Starting a New School

I’m starting a new school in Pakistan! I always thought it would be cool to do something like that, but I didn’t realize I would get the opportunity so soon.

If you follow me much, you know that I’m involved in a service organization called “Days For Girls,” which creates and distributes reusable menstrual hygiene kits for girls and women all over the world. I’ve blogged about it and posted on Facebook.

A couple months ago, a Christian minister from Pakistan reached out to me on Facebook to learn more about our humanitarian service and Days For Girls. I directed him the the website, and started teaching him more about it. He was excited for a new way to help the girls in his community, but he also expressed the need for a school there.

This minister, explained that the population there where they live in Pakistan, is predominately Muslim, and that there was no school in the town for the Christian children. There are about 40 of them, ages 4-15.

His concern was that if people aren’t educated, it’s harder to understand the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ, so he wished for a way to provide education to these children. At that time, it was just a wish. Then I asked him how much it would cost. He didn’t really know, but he started to look into it.

First he hunted for possible places to hold a school. Land was somewhat expensive, and so was rent, it seemed. Our conversation took place over a couple of months. I didn’t really feel confident that I could help him. But I kept chatting with him, and he kept searching.

He finally found a building that would serve the purpose for only $250 in rent per month! He informed me, so I asked him to write a list of all the supplies, materials, teacher’s pay, etc. that would be needed to start and run the school. He went, without a vehicle (since his bike got broken), to all the merchants necessary to price out everything.

I knew I could help him when he reported that the monthly cost to run the school would be about $500. Wow, that’s so cheap! I knew I could figure out a way to help. The start up cost is higher, of course, to purchase all the desks, uniforms, books, and other items needed, which totaled about $4,200.

Again, that is cheap by American standards, and I know many generous people who could help.

I even have a Pakistani friend, who will be going to Pakistan in August, and will be able to visit our little school! My dream is to visit the school myself in a year or two.

Are you one of the generous people who will help start our new school?

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Thank you for your generosity!

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