Summaira Riaz

Jan 192013
 

Hello respected friends of LWCO,

 

Salaam to you.  My name is Bibi Gul, and I am 55 years old.  I raise chickens and sell eggs in my village.  Because I am a widow, I could not afford to send my daughter to school for education.  On the dark days, I could not sell even one egg to buy flour to feed my children.  Many times I was frightened about how we would survive.

 

The teacher from the LWCO school came to me and said my daughter could go to that school for no money.  She could go without buying paper, books, or a uniform.  No money.  I let my daughter go to that school.

 

Since my daughter started going to that school, there has been a pleasant change in our family.  She always talks in a positive way and tries to keep our hopes and dreams alive.  She often says to me to stop worrying, and that one day we will have a good life and food to eat every day.

 

My daughter learns to read, manage money and sew at the LWCO school.  The day she came home with her first income was the best day of my life.  She gave me the money and told me to buy food for our family.  I felt proud to be the mother of this special girl.

 

My daughter has been attending the LWCO school for two and half years now.  She told me the day is coming when I will not have to walk into the village to sell eggs.  She says she will sew patches for cards and make clothes to support me and buy food for our family.  Now occasionally I have time to visit the school myself.  The teacher treats me with respect, and I feel relieved to see what a safe and friendly environment the school is for my daughter.  I am so thankful to the volunteer teachers and our friends outside of Pakistan for making this school possible for my daughter and me.

 

Translated by Miss Ilyas – LWCO volunteer ImageImage

Taking the eggs to the village market

Jan 132013
 

Greetings to LWCO supporters.

My name is Nazeer, and I am a 65 year old person.  I want to thank you for starting an LWCO school in my village.

I make flour for people in my small machine.  I have worked hard all my life doing this, but I do not make a lot of money.  I have two daughters, and I worry much about what will happen to them if I die or can not work.  There was no school in our village, and they could not go alone to the city for school.  My daughters were also worried for their future, and I was always in deep thinking about what would happen next for them.

When the LWCO school started in our village, I went myself to see it.  I saw it was a secure and safe place for my daughters, and I gave them permission to attend this school.  I talked to the other men in the village and told them this school was a safe place for women.   Now is the third year my daughters go to this school, and I am so proud of them.  They work hard to learn to read in this school, and they learn many new skills for life.  The villagers bring cloth to my daughters, and they sew them into clothes.  They earn money to help our family and buy food for our home.  My daughters are my pride and they are always beside me to help.  I am confident now that my daughters can go on with good lives to the future.ImageImageImage

Many fathers in my village share my feelings, and we are thankful for this school.  In the pictures I show you my life with my machines.  This is how I lead my life.

 

Translated by Aneel – LWCO Volunteer

Jan 032013
 
Nagina and her mother pose for a photo in their home.

Nagina and her mother pose for a photo in their home

Hello everyone, my name is Nagina, and I am teaching the students of LWCO for the last four years.  This has been a life boosting experience for me, and it has changed my family’s life as well.

My brother and sisters are married and live with their in-laws, so I am the one to stay home with my parents and care for them.  I wanted more to do, and Continue reading »

Dec 132012
 

The embroidered patches on this prize winning quilt were made by LWCO students in Pakistan.  In a team effort with quilters here in the United States, women created a masterpiece that was auctioned for $2500 to benefit breast cancer research.

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Dec 092012
 

These beautiful greeting cards are hand embroidered by the students of LWCO to support their schools.  The stores that carry these cards donate ALL of the proceeds to the students in Pakistan.

Creative Design Pack

Creative Design Pack

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Flower Burst

Flower Burst

Salaam

Salaam

Nature's Beauty

Nature’s Beauty

Reach for the Sun

Reach for the Sun

Dec 022012
 
My daughter is growing up in school!

My daughter is growing up in school!

Hello Dear People,

My name is Tehmina, and I have been an LWCO student for the last year.

I got married three years ago and have a baby girl now.  I never went to school before as it was hard for girls from my village to go far from their homes and learn something.  After my marriage, I came to this village to live with my husband and his family.

