Lahore, the 26th largest city in the world encloses some of the most deprived areas. Lahore has been declared as the “City of Literature” by UNESCO because it is a historic city that is rich in vibrant culture and heritage. The city has diverse economic activities including the manufacturing industry, steel, telecommunication, and others but unfortunately, it has some of the poorest areas as well. Mansoora is a small town in between the metropolitan city. The residents of this area have mostly migrated from nearby villages in search of better economic opportunities or sources of income.
In most families, all family members including the children work to make ends meet. The children are victims of Child Labor due to extreme poverty. Some of them work in milk shops, some work as helpers of mechanics and some sell vegetables at small vegetable shops. These families are unable to earn enough money to provide food three times a day. The children join hands with their parents to pay rent and to pay for their basic necessities. Child labor is very common in this area. Young girls also work with their mothers in homes as house cleaners to earn money.
The people of this area dream of providing education to their children but unfortunately, they are not able to do so. The government schools are very far away while the private schools are very expensive. STAR School Mansoora is a light in the darkness for the families living in Mansoora Bazaar, Lahore. STAR school Mansoora Bazaar, provides free education to the children of the area. The helpless parents who are unable to send their children to any school because of income constraints, send their children to STAR Schools. The STAR School Mansoora has a total of 30 children. Teacher Afshan Naz shared that almost all the children work in the mornings and then after work they come to STAR school Mansoora Bazaar to study. PAGE Pakistan provides uniforms, books, stationery and other essentials to the students as well.
Andleen Razzaq and her husband Mansoor Ahmed have taken charge to sponsor and raise funds for the STAR School Mansoora Bazaar, Lahore.