From Pakistan: Delivering Books to Peshawar and Quetta
May 28, 2008
In March, I traveled to Quetta and Peshawar to oversee the distribution of 15,000 books to the University of Balochistan and the University of Peshawar.
Books can annihilate a sense of distance, whether between people or places. In Pakistan, donations from Books for Asia (BFA) ” amounting to 2.5 million books since 1954 — have traditionally concentrated on Pakistan’s major cities, offering great benefit to public schools and universities, libraries, and nongovernmental organizations. Now there is an effort underway to expand the program in Balochistan, the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In March, a large donation reached Quetta, in Balochistan, and Peshawar, in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), helping to ensure that more Pakistani students can access information.
Our book fairs in Quetta and Peshawar introduced available books to other local institutions, besides the universities, as well. Through the Pakistani media and The Asia Foundation’s other projects, the amplified presence of BFA’s educational resources is now taking root in these traditionally underserved areas. Recently, BFA made an initial donation of approximately 300 books to the Women Councilors Association in the NWFP, which was formed with the assistance of the Foundation; another donation of 300-500 books will come in June. The women are using these books to develop their resource center, which is primarily used by the female councilors, but is also open to other women in the province.
The Foundation’s BFA program is enriched by its over fifty-year presence in Pakistan and will continue to donate books to government institutions, such as the Election Commission of Pakistan, which the Foundation worked with earlier this year through its Supporting Free and Fair Elections project. We look forward to other ways to complement our health, economic empowerment, gender equality, and governance programs by donating books to inspire institutional development and a long-term devotion to learning.
About our blog, InAsia
InAsia is posted and distributed every other Wednesday evening, Pacific Time. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].
ContactFor questions about InAsia, or for our cross-post and re-use policy, please send an email to [email protected].
The Asia Foundation
465 California St., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
PO Box 193223
San Francisco, CA 94119-3223
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Six Stories of Resilience: Digital Technologies as Drivers of Development in the Covid-19 Era
September 27, 2021
The Asia Foundation Launches LeadNext: Ambassadors for a Global Future
September 23, 2021
Leaders on the Frontlines:
Leaders for a Better World
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6PM PT