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PROJECT NAME: WOMEN CENTER AND WIDOW REHABILITATION PROGRAM
PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Monetary support (monthly stipends) and guidance in healthcare, job training and career development.
YEAR OF PROJECT INITIATION: 2006
LOCATION: Muzzafarabad, Pakistan
CONTACT PERSON: Javed Sultan, sultanj@sarid.net, Rikki Schmidle, rikkischmidle@gmail.com


PROJECT SUMMARY: SARID launched its first Women Center in Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, funded by a generous donation from Arif Muhammad and Sughra Bano.

 

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The event took place at the new learning center and guests included the women and children that the center will be serving. City officials, businessmen, and media also attended. 

The center, unlike many others I have visited, exudes energy. In the marigold yellow computer room, I overheard a conversation between three women.  Amidst laughter they eagerly explained the recent courses that they had finished with the help of SARID.  Nazmeem, who will run the Women’s Center said, “They think that we, the women of Muzaffarabad, can’t do anything after our husbands died.  We will show them what we can do.  We have been working so hard for this.”

SARID has increased its support to the women in Muzzafarabad; since completing the Arif Muhammad and Sughra Bano Center, SARID plans to enable a cooperative network of similar centers for the women affected by last year’s earthquake.

After the ceremony ended, Javed Sultan, founder of SARID and Building Research and Design, Inc. sat with forty widows and exchanged ideas about future projects that SARID might be able to facilitate.  “These are just a few ideas,” he said at one point as they discussed opening a restaurant. “But I want you to think about what you want to do – I will bring in specialists to help you formulate a business plan.” 

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