National and international terrorism, natural disasters (earthquake 2005 and flooding 2010 & 2011), socio-economic and political instability have severely affected the living of common people in Pakistan since past two decades. Unstoppable inflation and continued increase in fuel and utilities prices has adversely affected low and middle level families’ daily living. Energy crisis resulted in reduction in production of industries, agriculture sector that also caused reduction in job opportunities for common people. Crime rate in urban and rural areas is increasing day by day and good governance by government has become a big question mark.
Shine Society’s target area is 9 slums of Federal Capital Islamabad, where almost 95% inhabitants are poor and illiterate Christians migrated from rural areas of Punjab Province to earn their livings in metropolitan city. These 9 slums host about 80,000 low paid inhabitants working in government and private offices as cleaners and houses of rich people as domestic workers. They live in 7500 small mud and bricks houses without proper basic living facilities (clean drinking water, sanitation, electricity, gas, healthcare, education etc). The average family size is 8 and average family income is PKR 9,000 per month (US$100). In 80% cases only 1 family member is breadwinner and rest are dependent on him/her. Literacy rate at primary level is 50%, at high school level 15% and university level 4%. Selling drugs and liquor is day by day increasing in slums and attracting young boys as carriers of drug suppliers. Young children are vulnerable and seriously prone to social crimes. Target Community of Children Education Program Shine Society target communities are France Colony and Iqbal Town areas for children’s education Plan. In France Colony Total population of France Colony 850 families lives in 642 houses and total population is 6930. In some cases 2 or 3 families live in one house. Among 6930 there are 1217 (617 boys and 600 girls) children of 9-19 years age and 3163 children of 1-9 years age. Key focus of Shine Education Plan is 900 children of 3-5 years age. Like other slums, France Colony lacks education facility for young children. There is an urgent/ genuine need of providing education to children for their personality development and character building, better future and protection from social crimes (drugs etc.).
Reporter: Mr Imran Salim Shahid