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Meet A Woman 4000 children call “Mother”

I wanted to share this article with you because my cousin’s wife and I thought more people would want to read it and it needed to get out of Australia and the Story have a broader reach. I am going to organize some fundraising efforts for Mahboba’s Promise also. Read and Enjoy –

On September 20 2008 The Sydney Morning Herald published a story called “A woman 4000 children call mother”

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“A letter from a doctor in a refugee camp inspired an Afghan woman to start a charity, writes Erin O’Dwyer.” I was so moved by the story that I thought more and more people should know about it and have an opportunity to respond.”

“Rawi was a refugee from Afghanistan herself and was the person sent from the strife to help her family survive. She courageously came to Australia and completed her education and received her high school diploma; going on to become a welfare worker. She knew of all the orphans left in Afghanistan and how they were starving to death and freezing to death and had no assistance. So she began “rattling her tin.”

“Most donations come from garage sales organized by a band of 50-odd supporters. Those who can afford it give $50 a month. It is five times what a woman earns begging, and enough to buy flour, rice, oil, sugar and tea, but not enough for them to afford somewhere to live.”

“She works seven days a week and is preparing for the winter appeal. She wants people to know that 100,000 children will die this northern winter from malnutrition, preventable diseases and freezing to death, and does not care how often she has to say it.”

“When you have so many children, you’ll do anything for them.”

I hope you will link up and go to her site and read the full story and be inspired by her efforts.

Mahboba’s Promise:

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What do you think? I would like to know your thoughts and ideas – please comment…

7 Responses to “Meet A Woman 4000 children call “Mother””

  1. Rita Says:


    What a special woman Rawi is! Her selflessness shouts from the page, and the look of compassion in her eyes is abundant. When I read the line “When you have so many children, you’ll do anything for them,” I lost it.

    I never take my children’s health for granted – I feel blessed every day. But it takes armies of Rawis to “heal the world.” What she has done in her “little corner” is so magnanimous that I hope it inspires people to help even ONE suffering child.

    Thank you for sharing this story.


  2. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    What an amazing woman.

    Sometimes I feel so selfish, because I know that I could never do something like that.

    I guess each of us gives what she can.

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..Saw “Burn After Reading”. Non-Botoxed Actresses. Awesome.

  3. Patricia Says:

    Rita – I thought it was an important story to get out – one woman can make a difference and I thought I would try to do some fundraising for her children here in my little town. The power of one is an amazing thing to behold.

    Vered – Yes! each person does what they can and I think my job was to get the message out and about. I am going to now figure out how I can send some money to her for her children – bring it up at a meeting or book group. I think even $25.00 would go a long way for her work and show support.

    Thank you both for making a comment and reading about her work.
    One of the addresses is for her foundation.
    It is so nice to hear from you both – your words are appreciated

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  4. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – what an inspiring story. We certainly don’t hear all that’s going on over there in the papers. It makes our troubles and worries about recession seem small in comparison.

    I’ll submit this to Digg so others know what is going on.

    Cath Lawsons last blog post..The Worst Websites Can Make Money

  5. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your submission, I was hoping this would get the word out…
    It is amazing what one person with determination can accomplish

    It seems always easier for me to help others
    thanks for reading the article

  6. Liara Covert Says:

    Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story. It reminds people that regardless of their percived conditions, when the heart is in the right place, it is possible to move mountains. You may be interested in a book called Three Cups of Tea:


    Liara Coverts last blog post..What brings you back?

  7. patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming by this spot, my cousin’s wife in Australia tuned me into this article and I thought it good to get the word out.
    I have reviewed the book Three Cups of Tea on my blog another wonderful story. Nice to know great minds will share good resources!
    Thank you