A campaign to fund a water filtration plant as an ongoing charity in remembrance of Sophia Khan.
At a young age of 33, Sophia Khan tragically and unexpectedly lost her life as a result of complications arising during a routine medical procedure. She was a wife and mother to two beautiful children, a one-year-old and a three-year old. This foundation was established in efforts to honor Sophia Khan and what she represented-someone who cared deeply for others and was always willing to help those in need.
Eno bhatti is a small village in the outskirts of Lahore. It is situated at approximately a one and a half hour drive from Gulberg. The water in this village is contaminated with arsenic, therefore a filtration plant is desperately needed to clean it and make it fit for villagers to drink. This project is currently at the top of HDF’s priority list.
“If a human dies, then his good deeds stop except for three: a Sadaqa Jariah (continuous charity), a beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” – Sahih Muslim
Building this water filtration plant will mean continuously providing clean water for 1578 people for many years to come and this is Sadaqa Jariya (continuous charity) that will, in addition to the villagers, also benefit our contributors and Sophia Khan insha’Allah.
HDF has agreed to organize day trips from Lahore for family members and contributors who would like to visit the village and the plant once it is built.
God willing, we will raise the $8540 required to complete this project. Many people have been deeply affected by Sophia’s passing so please help us get the word out and be a part of this cause!
*$200 was added to the goal to help pay for campaign costs. If we reach our goal, Indiegogo will be collecting 4% of the $8,700 goal in addition to some credit card costs.
According to the count of the Election Commission of Pakistan; there are 84 million registered voters in the country. Of these hopeful voters, approximately 47 million are men and 36 million are women. The percentage does not translate to representation, in 2012 the last year of the previous Government only 60 of the 342 seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan were held by women.
(That’s 17%, in the U.S. 18% of seats in Congress are held by women) Anyone here from Pakistan? Do you agree with the article?
To all my American-South Asian friends and all those who watch South Asian TV in America, you may sometimes see advertisements for a matrimonial service by Huma Ashraf called Huma’s Matrimonial Service. If you are ever considering using a matrimonial service do not, I repeat, do NOT use this service.
I know several people who have been scammed by this woman. They pay $600 for this service, but she ends up taking your photos and doing absolutely nothing. When people angrily contact her several weeks later, she regularly complains that she needs to pray or the photos you sent are not good enough. If you complain enough she will send a few random emails about a potential suitor, but will never send your photos/info to the suitor because the photos are ‘not good enough.’ Eventually, all contact with her will miraculously cease by the fact that she no longer answers your phone calls or replies to emails. I also know people who know her personally and they too do not trust that woman.
She also can be quite unprofessional in her behavior towards customers. She will tell men to to emphasize their salary and women to lose weight or send photos in which they ‘do not look fat.’
I am only saying this because the woman has scammed quite a number of families with a large sum of money. The people I know did not think legal action was worth it, but I do hope that one day someone will take legal action on their behalf.
Please reblog so as to prevent her from scamming other families.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy delivered my school’s annual Global Distinguished Lecture a few days ago. We were first shown her Oscar winning documentary, “Saving Face” on acid attacks in Pakistan, then listened to her answer questions and got to interact with her at a reception.
The documentary followed four people - two acid attack victims (Rukhsana and Zakia), a plastic surgeon (Dr. Muhammad Jawad), and a politician/activist (Marvi Memon). The documentary started by stating that 100 acid attacks are reported every year, but many go unreported. The documentary was about the people who are doing things to bring about change in Pakistan.
Dr. Muhammad Jawad is a plastic surgeon and he works at a free clinic called BURNS meant only for acid attack victims. Two of his patients, Zakia and Rukhsana, are followed around for the documentary. Zakia’s husband was an alcoholic, drug addict, and abusive man. She wanted to divorce her husband, and because he feared his own izzat being at stake he threw acid on her. Rukhsana’s husband threw acid on her, her sister-in-law threw gasoline on her, and her mother-in-law lit a match and set her on fire. She tried to run away, but because she had no money and wanted to be with her children she had to return back to her husband’s home. They built a concrete wall between her room and the rest of the house so she couldn’t see her own children.
Zakia took her case to court. She found a lawyer who took the case for free, but her lawyer said that most acid attack cases end in acquittal. Cue Marvi Memon, who is in the meantime working hard to pass a law that will make it easier to convict acid attack perpetrators and carry a life sentence. The law passes unanimously Zakia’s case is then the first to be tried under the new law, which results in her husband being sentenced with two life sentences.
Post Saving Face
Zakia was named Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine, and a donor provided a scholarship for her daughter as well as gave a home for her to live on her own. Rukhsana, on the other hand, was not so lucky. She didn’t send her husband to court, and because the documentary made him look bad he started blackmailing the producers of the movie. He would threaten Rukhsana, who eventually started threatening the movie producers as well. Eventually, a donor donated a house to her so she can live with her children away from the family.
What were the reasons men gave for throwing acid on women?
Most common reasons were property disputes and women wanting to divorce their husbands.
Did the documentary bring any change to Pakistan?
The exposure, especially through the Oscar win, has resulted in acid attacks getting much more publicity. Before, acid attacks would only be given a small mention in papers, and now it is front page news. Sharmeen believes that these men don’t seem to believe there is anything wrong with acid attacks. No one has challenged the idea of acid attacks being a bad thing to do. Increased negative exposure will allow the society to see it as more of a heinous crime, which results in more convictions, and hopefully less attacks in the future.
What about the new law? Is it effective?
