Salaam to all people.
I start my letter by thanking all the people who make it possible that I have school today. I thank you everyone for completing this school for me and my friends.
My name is Falak Bibi, and I have children and a husband. My husband repairs punctured bicycle tires in our village. Many days we are lucky if he brings home 100 rupees ($1.04). For this, I worry all the time for food, and I think of nothing else.
My husband worry about me. He say to me that I will go to the hospital if I don’t change. He tell the teacher to come to my home and talk to me. The teacher say to me to come to the school, but I don’t want to go. What is the point when I need food to go to school?
My husband say to me to go to the school. He say maybe I can clean the school or care for the little children of the mothers for some rupees. He say I can help our family if I go to the school. I am afraid to go, but what can I say when my husband is like this?
I go to the school, and it is very strange. I see everyone talking to each other. The teacher is sitting on the floor with the students, and they all talk in groups and have discussions. I think what kind of school is this? Everyone looks at me and stands for me like I am special. They greet me and welcome me to their group. I sit with them and listen to the discussions and what the teacher is showing. I think I am in a dream. This day is 12 May, 2009. I do not forget this day because it is the turning point of my life.
My husband come home that night and he is discouraged because business is bad that day. I tell him what I learn in school: “Never give up. If things are difficult, try new ideas.” He look at me with eyes of surprise, and then we both laugh and laugh. It is many years we don’t laugh together, and that evening we feel like young people in our new marriage again.
Now it is three years I am in this Little World Community Organization school. I can read and write. I learn to sew and now make money to help support my family. I take my daughters to the school. My children are older now, so I spend most of my day at the school. I encourage girls and women to come who have problems. Together we are stronger every day and we support each other through everything. Thank you again all good people for this school.
Translated from Urdu by Naveed, LWCO volunteer