Archive for February 9th, 2008

Between fear and hope: Our first _______ at Saiban II (Khuda Ki Basti)

February 9, 2008

As we begin to establish this new community of Khuda Ki Basti(KKB) in the outskirts of Lahore, some things I fear, and others I look forward to.  With this new community there will be a host of ‘firsts‘ that will happen—some will be good, while others may be tragic.  Upon establishing the new development we had a host of exciting ‘firsts’.  We had our ‘first’ resident who was an extremely brave woman.  She put her trust in our institution and moved to a place where there was no sign of future development (no electricity, no sewage system, no neighbors, no parks, no roads—NOTHING!)–but she did it (and is very happy about that decision today).

Then we had our ‘first’ baby (I was NOT instrumental in that effort :), first convenience store, first block completed, first park, first school, first mosque, first Ramadan/Eid holiday, first mortgage EVER in Pakistan to the BOP!!, and so on…. everything was great.

 Naturally, reality kicked in very soon and we had our ‘first’ eviction (because the resident was not living on site), first hospitalization, first death (of an employee–due to cancer), first attempted murder (see last post: CSI: Lahore), and last week….we had our first fire!  One of the residents had forgotten about a light ‘bulb’ that was left on when the power went out.  When the power finally came back, the bulb was too close to some clothing and eventually caught fire.  By the grace of God, no one was hurt–everyone got out in time–but the poor family lost ALL of their belongings (worth $700).

 So…….in this line of ‘firsts’–I find myself hoping for the best, and fearing for the worst.

PS-no update on CSI: Lahore because the family has not returned with their elders yet…