There were at least six convictions last year that led to life sentences. Before this law, most cases would result in an acquittal. The number of cases being reported has also increased, which means victims are getting more comfortable with speaking out.
Is there a way to get women to leave violent relationships before they become acid attack victims? (I can’t remember the exact question, but it was about preventing acid attacks)
Sharmeen said that Pakistan is a society with forward thinkers, but we need more forward thinkers. Pakistan has had a female Prime Minister, female lawyers, female doctors, female politicians, etc. but we need more women to serve. She said Pakistan needs to encourage more female run police statins to be able to process domestic violence cases. She also said women on women violence needs to also be looked at. In many of the cases, mother-in-laws are generally complicit, and we need to ask why. With answers we might be able to find proper solutions.
A white woman asked to explain ‘the culture’ of Pakistan. Why were victims so quick to say that they want acid to be thrown on their perpetrators? Isn’t that wrong?
Sharmeen told the woman to try to place herself in their shoes. If your entire life is ruined and shown on your face, what would be your gut reaction? The gut reaction is revenge. She said this wasn’t about culture this was about reacting to trauma. A trauma that one must live with for the rest of their life. Also, these women didn’t seek out such revenge.
How can we help?
Go onto the documentary’s website and click ‘Get Involved’ for approved organizations that you can support. She repeatedly recommended the organization “Islamic Help”
Some Pakistanis were upset by this film being in that they believed it showed Pakistan in a negative light, and it might also encourage the ‘white savior mentality.’ What are your thoughts on that?
She firmly denied that stereotypes are formed by her documentary. The film is about Pakistanis tackling the issue. All of the people in the film are Pakistani, there are no whites, nor is there any statement in the film asking foreigners to help save Pakistan.
She also stated that we can’t not talk about problems of the nation because then Western outlets will talk about it with their own biased perceptions (the last part of this was implied, not directly stated). Pakistan has its problems, we need to discuss it, and she believes her film is about people working to make the country better.
I got to talk to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy briefly today! Yeah, little old me, got to speak to an Oscar winner! An Oscar winner who has brought so much positive change to Pakistan as well as expose other heroic people to the world! Have to say she is very friendly and quite down to earth! I brought up some of the criticism against her and she responded with what seemed like rehearsed answers, but it helped me see the movie and her in a whole new light. Will try to post something by this weekend on her.
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State… We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State… I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”
—Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
But on 9th of March, 2013 an organized mob set more than a 150 houses and shops on fire in Joseph Colony, Badaami Baagh in Lahore over blasphemy allegations, the mob yelled hateful slogans against Christians, burnt their houses, church, shops, furniture, vehicles and religious books including The Bible — ALL against the vision of the founder of the nation.
We invite you to join hands with us and write letters to show solidarity with our Christian sisters and brothers. We will deliver your letters to those affected of this organized act of vandalism and cold blooded attack on OUR community along with Quaid-i-Azam’s speech of 11th August, 1947.
The letters will be handed over to local community and church.
You can email us your letters at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hand written letters will be appreciated, those who want to send hand written letters can be posted to a private address which can be obtained via email to email@example.com.
Letters can be written in English or Urdu language addressing those that were affected and local church. To learn more.
Arooj Aftab innovates off classical Pakistani, Sufi & pre-partition South Asian music, creating original compositions honoring ancestral roots,for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. Paying homage to classical sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Arooj presents an original, interactive sound embraced by young and old, South Asian and beyond.
Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Arooj moved to the U.S. in 2005 to study Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. Having completed her education and now based in New York, Arooj is working as a fulltime performing artist, music composer and sound editor.
Through exposure to diverse musical genres and incredibly talented artists in Boston and in New York City, Arooj is inspired to continuously develop her art and deepen her understanding of the possibilities of music. Layering subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, Arooj skillfully re-imagines indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’
Arooj will soon be releasing her debut album as part of Rebuild Pakistan, an initiative she created to promote a vision of peace and healing for Pakistan, inspiring a global community to rebuild perspective on Pakistan, and urging the people of Pakistan to actively engage in rebuilding their homeland. The album and the initiative harness collective creativity to express solidarity with politically stigmatized, economically marginalized, culturally and spiritually powerful people across the earth.
Written & Performed by Anna Khaja
Directed by Heather de Michele
45 Bleecker St, NYC
Mar 8—Apr 1
Writer/performer Anna Khaja illuminates the lives and historical forces surrounding slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while attempting to reunite a nation bitterly divided over the ideals of Islam and democracy. Through the monologues of eight characters that take place in the minutes before Bhutto’s death—including Condoleezza Rice and Bhutto herself—we see how Bhutto’s life and death resonate far beyond the boundaries of Pakistan, reshaping the world’s struggle to reconcile the precepts of Islam with those of democracy.
Malala Yousafzai a young brave girl from Pakistan known for her education and women’s rights activism, she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. After her recovery she Announces Malala Fund.
Malala Yousafzai has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Not sure how I feel about this, since the more famous she becomes, the more of a dangerous threat is posed upon her. Mehreen Kasana brought up the brilliant point that since her life is being threatened, and the fact that she’s a minor, we shouldn’t be talking about her. Do we even have her consent? Or has she simply become
an international a Western symbol? Does anyone have any links on her speaking about what happened?
People don’t even want schools to be named after her because they fear the Taliban targeting it, so how can we even think of bringing all this fame upon this girl when no one talks to her?
What are your opinions? I honestly haven’t been following this story as much as I should have.