It was a difficult experience for me to live without my family.  I was very attached to my mother and I had never been away from her before.  Most of the time I sat alone in the house and thought about my family and friends and all the good times I had before I got married.

After the birth of my daughter, all my interest went to her.  I wished she would have a better life than me and get an education.  My mother-in-law asked me to go with her to the LWCO school for the diploma ceremony.  Many women in the village were receiving diplomas and all the women in the village were invited to attend the ceremony and congratulate them. [to see a picture of a diploma ceremony go to the  homepage of  www.lwco.org]   When I saw the happiness and pride on the faces of the diploma women, I wished to join them.  My mother-in-law encouraged me to attend the school.  She said the LWCO school welcomes everybody, and I could take my daughter with me.

Now I have something interesting to do every day, and I have made many friends.  I can read and write my name and the name of my daughter.  I feel so good about the way I am learning something new every day.  I know when my daughter grows up she will be proud of me and will be good student herself.  I want to send thanks to all the people who made this possible for me and my daughter.

Translated by Pawan Ilyas – teacher LWCO

Nov 282012
 

Hello friends of Little World Community Organization.  I am Shagufta, a hopeful and helpful student in an LWCO school.  My teacher took these photos so I can share my life with you.  I am so happy to have a school to go to every day to learn and be with friends.  I hope you enjoy seeing how I live.

This is my house. We collect brush to cook in our oven and feed the goats.

This is oven where my mother and I cook our food.

This is the road I take to walk to school.

I like to make beautiful pictures with my beadwork. I am also learning to read, write and count.

Nov 252012
 

Assalam o alaikum respected people of Little World Community Organization.

My name is Zainab, and I live in a small village in Northern Pakistan with my eight family members.  We are my grandmother, my mother, my father, my two brothers, and we three sisters.

My grandmother always said the boys are important in a family because they carry on the name of the forefathers.  She said my brothers must go to school and get a good education so they can support our parents and their families.  She told my parents to keep me and my sisters at home because it was a waste to send a girl to school.  Because my grandmother was the oldest person in the house, we had to obey her and respect her decision.  I prayed to God and asked for help.

One day the teacher from the LWCO school came to my house and talked to my mother and my grandmother.  The teacher said it is important for girls to get an education so they can be better mothers and help their family.  My grandmother could not accept this, but the teacher continued visiting our house.  She was so humble and kind that my grandmother started enjoying her visits.  One day my sisters and I came home from washing clothes at the river, and my grandmother was gone.  My mother said my grandmother was visiting the LWCO school with the teacher. When my grandmother came back home, she was a different woman.  She said this was a good school, and she told my father to send me and my sisters there.

Every day when I return home from school, my grandmother is waiting for me.  She wants me to tell her everything I did that day.  I am able to measure with tape and make patterns for clothes.  I make clothes for my family and clothes to sell.  I am very proud that I can share the burden of caring for my family financially.  I know my grandmother is proud of me, too.

Translated by Shumila – LWCO Volunteer

I am making a pattern for clothing

Nov 212012
 

Salaam to all people.

I am teaching the young girls. (light pink shawl)

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

Nov 172012
 

Hello to all my friends of LWCO!

My name is Shaista, and I live in a village north of Mansehra, Pakistan.  I am a married woman with four children.  I wanted to write you about my experience going to an LWCO school.

When I went to the school I saw women making wonderful pictures with beautiful colored threads.  There were so many colors, and I wanted to touch them.  My teacher said she would show me how to sew the threads into pictures like the other women.  My first attempts were not so good, and I was unhappy that my pictures were not beautiful.  My teacher told me to keep trying, and I would learn.  She told me one of the sayings in an LWCO school is, “Never give up.”  I worked and worked to do it right, and after several days I showed my teacher a flower I embroidered with blue, purple and green threads.  She said, “Your flower is beautiful, and we are going to make it into a card.”  I couldn’t believe it!  My embroidery was turned into a card that will be sold to support our school.  I think about who will buy my card and give it to someone to spread happiness among the people of another country.

I am becoming more and more expert at making pretty embroideries.  I show my work to my daughters, and they are so happy and proud that their mother can do this.  Now I am teaching them how to embroider, too.  It is so exciting to have an LWCO school in our village where we can go and learn to read and sew.  This school has changed my life in wonderful ways.

