Feb 162013
 

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Dear Supporters of LWCO,

 

My name is Khatoon Bibi, and I am 70 years old.  I have three daughters and two sons, and they are all married with children of their own.  Sometimes I take care of my grandchildren in my home, and it reminds of the time I was so busy raising my children.  My husband died when we were still young, so I was left alone to care for my children.

 

We were fortunate because we had several buffalo.  I would sell the buffalo milk in the village to earn money for my children’s needs.  My children were not able to go to school because I could not afford the fees, so they stayed home and helped me with the buffalo.  I always wished that when my grandchildren came along, they could go to school.

 

It was very difficult to pay the school fees for my grandchildren.  In Pakistan, we have to pay for uniforms and school supplies.  We struggled to have enough food, so we could not pay for school when my grandchildren got older.  Then my friend told me about the LWCO school in a nearby village.  She said my granddaughter could go there without a uniform or money for school supplies.  My granddaughter was only fifteen years old, so I took her to the school myself to see it.  I found the school a safe place for a young girl, and I started taking her there every day because I did not want her to travel alone.

 

The teacher at the school said I could learn, too.  I told her my eyesight is too poor for school, but she wrote large letters and taught me to write my name.  She worked with me to learn how to speak in a way that is easier to understand, and she showed me how clean my house and cook healthier food.  I am now joining the world instead of spending all my day with my buffalo and children.  My granddaughter is developing her skills so she will have a future.  Thank you everyone for this chance to achieve a better life.

 

Translated by Ms. Ilyas – LWCO Volunteer

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

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