Little World Community Organization began in 2007 by surveying every person in a Pakistan village, named Sargoda, for what help they needed to make their village a better place. The villagers were very enthusiastic; this was the first time anyone had asked them about their opinion. After some negotiation, it was decided that LWCO would buy learning materials and pay the rent for a classroom, but the village would pay for the teacher and decide what was important for them to learn. Teachers have always been volunteer, except for travel expenses, in LWCO schools ever since. They are typically women from neighboring areas who take a great joy in helping others. They adopt their students as if they were their own children.
Two more schools were opened in Sargoda, and the only problem was that the men were upset from neighboring villages because their wives demanded to go, and it was too dangerous for them to travel so far. Primarily women attend LWCO schools because they want education the most and they prove that what they learn has been a benefit to their families and their villages. All students learn to teach other from the very beginning. More schools were opened in neighboring villages and LWCO swelled to thirty schools and 4000 students around the cities of Faisalabad and Abbottabad.
Visitors to the LWCO schools have always been impressed with the confidence and competence of the students. Their letters, which are posted in the “Resources” section of the website, are worth reading. Mothers travel to LWCO schools to look for potential wives for their sons. In fact, thousands of marriages have come out of LWCO schools. LWCO students are confident, beautiful, and educated, and so now have some choice in whom the marry and how their household is run. Pakistan women earn their rights by earning the respect of men.
The students developed simple businesses to help their families and are reading poetry to their proud husbands and fathers, teaching them to read as well. Still, since the original funding has been dwindling and LWCO has not taken donations many of the schools have had to close. The ten remaining schools have been making embroidered all-occasion cards, which are sold in the USA, primarily in stores, but also person to person, but always for $5. No one takes any profit out and all of the money is transmitted to a committee of students who decide how to budget it for rent, transportation, and some materials. Helping to sell the cards is the primary contribution that anyone can make to support their efforts. Every card sale generates enough income to support one person to attend school for 6 months. LWCO students are finding their voice; please take a look at their stories on the “students” button, or read about the stories of the folks who have been helping to sell the cards on the “supporters” button. This website is currently under development, more entries will appear soon. Subscribe to our blog and see their stories about their lives as they are posted.