Episode 2: In Karachi, Pakistan
In 2014, borderless visited Karachi, a city that is simply put, complicated. Crumbling infrastructure, nonexistent public services, escalating population, extreme poverty on top of ethnic and religious violence, targeted killings, crime, and corruption are often a constant. Amidst this, borderless met incredibly talented and passionate people working to uncover their city from its façade, and bring actions of change to light through simple innovation and creativity.
We visited the Ida Rieu School & College for Blind and Deaf, one of the very few private institutions that offers academic, professional and boarding opportunities to deaf, dumb and blind community from all parts of society, and provides health care facilities.
We visited The Aman Foundation that focuses on health and education opportunities for those without access. It offers one of a kind and unlike any other in the city, ambulance and a 24-hour call center services. AmanTech provides technical training, skills and access to jobs through placement in the formal market. Thousands of students at AmanTech joined host of borderless, Stephan Said, in making and holding up their signs of peace, unity, love, their vision for Karachi, Pakistan, and the world, and taking a stand for a future they want to see and live in.
borderless went to a government school for boys in one of the poorest neighborhoods (a small fishing community by the beach), then run by Teach for Pakistan. Inspired primary school boys engaged with Stephan Said to sing along “Muhabbat say duniya ravan hai davan hai” (Love Make The World Go Round) and learn about kids their age in Baghdad, where Said had previously visited.
Said spoke at the National Academy for the Performing Arts about the vision for borderless. He met professors working to revive the practice of dying traditional musical instruments, and met inspired young musicians and students who are carving a way for change through their music.
borderless with Said hosted a unity concert #LightTheWorld Pakistan: Duniya Ko Roshan Karo, first of it’s kind in the city, and perhaps the country, at Port Grand, a beautiful public space, by the waterfront of the historic Native Jetty Bridge in Karachi. A digital backdrop exhibited photos and videos from the entire filming of borderless, and brought together the various people we had met. The country’s beloved Qawwals Abu Mohamed and Brother It joined Said on stage. was attended by thousands – young and old – holding up their signs for peace, singing along songs of unity, and standing together for shaping a better future for their city, for their country.