By Niala Mohammad
Faiza Rehman (of Pusht-e-Khera Payan, Peshawar) , Sahibzada Anees (of Topi, Swabi District), Muhammad Ammar (of Tangi, Charsadda District), and Yasawal Ahmad (of Peshawar City) are the founders of “Thrill Seekerz”, a club that started in 2013, in response to the terrorism effecting the youth of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.
This club is registered with the Association of Experiential Education in America and was recently granted a project by the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Government-Department of Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs to conduct training’s and excursions.The club was a student initiative that began at the IMSciences in Peshawar and then branched out to other universities, then schools, and later the general population of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.
In an exclusive interview with VOA Deewa, Faiza Rehman, the female coordinator for Thrill Seekerz stated, “Thrill Seekerz, do not just seek thrills, we are fully equipped and give training to citizens of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in self-defense, disaster management, Rescue 1122, first aid, hostile environment training, and shooting.
The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Government-Department of Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs will provide funding to Thrill Seekerz in response to the Army Public School attack on December 16, 2014-last year and the recent Bacha Khan University attack on January 20, 2016.
The club also organizes and conducts field-trips and activities throughout Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province such as rafting, skiing, aerial shooting, marksmanship, cliff diving, swimming, trekking, hiking, camping, zip-lining, basic mountain craft, etc..
Thrill Seekerz explore uncharted territories of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province and allow participants to gain appreciation for the natural beauty in their region. They venture out on excursions that allow you to see beyond the typical tourist attractions.
Participants of all ages are encouraged join and take back possession their province from the hands of extremists.
Most importantly this program helps participants gain self-confidence and allows them to conquer their fears. The female coordinator for the program and co-founder Faiza Rehman actively motivates Pashtun girls in participating in adventurous activities because “it eliminates fear” and prepares girls in facing life head on.
Check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ThrillSeekerzClub?fref=ts
Link to interview with VOA Deewa: http://www.voadeewaradio.com/audio/3145128.html