Nearly 23 million children are out of school in Pakistan. Rohayl Varind wanted to bring them back. So, in December 2016, the 23-year old social activist and educationist set up two branches of Slum School in Faisalabad, around 323 kilometers south of capital Islamabad, offering night classes to children.
The school does not accept cash donations. Instead, it seeks food, stationery, and laptops.
One other thing on Varind’s donations list, interestingly, is solar power-related equipment. Since its inception, the school has relied on solar energy to power its lights, fans, and IT equipment. ”Where my Slum School is located, there is no electricity so I considered solar energy the best alternative,” Varind said. “It’s free and easy to install and use.”