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Community near Lahore provides education and therapy for people with special needs and attracts foreign volunteers.
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On the outskirts of Lahore, one of Pakistan's largest cities, a non-government organisation has been running a centre that houses people with special needs.

Founded in 2001, Roshni Association provides a safe haven for individuals whose families are unable to financially and emotionally support their loved ones.

Its founders, Shahida Perveen, a Pakistani social worker, and her husband, Hamid Hannesen, believe that there is still little awareness about special education in the country. They have been focusing on therapy in adults and aim to meet those requirements.

There are currently 50 students at the centre, which charges no fee. Families, however, may contribute whatever little they can.

The centre also houses foreign volunteers who live on campus and work closely with the community. Currently, Alexander Kuehne, from Germany, Micha-Joel Seitz and Anna Natascha Steiner, both from Switzerland, lend their hands in the society's day-to-day activities.

Students are also encouraged to participate in activities such as wood, textile, and art and craft workshop.

The centre also has a five-acre garden where organic produce is grown and cultivated, and sold in the market earning extra income.

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Alexander Kuehne, from Germany, has been working for Roshni as a volunteer since 2009. His main duty entails managing the society's organic farm and engaging students in farm work. "It's a privilege to be here. It's a lot of work but it also brings a lot of joy," Kuehne said.



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Gohar Ali joined Roshni when he was 14 years old. In 2013, Ali won a silver medal in the 100m race at the Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games held in Australia.



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Ali plays a game of catch with his classmates on the lawns of the society.



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Kausar Katherine Parveen is Roshni's sole female student out of 50. Parveen has been a part of the Roshni family for almost eight years. She enjoys embroidery.



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Aliya Saleem, the principal, has been working at Roshni for the past two years. She is a trained psychologist and says that there must be more awareness for dealing and coping with children and adults with special needs in Pakistan.



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Organic vegetables are grown and cultivated at the farms located in the premises of the centre.



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This was one of the first buildings where Roshni was initially established 10 years ago. It is currently being used as a wood workshop for the students.



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A picture of Roshni founders, Shahida Perveen and her husband Hamid Hannesen, hangs in the main office.



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Ghulam Sarwar has been working at the centre for around 10 years. He initially joined Roshni as an assistant baker at Roshni's organic bakery. "It has been a great experience," he said. 



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Kuehne bathes a buffalo at the society.



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Masood Sadiq Khan was Roshni's first employee. In the early days, he used to walk from house to house, distributing pamphlets about the association and its work. "In Pakistan, we don't have any understanding of people with special needs. Here the students are loved and respected," he said.



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Micha Joel Seitz is an undergraduate student in Switzerland who divides his time between college and visiting Pakistan every few weeks to volunteer at the centre. "My parents were totally fine with me coming to Pakistan even though they only read and hear about the bomb blasts etc. in the news," he said.



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The main building of Roshni Association.



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Students at Roshni are encouraged to use facilities such as the art, wood, and textile workshops, and participate in organic farming and baking.



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Anna Natascha Steiner, a volunteer from Switzerland, has been working with Roshni for eight months. She came across Roshni while researching countries, such as India, where she could get involved in social work.




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Gohar Ali joined Roshni when he was 14 years old. In 2013, Ali won a silver medal in the 100m race at the Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games held in Australia.

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Ali plays a game of catch with his classmates on the lawns of the society.

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Aliya Saleem, the principal, has been working at Roshni for the past two years. She is a trained psychologist and says that there must be more awareness for dealing and coping with children and adults with special needs in Pakistan.

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Organic vegetables are grown and cultivated at the farms located in the premises of the centre.

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This was one of the first buildings where Roshni was initially established 10 years ago. It is currently being used as a wood workshop for the students.

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A picture of Roshni founders, Shahida Perveen and her husband Hamid Hannesen, hangs in the main office.

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Ghulam Sarwar has been working at the centre for around 10 years. He initially joined Roshni as an assistant baker at Roshni(***)s organic bakery. "It has been a great experience," he said. 

