23-year-old Pakistani footballer Karishma Ali got featured in international media last week for her philanthropic activities. Ali hails from Chitral.
US-based media outlet CNN released an instructive feature report on Ali on Saturday last week. The report covered her commendable charity work in her hometown.
The report explains how the female footballer delivered essential items to the families in the remote villages during a coronavirus lockdown earlier this year.
The publication reported that Ali drove through the bumpy, mountainous roads of the valley with uncle and father to help the families and hospitals with much-needed supplies of medical equipment and food to the needy families.
“She says that, as of August, they had supplied one month’s worth of rations to 300 families, and donated 155 N95 masks, 53 goggles, 250 PPE suits, 650 surgical masks, 400 pairs of surgical gloves and 76 face shields to the DHQ Hospital Chitral,” the report underscored.
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“The men work as daily wage laborers in different cities in Pakistan and what happened after the closedown, many industries and businesses closed down, they had to return home, and people were finding it really difficult, a lot of families were in need,” asserted Ali while sharing about how people in her hometown faced difficulties during the lockdown.
Ali said she wants to empower the young females in her hometown. She wishes for a society where men and women get equal opportunities for advancements and progress.
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“Ten years from now I want to see at least 10-20 more girls like myself who come back here [Chitral] after they’ve achieved their dream and work for the other girls that I was not able to reach out to and, slowly, I see a progressive society where men and women are working equally, where women do not have to stress about traditional customs and be able to freely do what they can and see that I was part of all of this change.”
Pakistani football sensation Karishma Ali from Chitral, has been named in @Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ along with the likes Naomi Osaka. Now she has bigger plans!
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“I want to see more women in leadership positions and then sit back and enjoy. This is what I wanted to fight for,” she