Social Welfare.

This afternoon, I sat amidst some senior journalists who were discussing the earthquake. One of then rightly commented that the social welfare setup in our country had totally collapsed thanks to the quake, with all social development plans having been brought to a halt. Another issue was the collection of Zakat and its usage, since all the Zakat funding now will be sent to the quake victims. That is not a bad thing, please, we fully know how dire the situation is, how every cent is needed in the quake affected areas right now. But somehow, most of us have also forgotten that poverty exists within the entire country. We need to decide how to balance our donations in a way that we do not forget about the beggars, the hospitals [like SIUT, SKMCH, Kidney Centre, etc] that run on donations, the hungry eyes that stare at you everyday. One of my seniors rightly commented at that point that whenever one of the beggars passed a relief goods drop off point, he / she gave a look that said: ‘sannu vi khila dau’.

1 Comment so far

  1. maleeha (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:56 am

    I totally agree with you Huma. We desperately need to prioritize the zakat recipients, because the poverty in the rest of the country hasn’t disappeared with the quake. The number of people I’ve met recently who’ve sworn to drastically cut down consumption in order to donate the money to the quake victims is also scaring me – this will lead only to more unemployment. We need to PRIORITIZE!

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