Hearts Of Gold: From Buner To Islamabad, These People Voluntarily Help Their Communities In Everyday Struggles

Hearts Of Gold: From Buner To Islamabad, These People Voluntarily Help Their Communities In Everyday Struggles
Pakistanis are famous for doing wonders in social work for a long time, but people who live in the peripheries are often not highlighted in the mainstream media – which is why their stories do not come to the front. This article is based on the wonders done by some people living in the peripheries and universities of this country.

The first story is of Mr. Zaib Ur Rahman and Mr. Munawar Shah who are ex-students of the University of Buner. They have been trying to provide access to the downtrodden people in society who cannot afford purchasing their own vehicles for taking their emergency patients to hospitals. The gentlemen have established their own team of social workers in their village Matwani, district Buner. The team raises funds, especially from overseas Pakistanis, which are their only source of their income for doing social work. The Refahi Committee, with the help of these gentlemen, have purchased two ambulances so far, which is a good omen for the residents of the area. “The team has a lot to do in a short time, but it is an encouraging step for the time being” says one of the members. The team deserves immense respect and appreciation. There is a lot to learn for the people living in the area on how a team of young people is changing lives and bringing smiles to many faces and saving precious lives.

The second one is the story of the faculty and administrative members of the University of Buner, who have been contributing to a noble cause by educating and assisting the poor and less privileged students from their meagre salaries. Unfortunately, the story has not been brought to the spotlight by any local or mainstream media. The financial contributors are doing wonders in their own capacity, and they must be appreciated it. It is an honour for the University of Buner that it has been blessed with such members who have hearts of gold.

Another story is of an ex-student of the University of Buner named Mr. Shah Jehan, who with the help of other faculty members and relatives, recently purchased three expensive water coolers for the Government Primary School Elai, located at district Buner. These donors won the hearts of the kids of the area, as drinking normal water in scorching heat becomes impossible. Mr. Jehan did what his name demanded.

The next story is of a medical doctor named Dr. Shahzad Khan from district Buner, who gifted more than a hundred expensive fiction and non-fiction books in the recent past to the central library of the University of Buner. The doctor is fond of reading and donating books to the people around him. His efforts are bearing fruit. He has also established a library in his village for readers and enthusiasts, which shows his spirit and zeal. This is how an individual is doing wonders in the peripheries of Pakistan.

The next story is from the heart of Pakistan, in the federal capital, where Dr. Anwar Shah from Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has been assisting students financially. His Roshni Trust is a well-known trust here in the capital. The trust reaches out to the less-privileged students of the top ranked university (QAU Islamabad) who cannot afford the heavy fees and accommodations of the university. This trust also provides loans to students in difficult times. The contributors’ and donors’ names must be written with golden words on the pages of history.

Such fascinating and encouraging stories have no end on this fertile land. The next story is that of the students of QAU, who have been teaching street children on the campus, free of cost. The families of these children cannot afford to send their children to schools. So, in their spare or free time, they are taught by the students of Quaid-i-Azam University. These students are changing the lives of hundreds of families, which will one day bear fruit.

The writer is an MPhil scholar at the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad