Our country, Pakistan, is a land full of immense talent and natural beauty but unfortunately it is always gone unheard and overlooked. Therefore, Atlas Battery took an initiative showing that unknown spark of Pakistan through its campaign, Sparkistan, the story of the unsung heroes.
On the urge to cover those unknown stars for the world to acknowledge, Atlas Battery traveled across the country and record the sparking stories, taking a step ahead to give prominence to these sparkling heroes.
Without going ahead complaining like every other person, Syed Fahad Ali decided to come forward and bring the change he wants to see. He set up Aghaz School, providing free education to children residing in the slum areas of Karachi. The project initiated in Karachi and has now spread its wings to Islamabad, Lahore and Nawabshah.
Pakistani educator Master Ayub, who is also a philanthropist and civil servant is known for spending his after-job hours and weekends teaching students in an open-air school in F6 sector, Islamabad. Master Ayub received the award of Pride of Performance for his untiring efforts for the betterment of the upcoming generation of Pakistan over the decades.
He started teaching with a group of four students and the count has been increasing since then. Currently, 200 students are enrolled in the school who are being taught free of cost.
Being brought up at a village in Mirpur Khan, Champa and her family came about awaring people and villagers the negative and unhealthy impacts of burning wood, which is undoubtedly not an easy task no matter what the reason may be.
Champa got her training in Mirpur Khas where she was taught how to make earthenware eco-friendly stoves. Since then, she has made about 20,000 stoves for villagers. Earlier the stoves would have a lot of emissions, but now they have safer stoves that can withstand floods, hence also becoming less dangerous to have around children.
Champa’s stoves have now made rounds in Mirpur Khas, Jhuluri, Samarkot where she also teaches other women so they can benefit from the convenience of these eco-friendly stoves.
“I go to villages, gather the women, teach them how to mix the clay, charging 200 rupees per stove. Each stove is made with bricks, clay and sawdust. Then it’s ready to use.”
Yasmeen and Sohail Lari
Yasmeen Lari is the first female architect of Pakistan. She mostly works on projects in rural areas of Pakistan. She has built over 36,000 houses for those affected by Pakistan floods and earthquakes.
She is best known for her involvement in the intersection of architecture and social justice. Since her official retirement from architectural practice in 2000, her UN-recognized NGO Heritage Foundation Pakistan has been taking on humanitarian relief work as well as historical conversation projects in rural villages all around Pakistan.