When we speak about the hidden beauty in the people of Pakistan, not only does it involve selflessly helping out the poor and the destitute ones but, also the minorities. Over the past few years, a lot of non-profit organizations are turning up and trying to help the needy ones. What is so amazing is that these organizations are not what you think they are but, a rather one-person company. Marrya Abbasi’s Pakistan is a project who highlights these superheroes of our society who generously help out their community. Next, there is Islamabad’s most famous Master Ayub, who has been teaching children of the poor for free since more than a decade. In short, Pakistan is not short of superheroes for our society, and there is one who helps out the country’s transgenders as well.
Based in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, there is a school that is trying to teach the poor for free. However, the Mount Hira School caught attention when it initiated a project in collaboration with Faiz-e-Aam welfare trust to enroll transgenders in their school for basic education. The school, based in sector G-12/4, plans to provide Quran and computer classes to the transgender community. The project involves teaching how to type, Microsoft Office, send emails, and internet browsing. This, of course, comes with the willingness of the student, the transgender person.
The Takreem Project, as the Mount Hira School calls it, currently has 16 students and looks positive upon increasing the numbers. Founded in 2007, the school aims to provide a structured education, formal schooling, and character building to the children of the needy ones. They wish to mould these children into civilized and cultured citizens, so that they may grow in life for their families.
It is becoming increasingly common for an organization or a group to help children with free education. However, to provide a helping hand to the forsaken gender speak volumes about what a group wants in a society.
Although Pakistan’s government announced to make room for a third gender slot in their official documentation of CNIC, what really matters is how the local community treats this minority group. To even sit next to them on equal levels spark an egoistic rage among most of the people, men and women both. What we all should realize, the most basic fact, is that this minor group is an equal part of our society with as much equal right as all of us.