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Blessings Multiplied: How One Couple is Making a Difference in Children’s Lives Abroad

When Dr. Waseem Ahmad sold his private practice building in 2016, he and his wife Mubina never dreamed that they’d open an orphanage on the other side of the world one day. While there were many valuable ways they could’ve used the money, nothing felt as right as investing in something greater than themselves.

I looked at our many blessings and asked God, ‘why me? You’ve given me so much; why did you pick me to bless?’” says Dr. Ahmad, KSB Neurologist and Sleep Medicine specialist. “In time, I realized there was a much bigger purpose in giving. We could make a difference, not just now, but for generations to come.”

In 2017, the seeds of the dream began to bear fruit in a small village in Pakistan, a half-hour from where Dr. Ahmad grew up. Land in the city was too expensive, so work began to purchase and develop three acres of farmland. After drawing up architectural plans, construction moved forward, security set up, staff hired, and homes made ready to receive orphaned boys.

“Our mission is to raise orphan kids and teach them, help them out of poverty, and give them an education to break the cycle of poverty,” says Dr. Ahmad. “If these boys don’t get an education, they will eventually become a burden on society, along with their families and the generation after them. So even a small effort on our part will keep on giving from one generation to the next.”

Officially opening in 2019, three houses were built instead of one big building so that the children would have a sense of belonging and feel at home. A Mother figure runs each house –a widowed or divorced woman –who looks after the needs of the children and home. The Mother surrounds the children with love and support, as she would with her own children. This arrangement is beneficial for the Mother as well, providing her employment, free room and board, and a secure environment in which to live.

The homes are close to the school they attend, allowing the boys to walk only a short distance. Dr. Ahmad purposefully chose an English-speaking school to give the boys the advantage of learning English. Combine English with access to technology, and the world opens up for them in new ways. Currently, 22 boys live in the orphanage with a potential capacity of 35. “We named the orphanage Sukoon, meaning peaceful,” says Dr. Ahmad. “When you walk into the orphanage, that’s exactly what you feel –at peace.”

Dr. Ahmad visits the orphanage two to three times each year to see the children, talk with the staff, and take care of business. When the couple visits, the boys are like their own kids. “It’s always sad to say goodbye,” he says. “You get attached to these kids. They look for love and affection because society has so neglected them. Providing these things –along with a sense of safety, respect, and security –is so important for them to thrive.”

Although the orphanage is only a few years old, Dr. Ahmad and Mubina have even more dreams for Sukoon: To build a polytechnic school to teach trade skills. Once established, the school will enable students to find employment and eventually support their own families. This will further break the poverty cycle by gaining them financial independence.

Dr. Ahmad has served Dixon at KSB for three years and is very grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Friends and family have stepped up to help with specific needs along the way. “It’s amazing to see how blessings multiply and come back to us when we take a step of faith and give,” says Dr. Ahmad. “When we let go and loosen our grip, God comes through and takes care of us. We have seen this happen again and again with this project. Looking ahead, we know that He will continue to provide.”

Inspired? As Dr. Ahmad says, “If you feel blessed, ask why. What’s the reason? How can you make a difference out of those blessings?” If you feel moved to help Sukoon specifically, reach out to Dr. Ahmad at warana72@hotmail.com and ask about what may be needed. We all can make a difference in big and small ways –and they all matter.