Honourable wage

OM International | Pakistan

Surriya*, a trainer at one of OM's sewing centres, shared these thoughts about the opportunities she has gained:

I am very thankful to God and then the OM team who took initiative to help the community through skills development training.

I am from this community and know the challenges. Women of my village were working as housemaids and farm workers. Often, they get much lower wages than men and face sexual harassment. All this was really shameful and painful, but to support their households, women needed to continue to bear such treatments.

A lot has changed now—those who learned [sewing] skills are earning good wages, plus everything is coming through honour. The graduates are sending more trainees to our center and they are visiting different houses of the village and have started women's awareness seminars. It is an honour for me that I am part of this transformational initiative in my own community. I am hopeful that this small step will make a big change in my community."

We deeply appreciate your partnership for the support of poor and deprived families and ask you to please pray for increased creative and sustainable development initiatives for the women of Pakistan.

*Name changed to protect identity

Published: Monday, 23 January 2017
Credit: OM International
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