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Location: Khyber, Pakistan

Website: www.ecdbridges.org
Program Established: 2009
# of Children: 120 Ages Served: 3-7
Immediate Needs:
  1. Montessori materials new or used in good condition for sensorial, math and language.
  2. Donations to fund teacher training.
  3. Funds to convert current early childhood centres into Montessori environments.
  4. Children’s books.

Volunteer Support: Yes
Contact Person: Annie Rupani
Contact Information: annierupani@gmail.com

Umeed in Urdu means hope. The Rupani Foundation has launched a range of developmental programs to empower the community driven initiatives that aim to address the needs of the underprivileged in Pakistan. In 2009 the Rupani Foundation established a Montessori School called Umeed in the Khyber Village of Sindh. The school offers high quality Montessori education in a rural village where early childhood education did not exist. Most schools in Pakistan start at age 6 or 7 and the focus is primarily on learning to read and write. Young children are generally kept at home. We have created an environment where these young children, ages 3 – 7, can learn in a nurturing environment that fosters their independence and allows them to reach their full potential. We work closely with the parents to help them understand the importance of these first years in a child’s life.

This project aims to liberate the community from the vicious cycle of poverty and enable them to substantially contribute to the socioeconomic uplifting of their families and the community at large.

We plan to introduce a new educational model that will bridge the gap between rural and urban populations and convert current Early Childhood Development centers to Montessori classrooms. Local village women are receiving Montessori training and professional development and some who were previously limited to household chores are now working as a teacher’s assistant.

This is a grass roots effort and already there is a significant and observable change in the mindset and lifestyle of the village and surrounding area. One of our overall objectives is to create HOPE for the rural underprivileged by using education as a tool to overcome the poverty cycle. We hope you will join us in supporting this important work.


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