Summer Science Camps

During the summer of 2009 three members of Friends of Pakistan USA returned to Pakistan to help implement summer science camps for 1000 children attending schools operated by The Citizens Foundation.

Nancy, Leslie, Taffy at Shalimar GardensThe three FOPUSA teachers conducted training workshops in inquiry-based science teaching for thirty TCF teachers and principals and twenty-five Pakistani college student volunteers at training sites in Karachi and Lahore.

Students determine mass of a gasAt the end of training, the Friends of Pakistan USA members assisted the TCF teachers at three summer science camp sites outside of Lahore. In addition to working with the Pakistani teachers and students, FOP/USA members were priviledged to return to the sites where they worked as Peace Corps Volunteers during 1962-1965.

See this video about The Citizens Foundation and Education in Pakistan:

Back to Pakistan: A Fifty Year Journey

Did we really make a difference?
Back to PakistanThis is a question that every Peace Corps volunteer who served in Pakistan must be asking.

In seeking an answer we need to read Back to Pakistan: A Fifty Year Journey by Pak 2 volunteer Leslie Noyes Mass published last year by Rowman & Littlefield.

Leslie returned to Pakistan in 2008 as a volunteer with The Citizens Foundation nearly half a century after her assignment as a community development worker in a village near Lahore.

She paints a glowing picture of the educational work of the Pakistan NGO, but she also revisits her village and finds that much has changed—but there in the communities where we served, we are remembered. Click here to see a video of Leslie’s journey.

Leslie with woman whose wedding she attended in 1962Read an interview with Leslie Noyes Mass about her return to Pakistan, go to http://www.tcfusa.org/ and click on Peace Crps Volunteer returns to Pakistan.

The royalties from the sale of Leslie’s book, Back to Pakistan, A Fifty-year Journey, and honoraria from talks she gives about Pakistan all go towards supporting women and girls education in Pakistan.

Jim SheldonReturn to Pakistan