Literacy to Pakistan project needs funds
Three years ago, Saeed Malik left San Francisco with a vision for how to bring literacy to poor schoolchildren in his native Pakistan. Now he has returned to ensure that his bookmobile program serving 5,000 students every week stays afloat.
Malik, the former director of the U.N. Food Programme in Eastern Europe, started the Bright Star Mobile Library in May 2011. One day each week, one of four ambulances-turned-bookmobiles visit first- through sixth-grade students at 20 rural schools outside the capital city of Islamabad.
"When you go to the school and see the children reading, it's electrifying," said his wife, Siddiqa.
The San Francisco-based Asia Foundation, a nongovernmental organization promoting development in Asia, helped Malik launch the program with a $10,000 donation. "Without that support, the operation wouldn't have started," Malik said.....