The 3 Rupee Lady – AsiaDespatch article

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.

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Ramadan 2013
عزیز بہنوں اور بھائیوں السلام علیکم!

کھاناگھر کی انتظامیہ آپ سب کو رمضان کی دلی مبارکباد پیش کرتی ہے۔ کھانا گھر نے گزشتہ دس سال سے اپنی روایت کو برقرار رکھتے ہوئے اس مقدس ماہِ مبارک میں راشن کی تقسیم، روزہ افطار، غریب بچوں، بزرگوں، یتیموں اور بیواؤں کے عید کے کپڑوں کی تقسیم کا عمل جاری رکھا ہے۔ اس عمل کی ترسیل میں آپ جیسے ہمدرد اور درمند ساتھیو کی حوصلہ افزائی ہر قدم پر ہمارے ساتھ رہی۔ آپ ہی کے دئیے ہوئے حوصلہ نے اِس سال بھی ہمیں پھر اس کارِ خیر کے لئے پُر عزم کر دیا ہے۔

پاکستان میں غربت، بے روز گاری اور مہنگائی گزشتہ سالوں کے مقابلے میں انتہا سے زیادہ بڑھتی جا رہی ہے۔ اس قسم کے ابتر معاشی حالات، بے روزگاری، غربت اور مہنگائی سے متاثرہ افراد کے لئے دو وقت کے کھانے کا حصول ممکن بنانے میں بر سرِ پیکار کھانا گھر آج بھی صرف تین روپے میں کھانا مہیا کر رہا ہے۔ ساتھ ساتھ ماہِ رمضان کے مبارک مہینہ میں بالخصوص ایک ہزار سے زائد خاندانوں کو راشن کی تقسیم، روزانہ کئی سو افراد کو روزہ افطار کروانا اور آخری عشرے میں سو سے زائد خاندانوں کو عید کے لئے کپڑوں کی تقسیم کا عمل بھی کھانا گھر کے باقاعدہ پروگرام کا حصہ ہے۔

اللہ کے فضل و کرم سے اس سال بھی آپ سب کا بھر پور تعاون یقیناً کھانا گھر کے ساتھ رہے گا۔ اس سال کا رمضان راشن پیکج تقریبا تین ہزار کا ہے جس کی ترتیب درج زیل ہے۔

کھانا گھر کے اس کارِخیر میں آپ سب ہمارے ہم قدم ہو جائیے۔

آپ کے تعاون کی طلبگار
پروین سعید
منتظم کھانا گھر


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

KhanaGhar’s administration offers Ramadan greetings to all of you. Like the past ten years in the blessed month of Ramadan, we are continuing our tradition of ration distribution, daily iftar and distribution of Eid cloths to the poor children, the elderly, the orphans and widows. We are always able to achieve this with the encouragements of compassionate and kindhearted people like you. And it is because of your support that we are determined to do it yet again this year.

Poverty, unemployment and inflation have broken all previous records in Pakistan. In such deteriorated economic conditions, KhanaGhar is devoted in its mission to provide two meals a day to the unemployed, poor and inflation-affected people in just 3 rupees. In addition to that, especially in the month of Ramadan distribution of ration to more than thousand families, iftaar for hundreds of people on daily basis, and in the last ten days of Ramadan distribution of Eid cloths to more than hundred families is also a part of KhanaGhar’s regular program.

By the grace of Almighty, we are hopeful that even this year we will be able to achieve our targets and your immense support will remain with us. Following is the Ramadan package for this year, that costs around 3000 Rs.

Join our hands in eliminating poverty and hunger!

Waiting for your support
Parveen Saeed
Administrator of KhanaGhar


Flour 10 kg ۱۰ کلو آٹا Rs. 370
Suger 03 kg ۳ کلو چینی Rs. 156
Rice 05 kg ۵ کلو چاول Rs. 400
Cooking oil 03 kg ۳ کلو تیل Rs. 510
Ghee 03 kg ۳ کلو گھی Rs. 450
Gram flour 02 kg ۲ کلو بیسن Rs. 150
Chickpeas 02 kg ۲ کلو چنے Rs. 160
Red Lentil 01 kg ۱ کلو مسور کی دال Rs. 100
Yellow Lentil 01 kg ۱ کلو مونگ کی دال Rs. 120
Rooh Afza 01 bottle ۱ بوتل روح آفزا Rs. 140
Milk powder خشک دودھ Rs. 150
Tapal tea ٹبال چائے Rs. 130
Seviyan سوایاں Rs. 20
Spices مصالحہ جات Rs. 154

Thank you !

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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.

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NewsLine Interview: Parveen Saeed, Founder of Khana Ghar

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.

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

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.

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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
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Special Report about Khana Ghar on Bakhabar Savera (ARY OneWorld)
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Kiran aur George with Parveen Saeed (the owner of Khana Ghar)
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