I CHANGE HER LIFE proudly announces the inauguration of state-of-art vocational training center for females. Based in Mardan, the centre is equipped with latest embroidery and sewing machines and can accommodate up to groups of 300 plus women. The centre reflects stupendous progress in the field of gender development in Pakistan. The Center hopes to cater to women and girls residing in nearby villages and will focus on training, mobilization and capacity building of underprivileged women.
I Change Her Life organized a great Christmas event to show solidarity with the Christian community in Pakistan. The team members joined local Christian community to sing hymns at St. Mary’s & St. Joseph’s church.
A Christmas party was organized for disadvantaged children. The team members distributed candy and gifts among community members. I Change Her Life has been successfully organizing events to send a message of #Peace and #Tolerance for minorities residing in Pakistan.
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I CHANGE HER LIFE is spreading the message of #peace and #tolerance for the #Christian community in #Pakistan! Join us to celebrate the spirit of #Christmas. We will be singing hymns at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lahore, Church of Pakistan and St. Joseph’s Church, Lahore. Our team members will distribute toys and sweets at the end of ceremony. Date: 24, dec 2016. Time: 8.30 – 11.30 pm. Student volunteers can contact us : firstname.lastname@example.org . For donations : please contact us via Facebook.
www.ichangeherlife.comIn Pakistan, the Gender Development Index stand at 147 which is amongst the lowest in the world. Women and girls living in rural areas do not have access to quality education and average age of marriage for females is 15 years. The socio-economic ethos of the society render them vulnerable and target of atrocities such as honor killings, marital rape and child marriages. We provide skill based training programs that focus on capacity building and mobilization of women and girls, thus creating opportunities for underprivileged females to lead fulfilling, happy lives. Most of our trainees live below World Bank poverty index of $2.4 per day. The extra income provides financial support that most women need to send their children to school or break free from abusive environments.
I CHANGE HER LIFE
Social Business Enterprise. The organization has two distinct divisions:
NON- PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT.
The non-profit unit deals with mobilization and capacity building of women and girls living in *underprivileged communities. *(World Poverty Index describes underprivileged as persons living under $2/per day). The non-profit enterprise receives donations from donors to conduct well-executed skill-based training programs based on 5 different modules:
- Embroidery/ stitching
- Computer training
- Management training
- Agriculture/ culinary training
The training program is divided into three parts and lasts for 5 to 6 weeks. At the end of training program, each woman is awarded a certificate of completion and a complementary tool kit.
I Change Her Life closely monitors all aspects of workshops and collects data before and after workshops to measure social impact for research purposes.
The training consists of 2-day induction program conducted by Founder Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz. Induction program covers civic and social responsibilities, hygiene, and healthcare and uses NeuroLinguistic programming AND LIFE COACH TRAINING to create long-term behavioral modifications.
Followed by 4 to 5 weeks of training in groups of 5 to 10 women focused on module of their choice.
Women receive certificates and encouraged to start their own businesses with micro loans or join I Change Her Life sister company ICHL-Studio for relevant work. Most women become activists in their respective communities and help to spread the positive vibe
Data collection is an important part of our non-profit work. Data helps us to understand the needs of communities we are serving and helps us to modify our training programs to suit the needs of women and create greater social impact. We have currently started using PROGRESS OUT OF POVERTY INDEX (PPI) tools and international metrics to measure poverty and create better solutions.
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Shafaq is sharing her story with us:
“I was very young when I got married. I was only about sixteen or seventeen. Before meeting I Change Her Life (www.ichangeherlife.com) community development officers, I never went out of the house. A lot of changes took place after the workshops conducted by I Change Her Life. My friends and I made a group and started working together and talking about our personal problems. We started sharing our embroidery techniques and ideas and from this, we have started earning money. The training we received has taught us how much time we need to spend on different projects and what sewing techniques work best. We can finish work on time and earn $6 OR $8 per hour- this is good income and obviously a benefit!
I had no confidence in my abilities and myself but after getting connected to I Change Her Life, I felt I could challenge myself to achieve my goals. One of my biggest goals was to send my two daughters to school. The community officers really worked with us and gave us faith in our capabilities. We can create social change and also discuss the problems we face. We have a voice in the village.”
Perveen met ‘I Change Her Life’ Case studies community development officers and field specialists during a workshop conducted near her village. She was intrigued and wanted to know more about what ICHL had to offer. She convinced her friend to attend the skill-development workshop and ended up being a part of ICHL project.
Parveen is a skilled, hard-working 38-year-old single woman. She has sacrificed her happiness for her family. She is an orphan and after her father’s death, she started supporting her family financially. She is their only breadwinner. She shouldered the responsibility of looking after her entire clan. Hence, her life took a backseat.
Parveen wants to establish a vocational center, but currently, she is facing a major hurdle. She is living in a 2 bedroom house one of which is occupied by her elder brother and his family. She cannot utilize her house as a center.
She wants to earn money as well as train other girls on embroidery and stitching on low payments especially for those who cannot afford high dues.
HOW SHE IS CHANGING HER LIFE
She is skilled in stitching and hand embroidery. She does embroidery and stitching on low payments but struggles a lot for supporting her family.
ICHL is supporting her by providing sufficient cash for work. She is very happy as she considers ICHL as a source of encouragement and a hope for her.