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Routes2Roots : Promoting Peace via Music and Cultural Exchange

Routes2Roots is a non-profit organization that aims at building peace between South Asian countries through art, music and cultural exchange. Countries of interest include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan. Preeti Parekh caught up with Routes2Roots founder Rakesh Gupta over a phone call. The excerpt of their interview follows: Preeti: What motivated you to start Routes2Roots? Rakesh: India is a large country. It has strained relationships with its neighbors, mainly Pakistan. However, for centuries before this one, we have shared a common history and culture. We decided to bring together people, cultures and values across South Asian countries, in particular India and Pakistan. Via these exchanges, we hope to promote greater harmony, understanding and brotherhood between nations. Preeti: And how exactly do you achieve this? Rakesh: We organize events that showcase talent and culture from both countries that participate. The events introduce talent from the fields of film, fashion, sports and music. We identify and promote known and upcoming artistes/performers and cultural workers from South Asia. Also we do not charge …

Bags for Bliss : Creating Literacy and Livelihood in Pakistan

Many adolescent girls in South Asia are forced to choose work over school to support their families that live below the poverty line. This means, at the age of 10 or 12, they drop out of school to work. Since they cant get an education, they are forced to continue working throughout their lives as laborers, making just enough money to survive. BLISS (Business and Life Skills School) is a social enterprise based out of Pakistan and the USA and offers business, vocational and literacy classes, providing participants with training to launch their own micro-enterprises. The profits of this social enterprise fund education and provide savings for the community, breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. BLISS works with adolescent girls, children of Afghan refugees who have crossed over the border into Pakistan. There are over 30,000 Afghan laborers in Attock, Pakistan and over a million in total throughout the country. Bringing Girls to School The refugee girls currently earn $1 to $1.5 per day while working 14 hours per day weaving carpets. In order …