Mashaal Institute of Special Education was founded in 1998 with the collaboration of WAPDA (Water And Power Development Authority, Pakistan). Initially, there were 09 students, and 03 qualified teachers. As of December 2012, Mashaal has expanded with a Physiotherapy center, Vocational training center and a Computer Lab. Now, the school has 120 students and a staff of 35. Next plan is to start facilities for visually-challenged kids. http://mashaal.vacau.com/
How would you describe your project to a small child?
Suppose you are playing in the middle of the road. What would happen to you if you cannot hear the horn of a car behind you? Suppose you don't know what a horn sounds like... What could happen?
Describe a "good failure" in your process.
In hind sight, not being able to start all initially planned activities together was good. Back then, resources were limited, experience was limited, logistics were unclear. The benefit: experience gained (in our rural environment) was very helpful in expanding the activities.
What was the biggest challenge or biggest surprise?
Support comes in from unexpected places/people.
What are the three key lessons you learned?
Too much planning may get in the way of getting started.
Stop listening to people's opinion.
Rome wasn't built in a day!