Why Rabwah?

Let’s make Rabwah an IT Hub.

The primary reason…

as to why I want to start this initiative in Rabwah is that I have seen myself in specific dreams where I am creating jobs in Rabwah. I now see this project as a duty and an obligation to see these dreams through to reality.  

Some of what I have seen in my dreams are as follows:

Creating jobs

I have dreamt that I am creating jobs in the IT and textiles sector in Rabwah.

IT Hub

I say the following words in the German language: “Let’s make Rabwah an IT Hub.”

Mentoring

I see myself advising startups in Rabwah on business development.

Coworking space

I am making plans to open a coworking space in Rabwah.

Textiles

I am setting up a business in Rabwah in which textiles are produced in Rabwah and sold on the international market via an online shop.

You Should know…

I lived in Rabwah briefly during my childhood years and foster a high regard and appreciation for it. I have dealt intensively with Rabwah over the years, and have come to find the town has enormous potential but faces a lack of available professional jobs. Following my aforementioned dreams of establishing an infrastructure and jobs in Rabwah, I aspire to accomplish all that I have seen in my dreams. With the help and guidance of Allah, I feel it is high-time to get this project in motion.

The right time

I previously attempted to start this project back in 2008, but sadly was struck with a debilitating illness that now prevents me from travelling. 2008 was the last time I was able to visit Pakistan. At the time, I had managed to visit the relevant ministries in Islamabad and had even opened a small office with around 5 employees in Rabwah. In Germany, I had visited the Pakistani ambassador in Berlin regarding this project. But since then, my illness has continued to worsen, and I have faced great upheavals in my life as well as in my business as a result of this. It was inevitable that at the time circumstances led me to give up this project. Over time, and with the help of Allah, I have learned to deal with my illness.  

I believe it is now the right time to resume pursuing my dreams and begin to implement it.

Having gained experience and understanding through dealing intensively with Rabwah over the years, I have come to the following conclusions:

High Level of Education

Rabwah has a high proportion of residents who have a high level of education. There are a lot of schools and learning institutes, including a college. Despite this, job and career opportunities are lacking.  

Great Health System

There are numerous great clinics where people on little to no income are given the opportunity to benefit from them. People are willing to travel from 30-40km to seek medical care from Rabwah, because they know that the healthcare facilities are not only good, but free/cheaper than other places. 

Nobody has to go Hungry

There is a well-established meal kitchen with free food available around the clock for all those in need. And it’s not basic food that’s being served, it is ‘Aloo Gosht’. A curry with goat’s meat and potatoes. These are high quality protein laden meals that can be seen as a luxury even for those who can afford a little but cannot afford to eat meat on a consistent basis.  

No Big Companies

The city has no industry or other noteworthy service companies. Most existing businesses are small to very small, often with fewer than 10 employees. There are hardly any jobs available, and no career opportunities. For lack of prospects, those who want to achieve a professional career have to leave their families behind to look for work in other larger cities either within Pakistan, or emigrate abroad.  

Lost Generations

On the one hand, we see that there are barely any jobs available in Rabwah, and on the other hand, many residents have emigrated abroad over the last few decades. The emigrants send money back home to their families in Rabwah to support them. Many young people in the town become heavily reliant on this support money sent from abroad, as they not only struggle to find work for themselves, but often may be the last male child left behind with the role of caring for the rest of the family while their sibling toils abroad to support the family financially. Often, there are those who do not want to work in this situation either, and some say they ‘lead a luxurious life’ by not having to work. I disagree with this; I call them the ‘Lost Generations’ that are causing devastating social implications. 

Those that are accustomed to being financially dependent on others and have never had to work in their life barely understand the value of hard work. The dependency becomes a difficult cycle to break. This behavior has a direct result on children’s perception of reaping the rewards of hard work. They grow up to see their parents in a jobless routine, yet providing all the living essentials. As a result, they cannot understand what an independent and hard-working life means unless someone teaches them or shows them how by being a living example. 

In my opinion, a city like Rabwah with around 100,000 inhabitants not only needs small businesses, but also medium-sized and large companies so that we open up an array of job opportunities and long-term career goals for its residents. These opportunities can generate a motivating atmosphere for those lacking in ambitions. One of these motivations will be a steady and well-paid source of income. When there are no well-paid jobs in the environment, it naturally results in a lack of ambition and competitiveness. When you start seeing your peers attend to high-level jobs with a steady and good source of income, you are naturally inclined to want the same for yourself to benefit from life’s comforts through financial means.