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Next steps for the Noor Education Trust


A woman walks home caught in in a monsoon storm in Dhaka.

My NGO, the Noor Education Trust, is going through a transitional phase. My staff have spent the last two weeks in the field assessing the main violence related issues for women. They are also looking at the differences our programmes have made and collecting data.

Kidnapped and forced to marry


Through her NGO, Zubaida Noor, our blogger in Pakistan, is helping a woman who was kidnapped by her parents and forced to marry against her will.

Pakistan: land bought for flood victims


A couple stands in a new house built with help from Czech NGO People in Need. Zubaida Noor's NGO is also building homes for flood victims.

The monsoon season has started now and finally we have made some progress in buying land for people who lost their homes in last year’s flood.

Ramadan brings food for the poor


Zubaida Noor's charity provides food to hundreds of households during Ramadan

August is the month of Ramadan and we have a lot of activities going on. We give out food packages to around 400 households. These include dry food and goat meat.

Pakistan: outcry against stoning


In some Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan women have been flogged and even stoned for violating Taliban laws

My NGO has recently become involved in the case of a woman who was stoned to death in Bairoch, a village in Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Many bomb blasts go unreported


Newspapers are displayed at a road-side news stand in Peshawar

In Peshawar, things are getting worse. Every other day there is a bomb blast. If you ask me, personally I feel I have become immune to all these terror attacks. A lot of the blasts are not even being reported in the media now.

Bombings become a way of life


The remains of car damaged by a roadside bomb

Three members of staff in my NGO were injured in last Friday’s attack on US diplomats in Peshawar. The Taliban attacked two US Consulate cars near our office. My staff members were in their own car, crossing the road about 12 feet away when the car bomb went off.

Tackling violence against women in Bangladesh


Towards the end of March I travelled to Bangladesh to visit a one-stop crisis centre focusing on violence against women. Members of the Pakistani government and health department came with me, along with a group of police. We learnt a lot.

Building to start on new homes for flood victims


My NGO originally planned to build around 40 one-room houses for the flood-hit community of Sehra Sang village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who have been living living in tents for the last seven months. Now we have revised this figure down to just 17 houses.

Flood victims still in tents six months on


Last week I personally went to visit Sehra Sang, a remote, flood-hit village in the sub-district of Tangi.

The area, which is located near a tributary of the River Swat, was cut off after the floods and has only now re-opened for cars. There is a small community of around 75 households living here.

Zubaida Noor