Translated by Pawan Ilyas – teacher LWCO schools

Edited by Laurie Porter – teacher Nevada Union High School

LWCO, Little World Community Organization, is a grass roots schools system in Pakistan run and supported by village women. In the USA we support them by encouraging them and helping to sell the embroidered greeting cards they make to pay for their schooling. These schools bring peace because the students have earned the respect of their communities by learning to help themselves and others through education. Please visit us on FaceBook. Your help would be warmly welcome.

 

 

 

Nov 152012
 

This is me reading to my sister.

Dear Friends of LWCO,

My name is Nosheen, and I live near Abbotabad, Pakistan.  I went to school when I was very young, but I left before I learned to read because of family problems.  Then a Little World Community School came to my village.  They said I could go to this school even though I am now an adult.

In the LWCO school I have learned so many new things.  I recently learned to write my name in English!  I am so happy, and the first day I learned this, I wrote my name hundreds of times in English.

The best thing I have learned in school is how to read.  I can now read small books in Urdu.  My teacher gave me two books to take home and practice.  I was reading aloud to my younger sister, and my father heard me.  He was amazed and so joyful that one of our family can read.  He asked me where I learned this, and I told him all about my LWCO school.  He said he would work harder to support me continuing in school. I felt so proud and special when he said that.

Now I am working harder than ever in my life to do well in school.  I can write simple sentences in Urdu and read books for children to my sister.  My teachers welcome me and support me to do better.  I told my teachers I want to learn more words that are English so I can write to all of you reading this by myself.  They are going to teach me.  I love my school and my teachers!

Translated by Pawan Ilyas – teacher LWCO Abbotabad villages

Edited by Laurie Porter – teacher Nevada Union High School

LWCO, Little World Community Organization, is an all volunteer effort based in Nevada County supporting grass roots village schools for women and children in Pakistan.  Visit us on Facebook.

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Jun 232012
 

Fourth school I visited during my stay in Pakistan was chak225 RB Malikawala. This was real rural area with mud roads and open channels for sewage water. The school buidling consisted of two room house. The big advantage was courtyard with shade tree. It was entirely different from other three schools I visited where most students were sharing small space or teachers had to carry on school in two shifts to accomodate students. In this school all female students were sitting under the shade of the tree.

Main entrance of the school.

I was curious to find out about other public schools, population demographics and jobs that are available for men and women in this village in order to get a feel of how LWCO school is contributing in strengthening the community. I was told that nearby public school is 8 miles away, there are private academy schools but their fees are very high. Most of the men go to the city for labour jobs and women work as house maids. The volunteer teachers for this school was a young couple, husband works in a medical store and spend his spare time with his wife to facilitate and share her load of work.

Volunteer teacher couple

Yasmine Navid told me that she has vocational training from government institute and she is proud to pass on her skills of embroidery, pattern cutting and stitching. She supervise two shifts of students in a day, morning time is devoted to the adult female students of 45-50. Evening time is devoted to 4o young students.

Many women were there with young children. These women did not get opportunity to go to school at young age and now LWCO school is providing them opportunity to gain what was denied to them earlier. They work hard in their houses and make time to come to school from 9 am to 1 pm. Their husbands do not object as they know that they are going to learn to read and write as well learn skills to add income to the household. In Pakistan 95% of the people buy fabric and then get it stiched by tailors. It is very different from other Western countries where one can go to the mall and buy ready to use clothes. For these women learning to cut pattern and stitch clothes is very useful skill, they can carry out sewing operation from comfort of their houses without stepping out of the house.

I was so proud of her when she read passage from Urdu book.

I was very impressed with one student ( above picture). I asked her if I can test her reading skills and she openly joined me infront of other students. I gave her my reading glasses. It was amazing and heartwarming to hear her read words completely. She was my hero of this school.

Few of the problems that this school is facing is lack of enough sewing machines to accomodate more students. People are becoming more aware of LWCO school that provides free education and hand on training of skills and parents are motivated to send their daughters without hesitation now. This is all hard work of volunteer teachers of this scchool.