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Kuehne bathes a buffalo at the society.

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Masood Sadiq Khan was Roshni(***)s first employee. In the early days, he used to walk from house to house, distributing pamphlets about the association and its work. "In Pakistan, we don(***)t have any understanding of people with special needs. Here the students are loved and respected," he said.

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Micha Joel Seitz is an undergraduate student in Switzerland who divides his time between college and visiting Pakistan every few weeks to volunteer at the centre. "My parents were totally fine with me coming to Pakistan even though they only read and hear about the bomb blasts etc. in the news," he said.

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The main building of Roshni Association.

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Students at Roshni are encouraged to use facilities such as the art, wood, and textile workshops, and participate in organic farming and baking.

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Anna Natascha Steiner, a volunteer from Switzerland, has been working with Roshni for eight months. She came across Roshni while researching countries, such as India, where she could get involved in social work.

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Gohar Ali joined Roshni when he was fourteen years old. Bright, witty and talented, Ali won a silver medal in the 100m race at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games held in Australia in 2013.

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Gohar Ali joined Roshni when he was fourteen years old. Bright, witty and talented, Ali won a silver medal in the 100m race at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games held in Australia in 2013.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/fc5c7c3b88b149a8f41bbcdc6ba3a5e5Gohar Ali plays a game of catch with his classmates in the lawn.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/fc5c7c3b88b149a8f41bbcdc6ba3a5e5Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Gohar Ali plays a game of catch with his classmates in the lawn. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/892c15faeb4c7009ed51966da58e6380

Kausar Katherine Parveen is Roshni'??s sole female student in a student body of 50 male classmates. Parveen has been a part of the Roshni family for almost eight years. Her confident and sunny disposition is heartwarming. She loves doing embroidery and tells me that she's very close to her siblings who she meets often.

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Kausar Katherine Parveen is Roshni'??s sole female student in a student body of 50 male classmates. Parveen has been a part of the Roshni family for almost eight years. Her confident and sunny disposition is heartwarming. She loves doing embroidery and tells me that she's very close to her siblings who she meets often.

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Aliya Saleem works as a Principal at Roshni and has been working at the village for two years. She is a trained Psychologist who is passionate about her work and states that there is must be more awareness for dealing and coping with special needs children adults in Pakistan.

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Aliya Saleem works as a Principal at Roshni and has been working at the village for two years. She is a trained Psychologist who is passionate about her work and states that there is must be more awareness for dealing and coping with special needs children adults in Pakistan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/cb977107cb31d2c4ab98694fb441ac74The Roshni farm where organic vegetables are grown and cultivated.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/cb977107cb31d2c4ab98694fb441ac74Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera The Roshni farm where organic vegetables are grown and cultivated. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/c7ad59eb7768cb6e06350c71641d748cThis portion was the first structure built ten years ago when Roshni was initially established. It is currently used as a wood workshop for the students.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/c7ad59eb7768cb6e06350c71641d748cSaad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera This portion was the first structure built ten years ago when Roshni was initially established. It is currently used as a wood workshop for the students. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/037c35927f9346cd5087afa8e8b901d3

A picture of Roshni?s founder, Shahida Perveen and her husband (co founder), Hamid Hannesen, hangs in the main office.

