Street Kids Of The City.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/StreetChildren_KMB-thumb.jpgThese children on the streets of Karachi work hard all day to earn just enough to feed them selves. their playground are the roads, their education is their work experience, exposed to drugs and child abuse, deprived of basic rights, oblivious of education they are a few of the thousands of such children who sleep in the open sky, on the streets of Karachi.

Next time you see such a child on a signal offering you a car wash or begging for money please don’t encourage them instead tell them to get education, ask your maids and servants to educate their children and tell them if they don’t you will fire them, Don’t let the children of your servants work in your house, don’t hire child labor in your factories or work place, sponsor underprivileged children for education.

It is our encouragement which is keeping them on the streets and forcing them into child labor. It takes not much to bring a positive change in our society, provided we work together to save the future of this city and the future of these innocent souls. Please take a few minutes to think about it.

8 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    “please don’t encourage them instead tell them to get education”

    You couldn’t get more out-of-touch to reality then this brother. If you ever talk to them & ask why they dont get educated you will know they want to but they cannot.

    The cost of normal (not a good one) has gone out of ones hands now. They don’t get educated because it has become a luxury item now. And the one they possible may get in gov institutes is not worth trash, with exceptional stories apart. The citizens foundation is doing a remarkable job.

    “Don’t let the…….sponsor underprivileged children for education.”

    Now thats more like an excellent point. This is what the minimum we can do but if a massi come to you and say she cannot bear the burden of the family alone & wants to have her children work too how can you refuse, tell me?

    Alternatively, you take her house responsibility or let her get her children on work too. There are some harsh realities & we have to live with them until a change come. And change wont come just by refusing & acting like champion of “Child Rights” & all that NGO-style slogans.


  2. Zainub (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Our massi has five kids, all go to school. We’ve created this family fund for her, each of my khalas and us sisters donate some amount of sadqa/zakat do it annually and she takes money from it on monthly basis to pay for her children’s educational/other expenses.

    While she was working at our place, she also once asked this other really big house in the muhalla where she also worked for help, and I couldn’t for my life believe what they told her. Instead of helping, they asked her why she was sending her daughter to school, she’d have to sit at home and cook and clean anyway. The poor woman returning home crying.

    The biggest reality for me is that even the literate and rich sometimes behave worse of then these street kids, many of whom, I’m sure are the hidden stars of this city, which if given the right opportunity, could surprise as with how far they can go. I just look at Parveen’s kids really as an example, they’re amongst the most talented bunch of fellows in their age group in my entire family. If only the government and more individuals in society bothered, there could be so many more Parveen’s kids.

    But a thoughtful post Jamash, and very nice photos.


  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    I agree with the point of not encouraging ‘beggars’.
     
    A lot of them – even the younger ones – are hardened leeches that beg as a profession.
     
    For the kids, if one can he or she should sponser a child. You can do this through TCF, a reliable NGO (there are some out there who actually work) or independently (Your servants kids or someone in the neighbourhood).(Charity begins @ home ppl :)).
     
    I cant remember the last time I actually gave money to a beggar, but do try to contribute by buying them (kids) eatables that they cannot turn around and return for cash.
     
    Begging has become an “Art” in Pakistan & is taken as a profession.
     
    When our leaders beg the entire known universe for scraps, we really shouldnt expect the under-priviliged not to do so.
     
    There are very few who actually get educated, but what good is a Metric degree?? (If they reach that far). BBA/MBA/MBBS degree holders are jobless, what hope is there for others?
     
    Would’nt teaching them skills be more usefull??
     
    + as Bayl’s post pointed out to the stock market balooning.
     
    If the economy really is that strong, how do the men incharge explain the increasing poverty & crime rate??
     
    In the past 10 years, how many jobs have been created??
     
    —-Poverty can never be “eradicated“(as is the mission statement of countless ‘charities‘.It can be reduced & you only have to look as far as Bangladesh & the micro-financing started by Dr.Mo Yunus’s Grameen bank.
     
    BBC Radio 4 recently did a docu on how much the standard of living has improved in various villages due to such schemes. Grameen provides easy loans + facilities, such as machines, seeds & tips for farming, solar panels for electricity etc.
     
    Since the current PM is such a “World renowned” & “Respected” banker, shouldnt he have thought about the masses instead of encouraging & boasting about car-financing schemes that have turned the entire nation into creditors??
     
    —-
     
    @ Zainub: There are some really sick ppl out there, but then thats human nature I guess.
     
    I was listening to Iqbal Hussian once,—- (The Lahori painter who was born into the red-light district & has worked all his life to better the lives of his surroding ppl)—- He was reflecting on the time of his daughters marrige. He asked one of the “Rich” people he knew for help.
     
    The guy told him “Sorry but I cannot help you. Im having my kitchen remodelled”…..:|.
     
    Whats more imp? A fancier kitchen or a girl getting married??
     
    Its commendable what you guys did & i would advice ppl to watch “BORN IN BROTHELS“. (if¬†u cant get it in the market, download it from here)(700mb .torrent)
     
    Its an oscar winning documentary by Zana Briski on the lives of the kids born in Calcutta’s red light districts.
     
    These guys taught a bunch of the kids photography & some of them were brilliant.¬† One of the boys even got a scholarship to Germany (Or The Netherlands….I dont remember a 100%), while another is¬†doing very¬†well¬†@ a private school in the US.
     
    More info on the kids can be found here¬†& you can see how that 1 year of teaching has transformed their lives. (Yes they came into the spotlight & were given op’s, but still, every bit helps).
     
     
     
     


  4. Kashif (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    About jobs being created – we are not serious enough to create jobs. We want to part away with few rupees at a time rather than giving somebody a 5K per month job. Also, another reason of rise in poverty (forget inflation and other blah blah) is incorrect and inefficient distribution of zakat and saddaqat.


  5. santa (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    @ zainab
    It’s all government (musharraf’s) fault for not providing an education and feed those kids and definietly not her fault for having 5 kids when she cant even afford to feed and educate 1.


  6. Neena (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    Zainub,

    That’s a great thing and I encourage everyone who can to do so. This is the best way to benefit one’s fellowmen. Lot of my family members does something like this along the line. We also have some nut case neighbors who don’t help their household staff for several reasons only known to them. The weirdest one stuck to me. They say one can’t give any sadqa or zakat to paid employees and they even discourage others for doing so. No one can challenge them as they belong to Tablighee Jamaat. For the record they don’t send their kids to regular schools either. They just let them become Quran Hafiz and proudly tell everyone how their place in heaven is reserved due to this act (Popular belief is Quran Hafiz’s grandparents and parents will surely goes to heaven and all their sins were forgiven).


  7. Imran (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    My religion is (simple). My religion is kindness.
    ~ Dalai Lama.


  8. pkhan (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    Charity Begans at home,You do not have to look around to do charitable work just pay close attention to your close family members who do not have much but they do not ask for help but you can see that they need help.
    Naki kar aur Darya main dal.



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