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Eid with Orphans

By Rana • Oct 5th, 2008 • Category: Misc, Worth A Second Look • 9 Comments

This Eid I finally did what I had been planning to do for years. I went to the Lahore Yateem Khana with a friend on the first say of Eid. We distributed sweets among the sweet little boys. My friend & I agreed that it was indeed the best feeling we ever had. The little boys were like angels and very well behaved. Surprisingly the staff there was desperate to eat the mithai while the little boys ate in very disciplined manner.

It was indeed a great feeling. Sadly we were the only ones there :( I was amazed that in a population of 9 million, only two of us decided to spend eid with them. Having said this, I must say that the Anjuman Hamayat-e-Islam is doing a wonderful job. However, the orphanage that was established in 1884 has a lot that can be improved. For example, after extensive googling I was able to find a reference to the Yateem Khana listed under the government of Punjab website under “NGOs” working in Lahore. Sadly, the Anjuman itself does not have a website either. Googling SOS or LBRT immediately takes you to their websites.

The reason I wrote this article is that lets DO something for the little angels, like:

1. First of all, set up a website to increase awareness of the Yateem Khana and give information to people to make donations with bank accounts etc. Put up pictures of the orphanage and the boys….any “techies” wanting to take the challenge on…?

2. Have volunteers teach the boys. The boys go to the Anjuman’s school but they aren’t taught English language, which I feel is a must for them to advance later on in life. I would request readers who have time on their hand like graduates waiting for results, fellows spending nights “chatting” on the net etc. to make a difference and volunteer.

3. Request multinational companies where we work to make cash and kind donations. For example I found that the boys beds had dirty bedsheets and no matresses, the lockers were in bad shape, the rooms needed a good paint job so as to kill the gloominess that hovered in the rooms and many other subtle things.

4. Finally I would request the readers to take a little time out and visit the boys. Trust me you want want to do that more often once you are there. More than cash, donations or anything else, the little angels need OUR love and affection. Remember our prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself was an orpan and the Quran makes references to the orpan at numerous occasions. If Europeans can travel all the way to Lahore to work in the SOS village, why can’t we living in Lahore visit them. For those of as who have lost our parents or have them, for thoses of us who have kids, imagine for a minute how it would be if our kids lost one of us…..Our children have us, our families. These boys have no one in this world to look after them.

I would like to conclude with this that everyone has someone (in the form of parents, families that loves and supports them etc.) but the orphan have no one. So who listens to the orphans ??? It is ALLAH. So when an orphan prays for you or blesses you, ALLAH will indeed listen to his prayer. This is a test for us. Let us not ignore the orphan. And let us give the orphan his rights…..And one of his rights is on the society to care for him.

Should any of the readers want to do something productive about the Yateem Khan orphans, please contact me on lahoreyateemkhana AT gmail.com. Please don’t spam or send hate mails….serious help is solicited. The address and telephone numbers of orphanage is:

Anjuman Hamayat-e-Islam, 119-Multan Road,Yateem Khana Chowk, Lahore. (Its right on the road, ask anyone there if you are lost)

Telephone :5168459, 7581759


 
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9 Responses »

  1. AOA, Rana, I am proud of you for doing this. I also plan to visit the yateem khana, this time i am in lahore whether i am there only for a few days. I will inshallah take some mithai and some books or toys. what ages were the boys?….maybe also some blankets etc. i dont know what do u suggest?

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  3. I commend your efforts and for putting up this detailed post. I too have been to the Yateem khana and the kids of all ages really are wonderful, al-humdullilah! Please anyone reading this please visit and donate if possible.

  4. Thanks allot Rana for sharing such prestigious thoughts, i will definitely visit and i have lot more to do for them.
    wish me luck.
    Regards.

  5. You did a splendid job and God bless you. I might visit them soon and I could do website template stuff all by myself. May God give us all Muslim toufiq to follow Quran and Hazrat Muhammad’s Sunnah.

  6. Good job Brother.

  7. I’ll send some warm clothing and toys inshallah

  8. Assalamo-alikum, may Allmighty bless u and us to do more for them but actually for our life hereafter. good job keep it up

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