Hayat Foundation

 


Hayat Foundation is a national non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization which was registered with the Social Welfare Department in Punjab in 1995 under the Registration & Control Ordinance, 1961. Its registration number is 369/DDSW/FSD/95. In 1991 it was also registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860. Legally it can operate all over the country, its mission is the formation of a healthy and balanced society where the masses live peacefully with freedom of thought and action, and where there is no discrimination, abuse, neglect or exploitation. The Hayat Foundation has been engaged in the provision of education, protection, peace and water and sanitation services to populations affected by conflicts and emergencies. It has worked in the KPK, SINDH, FATA, FANA, AJ&K and Punjab provinces to respond to the recovery and rehabilitation of children and women displaced due to conflict, earthquakes and floods. It has demonstrated the capacity to provide care and support to children and youths for re-settlement through formal and non formal education and psycho-social services in government, private and religious institutions. 

 

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Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2013: Hoai Chu Thi Thu (Finalist)

Thu Hoai

Name: Hoai Chu Thi Thu

Organization: Vietnam’s Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA)

Awards/Achievements: 1) Survivor of domestic violence; 2) Advocate/volunteering to help disadvantaged people; 3) Model student at school with good grades

Introduction

When I was 13 years old, my mother was beaten to death by my father and his family members. The court had to review the case many times, but finally, with the support of voluntary lawyers and CSAGA reporters, all the people who caused the death of my mother were put into prison for seven to more than ten years. The CSAGA supported me and my brother financially until we were 18, and I now aspire to be a lawyer who protects the rights of vulnerable and marginalized people. To help me achieve that goal, I’m taking the University Entrance Exam for the Trade University’s Law Department. (Update: Hoai has passed her University exams with flying colors and will begin her studies in law when the semester begins.) I’m also volunteering as a social worker to serve disadvantaged people.

Violence against girls, including sexual abuse, is one of the most serious issues in my country. In 2011, the Vietnamese police discovered an adolescent prostitute network in Ha Giang Province and found that the leader of the network was a high school headmaster. This teacher forced many girls from grades 10 to 12 to have sex with him and then forced them to become prostitutes. In addition, domestic violence against women/girls is very common in Vietnam. According to national research on domestic violence in 2010, up to 58% of Vietnamese women have suffered from physical, psychological or economic violence.

I have given talks in school to share my story and encourage others to say no to violence. Why do I want to join the Ambassador program? Because I want to tell my story of violence to many people in Asia and encourage them to break the cycle of violence.