You can dream it you can do it

Dadu: July, 2014: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Getting an employment at the same beauty parlor she received the training from, Rozeena is now able to earn enough to support herself and her family.

Extreme poverty and lack of resources force marginalized youth especially females in rural Sindh, from accessing an education which sucks them up into menial low paid jobs or unproductive household chores that perpetuates the vicious poverty cycle they are in from generations.

Rozeena 23, is a typical young girl who had a dream of becoming a beautician but she had to abandon her studies after passing 10th grade because her father, the only bread winner for the family of 9, could not support her education any more, in a remote village Gul Hassan Panwar, some 18 Km east of Dadu in Sindh province of Pakistan.

“After leaving the school I used to work in the fields to help my family and had no hope to fulfill my dream” recalls Rozeena.

In early November last year, when the Research and Development Foundation(RDF) social mobilization team outreached, Gul Hassan Panhwar village and held an awareness raising session about the Oxfam Novib’s European Union funded TVET project. Rozeena attended the session and received a pamphlet on TVET courses. She saw it as an exciting opportunity to set herself up and quickly seized the opportunity.

She visited the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Dadu with a friend and after speaking to the counseling staff she got herself enrolled for the beautician training course.

Rozeena attended basic preparatory course for two months at the LRC Dadu, and improved upon her basic education and knowledge. After completing basic preparatory course, she went on to attend a 4 months beautician course at Rockford Beauty Parlor in Dadu City to gain knowledge and skills to become a beautician. She was one of the best students in the batch and was soon offered a job at the same parlor.

We don’t have television in our home so I watch beauty programs at my uncle’s home which helps me further improve my skills.

Having realized her dream, she plans to be a successful beautician by establishing her own beauty parlor.

I have purchased some cosmetics and provide makeup services to customers in my village, although they are few and don’t pay me well but I don’t mind that and would like to use low charges as a strategy to expand my client base. Sooner or later I will open up my own set up which will help me lure them to my parlor. She said.

I am very happy to have become an earning member for my family in spite of being a female “My younger brothers now come to me when in need of money, I will soon admit them to a school in Dadu”, I urge other girls like me to pursue their dreams and become economically empowered to contribute towards their family’s incomes, she remarked.

Oxfam Novib with co-financing of European Commission partnership with RDF, IRC and BFW is implementing “Enhancing Quality & Access to Technical & Vocational Education for Employability (EQUATE) project at a cost of 3, 120,397 Euros to improve accessibility to TVET leading to professional employment of marginalized communities in the three districts i.e. Khairpur Mir’s, Dadu and Jamshoro of Sindh province of Pakistan.

Fact Box

Oxfam Novib Project

EQUATE – Enhancing Quality and Access to Technical and Vocational Education

Contributions and Aim:
Oxfam Novib with co-financing of European Union and in partnership with Research and Development Foundation, Indus Resource Centre and Butterfly Works is implementing the EQUATE project in three districts iof Sindh province in Pakistan, namely. Khairpur, Dadu and Jamshoro. The project aims to equip 3200 poor youth with marketable skills and thereby improve their livelihoods. It also help 1600 craftswomen produce items for new brand Kahani in partnership with national and international designers.

Dadu and Jamshoro of Sindh province of Pakistan

“I earned Rs 10,000 from my work in less than two months and gave it to my father for the first time and felt like becoming a third son of my father in contributing towards the family income”, says Rozeena with a sense of pride and confidence in her voice.

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