A Demolished School and so much More

by Ruqaiya Ramzan

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For me, one of the best parts of being on the projects team at ADP is being able to see the impact of our work after a project has been implemented. For the PKSS project in particular, we were able to see videos and photographs of children happily reading books in their new schools, solving mathematical problems on a whiteboard and playing during their break time. Hence, it was extremely saddening to hear about the destruction of one of these schools and the surrounding slum community a few weeks ago. The schools were built to be mobile; if the slum communities moved, the school could be disassembled and moved to a new location. It was one of the key reasons why our team was so excited about this project. What we perhaps did not anticipate was that the slum communities would be given no notice or time to move and be destroyed immediately, along with the school.

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What does this mean for future ADP projects? If anything, this motivates me to work harder and focus a bit more on the aspect of governmental intervention in future projects. In the long run, I think ADP and other non-profit organizations can work to build relationships with the relevant governmental authorities to talk things through and avoid such incidents. In the meantime, there’s no reason why we should stop helping the people of Pakistan – if anything, we have one more reason to do so.