Poverty Alleviation Through Vocational Training

HOPE’s strategy for long term women’s empowerment is twofold: education and vocational training.

It is vividly recognized that women's empowerment is essential for sustainable economic growth and reduction of poverty in developing countries.

We begin at a grassroots level in underserved communities and methodically use strategies to eliminate the barriers to education children (especially females) face in Pakistan.

After obtaining a solid education, young adults are guided into vocational training programs that prepare them for the private sector, entrepreneurship opportunities, or careers with HOPE. 

HOPE for the Future

HOPE's Six Vocational Centers in Pakistan:
HOPE Vocational Center Zia Colony

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Zia Colony (Karachi) – Zia Colony’s vocational center was established in 2011.  Young women and girls are taught computer skills or textile design.  In 2017, a total of 321 students were served in this center. 

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HOPE Vocational Center Bilal Colony

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Bilal Colony is HOPE’s newest vocational center and was built in 2017 with generous funding from IDRF Canada.  Computer and English language skills are taught at this facility.  In 2017, 128 students were served.  

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HOPE Vocational Center Thatta

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Rural Thatta is located approximately 62 miles from Karachi and has a population of 225,000.  HOPE has a strong presence in Thatta via the establishment of a hospital (213,000 patients treated in 2017), community center, formal school (340 students), informal schools, and a vocational center.


HOPE’s vocational center in Thatta was established in 2011.  It features computer classes and textile design courses.  In 2017, 223 students received training at this location.

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HOPE Vocational Center Badin

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Khowra Chowk (Badin) is an agricultural district approximately 112 miles from Karachi.   This community is still recovering from the widespread devastation caused by the 2011 monsoon season.  HOPE provided emergency relief during the floods to over 2,000 individuals and also has a presence in Khowra Chowk via informal schools and a vocational center.  The vocational center served 245 students in 2017, 80 percent of whom were females.

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HOPE Vocational Center Muzaffargarh

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Muzaffargarh is located in the southwestern Punjab province of Pakistan with a population of 250,000.  A HOPE formal school with 320 students is established in Muzaffargarh and is the only educational facility within miles.  In addition to an educational facility, the HOPE formal school serves as a vocational training center to students.  In 2017, the vocational center in Muzaffargarh served 195 students, 80 percent of whom were females.

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HOPE Vocational Center Sujawal

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Sujawal is located 125 miles from Karachi and is densely populated with 800,000 people.  HOPE operates a hospital in Sujawal which sees over 67,000 patients per year.  Additionally, a vocational center serves 248 students per year, 80 percent of whom are females.  The hospital and vocational center in Sujawal are considered to be two of HOPE’s most beneficial projects because they reach a population which is severely underserved.  

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