Improvement Visionary And Woman Of Grace

Improvement Visionary And Woman Of Grace


Simply a few days earlier than she went to the hospital, Mrs Munawar Humayun Khan wrote a brief crisp notice to me.

For 22 years, she had been the Chairperson of Sarhad Rural Help Programme’s (SRSP) Board of Administrators. This was the one time she had missed a gathering of the Board of Administrators in these years owing to well being points. Within the notice, she was express in eager to know three issues:

“Firstly, did the funds sufficiently deal with the core function of the organisation, which was altering lives of the poor?” she queried.

“Secondly, did you construct sufficient sources within the funds to present them a chance to specific their voice?”

As if there was one thing extra that touched her deeper instincts, she concluded, “Thirdly, had been the wants of the bottom employees, hit worst by inflation, catered for?”

After I gave her the small print she wrote again; “I’m completely happy.” “I’m content material!”

This summed up the mission of the organisation for her. She believed that solely a life lived for others was a life price dwelling.

Throughout 2008 and 2012, nearly everybody who mattered left Peshawar. Kidnappings, bombs and rockets touchdown in our streets had been a standard prevalence. Dr Humayun Khan would typically comment as to how miserable and hopeless it had turn out to be to dwell in Peshawar.

Nevertheless, he was amazed by the truth that Mrs Humayun and people working round her didn’t lose their enthusiasm and zest. She attributed this to the truth that the work she was doing even within the dismal state of issues touched folks’s lives and improved them for the higher. Her power and enthusiasm got here from her mission, and the darkness round her didn’t engulf her spirit. Kindness, to her, was a language which the deaf might hear and the blind might see.

Like many people within the improvement world, she was a dreamer. However the goals weren’t these of a thinker, poet or author. She had her toes firmly on the bottom

Mrs Humayun was a unprecedented particular person. A Pashtun girl to the core, she was educated and complex, and located herself comfortable, whether or not in diplomatic circles or transferring among the many villager of us. She was compassionate, sleek and dignified and had a mystical humbleness about herself. She was not in SRSP to win laurels, increase an ego or make a fortune.

Thirty years of her life that she gave to SRSP had been years of dedication and selflessness. For the tears and sweat that she gave to the organisation, she didn’t even anticipate a cup of tea in return. Her volunteerism was of a model unheard off on this a part of the world.

Like many people within the improvement world, she was a dreamer. However the goals weren’t these of a thinker, poet or author. She had her toes firmly on the bottom. She was no product of a administration college, however possessed a pure intuition on how you can negotiate the imponderables of our society. She rebuilt an organisastion which just about everybody had given up within the late Eighties – as a result of she didn’t need to hear why issues wouldn’t work, however needed at all times to listen to of the way to make all of it work.

Donors who got here to SRSP would typically marvel how sensible younger folks caught to it for years even supposing they may stroll throughout the road and earn double their salaries. Leaders, it’s mentioned, turn out to be nice not as a result of they’ve energy however due to their capacity to empower others. She constructed an organisation the place everybody from the bottom to the very best felt empowered.

Mrs Humayun was by nature a mild and beneficiant soul. Nevertheless, she wouldn’t compromise on rules and wouldn’t hesitate to tackle the strongest at any time when SRSP’s institutional autonomy was challenged, thus setting an instance for others on the board.

We at SRSP deeply mourn her passing away. However on the similar time, we rejoice the lifetime of a frontrunner who set very excessive requirements of public service, symbolising moral and ethical management. We pray to Allah to bless her soul and grant her household the power to bear her loss – although SRSP is rather a lot poorer with out her guiding spirit and positively Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has misplaced an indispensable asset.


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