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Vehari Project, Pakistan

Our project in Pakistan improved school infrastructure in primary schools across the Vehari District, giving more children the chance to access education. 

Washing facilities to improve hygiene practices
Children in Pakistan

The Education Situation in Pakistan

25 million children in Pakistan do not get education – of that, three million children will never attend a single lesson. Official education statistics paint a desperate picture, especially for girls. The overall literacy rate is 46%, while only 26% of girls are literate.

In the Vehari District, children often have to sit outside for lessons in extremes of heat, cold and rain. There are no boundary walls around the schools and children, especially girls, are hesitant to attend school for fear of their safety – exemplified by the shooting of Malala Yousafzai.

There are few toilets at schools, which also makes it difficult for girls to attend.

What's planned for the project

  • Classroom construction in seven primary schools to provide protected learning space for children.
  • Construction/replacement and raising the boundary walls in two girls' elementary schools – protecting 600 girls and the school belongings during school times and creating opportunities for girls to play and participate in outdoor activities openly and freely.
  • Repair of toilet blocks in 20 schools (piping for water and sanitation, provision of electric water pumps, new bore holes, water tanks, taps, construction of septic tanks, installation of wash basins, repair of floors, plastering and pointing, weather shielding and distempering).

Project beneficiaries:

  • 4650 girls and boys in 20 schools will directly benefit from the infrastructure, water sanitation, and improved classroom and school environment.
  • 500 girls and boys will benefit from appropriate space in classrooms.
  • 33 teachers and head teachers in the 11 target schools will benefit from the improved school infrastructure and environment.
  • 4650 families/parents of the school children and 11 communities will be the indirect beneficiaries of improved hygiene practices.

Cost of project (over one year)

US $200,229