PPR unit conducted an event in which two women leaders from Balochistan were invited to share their experiences at PPAF premises Islamabad. PPAF paid tribute to two activists Asyah Nasir and Saleha bibi for becoming a role model in villages by assisting the poor and deserving people to avail livelihood opportunities, get education and access to health facilities. The session was organized by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) on May 16, 2018 to share achievements made under the Programme for Poverty Reduction (PPR).
Addressing the session, Secretary Education Balochistan Noor ul Haq Baloch said both Asyah Nasir and Saleha Bibi was a role model for social activists who were working for empowerment of the under-privileged segments of society in Balochistan. He underlined the need for community involvement in improving educational facilities in the province. The government was working to enhance the community role in the education sector by setting up Parents-teachers meeting committees (PTMCs) in schools. “The community involvement is imperative for bringing a change in the society,” he added. He said the government had planned to establish 500 community schools in phases to end illiteracy in the province.
Saleha Bibi, a resident of Lasbela District and Vice President of Local Support Organization, said all 55 households of her village were poor with a little access to education, health and other facilities. Women were particularly the most deprived in the rural areas, unaware of their basic rights and in negligible role in decision-making, she added.
Saleha said that she made untiring efforts to create awareness among the women of her area about their social rights. She got training under the social mobilization component of PPR, which helped her convincing the village women to make efforts for their own uplift and that of the people in their surroundings. Asyha Nasir, another braved woman who migrated from Turbat to the port city of Gwadar said that she left her job with Pakistan Navy to teach the children of her area. She established a school in the in her village with enrollment of 20 students, whose number had now grown to 115 students. She said that PPR had played an important role in that regard. She also provided midwife services, besides taking part in other projects related to women development. In the end secretary education gave souvenirs and cash prizes to Asyah Nasir and Saleha bibi for their services towards women empowerment. CEO PPAF and SGH-Grants appreciated the two women leaders. Shields and cash award was presented to women leaders in the end.
Asyah and Saleha Bibi thanked PPR team for inviting them to Islamabad. For the first time, they travelled to Islamabad by air and all alone. It was a wonderful experience as their flight got delayed and they had to wait for three hours at airport. The airport was new but they managed to locate the hotel car and reached hotel safely.