1.2 million Parkari people live in south-east Pakistan, where they are considered untouchables. Most of them lack clean water and have no health or educational services. More than 95% of men and 99% of women are illiterate. But the Parkari Community Development Programme is helping the Parkari to take control of their own development.
In 75 schools more than 2000 children are receiving an education in their mother tongue. Nearly a third of these children are girls. More than 750 adults have received training at 37 educational centers. More than 200 women have been trained as midwives; nearly 500 people have been trained in tailoring.
The total cost of this project in 2014 is 311,500 euros and more than 95% of the funds have already been provided. Our partner Wycliffe Norway is able to access generous funding from the Norwegian government, with only a small amount of funding still needed. SIL LEAD desires to support Wycliffe Norway so that they can fully fund the Parkari Community Development Programme for this year. Please consider helping us meet our $15,000 goal before the end of December. Click here to take action. This is one of two needs that we are featuring this year. Stay tuned for news about the other project -- multilingual education in the Papua region of Indonesia.
You can see a brief video about this project here.