By: Hira T. Khan | Keeper of the Blog | Thaakat Foundation
The title of this celebration is a bit of a misnomer. You see, World Book Night is not actually celebrated around the world. So far only a handful of countries (America, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany) have adopted this idea.
So what is it?
Simply stated, World Book Night is a celebration to spread the love of reading. On this day, participating countries mobilize thousands of volunteers to distribute tens of thousands of books to people who are underserved with respect to their location or income status.
A committee of librarians and booksellers chose 30 books to distribute including The Hunger Games, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Zeitoun. In America, 500,000 books are scheduled to be distributed, and in Great Britain, an astounding 1 million. The efforts will be aided by prominent authors like J. K. Rowling and Dave Eggers. Only in its second year, World Book Night is well on its way to making a huge impact!
In the event that you haven’t signed up to be a volunteer for this amazing event, I urge you celebrate in another way. Consider donating books you have outgrown so that others may benefit from them, or perhaps you can try to overcome the reluctant reader in yourself by picking up one of the books on their list.
Brought to you by: Ammara Bokhari/Director of Global Projects/Thaakat Foundation
Miles away from the metropolitan city of Karachi, Pakistan is one of its largest landfill sites called Kachra Kundi. It is home to thousands of families and children, living unaware of a life outside of this vast garbage dump site. In partnership with Idara Al-Khair Welfare Society, Thaakat Foundation is building a new and improved educational facility in a safe and clean area near Kachra Kundi for hundreds of students to receive a proper education in a proper school environment.
Thaakat launched its fundraising campaign “Dreams for Kachra Kundi” last summer and raised more than $11,000! Our Executive Director, Uzma Bawany-Ali, was fortunate enough to visit Kachra Kundi this past December on her recent visit to Pakistan and recalls, “As we entered the shantytowns bordering the hills of waste, cow manure, and burning garbage, my heart dropped to see these children trying to fight the worst kind of poverty. As I walked into the classrooms of Idara Al Khair, the organization managing the school, a strong sense of hope emerged. Children with zero access to the outside world were sitting there writing in English. Their little hands passionately wrote as their smiles conquered any sense of agony.” Uzma was able to capture a few moments of her visit on camera. Click here for video footage of Kachra Kundi.
Construction for the new school site began late last year after purchasing the land. Currently, the structure has been built and the walls of the school are up with nine classrooms nearly completed. Our school is called Al-Khair Campus III. Click here for video footage of the construction site.
Idara Al-Khair successfully runs primary schools in the Kachra Kundi area, educating 250 children every single day of the year and 2,200 children at their first site in Mustafa Colony. The schools run seven days a week, throughout the year, showing just how eager the children are to learn and how passionate the teachers are to educate these young, hopeful minds. We are hoping to soon complete construction of our secondary school at Kachra Kundi, and provide educational materials and supplies along with funding teacher’s salaries.
Funds Needed for Project Completion and 1-Year Sustainability: $16,000
By: Sadaf Syed | Global Projects Lead | Rutgers New Brunswick Thaakat
In typical Thaakat fashion, the biggest events of the year are already underway – and the semester has yet to begin.
This Thursday, August 25, our Rutgers’ chapters will be teaming up to sponsor a benefit dinner during which our guests can simultaneously enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends and help those who are not nearly as fortunate to be doing the same.
I’m nearly drooling at the thought of this dinner already – and this brings me to my next point. For all the Muslims out there the blessed month of Ramadan is currently in full swing, meaning the dinner will also in part be an Iftaar. Ramadan is a month about many things, one of which is the spirit of giving as much as you’re eating – because although we’re not eating during the day, let’s face it folks, we more than make up for it post-sunset.
The dinner is open to everyone, from all religions and cultures, so that we can, together, look at the broader spectrum of life and do something good for someone we may not even know, but have every reason to help.
100% of the profits from the dinner will go towards Thaakat’s two current global initiatives “Project Re-Born” and “Dreams for Kachra Kundi”.
“Project Re-Born” is focused towards building a maternity ward in the village of Blama Perri in Sierra Leone, Africa. Years of civil war in the region have devastated the families of this village, leaving mostly widows and children behind who are in desperate need for any assistance they can be given.
I doubt any of us could ever even imagine calling a garbage dumpsite where trash and sewage are deposited daily “home”, yet this is the sad truth for the 300 families living in Kachra Kundi, Pakistan. “Dreams for Kachra Kundi” (in collaboration with em[POWER]) is an attempt to bring some light to the inhabitants of this desolate village in Karachi.
To donate to our projects online visit: Thaakat on Crowdrise. We look forward to hosting you tomorrow night as we come together to bring hope to those in need!