Friday, 29 August 2014


A blog by Momina Abrar

Life at home cannot be compared to the life in a hostel. At home one has to live as per likes of other members of the family. Children find it difficult to stick to a timetable, ensure minimum 3 to 4 hours study a day and adhere to time management principles to develop good routines.
Nestled amidst the staggeringly beautiful snow-capped peaks, Hashoo Foundation’s Youth Development Centre in Gilgit Valley (YDC) is truly one of its kind. The hostel stands at the foot of the Karakoram Mountain range commanding breath taking vistas of the rugged Gilgit valley and river.  I wondered why Hashoo Foundation named it as “Youth Development Center” when it was just a hostel. But my visit, reflected an eye opener insight to the matter. To me, a hostel was like a place where a group of students lived with the warden (usually a bitter and old lady who inculcates a sense of fear among those destined to be at her mercy) is the head, a place you find no clean washrooms, a place where you are either stuck with three or more girls and bear with the indifferences. But, YDC in contrast had proven all those notions wrong! Not only it had a sweet lady serving as a warden but it was also like a safe home for boarders which allowed them to pursue their academic career. It provided them with a conducive environment for their holistic nurturing.

Here, the students do all the work by themselves, thus becoming self-dependent. Students learn the value of discipline. It teaches them a sense of responsibility in matters of taking care of each other. But more than that, here, the students get trained through Computer course, English language, career counseling sessions and subsequent exposure to different programs and seminars. Thus, training the students with necessary life skills to adapt to the rapid changes that the world demands. It will not be an exaggeration to say that only Hashoo Foundation’s YDC is the place where an all-round development of personality is possible.

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