3.3 million kids under the age of 14 work full-time in Pakistan just to fill their bellies. They are often responsible for providing for the family and have no extra money for schooling or improving their situation. “I started working when I was 11. I used to go to school, but my father said we couldn’t afford it,” explains 14-year-old Amir Khalid.
15-year-old Sheereen and her brother Hasan started a street school in Karachi, Pakistan to educate the city’s poor and homeless youth just like Amir. Currently, 47% of Karachi’s youth have no access to education. It encourages a cycle of poverty and hopelessness that can only be stemmed through action.
With little more than a blackboard, foldout tables, and chairs Sheereen and Hasan have created an environment where students like Shabaz can make their dreams come true.
“My father will not let me study, but I wish to become a doctor in the future. I really want to study.” – Shabaz
Check out the video below and see how two local siblings are changing the lives of kids in their community. It really is amazing to see two passionate teenagers changing the very fabric of their neighborhood. What can you do in yours?
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Two teenagers started a street school to educate poor and homeless children in Pakistan
Posted by NowThis on Sunday, March 20, 2016
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