Can you Imagine?
How would you feel:
If you had to lift your loved one on your shoulder and walk 3 hours them to the hospital, because they are in immediate need for medical assistance?
If your kid or sibling had to walk 3 hours, just to go to school?
If you had to spare a whole day to purchase all the household groceries as you had to walk for 6 hours to complete your trip to the market and back?
What if something of daily use in your house was finished and you had to again travel 6 hours to get a new soap?
If you had to ask 5 people for help to get the heavy weighted household things to bring them to your home?
Have you ever imagined that? No, I don’t think so.
But there is an Area in Pakistan where people are living this life.
It’s my home village, Keva, with 50+ families living there. It is a village in Kashmir Area of Pakistan I was born and raised here till I was 13 years old. It’s a beautiful village with everything natural, very far from the city and almost no facilities (No roads not even Mobile signals).
Most of the people have below average monthly income. (Around $70 - $100). Farming is the main profession to run the household, but they have no reach to the cities as there is no road. We can reach the nearest road by walking 3+ hours on uneven mountainous surface which is more dangerous and slippery in the event of rain.
How I born, raised, and educated?
I had to walk 6 hours (3 hours each side) to go to school and sometimes live near the area of school in case of rain and snow. I had to walk 6 hours to buy groceries and taking them back home always proved a real challenge. I used to lift 35-50 KG weight on my shoulders. My father was an army man and had better earnings, so he was able to afford sending me to a better school after I had completed my primary education. Others, in my village were not so fortunate.
Problems and what I and community tried to fix so far.
- Clean Water: Due to unclean water, hepatitis and TB rate was raised high in 2010 so I donated my few salaries, asked my friends for donations and help, had local community donated some and got a water pipe line which costed around $8000.
- School: My father built a school shelter there and hired a teacher from city who lives there 5 days and teach kids. (government provided a teacher, but he never comes as this area is very far away. He hired a local less educated guy who works as his proxy so he can keep his government job.)
- Road: This is the project we will be talking about below.
There was an earthquake in 2005 which also destroyed the area and local economy and in same earthquake I lost my mom.
Don't be surprised this is how governments do in developing countries, don’t really care about the community.
What are the issues that can be solved, if we get a Road to them?
This village had 8 deaths in last 15 years due to the people not being able to reach hospital on time.
No roads mean no Ambulance or car even. Patients have to be carried by people on uneven surface. In those deaths, 6 of them were ladies which died during the delivery. Right now, the people who can afford, bring their women to city few months before delivery. They have to wait few weeks after the baby is born to make sure he is vaccinated and healthy before returning home. But not everyone has this luxury.
Their farmed organic products cannot reach city at all, because there is no form of transport available because of lack of roads.
Their education system cannot be improved as they don't get good teachers because it is very difficult to reach there.
They cannot get good work which can earn them a good money and a good life style.
What I am doing right now?
I was on vacation last week and went there and had meeting with local community and asked everybody do their best to participate. We got the machinery to build a road. Local community has decided that each household will sell 1-2 animals (depending on how much they have) to participate. They are participating around $100-$300 each family. I have donated some money and got things started (see in pictures attached). But the hopes are less as this needs much money to build this but we are very very short on funds.
What you can do?
I would like you and everyone in my circle to donate as few as $5 or donate as much as you can do. And big thing is please spread this message to people around you. Also, I live and work in a country where FB fundraisers cannot be created so if anybody willing to create a fundraiser for it that would be great. We waste so much money on things we don’t even need. You cannot understand the difficulties these people face without living through this yourself. 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.