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What the Dream Bus Means to Konadu Basic School

Posted by on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Picture courtesy Austin Pruett

Picture courtesy Austin Pruett

In 2013 we adopted the community of Tanoboase, Ghana.  Here is where we found Righteous, or rather we found each other.

Righteous began his school with just two kids. Now he has over 100. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. Class starts at seven with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous and his staff teach the students to read and write English, learn basic math and geography, and provide a safe space for the children to play while their parents work. And all of this at no cost for the parents and students of the school.

Over the last year, our donors, our partners Liz Zweifler and Austin Pruett and everyone supporting us has brought this school to a place we never imagined in such short time.

– We have a complete 3 room schoolhouse, uniforms, supplies and books to meet the standards of the Ghana Educational Service

– Children receive lunch every day

– 5 Teachers were initially employed, we have hired 3 more just last month

– We started with less than 50 students, we now have 105

– Last month the community broke with YAWS disease. Your donations helped to vaccinate 118 adults and children and are also providing for treatment for those infected

So, what does thinew school buss school bus mean for our school?

– It has allowed for children from more than 6 communities to now attend the school. It had previously been limited to those in nearby distance

– It has allowed for access to the nearby stream. This is where people bath as well as gather drinking water. The bus is able to haul water to the school site for use

– It has allowed school to start on time. Previously, several trips in the small car were causing delays in the school schedule

This bus is doing more to progress the school than you know. We are 75% to our goal and just need your support to help us get there. The amount not yet paid off is being financed with hefty interest rates

What can you look forward to in 2015 at the Konadu Basic School?

– The launch of an agricultural venture to help provide vocational and employment opportunities for women in the community. This farm will include livestock farming as well as a small mushroom farm

– Proceeds from the farm will help us to sustain and grow the school

– The addition of more classrooms and a computer lab

– A complete soccer field

– Ongoing partnerships with surrounding communities and officials on education, healthcare and economic development

For a full background on the Konadu Basic School: Read Here

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Feed the Need 2014 Helps Projects Thrive

Posted by on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

For the last 5 yeofficial 2014 flyer chicagoars, Thaakat Foundation has been hosting an annual basketball tournament to help us support our projects through the end of the year. We have grown from 12 to 16 and now 18 teams participating in this yearly gathering of sports, food, fun and friendly competition–all in the name of making a difference. Many congratulations to our 1st place champions- PYP and 2nd place team- Warriors.

With overhead covered by generous sponsors, we have been able to put 100% of proceeds gathered from sponsorship, team registrations, raffles, food sales and auction items towards our adopted communities. To help you understand the impact you have been making, one team’s registration fees of $280 covers a full month of salaries at Fatama Maternity Center in Sierra Leone. Now multiply that by 18 teams.

Just last month the community we are supporting in Ghana broke with an almost extinct form of skin infection called the YAWS disease. (Often referred to as the forgotten disease because it has been eradicated completely from so many regions). The disease is rarely fatal; however, it can lead to chronic disfigurement and disability if not treated. Many of the children have been walking around with large skin lesions and painful aches due to the disease and the infection has been spreading person to person rapidly. YAWS can be treated with a single dose of a cheap and effective antibiotic: Benzathine Penicillin injection. Here is where you come in.

Thanks to you 118 people were given preventative vaccinations and those who are infected will be provided with treatment. These people would not have the treatment and resources they need without you.

