SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT – M. Wasim – “It was the happiest day of my life”
Wasim is a bright, ﬁfteen-year-old student of 10th class at Uswa Boys School. He belongs to a Kawardo village of Kharmang district – a rough terrain area without basic facilities. His family consists of ten members. His father is a retired army soldier earning twelve thousand rupees’ salary per month. They moved to Skardu City for better education opportunities, and rented a room there.
“I always dreamed of becoming a doctor and for that I always strived to secure highest position in my class. When the pandemic started suddenly all the sources of earning money became limited and I felt that my dreams would shatter because my father was unable to submit the school fee. Due to COVID- 19, my father could not do any other job. And school administration was calling for the submission of fee. I was thinking to discontinue my education to give some relief to my father. This was an extremely stressful situation for me, weakening me emotionally and physically. My father was also in a state of extreme depression. It seemed there was no one to help us out from this situation.
Then one day my father came and showed me advertisement for scholarship under Gaamzan project, which provided small grants to the most talented and deserving students. As I was topper of my school I had a great chance of getting that scholarship. So with hope and excitement in my heart I applied.
Finally, I received the call with great news that I have been short-listed for the scholarship. It was the happiest day of my life. My entire family is grateful to this project and all the people and organizations associated to it, for granting me a scholarship and helping us in hard time. This support made me more conﬁdent, optimistic, and enthusiastic for future. No doubt, the interventions of this kind is spreading hope and smiles in the remote villages of Baltistan.