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    Helping kids at Natt Kalan stay fit and active!

    Day 195

    Fun and Games

    Before leaving Natt Kalan, we wanted to do one more project with the families and kids at the school. The projects we’ve done so far were all about their nutritional needs — the new garden and trees would produce fruits and vegetables they could use, the borehole would provide water, and Ramadan packages would help tide them over through the holiday.

    But we all know that staying healthy isn’t only based on a healthy diet. It also involves staying physically active and fit. So today, we’re providing sports equipment for all the students!

    Everything from cricket bats to badminton rackets, jump ropes and soccer balls, we wanted to make sure that all of the students found something they liked, keeping both the boys and girls engaged and active while at the school.

    This idea actually came from a group brainstorm that we did with our team in Islamabad. All of the team members wrote down ideas they had themselves, and then broke out into little groups to discuss which idea they liked the best. One group chose providing sports equipment for a school.

    Riba, a member of the group and the HR Manager of our Pakistan program, told us “sports equipment is such a basic thing that we can provide our students that will keep them engaged, healthy and happy. It will bring a little more joy to their day, and make such a big difference.”

    Because we had enough money to do this at two schools, we chose to give one set of sports equipment to Natt Kalan, a school in the outskirts of Lahore, plus another set to Shah Allah Ditta, a recently inaugurated school on the edge of Islamabad. Both schools were incredibly excited and grateful for the new additions!

    This change made possible by Mankind Is My Business


    Meet Sam!

    Sam developed an interest in forced displacement, food, and identity while working on her MA. She’s now using this knowledge to support Changemakers 365 on food security and agricultural projects across our countries. When she’s not off on a work trip, she’s busy fermenting beverages, training for half marathons, or listening to podcasts at her home in Minneapolis.


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