Now, every Thursday you can spot her sitting with a group of enthusiastic children in the midst of one of Karachi’s busiest markets. Their faces shining with excitement and pure pleasure as they revel in their only enjoyment after a week of hectic work. You can spy their belongings lying carelessly on the side walk and their figures sprawled on the footpath as they busily draw their hopes and aspirations on paper and pour out their ideas on their sheets. For a few hours, they forget the hard ships they bear and let the therapeutic effect of art heal their souls.
Emaan Mahmud, a girl from Pakistan has come up with a rather unique idea to help street children in her city.
Having a short experience of working with under privileged kids, Emaan felt that the street kids were her responsibility and whats more she found it fun to work with them. “I always wanted to do something for them. Working with such children always made me happy,” says Emaan.
Her love and passion for art led her to lay the foundation of the street art project. She was inspired by Beena Raza of The Learning Pathways, who gave her this wonderfull idea and finally in March, Emaan put her plan into action. On the first session, she was accompanied by her mother. It was indeed quite a spontaneous star but she found the children very eager and their eagerness made it much easier for her to carry out her plans. After a few sessions, she was joined by a friend Momin Zafar; who has since then been a constant support and partner in the project. Now, her group has grown to about five to six people who are there at every session.