now her elder brother and mother discuss the household problems with her. Sidra left her school after passing 10th grade but now she wants to enroll herself in Allama Iqbal Open University for higher studies.
SPARC, has been trying to link her and her family with shop keepers and garment factories to start a business at a higher level.
Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)
Established in 1992, the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) in Pakistan works broadly on a range of child rights issues with special importance to the girl child issues including nearly child marriages and harmful traditional practices, thus addressing the overall system and policy framework combined with service delivery.
SPARC is a partner of GIRLS Inspire working to mobilise skills training for girls and women to prevent child, early and forced marriage.
Learn more about our work in Pakistan here.
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