The Build Bright Pakistan Initiative is a charitable drive launched by Saad Khalid, a 15 year old teenager with the aim of alleviating Child Poverty across Pakistan. Saad has done 10 projects so far which have impacted the lives of over 5,000 people, from Uniform Drives to Flood Relief to Food & Medical Camps, he has done it all. He started out in 2010 as an 8 year old, donating his pocket money towards the victims of the 2010 Kot Addu Floods in Punjab and Stiched Clothing Skill Development Program in Multan in 2017 as a 15 year old.
Saad wants to raise awareness about the menace of Child Poverty and he has demonstrated that by managing welfare projects on his own, showing how even a small contribution can play a huge role in improving the lives of others around you
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My name is Saad, I am 15 years old and I am the founder of my own initiative, Build Bright Pakistan which operates multiple schemes to alleviate poverty in Pakistan. Charity, came naturally to me, watching my father, a career diplomat do so much for the community, I yearned to do something. At the age of 8 in 2010, I did my first project providing over 1000 people emergency relief after the deadly 2010 floods. Every year, I would give some sort of charity operating from Los Angeles, USA. In 2013, I supported over 100 poor children in the Multan region where they would be provided with food and clothing, something that they could barely afford. Again in 2014, i provided over 40 children in the Band Bosan Area of Multan (in central Pakistan), with food and clothing. With the help of local NGOs, I was able to identify the children that needed help and I tried helping them every year. I felt the plight of these children deep inside my heart. Those who had lost their father or mother, had nobody to take care of them, or were facing extreme poverty. Seeing these children going to school, in torn up clothes, with kids laughing at them, I thoughtg to myself how I could help them. I devised a plan where I could help their situation, 'Libas-e-Pak', meaning 'Clean Uniforms", was launched where orphans would be provided brand new uniforms. In 2016 and 17, over children were given clothing across Band Bosan, Sorajmiani, Kabirwala, and Khanewal spread around Punjab, in Central Pakistan
Overall, my initiative to change people's lives has impacted the lives of over 5000 people. Seeing the smile on their face really touches my heart and makes me want to do more. This project starting out as a small project in 2010 has now become something that affects a lot of people. My wish is the betterment of these peoples lives which I want to do along with my studies. I am grateful to my father, for all the help he has provided my in accomplishing this goal and I wish to continue this initiative for as long as I can, InshaAllah