We have opened our eyes to a dark cloudy night, where the stars are dimmed, and light is not seen anywhere. Are we going to live like this forever? The answer we heard in the voice of little kids in a primary school gathered under a tree, raising their unwashed yet innocent hands in the air and praying in their loud voices.
Listen! What are they saying? I, a kid in this village, can’t change the state of affairs, but I can at least make my life a candle that spreads light everywhere. So why can’t we be the candle, the light, the hope? And that’s where this journey begins to light one candle at a time.
In the last ten years, we have seen the candle lighted up by a cancer survivor – the founder of this movement – enlighten 26,000 + hearts and souls. We have witnessed lights joining in from every corner, every segment of society. Be it the founding Board of Directors or Executive Committee (XCOM), the Friends of Youth Impact or the Core Team of youth leaders, renowned legends of Pakistan like Saad Tariq Siddiqi, Dr Amjad Saqib, Dr Abdul Bari Khan or just a youth living in Lyari, Ghanche, Panjgur or Mirpur.
We have seen youth stepping forward, channelizing their youthful energy, becoming role models, and building on their strength of character and leadership. We have embarked upon a spiritual journey which has revolutionized hearts, minds and souls. These young lives have lit up themselves and directed their passion towards character-based and purposeful leadership for the despairing nation.
Not just the Himalayas, Plain and Plateaus, deserts and beaches of Pakistan, but the entire globe has experienced our impact, where Youth Impact has left its footprints from the highest peak in Africa to the Great Barrier Reefs in Australia. Be it the Peaks in Rockies or Streets of Istanbul; our leadership classroom has been everywhere where we found youth ready to take the lead. Our profound journey took us across five continents on earth.