Trip to NASA Space Camp

As routine, I was checking my emails when some news from US Embassy stupefied me. It congratulated me and suggested to fill out a visa form. I was stunned and went directly to Ex-principal, Ms. Sobia Alam. I requested her to allow me to sit in the computer lab for another hour so that could fill out the visa form as I didn’t have internet as home.

She inquired with curiosity, “Have you got selected for the Space Camp?”

I answered in a flat tone, “Yes.”

It appeared she grew an inch taller. She shook my hand with spark in her eyes and said, “Congratulations Babar!”

She made me realize that I was going to the United States! I jumped with excitement and ran to celebrate.

NASA Space Camp was a unique exchange program by US Embassy. Only five students from Pakistan were selected to be trained like real astronauts in Alabama. The experience was simply ‘ASESOME’. I flew a Space Shuttle and an F-16 jet, repaired satellites, experienced weightlessness and sometimes 3G (all on earth; through simulations). I made new friends across the globe and met amazing people who taught me lessons for life.

The Space Camp has made a difference in my life, but my life had already changed when I had become a part of Korangi Academy. It is not just an institution, it’s a family. Words cannot express my gratitude for Korangi Academy and Infaq Foundation.

I’m working as a youth activist now. I make short-films which are admired globally. Despite of my incompetence some people regard me as a success story. A boy from such an underprivileged community going to NASA looks like a dream. The dream of Agha Hassan Abedi, hard work of my teachers and love of the family of Korangi Academy made it a reality.

Written By: Babar Ali

Posted in Korangi Academy, Success Stories
  • Korangi Academy Student wins 1st Position in the Gazal Sarai Competition
    Inter-Collegiate Ghazal Sarai Competition 2018 was held in Government Women College Nazimabad. 17 colleges participated. Laiba Ali rendered the ghazal “Ranjish hi sahi” supported by music. She secured 1st Position in the competition.   All the judges appreciated Laiba’s performance…Read more ›
  • Winning Good Team Spirit Award in a Robotics Contest
    A 16-Teams University/Colleges Robotics Contest was held on 8th and 9th December, 2018 at Dawood University. The three KA’s Robo Teams who contested the competition were: Group Leader: Ms. Afroz Anees, KA Physics Teacher Robo Team Name Team Member Name…Read more ›
  • AKU-EB BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
    The AKU-EB announced winners of AKU-EB Bridge Scholarships for the next two years. Ms. Asia Azad & Syed Mehmood Ali of Korangi Academy were nominated to receive AKU-EB Bridge Scholarship for next two (2) years as a reward to their…Read more ›
  • It’s never too late! IETC – Education for Girls
    INFAQ Education & Training Centre (IETC) was established in August 2003 with a purpose to train the teachers for Korangi Academy. As the Centre sailed through its journey it experienced avenues which could lead the challenging tasks that lay ahead. It found out that the environment existing in the community needed INFAQ’s attention and support […]
  • News & Updates
    CDSS NEWSLETTERS: CDSS Newsletter First Edition July, 2014 CDSS Newsletter Second Edition July, 2014 CDSS Newsletter Third Edition February, 2015 CDSS Newsletter Forth Fall Edition 2015 CDSS Newsletter Fifth Summer Edition 2016 CDSS Newsletter Sixth Edition, 2017 CDSS Newsletter Seventh…Read more ›