Thank you for your kind words, Sister Solowania.
Thank you for your kind words, Sister Solowania.
I was working as a maid in the home of a family in a nearby city, and they did not treat me well. I wanted something better in my life, but I could not think of that because I had a small brother and sister at home who needed food. I would think of them at home with hunger and put efforts into my cleaning, but still the family I worked for treated me badly.
One day a teacher from LWCO came to my house. She handed me a pen and said, “In our schools, we solve our problems with a pen.” She brought me to the school where I shared my problems with the other students. My fellow students listened and gave me suggestions to help me.
Now I am a happy student of LWCO. I am proud of this school and I love my teacher. She gave me the pen that changed my life. I can read and write now, so I work at a business where I make more money and am treated with respect. I am very happy with my work. I still go to school to learn more and help other women like me.
Thank you everybody for this school!
Translated by Ms. Ilyas – LWCO Teacher
Come talk with our friendly volunteers at the LWCO booth on the quad of U.C. Davis this weekend.
Kausar and other young mothers do not have to stay home when their children are small. Everyone is welcome at the LWCO Schools!
I want to tell you my story. My name is Hajira. I am an older married woman who did not have any children. My husband and I worried about our future with no one to help us, but then an amazing thing happened.
I joined the LWCO school in our village three years ago. It is wonderful to learn to read and write, and the students taught me the LWCO motto: “I can only help myself by helping others.”
I try to always practice the motto and help other students and people in my village. I want to spread happiness everywhere I go. Then a volunteer named Mushtaq came to my home and said, “The students of LWCO have a surprise for you. Come to the school and see.”
With great anticipation, I went to the school, and there was a tandoori oven! The oven is made of mud and used to cook rotis and vegetables. It costs nothing to use because it heats with little wood branches from dead trees. The students presented me with ten kilograms of flour and some vegetables they bought with money saved over five months. “Now you can start your business!” they shouted. My eyes were so wet with tears, I could not see.
I am sending you pictures of my business. I make rotis and vegetables that sell in our village. Everyone with money buys from me. I give food every day to families who have no money. Today I am living the life of my dreams.
Here is my recipe for rotis:
300 grams flour
10 ml oil
5 ml salt
175 ml warm water
Put flour on your hands and take out small balls of roti mix. Pat into thin pancake. Cook on each side about 30 seconds, or until brown and bubbly. Eat and enjoy!
This is how our finance team operates. Team members serve on the Finance Committee for three months, and then a new member is chosen. This allows more participation among the students. Women can serve on the Finance Committee two times each year.
Translated by Mrs. Ilyas – LWCO volunteer
Hello respected members of Little World Community Organization.
My name is Somia, and I am twenty years old. I am attending the LWCO school in my village for one year now. Attending school is a new experience for me.
When I was three years old I contracted polio, and afterwards I never walked on my legs again. When I was little, my mother carried me everywhere she went, but as I got older she could no longer take me with her because I was too heavy. I stayed in my house, and my mother worried about me. She tried to get me to go to the local government school for children, but I was afraid. I felt myself unfit to be a student and have other children around me.
Now I am an adult. My mother made me leave the house and go to the LWCO school. Everyone at the school is kind to me, and I am learning so many things. I sew clothes now for my family and pretty things to decorate our house. I am confident in my skills and making friends for the first time in my life. I never knew I could do so many things!
At home I have two goats who are my friends. You can see them in this picture behind our hand pump. This is how we get our water, and our goats give us milk. We use wood to heat our home and cook our food.
I thought you would be interested to see our graveyard. This is where my forefathers and family members are who passed on. They are buried near our home so we can visit them often. This is the custom in my village. I am happy that I can live near them.
I send blessings to all of you from your friend, Somia.
LWCO students sew hand-embroidered scarves to support their schools
Salaam my friends. My name is Ahmad, and I live in a village in Northern Pakistan.
I have two older sisters and two younger sisters. My older sisters are married, and my younger sisters and I live with our parents. I studied at a government school, which was very cheap, but I had to drop out when I was in the 5th Standard because my father became quite ill, and I needed to work. Without any skills, I could only do small things at a shop in the village. Every month I would bring home 2000 rupees ($21) which was not enough for our family’s survival. My mother went to work in people’s houses so we could have money for basic necessities.
I saw some of the women in our village going to the LWCO school, and I wondered if my sisters could attend. My sisters told me the school teaches reading, writing, sewing, and embroidery skills. They said the village women told them the school was free of cost. I could not believe this, and I told my sisters I would have to go to the school and confirm what the women told them because our family did not have any money for school fees. I went to the neighborhood with the school and talked to several men who live there. They told me it is true that the LWCO school is free, and that they are comfortable with their wives and daughters going there because the school is a helping place. I took my sisters to the school, and now they are very happy. They come home every day talking about what they are learning and their future, instead of staying in the house all day with no prospects for a better life.
I am inspired to work harder for my family. Today I am 25 years old and mature enough to take on the responsibility for my parents. I am so relieved that LWCO shared my burden of educating my sisters. Today we all have hope for the future.
Translated by Shumila – LWCO Volunteer Teacher
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
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.
Taking the eggs to the village market
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.