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Ramadan 2015
عزیز بہنوں اور بھائیوں السلام علیکم!

الحمداللہ ایک بار پھر ماہِ مبارک کی آمد اور اس کی برکتوں ، رحمتوں اور فضیلتوں کا لطف اٹھانے کے لئے اللہ نے زندگی جیسی نعمت عطا کی ۔ ہر سال کی طرح اس بار بھی ماہِ مقدس کی برکت سے اللہ نے یہ ہمت وحوصلہ دیا کہ ان لوگوں کی بھی مدد کی جا سکے جو بنیادی ضرورتوں سے محروم ہیں ۔ اس سلسلے میں اس بار خاندان کے افراد کی تعداد کے حصاب سے دو مختلف رمضان پیکج تیار کئے ہیں جس کی تفصیل درج زیل ہے ۔ میں اس کارِ خیر میں ساتھ دینے والے لوگوں کے تعاون کی طلب گار ہوں ۔ آپ سب کا ساتھ اور اشتراک ہی اس نیک عمل کی کامیابی کا ضامن ہے اللہ ہم سب کو آسانیاں باٹنے کی توفیق عطا کرے (آمین)۔

آپ کے تعاون کی طلبگار
پروین سعید
منتظم کھانا گھر

+923009212136
parveensaeed@hotmail.com

Dear Sisters and Brothers, May peace be with all of you !

Alhamdullilah, once again Allah has given us this chance to witness and enjoy the month of blessings, mercy and virtues. Like the previous years, this year again with the blessings of this month, Allah has granted me the strength and courage to help those who are deprived of basic needs. This time we have prepared two Ramadan packages according to the household sizes, please see the details below. I highly appreciate your help and assistance for this nobel cause. The successful completion of this righteous activity is all dependent on your contributions. May Allah grant us all the means and abilities to bring comfort to the life of others. (Ameen)

Waiting for your support
Parveen Saeed
Administrator of KhanaGhar

+923009212136
parveensaeed@hotmail.com

Package for big family (costs 4000 PKR):

Flour 10 kg ۱۰ کلو آٹا Rs. 360
Ghee 03 kg ۳ کلو گھی Rs. 390
Cooking oil 03 kg ۳ کلو تیل Rs. 450
Rice 05 kg ۵ کلو چاول Rs. 500
Sugar 05 kg ۵ کلو چینی Rs. 300
Chickpeas 05 kg ۵ کلو چنے Rs. 300
Gram Flour 03 kg ۳ کلو بیسن Rs. 270
Yellow Lentil 02 kg ۲ کلو دال چنا Rs. 180
Red Lentil 02 kg ۲ کلو دال مسور Rs. 140
Powder Milk (Nido) 01 Packet ۱ پیکٹ خشک دودھ Rs. 360
RoohAfza 01 Bottle ۱ بوتل روح افزا Rs. 160
Tea 500gm Packet چائے ۵۰۰گرام Rs. 280
Red Chili Powder 250gm ا پاوٴ لال مرچ Rs. 100
Turmeric Powder 250gm ا پاوٴ ہلدی Rs. 100
Salt 1 Packet ۱ پیکٹ نمک Rs. 20
Seviyan 1 Packet ۱ پیکٹ سویاں Rs. 30
Soap 1 Packet ا پیکٹ صابن Rs. 60
Total ٹوٹل Rs. 4000

Package for small family (costs 2500 PKR):

