Sarah Adeel, Lettucebeekids

*girltank, 2016

“I Help Kids of Afghan Refugees”

Who am I?

My name is Sarah Adeel, a social entrepreneur from Islamabad, Pakistan. I see myself as a seeker, seeking meaning, some purpose. I’m also a design enthusiast. Good design is something that excites me and I feel design is a problem solving activity that can solve all problems.

What do I do?

In 2011, I started Lettucebeekids with two kids I met at a park next to my house where I used to run every evening. They had been picking trash all day. Most of them were refugees from Afghanistan but most were born here. They’re Pakistanis in that sense but nothing can happen for them because their parents never got an identity card from Pakistan. I got them to start drawing and it grew organically from there. We have helped support over 70 children and collaborated with the arts and academic sectors to help bring social inclusion to these communities. We’re trying to be Pakistan’s first self-sustainable organization that provides these children with social inclusion.

How does LettuceBeeKids work?

Social inclusion and self sustainability are the two basic principles of Lettucebeekids. We’re not a school, we’re trying to be a bridge between these kids and schools. If we put one of these kids in the best schools, he’d only be there for two days because wouldn’t have the confidence or self image to stay there or understand why education is important. It’s more like a finishing school, a transition and this is where they can play, where they can feel good about themselves. Where they learn to interact with other people and listen how to be with outsiders. We teach the children our four guiding principles of Art and Crafts, the Importance of Music, Relationship with Nature and Respect for the Elders. Raising awareness and empathy through our products inspired by the artwork of our children and establishing ties between the privileged and underprivileged children” is perhaps the foundation of LBK.

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