Planting the Seeds of Learning: Part 4
Nearly 7 years after the tragic earthquake, Seeds of Learning is hosting its 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner in an effort to continue the momentum of hope and change that overpowers the destruction and devastation left behind. Follow the journey as we explore the mission, vision and history of Seeds of Learning in this 4-part blog series. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.
At Seeds of Learning, starting from a Kindergarten through 3rd grade school and gradually adding on, success will take time.
UNICEF estimates that there are 960,000 school-age children in the Northern Pakistan area that are in need of school support. Therefore, there are hundreds of thousands of children in Pakistan who are not able to attend the Seeds of Learning Campus of Hope, or other TCF schools, due to many obstacles. In the grand scheme, Seeds of Learning helps only a few, and many wonder why reaching so few kids can be considered such a great success.
However, the impact in educating a small percentage of children is one that is severely underestimated, like that of putting a single drop of ittar into a bucket of water. Without it, the bucket of water has no scent, but with a single drop, the entire bucket is transformed and releases a wonderful perfume.
Take for instance the story of Anum Fatima. A young girl who grew up in Karachi’s steel town slum “Ibrahim Goth” in Pakistan, she had almost no hope of becoming educated. However, a TCF school opened its doors to her community, allowing her to not only attend school but graduate from college and accept an internship at the prestigious Harvard University.
It is a story like this one that is comparable to that single drop of ittar. Anum’s story serves as an inspiration to every child in Pakistan who will be told the story of Anum Fatima and think to themselves, “Why not me?”
Stories like these can spread like wildfire in a community, spreading hope to every child. Seeds of Learning and TCF may not be educating every child in the classroom, but they are educating the masses through each child that graduates.
Stay tuned to learn more about how the Seeds of Learning experience comes together to make way for the next step; one that even you can take part in!