SPARC’s Success story.
By: Fatima Nasir Raja
Nadia a 21 year old from Peshawar KP joined SPARC’s Centre for Street Children (CSC) in March 2016. Nadia had only attained primary education due to lack of resources. While talking to SPARC, Nadia stated that her parents really wanted for her to study further but couldn’t afford it. “As a child I didn’t mind dropping out of school. I always found my teachers unnecessarily strict and burdening. I now understand the implications of it…”, she said.
Like many households in Pakistan, Nadia started working at a very early age to contribute to the family’s succor. She started with domestic-maid work, which she described as ‘cruel’.
“Employers pay you too less and make you work around the clock as you live with them. They’d pay me even lower as I was uneducated”, she said.
Coming to SPARC’s Center, Nadia was enrolled into a 2 months course during which she learned tailoring and curtain making. Nadia proved to be a very quick learned and very particular with her work. ‘I learnt about the center through a friend. After my course, I started taking orders for stitching and designing. I also make curtains and uniforms for private schools’.
Nadia has maintained a steady demand for her services. In her spare time she comes to our center to help other women with their vocational training.
“I can never repay what the center has given me – I pray for all the women in the center from my heart.”
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.
Photo credit: Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child