Books for Pakistan
Books for Pakistan provides bilingual English and Urdu editions of Idries Shah’s retelling of Hoopoe Books traditional tales from the region. The editions for Pakistan enable children to read the Urdu translation and the English on the facing page.To date we have five titles: The Farmer’s Wife, The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water, The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal, The Old Woman and the Eagle and The Boy Without a Name.
NEWS UPDATE! November 2013
This year we prepared five more Hoopoe titles. They are now press-ready in English-Urdu editions: The Silly Chicken, Neem the Half-Boy, Fatima The Spinner and the Tent and The Magic Horse all by Idries Shah and translated by Hafeez Diwan. We will print and distribute these just as soon as we have the funds to do so.
We are now in our second year of partnership with the Alif Laila Book Bus Society.
Established in 1978, Alif Laila was one of the first groups in Pakistan to focus primarily on empowerment of civil society and social reform, mainly through education. It has served over one million disadvantaged children through its schools and mobile libraries, and is working with us to distribute Hoopoe Books to these children throughout Pakistan.
Alif Laila uses girls’ education to fight poverty and gender inequality, believing that “by educating girls, we are not only eradicating the secondary place of women in our society, and bringing them up to par with men, but also ensuring the advancement and modernization of our total society. An educated mother has it in her power to change the very culture of the most basic social unit – the family.”
We continue to collaborate with DIL (Developments in Literacy) to donate these beautiful children's books to the children they serve. DIL runs 150 schools serving approximately 15,000 children, especially girls, in underdeveloped regions in Pakistan.
Since the start of our program in Pakistan we have delivered 25,000 Hoopoe Books to the children and we hope, with your help, to do very much more.
OUR PLAN FOR 2014:
Our first challenge in 2014 is to help schools, which have contacted us from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province for a program that follows the model of our Books for Afghanistan Program. Six organizations have approached us with requests for Hoopoe books and teacher training, with particular emphasis on educating women and girls.
As you know, through the amazing presence and work of courageous Malala Yousafzai, this area presents an enormous challenge for the future of Pakistan.
Only through education will things begin to change! Please DONATE NOW to help us provide 200,000 children in the KPK with these wonderful stories. Thank you!
Some comments from the first batch of students at DIL Paradise School, Orangi Town.
The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal:
Afreen Mushtaque (age 7):
Noureen Ayoub (age 6) and Atif Rasheed (age 6):
Mehak (age 6):
The Old Woman and the Eagle:
Komal Saeed (age 6):
Ramzan (age 6), Asma Rasheed (age 4) and Kiran Asif (age 5):
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