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A picture of Roshni?s founder, Shahida Perveen and her husband (co founder), Hamid Hannesen, hangs in the main office.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/c4537178401309206991b9d483c4af34Ghulam Sarwar has been associated with Roshni for the past 10 years. He initially joined Roshni as an assistant baker at Roshni?s organic bakery. ?It has been a great experience,? he states, ?Before coming here I had no awareness of the needs of special persons. I?ve learnt a lot from them over the years.?http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/c4537178401309206991b9d483c4af34Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Ghulam Sarwar has been associated with Roshni for the past 10 years. He initially joined Roshni as an assistant baker at Roshni?s organic bakery. ?It has been a great experience,? he states, ?Before coming here I had no awareness of the needs of special persons. I?ve learnt a lot from them over the years.? http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/b656d5364381feffddde87d6c97b2308Alexander Kuehne, a volunteer from Germany, bathes a buffalo. Kuehne has been working for Roshni since 2009. His main duty entails managing the Roshni organic farm and integrating Roshni?s students in farm work. ?It?s a privilege to be here,? Kuehne states, ?To be in involved in work like this ? it?s a lot of work but it also brings a lot of joy.?http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/b656d5364381feffddde87d6c97b2308Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Alexander Kuehne, a volunteer from Germany, bathes a buffalo. Kuehne has been working for Roshni since 2009. His main duty entails managing the Roshni organic farm and integrating Roshni?s students in farm work. ?It?s a privilege to be here,? Kuehne states, ?To be in involved in work like this ? it?s a lot of work but it also brings a lot of joy.? http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/ab3467807e0a322804e39a2c29c1df85Masood Sadiq Khan was Roshni?s first employee. He would initially walk from house to house, distributing Roshni?s pamphlets. ?In Pakistan, we don?t have any understanding of special persons ? we wind up labeling them as crazy and shunning them from society. It?s really unfortunate. I still see this happening in Lahore?s Old City. Here the students are loved and respected. They?ve taught us a lot.?http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/ab3467807e0a322804e39a2c29c1df85Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Masood Sadiq Khan was Roshni?s first employee. He would initially walk from house to house, distributing Roshni?s pamphlets. ?In Pakistan, we don?t have any understanding of special persons ? we wind up labeling them as crazy and shunning them from society. It?s really unfortunate. I still see this happening in Lahore?s Old City. Here the students are loved and respected. They?ve taught us a lot.? http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/6a0dcb0fad74cf6409c31f4ed1a4c74f

Micha Joel Seitz is an undergraduate student of social work in Switzerland who divides his time between college and visiting Pakistan every few weeks to volunteer at the village. He is a new volunteer and has only been at Roshni for a little over two weeks. ?My parents were totally fine with me coming to Pakistan even though they only read and hear about the bomb blasts etc in the news. But I know the beautiful side of Pakistan, so I have no fear.?

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/6a0dcb0fad74cf6409c31f4ed1a4c74fSaad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera

Micha Joel Seitz is an undergraduate student of social work in Switzerland who divides his time between college and visiting Pakistan every few weeks to volunteer at the village. He is a new volunteer and has only been at Roshni for a little over two weeks. ?My parents were totally fine with me coming to Pakistan even though they only read and hear about the bomb blasts etc in the news. But I know the beautiful side of Pakistan, so I have no fear.?

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/2f6388ae9234f10277f695eb9d29ec6aThe Roshni Association building located on the outskirts of Lahore.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/2f6388ae9234f10277f695eb9d29ec6aSaad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera The Roshni Association building located on the outskirts of Lahore. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/76d98fbd5e75a312763f9029f60e2cedStudents at Roshni are encouraged to partake in activities in the art, wood and textile workshops in addition to organic farming and baking.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/76d98fbd5e75a312763f9029f60e2cedSaad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Students at Roshni are encouraged to partake in activities in the art, wood and textile workshops in addition to organic farming and baking. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/7d1f84ade50915ad3c125efc568ac8c0Anna Natascha Steiner, like Seitz, is a volunteer from Switzerland who has been with Roshni for eight months. She came across Roshni by chance when she was researching countries (primarily India) to get involved in for social work. Working as a draft woman in an architect?s office back home, Steiner said that she wanted to work with her hands and was tired of sitting in an office all day.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Roshni/slideshow/no-caption/7d1f84ade50915ad3c125efc568ac8c0Saad Sarfraz Sheikh/Al Jazeera Anna Natascha Steiner, like Seitz, is a volunteer from Switzerland who has been with Roshni for eight months. She came across Roshni by chance when she was researching countries (primarily India) to get involved in for social work. Working as a draft woman in an architect?s office back home, Steiner said that she wanted to work with her hands and was tired of sitting in an office all day.


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