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Book drive and weekly book readings for under-privileged students

Sameer Shehzad Salim,Zarak Quraishi, Nireen Shehzad Salim, Saif Quraishi, Daneyal Quraishi and Noor Zoberi founded Eternal Hope, a charity and community service organization 7 years ago with the intention of coming out to help earthquake victims. They are now joined by scores of friends in their endeavour.

They represent the youth of our country and they feel that have to serve our nation as role models for other Pakistani youth to emulate. The population of Pakistan from age 16-21 years is approximately 32% of the population. They believe that development has to arise from the community and the youth have to take charge. Their firm belief is that the enthusiastic and active youth can contribute to the transformation of Pakistan by addressing social issues.

Recently, they launched their first large scale project, a book drive with McDonald’s. Their inspiration came from their desire to better their city and their country. In their research on how to improve social conditions, they found that communities ranking high in development indices have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.

This recently-launched ‘Book Drive Campaign’ is benefiting hundreds of children who have little or no access to books and stationary. It is a win-win situation for all, as literally, heaps of books lying in our homes will be distributed to children who have no access to them. This will be of immense value to a nation that is illiterate in large numbers, and even those who can read or write have little or no access to books. This will encourage us to be empathetic and socially responsible, traits that so critically need to be instilled.Through this drive these dynamic youth have collected over 3000 books and are hoping to collect many more as the drive progresses and expands. Once collected, these books are to be distributed to schools for underprivileged children in Pakistan. On the 10th of August, they created the first library at TY Manghopir School. This effort was appreciated and praised by Dr.Ruth Pfau and Sister Jeanine Genus. They were full of praise for this young dynamic team and hoped that many more would follow in their footsteps. They were very happy that hundreds of students will benefit from this initiative.

On March 11th, Eternal Hope brought smiles to many at the first ‘Book Reading Session’ held at the scenic premises at the Sea View outlet of McDonald’s from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Students from Qurtuba School were invited to the event. Saman Shamsie and Mrs. Zaidi read out stories in both English and Urdu languages. The students were overjoyed and they could not suppress their joy and delight. Beautiful memories were created and the dreams of many were becoming a reality. This is planned to be a weekly event aiming to benefit hundreds of students from under-privileged schools. This weekly event will invite readers and the general public to come and be a part of this noble and much-needed effort and to promote the habit of reading.

Eternal Hope goes forward, with great hope. Eternal Hope is working hard to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and the development of society.

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