Jun 212012
 

LWCO school #3 is in Arshad town near the waste water canal. This colony is in the outskirts of the main city ‘Faisalabad’. As compared to suburban areas in USA that are well developed and wealthier, Arshad town is quite poor. Most people belong to labour class where paying rent and having two meals in a day is the main worry for the parents. Majority of the girls go to other areas and work as house maids. It is tough job with minimum pay (less than a $1 a day) and whole day of work to clean the houses and take care of other people’s children. Majority of them did not know how to read and write.

Image of school building from outside

I had a long chat with one mother who was there with two daughters and asked her that why she did not send her daughters to school. Her answer was that schools were far away and it was not safe for girls to walk to the schools by themself. She herself was working as house maid at that time. Now she was greatful that LWCO schools provided them opportunity to learn to read and write as well as learn skills of sewing that enables her girls to stay home and generate income for the family by stitching other people’s clothes.

She is in school with her two daughters.

I encouraged her to learn to read and write herself as there is no age limit for learning and gaining knowledge.

There are two teachers in this school. Qudsia khatoon has bachelor’s degree as well as diploma from vocational school. She was teaching girls in very systematic way of cutting patterns and then stitching. After training of four years, students get tested by teachers of other vocational school and diplomas are distributed. The second teacher of school is Aysha Nasir.

Volunteer teachers: Qudsia Khatoon (holding her daughter) and Ayesha Nisar

Both teachers are serving over 100 female students of different ages. As the space is limited, they divided the students in two groups with morning and evening shifts.

The major issue for this schools was limited sapce and availability of sewing machines. It is hard to teach class of 50 students on two sewing machines. I was amazed with the skill and agility of girls when they showed me some of their patterns.

Yup! she made wonderful replica of King–

I believe to get excellent results on any project if you guide them well. I also observe that this school has the most talent pools. Girls were able to make one patch in few hours as compared to other school where it was taking bit longer time.

May 312012
 
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The second school I visted was in Risalewala.  This small village is close to the main city Faisalabad, and only four miles away from Faisalabad International airport. This was also the first school that LWCO established in this community almost 6 years ago. It is considered one of the success story in this community.

There is no public school in the village where children can go with out assistance of their parents. Near by schools are in other villages. I saw academy boards but they charge hefty fees that discourage many parents. Currently, three volunteer teachers cater  the needs of 60 students that get education from prep to grade 6.

The head volunteer teacher, Shumaila Sajid told me that she is part of the schools for past six years. In the beginning she went from house to house to convince parents to send their daughters to school to learn to read and write. She said “it was hard for her to watch these girls to go to city and work as maids to clean other people’s houses”.  She wanted to change the situation and LWCO helped her to do so. She was very proud that her trained girls are getting suitable matches much easier because they learned the skill of sewing and embriodery.

Currently there are 50 adult women who are coming to learn different skills. This school was hub of community activity and all women were excited to see me and tell their stories. It made me realize that how hard is life of women in Pakistan and how these women are making their mark in this community even though they are dealing with domestic issues of their own. This school act as a refuge for them.

Story of one student Saba was  heart warming. I asked her about her father’s occupation. She told me ” She is head of her household as her father is hardly there due to drug abuse issues”. Most of the students who come to this school have either lost mother or father and some have lost both.

Upon open discussion on the problems and issues of school, and how we can make situation better, their unanimous voice was that they need bigger place to accomodate more students. Currently they are paying rent of Rs 4000.0 for two rooms. The other request was to develop stronger merchandize line of cards in USA, so it becomes possible for them to open other schools and help other communities.

Do we have any such example of selfless behavior in USA? These women are working hard and they need our assistance in the form of volunteer time that could be used to spread their message.  Would you give us your time?

 

May 302012
 
Education and skill of cloth designing goes hand in hand

Little World Community Organization is carrying on the mission of educating adult Pakistani women and children at no cost in rural areas of Pakistan for past six years. In my current visit to Pakistan, I am on a quest to put each school of LWCO on world map with facts and figures, so other people can see the impact of these schools in those communities.

