How the One Rupee Project can help literacy

Published: April 10, 2012
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The One Rupee Project is an idea that provides a clear vision of making a self-sustainable Pakistan. The movement was started by Sarosh Waiz and some of his friends in an effort to help the sectors of education, skill development and entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

The idea behind this movement is that a small donation given on a regular basis can make a big change. It thus, seeks a contribution of just one rupee a day, which will add up to Rs365 per year per person. This means that initially, if only 100,000 people are approached, the minimum funds generated will be Rs36,500,000. This sizeable sum is just after the donation of one rupee a day – imagine if people gave more!

The basic areas where the collected funds will be spread are towards the primary and secondary education, financing small businesses, and skill development sectors.

This project is a transparent effort at making a better Pakistan. Because credibility matters a great deal to people providing funds, knowledge of where and how their money has been allocated is easily available. This initiative by the One Rupee Project includes the school fee of 25 to 30 students per year. This is provided to enable children to secure their future so that they can continue their studies, and later find jobs for themselves.

Recently, Djuice Pakistan sponsored the One Rupee Project as well. Our aim is to invite bigger corporations to take part in this concept, and eventually make an impact on a greater geographical scale. The One Rupee Project will work as an NGO in the long term.

The people of Pakistan are desperately waiting for a change, and this is the time to be a part of making that change – encouraging a better,  azaad (free) and khud mukhtar (self-sustainable) Pakistan.

Muhammad.Mustaqeem.Yousfani

Muhammad Mustaqeem Yousfani

The author is pursuing his BBA from SZABIST Karachi and blogs at Students of Pakistan. He recently joined Youth Parliament of Pakistan and is also a die hard cricket fan. He tweets @MustaqeemYousfa

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