Flour 10 kg ۱۰ کلو آٹا Rs. 360
Ghee 02 kg ۲ کلو گھی Rs. 260
Cooking oil 02 kg ۲ کلو تیل Rs. 300
Rice 02 kg ۲ کلو چاول Rs. 200
Sugar 02 kg ۲ کلو چینی Rs. 120
Chickpeas 02 kg ۲ کلو چنے Rs. 200
Gram Flour 02 kg ۲ کلو بیسن Rs. 180
Yellow Lentil 01 kg ۱ کلو دال چنا Rs. 100
Red Lentil 01 kg ۱ کلو دال مسور Rs. 120
Powder Milk (Nido) 01 Packet ۱ پیکٹ خشک دودھ Rs. 150
RoohAfza 01 Bottle ۱ بوتل روح افزا Rs. 160
Tea Packet چائے Rs. 110
Red Chili Powder 250gm ا پاوٴ لال مرچ Rs. 100
Turmeric Powder 250gm ا پاوٴ ہلدی Rs. 100
Salt 1 Packet ۱ پیکٹ نمک Rs. 10
Seviyan 1 Packet ۱ پیکٹ سویاں Rs. 30
Total ٹوٹل Rs. 2500

Thank you !


The 3 Rupee Lady – AsiaDespatch article

Asia-Despatch

Pakistan is a country where despite the prevailing errs of society hope still exists. Parveen Saeed the owner of ‘Khana Ghar’ is an example of such hope in society. A resident of Surjani Town, heard news of a woman who had murdered her two children because she was unable to feed them, and could not bear to watch them slowly starve to death. This incident got Parveen thinking that surely there is enough food in Pakistan that no one need go hungry. With this motive and determination in 2002 Khana Ghar was launched. Khana Ghar is a small dhaba (hut like restaurant) in Khuda Ki Basti located in Karachi. This dhaba provides a full meal (one roti and saalan) to anyone who wants to eat for only 3 rupees.

Until recently Parveen had been funding the Khana Ghar herself, and with whatever intermittent donations she could get. But, like they saw good always prevails on the evils, many families and groups have now emerged and help her towards funding the project and ensuring its operations for the welfare of society.

Around 300 people eat at Khana Ghar in Khuda Ki Basti daily, and the cost of the operations comes to about Rs 4,000 a day. Also Known as ‘the three rupee lady,” Parveen Saeed said “We charge money because we want to discourage the poor from being dependent on free food, they feel better once they realize that they have earned their food.” She provides one time meal to the family in just three rupees just so they could eat comfortably in a respectful manner and the people eating don’t think they have been fed on pity and sympathy.

With generous support and donations from August 2008, Khana Ghar grew and established another ‘dhaba’ doubling the number of people being fed and the good deeds being earned. Such people and causes deserve all the recognition and support to survive as they are the real hero’s of society. If every person got up to conquer the evil surely no harm could prevail in Pakistan.

Parveen Saeed has a noble cause and is doing a great service to human kind, such stories are the inspiration and eye openers which prove that no matter how much our society may be attacked the good will always rise from within and with time the positivity will beat the negatives.

[source: http://www.asiadespatch.org/2013/07/24/the-3-rupee-lady]


Eradicating Hunger From Pakistan – A documentary by “Think Twice Pakistan”

At a time when Pakistan is facing countless problems, there are people who are silently working for the betterment of the motherland. These devoted Pakistanis are working towards accomplishment of their goal to bring Pakistan out of the shadows. These are the people who are striving to change perceptions regarding Pakistan from a terrorism stricken Pakistan to an inspiring Pakistan. Despite of all the pessimism prevailing there are some Pakistanis that are still highly motivated and are contributing towards welfare of the state in their individual capacity. Their spirits are high and they are certain that they can be the positive change agents for the country.

When most of the world shows the darker side of Pakistan it forgets to mention heroics like Parveen Saeed. Parveen Saeed is a simple Pakistani who aims to reduce the problems Pakistan is facing today. She is a woman of substance who is serving the country in her best capacity for last 23 years. Parveen Saeed is the face of a brighter Pakistan, positive Pakistan and a Pakistan remains hidden from the world.

Love for her country and the spirit to serve descended to Parveen from her parents. Acknowledging that hunger is the root cause of many evils across the globe, Parveen Saeed runs “Khana Ghar” to reduce this problem in Pakistan. “Khana Ghar” serves the poor with healthy food in just 3 rupees. Foundation of Khana Ghar was laid after Parveen Saeed witnessed a dreadful incident in her vicinity when a mother killed her three children because she was unable to feed them for three days.