“You want to build a nation then educate their women” My father used this quote often and it is very true. Educated skilled women can generate income for their household and become effective member of their community. My first stop was LWCO school near Satiana road, Faisalabad. Conversation with the teachers and students allowed me to get facts about the school. Sajida Manzoor is a volunteer teacher for past four years.

  • This facility serve 40 children and 17 adult women.
  • Children as well as women get primary education up to grade 5.
  • There is no government school in the settelement and closest school is at 8 miles distance.
  • School timing is 8am to 1pm.
  • LWCO funds books  and other supplies and books are recycled from one class to next.
  • There is no fee for the students to attend school.
  • Adult women learn skills of pattern cutting, sewing and embriodery.
  • Over 20 women have completed their training and now they are earning income for their household from comfort of their homes by sewing and embriodery work.
  • It is frequent that many members of same family attend school.

Unlike other NGO’s, LWCO does not rely on donations. Students in LWCO schools have developed hand made greeting cards that are being used for multiple purposes. Sales of these cards generate funds to support these schools.

Self esteem and helping others is very important for volunteers and students. Each student has a unique story to tell. The teacher of this school has told me that this school is refuge for her to get away from her troubled home life.  She does not have children of her own and teaching children and women make her feel needed. It fills the void in her life with purpose.

Many a times multiple members of the same household attend the school. I met mother and daughter who come to school to learn to read and write as well as get their hands on dying skill of embriodery.

 

LWCO schools also act as a community center, where these women can discuss their famiy issues, learn information on health topics and other social issues.

One of the problem these schools are facing is limited space to accomodate more students. Student number is increasing but space is limited. One of the volunteer told me that it is very hard on them to say no to new students due to lack of sapce availability. However they are determined to carry forward message of Little World and help others.

Posted by: Summaira Riaz

 

 

Aug 102011
 

I am Munira Bibi, a proud student of LWCO. I want to tell u about myself and my family. I am 60 years old and joined the school with two of my daughter in laws and younger daughter. All four of us came to the school that was just like a family gathering working and learning with other students. The best thing is here no one is older or younger. We are all class fellows and we help each other in learning new things and when we come back home we have so many things to work on that my husband and my sons appreciates us, instead of having any arguments. It made me felt strong and useful part of the community. We use to sit together and have a good time learning and repeating what we learnt in the school.

Even though I am aged woman, I have learnt so many new things in the school. It has been a lifetime experience for my daughters and me. We want to tell you that LWCO schools are not only helping one person but it is helping the whole family like us. It is like learning and then sharing that knowledge to others. My daughters would teach skills to their friends and to their daughters when they will grow up. Likewise this knowledge will keep on helping so many lives and will give the women of the villages a new hope and way to make their lives better. You taught us to never give up and keep working hard. We all are ready to do whatever we can do to continue our studies. May Allah help us to succeed LWCO schools in spreading knowledge. Salam to all.

Aug 042011
 

My name is Samina Tariq. We are seven sisters and two brothers. My father cleaned the houses to make living and we never had enough money to go to school. I remember that it was always heartbreaking for me to watch other children go to school. My father arranged marriages for us in very young age. I was married off at the age of 13. My husband did not have any job and spent most of his time in drinking and smoking. Life was miserable because I did not bring enough dowry to satisfy the demands of my in-laws. There were many days that I wanted to leave the house to avoid the regular beating of my husband but I did not have the courage and place to go. I was depressed and without any hope in my life. One day, my husband beat me and demanded to get money from my parents. I thought of leaving the house with intention of not coming back.

I was crying and walking aimlessly in street when I noticed one open doorwith many women inside working and reading books in small groups. I walked inside with hope that may be some one can provide food and place to live in exchange of cleaning their house.  One lady who was talking to other women asked me if I need any help. I started crying. She hugged me and asked me if she could help. All other women gathered around me, and first time I felt that I am not alone. I still remember that they shared their lunch of bread with mango pickle with me. I was hungry for two days and it was best meal of my life. Later I learned that kind lady was teacher in that school. I decided that I am not going anywhere else and stay there only.  Yasmine, my teacher went to my house with me and talked with my mother in-law. She explained to her that she would teach me reading, writing, and skill of cutting, sewing clothes and embroidery. This is three years and ten months ago when I found my way into that school.   I can read and write now, and embroidery skill helped me to earn money. I would not say it was easy path because my family created lots of problems and many time did not allow me to come to school, but when I shared my earned income with them, things became easier for me.

