PennSID x SRI
All proceeds from the 2016 Global Art Benefit went towards the Swat Relief Initiative (SRI), a non-governmental organization that strives to improve the lives of women and children in Pakistan through healthcare, education, economic growth and a sustainable environment.
PennSID is excited to share the following update from SRI. Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2016 GAB and purchased artwork!
Update from SRI
"I have just returned from Pakistan after spending three months in Swat, and want to give you an update on all the activities we conducted to ensure that your donation is being used efficiently and according to SRI's high ethical standards.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank PennSID for its generous donation to SRI. 100% of your contribution will go towards SRI's programs for women and children in Pakistan. We feel honored that you choose our organization to raise funds for this year.
I spent a great deal of of time in Pakistan, inspecting, improving and auditing all of SRI programs, and was very satisfied with the progress we have made so far. When my husband Arshad, who has 37 years of experience in finance with GE, and myself, audited all of SRI's accounts, we were extremely pleased with the efficient and effective utilization of funds.
You will be pleased to know that our Preventive Health Care Program is making a big difference in the lives of women and children, as statistics show that we have brought down the infant mortality rate by 50%, and maternal mortality by 100%. In fact, there have been no maternal deaths, related to childbirth, in our program area for the last two years.
In Education, SRI's campaign to put "20,000 Children in School by the Year 2020" is slowly gaining support in many corners of the world. One of our new initiatives for reaching the goal of 20,000 children in school, is building a new elementary school in the village of Gatto Sar, located at an altitude of 7,000 ft. Gatto Sar is considered one of the most scenic places in the world (please see the attached pictures showing the proposed school site and children's pictures). This school will provide education to an underprivileged minority community who has never had schools before. We are also in the process of starting a Middle school program for the village of Akhun Baba.
All those who wish to join us in our "20,000 Children in School by the Year 2020" campaign, please let me know, so I can send you details on how to help.
SRI’s Vocational Training Centers for women now have expanded their programs. We are offering many more trades, and are admitting 50% more students. More than 400 women per year are now graduating from our Centers with government recognized diplomas. In addition we are providing tool kits for women to start their own businesses. The Centers have participated in regional handicraft shows and are getting orders from the larger cities in Pakistan.
We have also adopted two government schools to improve their capacity and provide quality education to children in our target villages. The following is our progress, to date, in these schools:
- Training for 50 teachers
- Installed a water pump in one school
- Installed interactive, technology-based learning programs in three schools
- Strengthened and reactivated Parent-Teacher Associations in the schools
We have now added a new village, Baligram, to our program area. The people of this village have begun getting the benefits of all of SRI's programs - Community Development, Education, Preventive Health Care and Clean water.
I want to thank your organization, once again, for your support and trust in SRI to make a difference in the lives of so many people."
President, Swat Relief Initiative