Harris, a former Beaconite, is currently a final year student enrolled in the Department of Computer Science at FAST-NUCES, Lahore. In his college years, he was a part of the program ‘Reading Buddies’ where he taught students from below class 5 in an attempt of sharing knowledge and promoting the concept of community learning. He also worked as an intern in the WWF, willing to be a productive member of the society.
“I used to think that the most basic needs of the society should comes first, like food, clothing, and shelter and other things like education may come second. But then I realized that education, especially in a country like Pakistan, is something that can provide everything, from basic needs to technological advancements. If we invest in education, we invest in making new opportunities and jobs, we invest in creating new fields, we invest in an effort of eliminating poverty and we invest in making people think for themselves.
Many philanthropists do realize this and are investing in education for the underprivileged, but I believe people are generally on the back foot in delivering education to the underprivileged on the most emerging field of this era, i.e computer sciences. This is where initiatives like Project50Kids come to fill the gap.
I’m glad to be among the few who saw the inception of Project 50 Kids. I remember when a trio from among my friends would sit together and talk about doing something for the society. I was a part of the initial gatherings that laid the foundation of this program. However, unfortunately I was not able to continue as a fully active member due to some personal reasons. Now I’m back as a content writer and it gives me great joy to know that the team of Project 50 Kids has expanded so much over the years and they are spreading their voluntary services all over Pakistan. You could hear a thousand stories, but to watch something like this so closely brings a completely different level of inspiration. Just a small group of freshmen, sitting in the university corridors, planning something big, and actually achieving it, this is where the motivation comes from. However, we have a long way to go as a team and I wish to continue to serve this initiative in every way possible and to be able to contribute something positive to the society.”