The situation in Pakistan with COVID-19 is getting worse and daily wage workers are simply not getting any wages and so hunger and fear is rampant. The Garage School focuses on educating the street children, basically children of the sweepers and maids of the nearby rich areas. Neelum Colony itself is one of the dirtiest, poorest areas of Karachi - reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire - right adjacent to some of the poshest areas. Due to uncertainty regarding education and the desperation for food, we have diverted funds from institutional expansion to food rations for these street children and their families.
We fed 60 families in Ramadan. Now, they have asked us for 80 more families which we are fundraising for, and there is of course a waitlist for much more.
Thank you for your support. Please keep us in your prayers.
May 27, 2020
Earth Day, We Planted Trees!
By Tara Dawood - Project Leader
Ambreen with her moringa tree
Thanks to your generosity, this Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we planted 250 moringa trees. Due to COVID-19, lockdown and social distancing, instead of organizing 250 deserving Educate a Girl scholars to plant the trees together, we gifted 250 moringa trees to different caring Karachiites, who each planted the trees separately in their own backyards, where not only did they plant the trees, but are personally caring for and nurturing their growth. They are sharing updates and pictures with us.
Here is a picture of Ambreen with the moringa tree in her backyard. She was so excited to be part of this campaign and help with climate change in Karachi. She had never planted a tree before, and now daily visits her moringa tree and is reminded of nature, climate and the environment every time she does so..
We selected moringa trees for their health benefits and sturdiness.
Although this lockdown has helped with air pollution and climate in Karachi, there are so many climate change needs and more and more trees to be planted. Thank you for your role in this. Please continue to spread the word, donate more and help us plant more trees!
May 27, 2020
Thank you for your generosity
By Ammad Siddiqui - Project Leader
Orphans with their khajoor
We are writing to you as we celebrate the last of the Eid-al-Fitr holidays and the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims. Thanks to your generosity, we gifted 1000 orphans at 8 orphanages throughout Karachi. Boys and girls of all ages, the majority of whom were fasting.
Each orphan got his or her own packet of khajoor. We distributed a little late this year, as most donations came in late. We request that you please donate early so that we can get the khajoor packets by first day Ramadan to all orphans. Nonetheless, your generosity was greatly appreciated and loved and enjoyed by all.