Estimates of poverty in Pakistan range anywhere from 25 percent to almost 40 percent. Health indicators suggest that it is the lack of accessible healthcare — not terrorism, drones or the energy crisis — that is the greatest adversity facing Pakistan. Additionally, in a country where 60 percent of youth are illiterate and only 1 in 3 women can read and write, education becomes a scarce commodity which inhibits freedom from poverty.
HOPE USA’s mission is to end poverty in Pakistan through a calculated, multi-pronged interventional approach which focuses on Healthcare, Education, Vocational Training, Clean Water, and Disaster Relief.
Pakistan's recent floods have had an adverse effect on the lives of those already living in poverty in Pakistan.
Specifically with regards to the blow on education standards, UK's The Telegraph interviewed HOPE Pakistan’s founder and chairperson, Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla:
“The year had barely started this year and then we had the flooding. Even in schools that were not totally destroyed, we need to replace the desks, blackboards and school furniture,” said Mubina Agboatwalla, chairperson of Health Oriented Preventive Education, a Pakistani NGO working to improve the lives of the country’s poor.
“To be very frank, I don’t think schools will start functioning in the flood affected areas for at least six months.”
“Education is just nowhere in the picture right now,” said Ms Agboatwalla. “The concentration right now is on how to get food to flood affected areas and to feed people and provide emergency treatment for illnesses.”
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The HOPE USA Team