Discover: YOUR DIL Projects
Even though all money raised by YOUR DIL is contributed to DIL, YOUR DIL guides DIL on the use of these funds and has supported three of DIL’s schools in Orangi, Mansehra, and Chatro over the last few years. Starting in 2009, YOUR DIL has committed to the construction of 2 new schools and will “adopt” 2 new schools to operate in Dir and Baluchistan. All remaining proceeds generated will continue to be contributed to teacher training and curriculum development in a centralized fashion.
In 2005, YOUR DIL first sponsored the DIL Nation School in Ittehad Town in Orangi, which is a town in the outskirts of Karachi in Southern Pakistan. Orangi is known as the largest slum in Asia. The school was originally established in 2001 in this area because literacy rates are below 30% in some of these villages in Orangi. Currently, there are 2,894 students are enrolled in 21 total DIL schools in the Orangi area.
The school sponsored by YOUR DIL, The Nation School in Orangi, has 249 students enrolled in grades nursery through eleven. The effort in Orangi has helped raise the literacy of the township to 70%. A portion of YOUR DIL’s annual fundraising proceeds go toward operating the DIL Nation School and continuing the success so far in the region.
In 2006, YOUR DIL committed to building and supporting a new model school in Mansehra, NWFP, which was one the areas most affected by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 in Pakistan. Over 75,000 people died, almost 20,000 of whom were children and initially over 3 million people were left homeless. Relief groups estimate that 8,000 – 10,000 schools were destroyed in the impact. With the lowest rate of female literacy in the country before the earthquake (estimated between 8% - 15% for the region), the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) could not afford to lose more educational resources.
Relief groups estimate that 75K people died and 8K-10K schools were destroyed in the 2005 earthquake. North West Frontier Province already had the lowest rate of female literacy in the country before the earthquake (estimated between 8-15% for the region). As a permanent solution DIL committed to build 2 schools in Mansehra, one of the hardest hit cities. Each school cost $100K over three years, half of which was for the earthquake-proof structure and the other half of which was for initial operating expenses. Currently, at the YOUR DIL sponsored school, Maidan in Mansehra, there are 160 students are enrolled. A portion of YOUR DIL’s annual fundraising proceeds go toward operating the Maidan School.
In 2008 YOUR DIL committed to help build a school in Chatro, a small village in the outskirts of the capital city of Islamabad because of growing demands for education in the region. DIL was forced to build a school large enough to meet the growing demands of the region. Construction on the Chatro project was recently completed in early August 2009. Chatro started with 14 students aged 4 years enrolled in KG at the residence of the head teacher. Currently, 78 students are enrolled in Chatro. To accommodate the increased number of students the mother of the head teacher had originally provided two more rooms for the children to sit in temporarily. The school has now been moved into the official building.
Miscellaneous Spend and New Projects
Other than supporting the three schools aforementioned in the previous years, every year the remaining dollars were spent on teacher training and curriculum development for DIL in line with YOUR DIL’s objective of increasing the quality of teaching at DIL schools.
Furthermore, given the record fundraising year YOUR DIL had in 2008, the organization is committed to expanding the use of its funds for additional schools while also focusing on the improvement in quality of the education offered by DIL. YOUR DIL has committed to the construction of 2 new schools, one outside Islamabad and the other outside Karachi. Furthermore, YOUR DIL will also adopt 2 new schools to operate in Dir and Baluchistan. All remaining proceeds generated will be contributed to teacher training and curriculum development.