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Bilquis

$39.00

Floral Scarf

Details: Soft Georgette Fabric

Care instructions: wash on gentle cycle or hand wash and hang dry

Made by vulnerable disabled women living in Pakistan
 

This scarf is named after Bilquis Edhi, widow of Abdul Sattar Edhi, a professional nurse and one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. She has been named The Mother of Pakistan. She heads the Edhi Foundation, and with her husband has received many awards for Public Service and Social Justice. Her charity runs many services in Pakistan including a hospital and emergency service in Karachi and has saved over 16,000 unwanted babies.

Edhi took over the management of the jhoolas project, the first of which had been built by her husband in 1952. These 300 cradles are available throughout Pakistan where parents can abandon unwanted children or those that cannot be raised. They carry the message “Do not kill, leave the baby to live in the cradle” in English and Urdu. A small minority of abandoned children are disabled but over 90% are female. This alternative is thought to have reduced the number of dead babies who are killed by their own parents given the alternative provided by the Edhi Foundation to leave the unwanted babies in the cradles. The Edhi project is also responsible for burying dead babies found by the police. The Edhi Foundation is known all around the world and is the biggest emergency service in Pakistan. It has been noted that their work provided social services to the poor of Pakistan without any discrimination. Despite her husband being received by Presidents and her own appearance on Pakistani television the couple lived modestly in a two-room apartment which is part of one of their orphanages.

Read her story here