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Lahore woman sells trash to educate thousands of children

She runs eight schools

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Sep 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Photo: Aabroo Educational Welfare Organization/Facebook

A woman has been using trash to fund the education of 5,000 children in Lahore for the last 13 years.

Rubina Shakeel, who runs the Aabroo Educational Welfare Organization, provides children free education, food, and health care facilities at her eight schools.

“The students belong to poor families,” she said while speaking on SAMAA TV programme Naya Din on Wednesday.

Parents of most children work as daily labourers, rickshaw drivers, or fruit-sellers. “The children even help out their parents after school.” They will either help them prepare food or load items in a truck, she remarked.

The organisation collects up to 21 tonnes of water every month, which makes about Rs950,000 to 100,000.

Photo: Aabroo Educational Welfare Organization/Facebook

More than 7,000 houses have been registered with the organisation, each house is given a list of things that they can put in their trash cans. The list includes plastic bottles, old clothes, cooking utensils among others, she said.

“We then send our vehicles to collect the trash,” she said, adding that thousands of bags are brought to organisation’s warehouse, where they are sorted. Sometimes they find items which can they use in their schools, such as books, or good-quality clothes, or other items that can be recycled.

“It is not just trash but we also take donations and zakat,” Khalid shared, adding that more than anything people’s compassion and love has helped her the most in her mission.

On her journey, she said that it has been very difficult. “There has been nothing easy about it.”

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  1. Fakhir Sajid  September 11, 2019 12:42 pm/ Reply

    Well done, good idea it is time the poor childrens need to be educated as well, with or without the help of the Govt.

  2. Syeda Sadia Fayyaz  September 12, 2019 7:29 pm/ Reply

    This is what we need in each and every city of Pakistan.
    This amount of determination and affection would change the future of Pakistan in accordance with the dream of founders of Pakistan

    • Zulfiqar ali shah  September 17, 2019 9:14 am/ Reply

      Asalamo alikum
      Sadia sahiba yes
      You are right
      1st of all
      All of us must open our vallets and purses to financially support her and also these kind of ladies

  3. ayesha  September 12, 2019 10:15 pm/ Reply

    yoiu are a gift from god to us for our country

  4. Ahmad Muazzam  September 12, 2019 11:53 pm/ Reply

    Wonderful work is being done by this organisation.
    Children studying in elite schools should be approached through their schools or their parents to donate their old books, stationery items, clothes etc to this less fortunate segment of the society.

  5. Aliiii  September 14, 2019 6:05 am/ Reply

    Mashallah bhaut khoob

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