By: Hamza Shahid
Karachi: Pakistan has just celebrated sixty eight years of its independence. However, we have yet to solve our social issues. Poverty, poor education system, Unhygienic food, woman discrimination, child labor, drugs, human trafficking and poor health care system are just some of the social issues that our country faces.
Pakistan is renowned for generous donors. We receive millions worth of dollars from our overseas Pakistanis and international donor agencies, such as USAID, UKAID and AUSAID etc. So where does all these money go? And why we still haven’t we been able to solve any one of those problems?
The main problem lies in our mindset. We believe that just donating in some local madrassah, will solve the problem. According to some stats, this money has been misused and some even ended up in Afghanistan, feeding terrorism. Even when people have given money to some NGO, they rarely do take a feedback about where the money had been used. We believe that solving or helping in a social cause is a specialist thing, like NGO and we as an ordinary citizen just had to donate in monetary way to help contribute.
I believe, it is every one job to help, contribute and be on the forefront to help eradicate these problems. We don’t have to be specialist, but we can help by the skills and lesson we learned from our life.
Take the example of Karachi united. It started as amateur football club in 1996, but later started its own Karachi united football trust. Through football, the trust not only teaching neglected communities and budding youth the beautiful game, but also keeping them out of drugs and creating awareness of a healthy life style. It has also started its polio campaign called united against polio, in which, through organizing football tournament, it is also raising awareness. They also raised awareness about discrimination, which woman face in our society, by organizing football tournament.
Recently Brandon Stanton, also known as HONEY, the founder of the acclaimed page Humans of New York, has raised $ 1.3 million to help end bonded labor by just taking a picture of Fatima and depicting her struggles in ending bonded labor. And then he opened up an account called lets help Fatima and raised the money all through the skills of he being good with camera and telling other people stories.
So you don’t have to be working for NGO to help people or work for a social cause. You can be a photographer, a footballer or a business man. You can apply your experience and the skills you learnt in life and help contribute to a social cause. We all have to contribute if we have to solve our beloved country problems.
The writer is a football freak, love world war history and MBA student of IOBM Karachi.