Can you Imagine building a road?
Firstly could you imagine:
If you had to lift your loved one on your shoulder and walk them for 3 hours to the hospital, because they are in immediate need of medical assistance?
If your kid or sibling had to walk 3 hours, just to go to school?
Have you ever imagined that? I don’t think so!
But there is an Area in Pakistan where I came from where people are living this life.
It’s a village with 50+ families living there. I was born and raised there till I was 13 years old, it’s a beautiful and natural place, very far from the city and has almost no facilities (No roads, hospital not even mobile signals etc.). In 2005 there was an earthquake which also destroyed the area and local economy. The families have been rebuilding ever since.
Most of people’s monthly income is below the average (Around $70 - $100). Farming is the main profession to run the household, and they have no reach to the cities as there are no direct roads. The nearest road is reachable by walking 3+ hours on uneven mountainous surface which become dangerous and slippery in the event of rain. It’s actually a living Trauma. And I lived this same life until I was 13 when my father took me to the city for education as he was an officer and could afford a bit more. Most people in Keva do not have this luxury.
I want to make a difference in Keva.
These are the challenges I and community have tried to fix so far.
- Clean Water: Due to unclean water, hepatitis rate was raised high in 2010, my friends and I donated to help create pipe-borne water to the local community which cost around $8000. (It still needs maintenance)
- School: My father built a school shelter there and hired a teacher from the city who lives there 5 days in the week. But still there are huge improvements needed under many aspects.
- Road: This is the most important project right now (and I'll be talking about it some more below). I am also working on it with Local Villagers.
What are the issues that can be solved if we get a Road to the people in Keva?
This village had 8 deaths in last 15 years due to the people not being able to reach the hospital on time.
In those deaths, 6 of them were pregnant Ladies. Right now, the people who can afford, bring their women to city few months before delivery, but not everyone has this privilege. They can get access to hospital, School, Bigger market and their crops can reach to the main city. So the lives will be changed dramatically if we get road to them.
What I am doing right now?
I and local villagers had a lot of talks to find ways to get a Road there and now finally decided to construct a Jeep track on our own. We got the machinery to build the road and its halfway now, Local community sold 1-2 animals each family to participate and to contribute $100-$300 from each family. I will be donating a portion of my earnings every month this year and will be gathering donations from my circle. But the hopes are less as this needs much money to build this and we are very very short on funds. The work is in Progress and halfway is still pending. Funds shortage already started, So I and local community is trying to figure out this.
We project that this road will cost about $20,00 for a jeep track and $50000 with sub stone base (To avoid issues in rain) and I'd like your help. (Please do not share on your personal FB profiles as in UAE there are huge fines on gathering donations personally)
What you can do?
- Please donate as much as you can do.
- Share/Spread this message around in offline conversations and on online platforms.
Larger Impact: Your donations will not only help our village but other nearby villages too. More than 200+ families with more than 1500+ people will be directly affected by your donations.