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MGYW Annual Banquet 2021

Pakistani-American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) recently held a successful annual luncheon banquet in a local hotel. The program was emceed by Tasneem Afzal and Dr. Sana Kamdar. Young Adam Jandga opened the program with Qirat. The program included overview of MGYW’s almost one dozen projects throughout Pakistan presented by Dr. Farhana Mohamed. Continuing with the tradition, this year MGYW presented empowerment awards for Outstanding Creativity to Film Maker Iram Parveen Bilal and Director/Writer Lena Khan. There was also Video presentation of their accomplishments The inspirational keynote address at the banquet was delivered by Dr. Sana U. Khan, followed by impressive speeches by Consul General Dr. Abdul Jabbar Memon. Artesia City Mayor Ali Sajjad Taj.

Since 2000, MGYW has been successfully providing sustained educational opportunities to thousands of young women belonging to impoverished families in urban and rural areas of Pakistan. MGYW works with several reputable non-profit schools & local activists with an impressive network of about 24,000 students. It also invests in schools’ infrastructure projects & supports operational needs. So far MGYW has supported education directly or indirectly of over 10,000 girls – many girls have graduated & are now gainfully employed as well as positively influencing their families. MGYW has been commended repeatedly for “its exemplary work in the field of female education and social uplifting in Pakistan”. The program included enchanting musical performance by Abdul Bihar Afghani. Raffle prizes were also distributed. The Board Members that made the program a huge success included Tasneem Afzal , Abida Ahmed, Bilquis Haider, Dr. Bina Kamdar, Dr. Farhana Mohamed and Zeenat Jandga. Dr. Aysha Jabbar (Atlanta) and Zille Huma Zaman (Dallas) also provided support. Young volunteers included Alina Ahmed, Ambreen Mohamed, Osman Mohamed, and Sana Kamdar.

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MGYW Pakistan Celebrates National Events

MGYW (Merit Grant For Young Women) of Pakistan organized an event on September 12th on the occasion of August 14th Independence Day of Pakistan and July 4th Independence Day of USA (where MGYW was founded) which was held at Marriott Hotel Karachi organized by MGYW Office Holders and Volunteers. Quite a few MGYW scholars and their parents showed up. Young students expressed their appreciation for their country with interesting speeches and poems. The program concluded with national anthem recital by all participants. The event was full of fun and joy with all together - it was a wonderful program. Special transportation arrangements were made to facilitate kids and families. The program concluded with refreshments. A big round of applause to Shazia Hussain, Anum Rehman, Swaleha Khan, Kashish Khan, Mashoora Hussain, and others for bringing together MGYW scholars from all nooks and corners of Karachi to celebrate with pride.
Reported by Anum Rehman; posted by Jason Chau

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Nagar Fort School

MGYW donated ten computers to Nagar Fort School (NFS). They are now properly installed for use by students. There is a computer instructor to coach students to take full advantage of computers in the remotely located NFS. Most households lack computers.

Nagar Fort School

MGYW provides supports Nagar Fort School, KPK for education of girls from low income families. The school just opened while keeping physical distance and following other safety guidelines. The children were provided with
Eid ul Adha gifts due to generosity of MGYW donors. MGYW is grateful to all the donors who continue to provide well needed support to needy children.

Haripur Education Project

MGYW is facilitating education of about 180 girls (beginning 2020) from the Haripur District of Hazara Division

in KPK Province of Pakistan by sponsoring the transportation expenses of these girls from their village homes to Haripur high school.

The students are transported via Suzuki vans from Ratta Banna and Karwala Villages to the Bagra Government Girls High School located at a distance of around eight kilometers. MGYW has staffed a coordinator in the villages who follows up on performance of students and overseas tutoring from trained and qualified teachers for all girls enrolled in the MGYW Haripur Project. This has resulted in significant improvement in girls performance. MGYW has also provided uniforms for all girls. Recently, four girls who were academic position holders in their classes were provided school bags and notebooks in a small safe event to control spread of COVID-19.

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MGYW-Sponsored Computer Lab at Nagar Fort School

Pakistani American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) sponsored setup of computer lab at Nagar Fort School, Chitral, KPK. This lab will strive to reduce the "digital divide" which lowers economic opportunities for children at Nagar Fort School from low-income families.

MGYW Annual Banquet 2019

On August 4, 2019, Pakistani-American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) held a successful annual banquet. The program included overview of MGYW’s almost one dozen projects throughout Pakistan. This year MGYW presented empowerment award to Irvine City Councilwoman Farrah Khan for her brilliant public service. She is the first Pakistani American woman to get elected as council member of a major city. She was presented the award by the Deputy Consul General of Pakistan Shoaib Sarwar and last year’s empowerment award recipient Dr. Shamim Ibrahim. The inspirational keynote address at the banquet was delivered by Dr. Sana U. Khan. Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj and Consul Sarwar also made brief presentations about importance of education in positively impacting underprivileged young women, especially in Paksitan.
Since 2000, MGYW has been successfully providing sustained educational opportunities to thousands of young women belonging to impoverished families in urban and rural areas of Pakistan. MGYW works with several reputable non-profit schools & local activists with an impressive network of about 24,000 students.  It also invests in schools’ infrastructure projects & supports operational needs. So far MGYW has supported education directly or indirectly of over 10,000 girls – many girls have graduated & are now gainfully employed as well as positively influencing their families. MGYW has been commended repeatedly for “its exemplary work in the field of female education and social uplifting in Pakistan”.
The program included musical performance by Imtiaz Khan. The Board Members that made the program a huge success included Tasneem Afzal , Abida Ahmed,  Bilquis Haider, Dr. Bina Kamdar,  Dr. Farhana Mohamed , Zeenat Jandga, and Zille Huma Zaman . MGYW’s special thanks to young Adam Jandga for opening the program with Qirat.

MGYW Annual Banquet 2018