Excerpt: The school will eventually serve 600 students, both boys and girls. It will have facilities for physically disabled children and will serve students of all the town’s religious sects. All villagers in Murtaza Abad are Muslim: 70 percent are Ismaili, followers of the Aga Khan; 29 percent are Shiite; the rest are Sunni. The school’s board includes directors from all those sects.
MacArthur is hoping to collaborate with the Aga Khan on construction for the school, as well as use his organization’s education expertise. She has met with members of the Pakistani diaspora, asking for funds. She has already raised about $300,000 from wealthy industrialists within Pakistan.
MacArthur said she goes to fundraising appointments fearlessly, in the same way that she visited Havana alone when she was 12.