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In the aftermath of the October 18 carnage, one line that I’ve heard from a lot of people is ‘What will become of this nation?’. Of course, when you see such blatant lawlessness and such debilitating hopelessness, there is little reason to feel hopeful. But before we go on and blame the government(that I am equally guilty of) for everything that we see going wrong, let’s ask ourselves ‘What have we done to change anything?’

It really is high time that we be the change we want to see instead of just talking about it. This post is an attempt to inspire collective change in the readers of this blog. Share stories of incidents when you did something for this city, its people or Pakistan. Be it rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the Earthquake Relief Activities or stopping at a signal at 1 am, hoping others would follow your example. And if you can’t think of anything, go out do something and come back to tell us about it.

9 Comments so far

  1. Paranoid (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    I havnt done anything besides praying for my country.


  2. asa (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    However, I still think that the people of this country are stupid and ignorant, especially when it comes to identifying the truth. They learn and adhere to the truth only when they have seen the worst.
    So, I say let the worst come, so that, if not we, at least our children will one day bask in true freedom.


  3. Pakistani all the way (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    As a Pakistani I think these actions were important
    – In academics I did not cheat in exams even when I had the opportunities and urge. I believe honesty is the thing makes a society.
    – During youth , as far as I remember, I made it a point to pay my tickets while traveling in government transport even when few of friends wanted to avoid and ticket checker forgot it. It was my responsibility as a citizen of Pakistan.
    – I did not take favor from uncles to get the tickets, get the admission or job as I believe every Pakistani has the same rights and should have same opportunities.
    – When 2005 earthquake hit, I along with my friends managed to raise $50K within two weeks. It was my responsibility and people needed someone to take first step.
    – My friend and I took steps to start hightech activities in Universities of Pakistan to promote culture of hands on learning and self reliant.
    – We are also trying to come up with ways to solve the problems of power and clean water in areas where most of my/our ( Pakistani) people reside, people who do not deserve living like that. Primary Education is also a consideration.I beieve literacy and education will change Pakistan.

    Both of us have very limited resources and try to invest in our country’s future whatever we can, without any wish or hope of any personal gain or return. There are 1000s who are working in the country to improve the conditions.
    I have shared this because I thought it may tell people that you do not have to be Bill Gates to fulfill your responsibility as a citizen.
    We know what we are doing may take 50 years to bring a real change. You and I will not be here but Pakistan is here to stay and flourish and prosper inshAllah. If I don’t do it, someone else WILL. My friend and I always think if there is a problem and has to be solved then why wait for others, why not us!.
    – My requests: avoid lies & hypocrisy, do not preach what you are not doing yourself and be organized on the roads. Pakistan will be changed,InshAllah!. :-)


  4. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    When I visit the city and go for Icecream at night, I see lot of children, afgani and local by the parlour begging for money.I ask them whoever reads or attempt to read ABCD to Z will get an Icecream and some money.Then I give them a small lecture about how important it is to stay in school.To my pleasant surprise lot of children wins the icecream because they do go to school in a daytime with their limited resources.


  5. ajjoo (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    I salute you ‘Pakistani all the way’! The small things like paying the ticket and not cheating are the things that make a difference in the long run.

    I started a blog ‘ajjoo.squarespace.com’ for us to share ideas on a collective forum.

    Please feel free to comment.


  6. Neena (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    I help some girls in Karachi, Northern area, Sadiqabad (Punjab), Hub, and Nawabshah with their tuition fees and books. These girls are daughters or relatives of factory workers in Karachi. I keep an eye on their educational progress. They all are planning to be school teachers. Now with Militants blowing girls schools in Northern area girls over there are staying home. So I’m looking for a tutor who can teach them indiscreetly at their home.


  7. Mani (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    In my opinion, the importance of education cannot be stressed enough. We need to revamp our education system. I propose 2 models for this.

    In the first model, we actually pay the poor students to attend the school. Most of the poor students are discouraged from attending school because their parents feel that they are better off at an auto workshop earning for their families. A daily stipend of 100 rupees for each student would be enough to encourage them to attend the school.

    The second model is called the “Rapid Primary Education Initiative”. Simply put, we all know that Pakistan is years if not decades behind other nations when it comes to education. Considering this, we cannot afford to send our children to a school that requires 10 to 12 years of schooling. As an alternative, we must build these special institutes in which the core english and mathematic curriculum is taught in a spam of 1 year. I am sure it doesn’t take six years to learn the basics of the english language or maths. The purpose of this model is to impart mass education in a rapid manner. Once the basics have settled in, these children could then be given introductory courses in computers and other advanced courses.

    We must educate our masses with the taleem of “Deen” and “Duniya”.


  8. IUnknown (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    we shud start helping the poor children to start their small bizness by providing them hammer and cheisel, etcc etc… instead of giving them 10 rupees.

    this will help our country grow as well.

    No doubt education is the basic right of every one and its the responsibility of govt. to make it cheaper and of quality to be available to every one.

    if u find some one talented and u can afford, u shud finance for his education. the person writting this comment was financed by some one .
    I have the same plans in future


  9. matin (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    http://www.nishanerah.org/com_ler_pro.html

    The above link gives an insight of what we are doing at NISHANERAH, a vocational and welfare center for the underprivileged. We have translated a few hundred programs from English into Urdu to teach basic computer literacy to those whose understanding of English is rudimentary. Amongst these translations is BBC’s WEBSISE a must see for those desiring to learn all about the internet and e-mail.
    The rest of the work we do can be seen on our website
    http://www.nishanerah.org
    All our programs are totally free of cost to the community. We believe that if anyone wishes to do work for the underprivileged of Pakistan the first step is the most difficult and once this is taken ALLAH keeps providing guidance for the rest of the way.



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