To prove that hunger is not greater than mother’s love, to ensure that rate of such vices fall and to promote the brighter image of Pakistan Parveen Saeed and her team is working day and night. Not only this, but Khana Ghar is also a source of employment and morale booster for many people. People come there, work, earn their living and feed their families.

Parveen wants to expand Khana Ghar to all parts of country and desires to see that day soon when no one will sleep hungry.

The role that media can play here is highly critical. It is their responsibility to identify such people and share their stories with the world. To inspire people and infuse a spirit of positivism in Pakistanis and show this side of Pakistan to the world.

[source: http://www.thinktwicepakistan.com/category/i-am-pakistan-2]


NewsLine Interview: Parveen Saeed, Founder of Khana Ghar

by
Summaya Himayat

Parveen Saeed is the founder of Khana Ghar, an outfit that provides heavily subsidised meals to the city’s poor.

The three-rupee meal served at Khana Ghar includes one roti and a plate of curry.

Essentially a housewife, Saeed was drawn to feeding the poor when she read the story of a local woman who killed her two children because she could not afford to feed them. She set up Khana Ghar in January 2002 and gradually drew in family, friends and others to help set up food houses and distribution points.

Saeed plans to continue devoting her life to this initiative and dreams of being able to feed everyone everywhere.

A soft-spoken, humble woman, who is usually seen wearing old, faded clothes, 52-year-old Saeed rarely ventures out without covering her head. She speaks in Urdu, and strains hard to understand English, answering the most difficult queries with a smile and a nod.

Saeed is reluctant to admit that she has done anything worthy of praise and recognition but, only recently, she was honoured by Timberland Pakistan’s Green Awards for her meritorious service.

What inspired you to start Khana Ghar?

I started this work 11 years ago when I learnt that a mother had killed her children herself due to extreme poverty. Her children had gone hungry for a few days because she did not have enough money to feed them.

Where is Khana Ghar located?

It is located in Khuda ki Basti, Taiser Town. I found this to be an ideal place because it is specially developed for daily wage labourers. When I started, the town was quite deserted, but gradually it was occupied by poor people, mostly daily wage earners.

Who serves at Khana Ghar?

The food at Khana Ghar is served by two children.

What does a meal consist of?

We serve daal, vegetable curry, Kabuli chanay, karhi on weekdays and meat curry on ­­Sundays. The helpings constitute a plate of curry and a roti for each person.

Who are the people who come to Khana Ghar?

They are mainly daily-wage workers such as factory labourers and widows, orphans and old people whose children have abandoned them. We also serve women who work as domestics in homes, as well as their children.

Who funds Khana Ghar?

I began this work from my own house and at that time I had no idea that it would grow so much. As time passed, I realised I needed a larger work force and additional support. My relatives and friends had already helped me immensely from the inception. Now, many more people voluntarily contact me to offer their support.

Who cooks for the people? Do you cook yourself?

I have one female worker who cooks curry and for the tandoor we have three male workers. Initially, I would cook but as the workload increased, I appointed a female worker to help me out. Actually, the basic purpose was to generate employment.

Do you serve breakfast as well?

Due to a shortage of funds, we are only able to serve lunch and dinner.

Do you have a separate kitchen for your family?

Yes, I have my own home and kitchen.

How do you take care of your family?

When the head of the family supports you, your work will find its way, and it becomes very easy to focus on what you want to do. I have two daughters, one is married and the other one is about to graduate.

Tell us something about your background and your education.

My father worked in T&T and I spent my childhood in the PECHS. I have four brothers and two sisters. I did my matric from the PECHS Model School, and my intermediate and Bachelors from PECHS Government College. Later, I did my masters in journalism from Karachi University. I was interested in writing and dreamt of becoming a great writer one day.

How many people do you feed in one day?

We serve almost 2000 people each day, mashallah.

How many hours a day do you devote to Khana Ghar?

I have to devote at least two to three hours a day. I usually come to the site in the afternoon or in the evening.

What inspires you to do this work?

