Educate a girl

Created: Sunday, 13 March 2011 Written by Lubna Saira

On the way through the village Yellow flowers of  'Sarson' (Mustard) are a symbol  of the village of BhaerProject: To fulfill the needs of Primary and Secondary Govt Girls High School Bhera, Haripur District

"Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from
wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our
society in solitude, our companion when friendless, it guides us to
happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament amongst friends
and an armour against enemies."
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

February 2011, we visited Bhaer a small village in the District of Haripur, North of Islamabad, Pakistan. Below are some pictures to share the current facility, and the lack of resources that is keeping these young aspiring girls from reaching their potential. You will notice how little is needed to change their plight, to give them hope and the confidence to excel whatever they choose to undertake.

 

Saba, an outstanding student who has always topped in class.
Humble resources have not been an impediment.
She may drop out of school due to lack of resources like her other four sisters.
Help her achieve her dream of being a teacher. Her dream costs very little.

 

Classroom for Grade 1
Not a classroom appropriate for 5-7 year old girls.
Sitting on jute rugs, on a cemented floor, very hard and cold.

 

 Grade 2 class sits out in this verandah on
the floor, in extremely cold winter mornings,
rain or shine.
This is due to lack of a classroom.
With $300 this can be enclosed and
children as young as 7-9 year olds
wouldn't have to endure harsh weather.

 

One of few fortunate classrooms that have benches.
Four girls sharing a bench meant for two students.
I did not notice any school bags.
They carried books in plastic shopping bags or in hand.

 

Condition of available furniture. Notice the extra
chipboard top placed between the two chairs to make a bench
that could be used by three to four girls.

 

Not enough chairs. Half the class sits on the jute rugs.

 

Courtyard of Primary School where children play.
But nothing to play with.

 

2 toilets for 200 students
These are situated in the Primary School,
whereas the toilet in the Middle School
do not have water and girls have to walk
quite aways to come fill up a container
from the tap that you see on the right.
Only due to lack of a water tank.

 

Staff room + kitchen + meeting room
From this humble setup they served us tea, pakoras and biscuits
beautifully presented. Their generosity and hospitality was humbling.

 

 

Ms. Noreen Niaz, 9th & 10th grade science teacher waiting to commence
classes. Requesting your help to provide them with Lab equipment.
Lab Equipment cost $400 min, Lab stools, chairs $600
$1000 will ensure that the girls passing exams this month from 8th grade
will be able to continue further education by enrolling in the 9th grade.
Otherwise they will drop out of school. Meeting this need is our top priority.

 

Bhera Girls School needs our help. This program is developed on the idea: Why start new schools and spend on unnecessary overheads, when the existing Government Schools providing a very basic structure can be improved upon to become beacons of knowledge. We will follow up on this blog by posting a comprehensive list of items needed along with their prices.

Help educate these girls. Sometimes a reminder helps us to take a good action, one that may be with Allah's Grace a source of Sadiqah Jariya (Continued Charity) when we will have no power to do acts that benefit our beings.