“Upon returning to Pakistan a second time I was more prepared then before. I felt more mentally on top of my game. I was not merely a young American woman coming to visit this time. I was a woman on a mission. My mission was to utilize my time as effectively as possible. To spend every moment with the children and young women at the center the best that I could. To see different historical and famous sites in case I would never come back again. I accomplished, with Sister Zeph’s help everything that I and us together set out to do”
“Though the site of the Lahore Fort has been inhabited for millennia, the first record of a fortified structure at the site was in regard to an 11th-century mud-brick fort. The foundations of the modern Lahore Fort date to 1566 during the reign of Emperor Akbar, who bestowed the fort with a syncretic architectural style that featured both Islamic and Hindu motifs. Additions from the Shah Jahan period are characterized by luxurious marble with inlaid Persian floral designs, while the fort’s grand and iconic Alamgiri Gate was constructed by the last of the great Mughal Emperors, Aurangzeb, and faces the renowned Badshahi Mosque.”
“I had no idea that this was going to happen. At Shahi Qila there happened to be these costumes that they would dress you up in to feel like ancient South Asian royalty. I just had to pay 500 RS which is equivalent to $5. I had so much fun dressing up and pretending that day that I was back in time.”
“While visiting the Bazaars in Lahore with Sister Zeph we encountered the rampant problem of not only street beggars but beggar children as well. Sister Zeph explains in the video why it is not good to keep giving them money.”
The pictures below: Dropping off extra luggage with Sister Zeph’s mother and sister before visiting Murree and Islamabad
History of Faisal Mosque
King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia both suggested (in 1966) and largely funded the Faisal Mosque, which is named in his honor.
Ever since its conception, the mosque has been regarded as the national mosque of Pakistan, and as such it symbolizes the hopes and aspirations of the new nation.
The architect was Vedat Dalokay of Turkey, whose design was chosen in 1969 after an international competition. Constructed was completed in 1986.
These colorful trucks are seen everywhere in Pakistan
“After coming back from Islamabad and Murree we finally visited the center and stayed with the students for some time”
“I gave hugs to as many children as I could during my visits to the center”
“I gave a speech to the girls at the center (most already knew me) to let them know how excited I was to be back and to reconnect with them”
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