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The 3 Rupee Lady

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.

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