Last week, students at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture (IVSAA) – an arts college located in the posh Clifton suburb of Karachi, and often stereotyped as an institute for sheltered, well-off students – finally decided enough was enough!

After their daily commute along a revolting, garbage-laden wall that led to their campus turned into a monotonous site for sore eyes, first-year students took the clean-up matter into their own hands. A responsibility that should have been borne by the district authorities.

On Saturday, November 8th, 2014 – a day on which students could have comfortably slept in – almost a hundred of them along with various alumni and volunteering teachers arrived at the trash-enveloped site by 7:00 am.

Armed with only masks, gloves, brooms, shovels, garbage bags and paint, the small army waged a gruesome, 7-hour campaign against the trash that was plaguing the otherwise pristine locality. Their sublime efforts were lauded by residents and passers-by alike, some even dropped what they were doing, donned the gear and aided in the drudgery.

The end result was a fresh, gleaming wall, painted with the Karachi skyline in a bold green tone. The whole city was abuzz, as pictures of the students’ efforts began circulating the internet in a viral fashion.

But the students of Indus Valley did not stop there… They extended ‘the first ever spot fixing challenge’ to IBA. This tasked the business students with cleaning up a similar wall; as big and as dirty as the wall next to IVS, within two weeks.

We can only wait and see what the IBA students have in store.