Lubna’s Pakistan: Sowing Seeds Of Kindness

By Dr. Farah Akram.

In the villages of Toba Tek Singh resides an inspirational and determined lady called Lubna, who has taken it upon herself to improve the lives of those around her, with the big dream of making Pakistan more prosperous.

Lubna is a school teacher and realized early on that she needed to use her education and come up with practical solutions to the everyday problems faced by the families around her – poverty, lack of food, lack of educational resources, lack of clothes, and more so. Therefore, starting on a small scale, she has carried out various projects that will have a positively resounding effect on the present community as well as the generations to come.

Her first endeavour was to hand out fruit plants to poor families, specifically to the women in the family. She called this project “Rural Women working towards the goal of Earth care and Economic Independence” and it was built on 3 principles:

In the villages of Toba Tek Singh resides an inspirational and determined lady called Lubna, who has taken it upon herself to improve the lives of those around her, with the big dream of making Pakistan more prosperous.

Lubna is a school teacher and realized early on that she needed to use her education and come up with practical solutions to the everyday problems faced by the families around her – poverty, lack of food, lack of educational resources, lack of clothes, and more so. Therefore, starting on a small scale, she has carried out various projects that will have a positively resounding effect on the present community as well as the generations to come.

Her first endeavour was to hand out fruit plants to poor families, specifically to the women in the family. She called this project “Rural Women working towards the goal of Earth care and Economic Independence” and it was built on 3 principles:

  1. EDUCATE the women regarding the care of soil and plants and the benefits of fruit planting – having a constant source of food as well as being able to sell the excess for financial independence. In addition, Lubna uses this excellent opportunity to spread awareness about the cons of tree cutting on the soil, atmosphere and climate.

  1. ENCOURAGE them to spread the information to their families and to incorporate their help in the care. This also included teaching their children responsible gardening etiquette and protecting the plants from domestic animals.

  1. ENJOY the fruits of their labour (literally!)

An excellent reminder for anyone considering donating funds towards this noble cause and a continuous form of charity would be the following hadith:

Jabir (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “When a Muslim plants a tree, whatever is eaten from it is charity from him and whatever is stolen is charity and whatever is subtracted from it is charity.” – Sahih Muslim

The plants that are distributed from a local nursery. The options are orange and guava and cost RS 120 and RS 80 respectively. Lubna and her friends pitch in regularly to cover the financial costs and then distribute the plants to the families. She started this program early in 2017 and has distributed over a hundred plants already. Her last session was on the 25th of February 2018.

Lubna can be contacted through her facebook page: caring 4 kids in need-pakistan.

Written by:

Dr. Farah Akram

May Allah guide us to all that is good and right.

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