GLOSS Issue 3 ( September / October 2017 ) - Page 50

get a chance to study beyond their puberty but being inspired by the volunteers, they would work hard to learn. “Shazia could only speak Saraiki initially but today, she has learnt Urdu and English. Today, Shazia is a beautiful tall independent young lady determined to help her community in a meaningful way. Many of the other girls are serious about becoming doctors and teachers to contribute towards their society. Certainly, our work has contributed to uplifting society in those areas, bringing basic rights to education for many of the female residents.” The Change Within Often, when we seek to help others, we inevitably end up helping ourselves. Sharmeen says, “My work with Resettling the Indus has changed me stupendously as a person. Earlier, I might have been more hot-tempered but today my family tells me that I have grown much more patient. Indeed, I do feel that witnessing the pain of others has changed my perspective towards life”. She also feels that now, when faced with the challenges of life, she does not mope but looks for solutions. “My work with the organisation has changed my mind-set, as on a day to day basis, my work is all about solving problems and moving forward. “ Getting the Help That’s Needed “I am thankful that Resettling the Indus happened to me. The work that this organization does is phenomenal. We have created self-sustaining industries, empowered people to learn new skills like brick-making or house building so they can fend for themselves. We have built schools in remote areas devastated by floods and the journey certainly continues.” Resettling the Indus still largely depends on donations to keep going, although they are trying to move towards self-sustainability and autonomy. “When there is coverage by the media when a disaster strikes, the donations do pour in but soon enough, people forget. We depend on a lot of donations from family and friends but certainly, we need to do more to keep this mission going.” Sharmeen is indeed an extraordinary young lady who is an inspiration for us all. She has chosen to sacrifice much, including a full-time position as a psychologist, to dedicate her energies and time towards the greater cause of helping the less fortunate people of her nation. “Resettling the Indus,” she says, “is a step towards a better Pakistan; a step which will hopefully restore its former glory of the Indus.” She adds, “It’s a 60-year plan but we are moving one step at a time. This is a lifetime of investment but one that we derive great fulfilment from, one life at a time.” 50