By Leslie Noyes Mass
In 1962, a newly-minted university graduate responded the decision of President John F. Kennedy and joined the fledgling Peace Corps. Leslie Noyes Mass was once assigned to Pakistan and given the directive to begin a program-any form of academic application she may muster-in a small Muslim village the place she was once the single Westerner and the one Peace Corps volunteer. After a yr, she left the village, annoyed and feeling that she had made no effect in any respect.
Nearly 50 years later, she back to find a much-changed Pakistan-and a village that also recollects her. She tells either her tales, from 1962 and this present day, through deftly interweaving her magazine entries from 50 years in the past together with her present day tale as a volunteer education girl academics for a Pakistani non-governmental establishment. Leslie Mass captures the center and the eye of the reader together with her tale of Pakistanis in 1962 and people of a brand new iteration who're engaged in development a sustainable schooling method for his or her country's forgotten teenagers. In a sequence of interviews with Pakistanis from each social type and academic point, Dr. Mass offers voice to people who are taking accountability for his or her country's academic difficulties and fixing those difficulties in the traditions, tradition, and non secular realizing in their humans. Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling check out a rustic because it is going from its infancy into the twenty first century.
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Now, of course, our conversation is immediate. Karen tells us that our first task will be to shop for summer-weight shalwar kameez. The heat and humidity are brutal, she says, and we will roast in the cotton shirts and pants we have brought with us. She and her sister-in-law, Uzma, will pick us up in an hour. While waiting for Karen and Uzma, I take another shower in a bathroom decidedly different from the one I had used on my first night in Pakistan so many years ago. At that time, I stood in a corner of a flat roof, poured water over my head from a small pail, and watched the wastewater cascade to an open drain on the street below.
In Peshawar, I had learned about government Village Aid projects organized in rural areas by the Basic Democracies in each district. Young Pakistani men and women with some education had been hired and trained to work in these projects, and a young woman might be available to work with me. I approached the Union Council, my district supervisor, and the Peace Corps and begged for one of these workers to come to Dhamke and help me with my fledgling social center and potential cottage industry. I asked for, and eventually received, the name of a trained “lady worker” living in Lyallpur, a city known for its textiles industry about twenty-five miles from Dhamke.
I gave him the ten-day supply of pills the doctor had given me for her. I hope she’ll get better but I really have my doubts. Sixty years of living in these conditions . . what can I possibly do to change this? Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing here??? My role, living in the village, creating a model home, visiting women, and being kind to elderly parents did not satisfy my impatience for what I perceived to be my real work with the women. I wanted to begin to educate The Vision, 1962â•‡â•‡ vâ•‡â•‡ 17 these women.
Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey by Leslie Noyes Mass