I have four children now. I learned a very hard way that it is important to educate and learn skills, it is the best dowry parents can give to their daughter that no one can take away. I want better life for my daughters and do not want to arrange their marriages in young age. I learned how to be happy. It is so much easier to share the knowledge and happiness by being kind. I do my best to pay it forward. I am grateful to my teacher that taught me to be honorable and make living.

Thank you my school for giving me my life.

Samina Tariq.

 

Jun 222011
 

My name is Nagina, I belong to LWCO school in gogri village. I started coming to the school a yera ago, when I started my learning journey here I did not know anything about sewing embroidery even a single thing about it. But from the very first day i get the hope that soon I will learn a skill with alot of new friends and good teachers and not only this but so many other good things to make my life better.


After a month my parents found that I am more happy and busy in learning new things as compare to my younger sister who is till at that time not coming with me to school, and one day my mother asked me if I can take my sister with me, I happily replied yes because I knew my teachers will welcome her. So I took my sister with me on the way back home she told me that she liked my school, teachers and all my fellows a lot and she said if I can request our mother to allow her to come with me everyday. That was a happy moment for me because when in the begining I asked her to accompany me she refused but today she said it her self. When we reached home our parents asked my sister how was your first day in school? She said she liked it alot and want to go to school daily with me after giving it a thought our parents agreed and from that day on we both went to school and started learning sewing .
The time was passing and my sister and I were so happy with our school. One day when we reached home our mom was looking worried and sad when we asked her what happend? She told us our dad is very ill and is unable to continue his job, and now we don’t have any one who can earn for us being an elder daughter I thought its my responsbility to earn for my family so i decided to take the initiative and cansole my mother. Next day I went to the school and was sad and worried that how can I help my family? My teacher saw me and asked is everything fine with me? I said yes miss,  but my facial expressions must have been saying something else. After the class my teacher asked me agian and at that time I could not hide anything from her. When I told her all my story she said don’t worry there is a way that you can help your family and she asked to make embroidery patches for the cards I felt so happy and huged my teacher and thanked her. From that day I started making patches more and more and my sister helped me. when I got my first income that was 730rs I felt so happy and when I gave all this money to my mother she had tears in her eyes and she said may god bless all those who made my daughters so strong and confident that now they can help their parents.
Now I can proudly say that I am a girl who can help herself and her family. But all the credit goes to LWCO school and its teachers. if i had not attended the school I would not have been able to help my family. I love my school my teachers and every one who made me do this may god bless them all.

Feb 172011
 

Anmol Khalik was 10 years old when she made the speech below. She attends an LWCO school near the city of Sargoda in Pakistan. She made this speech during my visit to her school  in 2010.
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Very Honorable President, dear volunteers and my dear fellows, Aslam Alakam.
Today I am going to take the opportunity to talk about the importance of school.
A person’s luck starts and completes here, One of the sacred events completes here.
The process of education is as important as the formation of society,its customs, and its principles.The best way of delivering the customs of a society to its new generations is with SCHOOL.
Our  school is the most important pillar of our society.The process of learning new things in  school is very different from all the other ways of learning. In our  school we get a fundamental education, and also through different social activities we learn social behaviors and positive thinking which helps us in mental, spiritual and physical growth.This is our school which makes us real human beings and differentiatetes us from all other creatures.
Unfortunately there are only 16 percent of the women educated in our country.
There is a saying, “Give me educated mothers and I will give you a great nation.”‘
A mother’s lap is the first place for a child to learn. One man’s education is just for a single man but a women’s education means an education for the whole of a  nation.
In this school all the children follow a proper syllabus and discipline. After completion of their books (studies) at the end of the year, they take their exams and the results are announced. All the students who pass in the exams get a certificates from the school.
Our school give the students all the basic necessities including a (school) building, books, and a great teacher who has her individual speciality of helping others.
All of the students have the liberty to chose their subject and  follow a proper direction in their books for a specific time period.
In short we can say that, without our school it is impossible to think of a better future for our village. In our school we learn about culture, heritage, different perspectives of people. and helping others. We can tell this to our next generations and other people
The schools build the personalty of the student. The type of education people take helps them to think for the best future.
Our school teaches us to be a hard worker in life and the importance of hard work and struggle.
At the end I am so happy and thankful for my president sir Greg for opening this school for us and we promise we will be great mothers and an educated nation.
Feb 112011
 
