Nine Students from the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) took time out from their studies to visit the girls at the Abba Home orphanage during March and April. It was a moving insight into both compassionate care and inter-faith friendship.
They came to spend time with the girls to teach them some of the skills they were themselves learning – drawing and painting, Women’s rights, healthy living and career opportunities. They led discussions on mental and physical health and talked about anxiety and depression. This was a unique opportunity for the deprived girls at the home to address some of the life issues that are all too often ignored and avoided in this society: how to confront and deal with the dangers of child marriage, violence, child abuse and child labour; how to cope with the stigma of anxiety and depression.
On a lighter note the LUMS students also played indoor games with the girls, had fun with drawing and painting and finally threw a party with cake, candies and drinks.
For more news of the amazing work of Abba Home, see http://www.abbaorphancare.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/AbbaHomeOrphanageForGirls/