Book Review: I am Malala

Before starting my next read, I really wanted to reflect back on the book I just recently completed called “I am Malala” by Patricia McCormick and Malala Yousafzai. I must say that I was truly inspired, motivated and moved by this beautiful story of a young courageous girl and her family.

Malala Yousafzai as some of us already know is a brave gril from Swat, Pakistan who was shot by Taliban in face/ head while she was returning from her school with her classmates and friends in a mini bus. In this attack, Malala was a prime target yet two of other girls also got shot as they were sitting close to her on the bus when Taliban decided to show no mercy on this little girl. What did she do to get a bullet from an adult? Her crime was that she wanted to study and continue her journey to acquire education not only for herself but she also wanted her school to remain open so other young girls can also continue their studies.

In this well written memoir , an author takes the readers back in Malala’s life and introduce the readers to her beautiful and supportive parents, two young brothers and her friends not to forget her blessed relationship with her very understanding best friend.

The story revolves around how Malala and her supportive father didn’t held back when they saw wrong was happening in Swat, Pakistan. The author has provided brief political background too throughout the book to help the readers paint an image themselves about the situation Malala and the other young girls had to face while they wanted to continue their dream of keeping up with their education and schooling.

Having my background from Pakistan, I can relate to some parts of the book especially the comparison of teaching style in Pakistan and one in the West.

Till this day and after going through a tough and threatening journey back in Swat, Pakistan, Malala is still fighting for her campaign of girls education now on global level. “Malala’s Fund” is still ongoing and helping those areas and communities across the globe to set up education facilities for young generation.

I encourage young readers and everyone else to read this inspiring, uplifting true memoir of Malala.

It is not just a story of Malala and her journey in life, it is a story of survival and hope. It is a story of a how one girl used her “Magic Pencil” like a fairy with a magic wand to bring change in the world. As Malala herself has said, “Let us remember, one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world”. A must read.

Noor Reflection

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An appeal for a Rohingya boy treatment

Today I am writing this blog post for my Word Press community to bring their attention to a six-year-old Rohingya boy Omar Faisal who has a condition called Hydrocephalus. Up until a few months ago, I myself was not aware of this condition. According to medicine.net, Hydrocephalus is sometimes called “water on the brain.” The word “hydrocephalus” in Greek means “watery head.” This condition could be a birth defect or at times genetic. If diagnosed at very early stage it is curable but at a later stage the complications gets higher.

Omar Faisal is a young and brave Rohingya boy who has this condition from birth. His parents lived in Myanmar and there was no medical help for him over there. When he was one year old, his parents took him to Bangladesh but the cost of the treatment was too high and hence this kid went untreated.

#Hands4Rohingya (https://hands4rohingya.org/) is actively raising money to help this little boy get the treatment he deserves. They are still short on some funds. The team overseeing this project has put together an appeal to gather funds and to raise awareness around this great humanitarian cost.

I would like to help Hand4Rohingya team to gather the funds needed to help this Rohingya child. I strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to play freely and live a fulfilling life. I also believe that we can come together as a humanity and make this world a better place one-step at a time. Each action starts with one-step and I believe that language of love lasts forever.

Please click on the link below and donate towards this worthy cause. Even a small donation will help this child tremendously.

https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/omarfaisal

Please re-blog this blog post or share it on your Facebook to raise awareness and be part of this worthy cause.

For detail information please email hands4rohingya@gmail.com

 

Noor Reflection

#Hand4Rohingya #HelpOmarFaisal

 

 

 

 

 

How can I help?

I decided to do this blog post as I get asked how can one help in supporting a humanitarian cause be it helping Rohingya Refugees, victims of terrorists attacks, natural disaster, violence, health matters, importance of education, or any number of other issues that are happening around the globe. I myself used to struggle around thinking of ways of giving my best back to humanity. However, we all have limitations. Our limitations are around unable to travel to those parts of the world and physically helping those who are in great need of financial and medical aid. This does not mean that we should get disheartened and give up.  Take some time and read the following steps one can take and make a difference around the world even from their electronic devices. Always remember change is a constant process and does not happen overnight. One single step, even a thought of making a difference around the globe and reaching out starts the cycle of change and creates vibrations in the universe that overtime reaches out and affects everyone.

  1. Do your research by following and reading about various humanitarian projects, NGOs, Local Charities, Global Charities, Activists of peace promotion. Your research should include becoming aware of their global agenda, their mission, values and how do they acquire and spend funds.
  2. Make sure that the charity you wanted to support is a registered charity and abide by their countries rules and regulations.
  3. Your research should also include getting to know their partners and how they operate.
  4. Write to them and find out how you can contribute and volunteer. Most NGOs and charities are running programs, which they need help create awareness, raise donations, and assist them in setting up charitable events, creating posters, sometimes even picking up the phone and making a call to reach out to the public.
  5. Connect with their volunteer program, start by getting yourself registered, and complete the screening.
  6. If you have a social media account, actively promote their campaign by writing about it, retweeting their tweets, liking and sharing their posts on your timeline.
  7. Participate and do active networking among other volunteers.
  8. If you have your own blog, you can create a section on your blog to highlight important missions, raise awareness around their event or donation campaign.
  9. Find a local shelter or a food bank who in certain months connect with Global charities to raise funds, medical aid supplies, perishable items, household items from blankets to coats to get donated to under privileged countries.
  10. Motivate a family member or a friend and bring them along to the food drives. More hands – better results.
  11. Start your tag and contribute to it. Tags helps in long run to consolidate information on the net. Share and promote your tag for others to do the same.
  12. Talk to your doctor or specialist and inquire about if they are working on any WHO initiatives make yourself available to them if they need volunteers to organize a walk and create awareness.
  13. If you spot a young kid selling boxes of cookies other items to raise funds for local charities, support them if you can.
  14. If you have a special talent in writing, painting other forms on art, create awareness with your words and arts.
  15. Above all, take pride in what you do and remember one man has a power to make a change.

 

This blog post is evergreen and I will be adding more ways one can use towards helping humanity. Please do add your comments or thoughts, as it will help others to find their path.

 

Noor Reflection

Road of life

Life is like a long, stretched out road,

Bumpy at times yet smooth otherwise,

No one can predict what is around the corner,

Nor they can tell when the road ends.

The direction is one but journeys many,

Each has its own sail to carry.

Keep moving, progressing forward,

With eyes on the horizon and hope in heart,

The quest is adventurous yet peaceful at times,

Rest assure that destination will soon arrive.

 

N. Reflection