Tournament participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers-you have helped to make a world of difference. We raised a record amount of approximately $12,000 at this years Feed the Need 2014 Tournament. This money will also be providing the below:

Konadu Basic School–Tanoboase, Ghana–105 students–8 teachers

– Salaries for our 8 teachers at the Konadu Basic School in Ghana for Nov-January

– Full payment for land needed to expand the Konadu Basic School for classrooms

– Starter funds needed to launch an agricultural venture to support the communities women and the school

Fatama Maternity Center–Blama Perri, Sierra Leone–Total Impact: 20,000 people

– Salaries for our nurse and 2 employees for Nov- January

– Complete tiling of our clinic to help aid in sanitation and disease prevention

– Additional supplies (diapers, blankets, mosquito repellents, infant nutritional supplements)

Thank you again to our kind sponsors for making this event possible: 

Al Bawadi Grill
Audio Visual Computer Specialists
Apex international
AtoZ Preschool
AYAN Productions- Photography Day 1
Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn, IL
City Express Travel
ComedySportz Chicago
Enterprise Rent A Car
Great American Bagel
I Dream of Falafel
Lettuce Entertain You
Murder Mystery Company
Mr. Halal Broast
NJS Logistics
Oakbrook Park District
SkyDeck Chicago
Sports Authority
Spyder Electronics
Shaikh Family & Shaby Navid
Studio SixFifteen- Photography Day 2
Wing Bros.
ZStar Network

Thank you to our Tournament leadership team:

Saad Bawany, Amani Memon, Ruhail Moffat, Farhan Ahmed, Nudrat Zoha, Azka Asif, Hina Khan, Maliha Siddiqui, Maha Anwar

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Working to Help Victims of Violence

Posted by on Monday, October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

malihaAs Thaakat Foundation’s Break the Silence lead this past year, I’ve heard countless stories of violence against women. These span from instances of domestic violence here in the U.S. to systematic mistreatment of women all across the world. Ever since the brutal rape in New Delhi, India that made international headlines, and jolted our collective conscious, Thaakat Foundation has made it a priority to empower women, educate our communities, and build a network of information and transparency.

Since my first criminal law class as a nervous first year law student, I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of legal and social protections for women. For example, amazing organizations such as Apna Ghar (“Our Home”) and Mujeres Latinas en Accion provide resources in the form of counseling, translation services, and transitory housing. In addition, the Violence Against Women Act, empowers immigrant victims of domestic violence who may otherwise fear deportation if they report their abusers to authorities, to file for a green card. Resources are available. However, research shows that the overwhelming reason victims don’t seek help is because they simply don’t know about their options.

As a senior law student, I am able to handle my own cases (supervised by a licensed attorney, of course). I went to the courthouse ready to meet my first client. I was nervous, afraid of messing up an Order of Protection for someone who really needed it. My client walked in, and before I saw her injuries, she looked like someone I would go to school with. When I first met Amy*, she had bloody stitches on her forehead. Her head, arms, neck, throat were covered in purple-yellow spots. She kept pulling at her clothes, self-conscious that she wore sweats to court because she was in too much pain to dress more formally. Throughout our hours-long meeting, she described how her she got those bruises, occasionally using apologetic self-deprecating humor to diffuse the seriousness of the situation. Although I had spoken at length about domestic violence at length before as a liaison from Thaakat, I wasn’t prepared to meet a girl, no older than myself, who needed the law to protect her.

Thaakat Foundation has worked overseas to ensure that Pakistani girls in our Kachra Kundi Campus are provided with the same access to education as their brothers. We’ve worked to reduce the stigma of domestic violence in immigrant communities, empowering women to leave abusive relationships. In the abstract, it’s easy to isolate people who we don’t know and haven’t met. It’s too easy to dismiss their stories as other. But meeting Amy, a white, educated woman with the support of her family and friends, reminded me that women’s issues are everywhere. They are in South Asia, in the U.S., and in our communities.

As Emma Watson said in her epic U.N. Gender Equality Speech  (if you haven’t watched it, you should), “Feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes”. We are still a long way from reaching political, economic, and social equality, but the first step is education and I hope that my experiences have given you a better sense of what we have accomplished, and how much more we have yet to accomplish. And in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I hope that you will help us Break the Silence.

One out of every four women will experience abuse during her life. However, increasing reports are being received from men  who have been victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone.
*name changed

-Maliha Siddiqui

Break the Silence Lead, Thaakat Foundation

711 Law Student, Class of 2015
DePaul University College of Law
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