The future looks bright for the young men graduating from the Street League Academy, writes Amber Fairrie of Creatives Against Poverty. But it hasn’t always been that way.
It was a grey and windy morning as Nafesha, Makda and myself walked through the little paths of Calthorpe Park in London to a meeting room overlooking a football pitch. But the moment we walked in to the graduation ceremony for the young men of Street League it was smiles and sunshine all round! Street League, a Trust charity partner, uses the power of football to get disadvantaged youth into work, education or training.
A Taste of Pakistan: Hospitality, History… and Truck Art
Seven days in Pakistan is not enough to know the country, but at least we’ve become acquainted. Visiting the Trust’s charity partners—Developments in Literacy (DIL) and LRBT—took me to cities and villages in the Punjab and Sindh provinces. I travelled from the heart of South Asia’s largest slum to remote rural areas where women wash clothes in rivers and cow dung is dried for fuel.
Right from the very start, no matter where I went, unprecedented hospitality prevailed. Pakistan is famous for it. Warm welcomes are swiftly followed by refreshments. Pakistani people cannot do enough for their guests. From charity headquarters in the cities to rural community centres built by local villagers, hospitality flows.