My Name is Murtaza Bibi. I am 46 years old. I was born in Sadiqabad
village where there had never been a school. When I was growing
up, I wanted to learn anything that would help me in my life. I was
not allowed even to go to my neighbor’s home and I had no friends.
Sometimes when I heard stories about people having friends and
learning many skills I would keep silent in my heart. I always worried
about not being able to do this. We were so poor that often we had to go
to sleep without eating, and sometimes we didn’t eat for days.
My father mended shoes. He could barely find good
work. I always wanted to help my father, but no one would allow me
to go out and do anything for my family. Then I got married and my
husband had the same feelings as my father. He works at a local shop.
When we had four children. it was very hard to feed them.
There was one thing missing in my life, and that was school. I
wanted to send my children to school so they would not be like me,
but there was no school in our village. There was one school in the
city, but that was far away. One year ago, we heard that some people
were coming to our village to start a school. You know, when I heard
this I went into my room and closed the door and danced with joy and
happiness. I didn’t want to show to my husband how happy I was. I
kept praying that these people would come again and really start the
school. I asked my children to pray for this school. When I saw their
small hands raised for prayers, I became certain that the school would
start.
One day, I heard that on Monday there would be a school and our
villagers could go to it. WOOOOOOOW WOOOOW! I CRIED! I CRIED!
I DANCED! I REJOICED! I made sweet rice for my children for good
luck. I wanted to talk to my husband to ask him if he would send the
children to school, but I was afraid what would happen if he did not give
permission. Finally, I did talk to him, and at first he was very upset and
angry.
After a few days when he saw many people going to school and smiling
a lot and looking happy, he came and told me that this school was also
for women. I asked him to say this again!!! For women!!! I said. “Can
I go to school?” And then I realized what I had said and didn’t want to
look at my husbands eyes. I knew he was going to be full of anger.
He went out. I kept on thinking that if he sent me to my parents’ home
and told them I wanted to go to school, they would laugh at me and not
let me go. But he came home in the evening and said that the school
begins at 11:00 and he had talked to many people and found that it was
a safe place for women, and no men would come. He said I could go to
school.
I bowed down and could not stop crying and thanking Allah for giving
me this chance. I could not sleep all night. That was the best night of my
life. I kept thinking about what I would do in school. What would I learn?
Would people laugh at me? So many things! I got ready and went to
school at 9:40. I cleaned the mats and the whiteboard.
I met Miss Pawan that very first day. She was a wonderful girl and
she came to me and hugged me. I told her how anxious I was and she
was very happy. I can never forget my first day at school. LWCO has
changed my life. I have started to make friends. My best friend is Miss
Pawan. I have 45 friends now. I come to school every day. My four
children also attend the school and my husband is very happy. We are
all 5 grateful to him.
Now when I make cards and patches, Sir Greg sends me money for
these things and I give this to my husband and we buy food and things
for our children. We are so happy. LWCO has changed my life and my
family’s life. I know my 4 children will be educated and so there will be 4
families who will get an education now, as well.
We want to spread these schools to all villages. I know there are
millions of women like me who have been waiting for LWCO. Sir Greg
and Miss Pawan and the books will change their lives.
I am so happy. I am so happy. I am so happy. Salaam to everyone who
helps with this school.
I have friends. I smile. I learn and I am learning so many things.
I thank everyone for their help.
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Note: Pawan is Murtaza’s teacher in the mountains above Abbotobad. There is great significance to obtaining permission to take her picture. It means she and her husband have the confidence to stand before the world to share the power of their story and set aside old beliefs to do it.
Greg