The fact that the people we are feeding cannot afford to arrange even one square meal a day for themselves and their families. That is my motivation.

Do you feel it’s possible to defeat hunger?

Hunger can never be eliminated until and unless the government plays the role it should be playing. As for us, neither do we have any sponsors nor do we claim anything [from any agency]. If anyone wants to help, they come to us voluntarily.


Khana Ghar – Feeding the hungry (Blog by Kiran Ashraf on Unique Pakistan)

[shashin type=”photo” id=”34″ size=”small” position=”left”] We are citizens of a third-world country where hunger is undoubtedly the worst weapon of mass destruction and is the cause of most evils. It doesn’t seem so to many of us because majority reading this have been blessed and never experienced the harsh atrocities of life. Good news is that we now posses the resources at hand to defeat this cruel enemy at a very reasonable cost and provide food for the hungry but sadly, no one comes forward to end this scourge of poverty.

Within the scintillating lights of the city Karachi lies Khuda ki Basti, an area which is the blatant proof of why hunger is a terrifying torture. In the year 2002, a lady named Parveen Saeed set out to bring a change by eliminating the hunger through Khana Ghar .She and her husband are also the founders of Hassan Saeed Welfare Trust which runs two major projects, Khana Ghar and Dawa Ghar (Medical and Maternity home).

I have seen her on a couple of TV shows and always had the urge to meet her in person. Last year I was given an assignment to interview a personality and the first named that popped into my mind was of her. Being a resident of Surjani Town herself, she and her husband are both educated and have earned their Masters degree in Journalism from Karachi University. Both of them were absolute philanthropist by heart and wanted to make themselves productive towards the society and destiny soon provided them with the opportunity.

Nine years back, Parveen Saeed once heard news of a woman who had murdered her two children because she couldn’t bear to watch them slowly starve to death. That incident was disheartening enough to shock her from the inside and she thought of acting immediately. Hence the idea of Khana Ghar sparked where a full meal for only 3 rupees would be available for the residents of the area. There are hundreds and thousands of philanthropic organizations providing free food but she still charges a cent: why is that? She replied, “….she wants to send a message that when people buy or pay even a little they will NOT misuse food and second: the logic of keeping a very low price will in turn drive people to work enough to get this meal – hence, changing their perspective on life”.But it’s free for the homeless senior citizens, widows and children. Also on religious occasions, they do announce packages in which a two-month reserve of food stock is given as well.

Hurdles are part of the process when one decides to do something for the benefit of the society. Similarly, journey to the Khana Ghar wasn’t even close to the word easy. They started off with a door-to-door free food delivery service. Later, cart vendors were hired to deliver food tiffins to the needy in the area.

It’s really a tough call when the organization itself is running on funds. Around 300 people eat at Khana Ghar daily and the cost of it is about Rs. 10,000 a day and with the growing recession rate, it’s really getting hard for them to maintain the budget. The organization does not spend any money on advertisement campaigns due to the same reason. Since 2007, the electronic and print media have been approaching them for documentaries and interviews. In their words, all this media attention has helped them in gathering a good amount of national and international donors but their number is not large. The organization even allow citizens to investigate on their own about Khana Ghar’s credibility before handing over their donations as they don’t want people to remain in any doubt.

Parveen Saeed’s dream is to open a branch of Khana Ghar in every under-developed area of Karachi as she believes that if we pledge to eliminate hunger, we can surely reduce the growing crime rate.

[source: http://blog.uniquepakistan.com.pk/khana-ghar-feeding-the-hungry]


مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ وَاللَّهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

The parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing


جو لوگ اپنا مال خدا کی راہ میں خرچ کرتے ہیں ان (کے مال) کی مثال اس دانے کی سی ہے جس سے سات بالیں اگیں اور ہر ایک بال میں سو سو دانے ہوں اور خدا جس (کے مال) کو چاہتا ہے زیادہ کرتا ہے۔ وہ بڑی کشائش والا اور سب کچھ جاننے والا ہے