Books for Pakistan
As you know, Pakistan was devastated by the horrific terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Schools have now reopened and our friends at Alif Laila Book Bus Society are more determined than ever to provide a little light into the world of as many children as possible. They are working harder than ever to get books and storytelling to the many children in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), forming partnerships with other NGOs working in the area. As soon as we are able, we will gift a set of 10 Hoopoe Books to each of the survivors of that tragic event. The Principal will let us know when that is possible.
At the end of January five rickshaws headed to five different schools in Lahore loaded with Urdu-English Hoopoe Books for the children.
Teachers read the stories while manipulating puppets, which the children and teachers made up (see our projects page). We are told that children and teachers spent “Hours of happy storytelling, role playing and making/manipulating puppets.”
And, as you can see, the children were very happy to have books of their own.
International Book Giving Day
In Celebration of INTERNATIONAL BOOK GIVING DAY on February 14th, Alif Laila launched the distribution of our new bilingual Urdu-Pashto Hoopoe books by Idries Shah.
5,000 copies (500 of each of 10 titles) were distributed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK):
BRAC distributed 2,000 books and “Make your own Puppets” kits to 200 schools in Swabi, Charsadda and Haripur districts, and an additional 3,000 books were distributed to children in Peshawar, thanks to help from HOPE, Progrowth and Khwendo Kor.
These organizations do amazing work in the area, and we hope to provide them with many more books for the children in their care, just as soon as we can.
If anyone wonders whether providing these wonderful stories to children makes a difference in their lives, these photos will surely give you the answer...
These images were sent with a message from the staff at HOPE to you and to all our donors: “Thank you Hoopoe Books for making International Book Giving Day special for children in Peshawar, KPK. The children were overjoyed to know the books were theirs forever!”
17 Homes for Abandoned Children Receive Hoopoe Books
In November 2014 three sets of our 10 Hoopoe titles in Urdu-English editions were donated to each of the 17 homes for abandoned children run by the Edhi Foundation. The homes are in Multan, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1949, this amazing foundation has, among other things, rescued over 20,000 abandoned infants, rehabilitated over 50,000 orphans and runs over three hundred and thirty welfare centers in rural and urban Pakistan which operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and clinics for the mentally handicapped. For more information: www.edhi.org/about-us/about-edhi-foundation.
Praise From The Alif Laila Book Bus Society
‘When I spoke to the coordinators in Muzaffargarh they told me that the children were completely caught up by the beautiful illustrations and the power of the stories! One child commented:
How blessed I am!”’
From our partner in Pakistan,
40,000 Urdu-English Books Provided
Since 2010 our Books for Pakistan program has provided bilingual English and Urdu editions of Idries Shah’s retelling for children of traditional tales from the region. To date we have provided 40,000 Urdu-English books and we hope, with your help, to do very much more.
We are now in our third year of partnership with the Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS). Established in 1978, ALBBS 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.”
Thanks to ALBBS 2,100 copies of Old Woman and the Eagle are being distributed by Idara-e Taleem-o-Aagai (ITA) as part of reading kits that will be distributed to 700 schools. Additionally, we were able to assist the invaluable work of BRAC Education Program distributing Hoopoe Books to schools in the Khairpur district of Sindh Province. (Click here for photos and a report from BRAC.)
Books for Children in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)
Our plan this year is to help NGOs that have contacted us from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) region. And we have made a start.
ITA have distributed 250 of each of our Urdu-English books to emergency schools serving children from North Waziristan who have fled the Taliban and resultant offensive there and are now refugees in IDP camps in Peshawar city and Bannu. Nearly one million people have fled the region – it’s hard to imagine what they are going through – providing their children with positive stories is something that we can do, and so should.
Only through education will things begin to change! Hoopoe stories inspire children and foster a love of reading and learning. Please help us reach our goal to provide every child in the KPK with a book to read, share and cherish.
Thank you!Click here for more comments from young Pakistani readers.
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