Life in a brick yard village in Pakistan
Those who can neither read nor write, nor have an education, often have no other option than to work in the brick factories outside the city. The workload is barely manageable; therefore parents depend on the help of their children. They help either with the production of the bricks or at home with the care of the family. Children who grow up under these circumstances either irregularly attend school, or do not attend at all. Breaking this cycle is almost impossible.
Cruel Fate of the Monsoon Season
Heavy rainfall during the monsoon season makes it impossible to work with the wet clay. In these months, the production of bricks comes to a complete stop and no income can be earned. To compensate this, money has to be saved during the monsoon-free months, which for most families is not feasible. This leads to hunger among those affected.
Lack of infrastructure
The brick villages are partly isolated. In order to reach educational institutions, longer distances have to be covered. Public transport does not exist and only very few have their own means of transport, which poses great challenges for both pupils and teachers. Their journeys to school and work are long, arduous and dangerous.
If it is not possible for teachers or pupils to take the long distances upon themselves, there is only one solution: the school must come to them! Together with Miracle Schools Ministries, which already successfully operates two schools, we want to build upon on the concept of mobile schools. When the financing has been completed, temporary school tents can be erected and lessons can begin. The high level of flexibility enables quick action and implementation on site and should motivate the village community to let their children attend school.
Vehicles for teachers
Only the factory workers live in the brick villages. The teachers come from the cities and often have to take dangerous routes to get there. To ensure the safe transportation of the mainly female teachers, we want to set up a shuttle transport. For this we need a car and a driver.
Training for teachers and assistants
In order to achieve long-term educational success, both teachers and assistants must be regularly trained. As the grade level rises, so does the profile of requirements for those responsible. Young people who have already completed school can be introduced to teaching activities as assistants in schools and integrated into them on a long-term basis.
Everyday life for children from the brick villages
For most of us the idea of sharing our own four walls with another family is unimaginable. For Salima and her family this is reality. Since the death of her mother, Salima has to take care of her younger siblings while her friends go to school. She also helps her father to make bricks. In order to give you an insight into the everyday life of the children on site, we took these pictures during our last visit. Pictures say more than words! The warmth and gratitude we receive is overwhelming!
Anyone who has ever been there will understand that we can no longer look the other way and finally have to do something for educational justice. Together with our local contact persons, the Miracles Schools Ministries, we would like to make regular school visits for Salima and other children possible. This is the only way they have a chance for a better future. With your donation we can do that!
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