CEO of Waste Busters Mr.Asif Farooki came across Lettuce Bee kids Islamabad chapter, and had a vision, to incorporate such kind of an activity at Walled City Lahore, and it should not be limited to scavengers and beggars but also be extended to children who cannot afford to go to school.
The activity was designed by Waste Busters and Lettuce Bee kids (Lahore Chapter) the activity to be conducted every fortnight with the children aged between 5-12 years old consists of teaching the kids sense of observation and discipline which will help them in further polishing their skills in their respective fields. According to Ms.Sarah “once these children are discipline you can easily work with them”.
For the first quarter the topic of the session was decided “MONUMENTS OF LAHORE”. We chose 12 monuments of Lahore namely: Minar-e-Pakistan, Food Street, Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Wazir khan Mosque, Chabburji, Shalimar Gardens, Jehangir tomb, Sunehri Mosque as well as Railway station. The purpose of choosing this topic was to make them familiar with the history of where they live. And we chose 12 significant places so that we can make a corporate calendar for our fellow partners and the money generated can be used for the welfare of these children for buying basic necessities such as food, clothing and toys.
The activity is supported by the local schools of the areas namely AL-Najaf school, and Beacon house School System is also on board with us in this project. The idea of having these students on board with us, is to teach them how to work together to improve the environmental conditions and removing racist grounds. These students from prestigious institutes will get sense of achievement on ethical grounds, and recognition certificates for working with Waste Busters-cleaner tomorrow.
The first activity was held on 19th December 2013, and it was sheer pleasure seeing the outcome, as we had gathered 15 underprivileged children, 10 beacon house students, and 10 students from Al-Najaf school. Ms. Sarah Adeel shared a story with them about Badshahi Mosque, and they were then asked to draw and color their drawing of Badshahi mosque. Walled City Lahore Authority supported this activity, and sponsored food and drinks for these children. The joy on the children faces were rewarding for Waste Busters, as we could already sense a bright and cleaner tomorrow.
Text courtesy: Mehek Amir