Sep 14, 2020

Make an orphan smile!

Shoutoo with Shoutoo Beta
Shoutoo with Shoutoo Beta

Little Shoutoo (name changed), 6, is an orphan in Jamsharo, Pakistan. He feels safe and included in all orphanage activities. School, playtime and meals.  It's just when he's alone, he is usually reading a book. It's his way to get lost in another world and imagine what it would be like if he had a family of his own.  His favourite book is an American title, How Much Do I Love You.  Although his English is not very good, this chidlren's book is short and simply enough, with so few lines, that he reads it over and over again. He loves it best because it makes him believe in the impossible. That there is not only someone who loves him, but loves him soooooo much.

When he received his teddy, he was one of many children at the orphanage to be gifted one, but this felt different to him. When he held the bear close to his chest, his heart. He felt something inside of him move. Melt. Open.  He felt protective. He had never felt that emotion before. He knew the supervisors protected him all the time. His teachers too. But he had never felt the need to protect or look after anyone himself. He was still so small that he had never known that emotion. Once he cuddled the bear, however - his very own bear - he felt a strong need to protect this bear - his bear - from anything and everything.  He held the teddy closer and closer and knew a feeling of responsiblity and a need to care for something, for the very first time.  He also felt an overwhelming love for his little bear, who he called Shoutoo Beta (which means baby boy), after him.

Feeling so much love, he knew Shoutoo Beta loved him too.  Just like the book he so loved to read, he had found love. And love had found him.

Thank you for gifting a teddy to Shoutoo.  Please do give more so more orphans can experience this special feeling of having someone to loved and be loved by.

Starting today, September 14, GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 50% up to $50, until funds run out. So if you give USD 100 or more, your donation will be increased by $50.  That's 5 more bears, just for donating today!  Thank you!

Sep 14, 2020

Donate today and be matched!

Moringa tree
Moringa tree
There are very few things you can do or give that keep giving. Planting a tree is one of them.  It can keep giving oxygen, beauty and combating climate change for over a century later. Isn't that a miraculous blessing.

When we had Karachiities plant 250 trees this past Earth Day, as we fundraise for more trees to plant, we thought we would follow up on the ones that had been planted.  This is a picture of a tree planted by Alisha (name changed), who posted this on social media with pride showing off the growth of her plant.  As you can see, the moringa tree is growing healthily and becoming quite big.
We planted moringa trees  - also known as drumstick trees - as they are a multi-use tree that, according to research reports,  "thrives in otherwise difficult growing conditions where arid conditions and nutrient depleted soils are prevalent. Almost every part of the tree (except the bark and wood) is edible and offers excellent nutrition to both humans and domestic animals...The moringa tree is loaded with incredible nutritional benefits and is an extremely rich source of antioxidants such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid. For people who deal with diabetes and high blood sugar, regular consumption of moringa leaves, roots and seeds can also help to significantly lower your blood sugar levels.  Certain studies have also shown that moringa leaves and seedpods can help to regulate hormonal imbalances and help to slow the aging process. A cup of moringa tea each morning, then, can help you stay eternally young, or at least keep you looking younger for longer. While the health benefits of moringa go on and on, the majority of these health benefits come from the fact that it packs an enormous amount of nutrition into one small, little leaf. The high protein content along with the high concentration of essential vitamins and minerals has made the moringa tree effective in helping to combat malnutrition of children and mothers in developing countries. At the same time, moringa can be consumed as a natural medicine supplement for everything from reducing swelling to boosting the immune system and to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers." (Perma Culture News)

And, of course, this thriving, resilient tree, is also good for the environment. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow through the process of photosynthesis, converting it into the oxygen we all need to live. In fact, there is no greater carbon-capture technology than photosynthesis—which happens to be both highly efficient—and free.  (Rainforest Alliance)

Thank you for donating a tree to be planted.  Please do give more so more trees can combat the climate change Pakistan is currently facing.

Starting today, September 14, GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 50% up to $50, until funds run out. So if you give USD 100 or more, your donation will be increased by $50.  That's 5 more trees, just for donating today!  Thank you!
Sep 14, 2020

Feed an orphan today!

Rashid with his box of khajoor
Rashid with his box of khajoor
Thank you for your generosity in gifting khajoor (dates) to orphans this past Ramadan. We added some ration boxes and goodies for the children as all are fasting, despite being very small.
Rashid (name changed), 7, is never really hungry. There is plenty of food in the orphanage he lives in and lots of friends to play with. But, still, he looks forward to mealtimes. That's why everyone can laugh and joke and occasionally on special occasions or as a surprise, they are given treats (like kulfi - Pakistani ice cream - or something a donor has randomly given).  He misses lunchtime during Ramadan, but does love iftaars as everyone is so happy and joking together.  He knows it is supposed to be a serious experience, but for him and his friends, it's happy and full of bonding.  The best part is breaking his fast with a khajoor as it is sweet. He has a sweet tooth and normally, it's very rare for them to get sweet treats.  He gets to eat these sweet dates every single day in Ramadan.  
This year, he got his very own box of khajoor - 30 dates - for the entire month. It was all  his own and he was so tempted to have more than one, but saved one per day, as there were many blessings in breaking a fast with a khajoor and he sure did like blessings.

Thank you for gifting Ramadan dates to Rashid.  Please do give more so more orphans can experience this special feeling ofb breaking their fast with a tradition full of sweetness and blessings. Khajoors are not only sweet, but hearty, and a very healthy way to begin a meal.

Starting today, September 14, GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 50% up to $50, until funds run out. So if you give USD 100 or more, your donation will be increased by $50.  That's a month's supply of khajoor for 25 orphans, just for donating today!  Thank you!
 
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