|The hostesses of the event Freeha Ismail, Rubina Ashraf, Mahnaz Fareed, Ayesha Najeed, Masooma Sitain, Esha|
Friends of SOS Multan committee re-started with a big band of record number of 180 members and a very pleasant news in the month of September. One of the senior children of SOS village, Rukhsana was to be married and the recipients of the committee, Mahnaz Fareed, Rubina Arshad, Freeha Ismail, Masooma Sibtain, Ayesha Najeeb, Saira, Eesha and Humna Chatta decided to host her Mayoon/Mehndi function on their party. And these ladies did their best in arranging this event, as they would have done for their own kith and kin. Their hospitality was simply remarkable.
The venue was Multan Garrison Mess (MGM). The main hall was completely booked for the event. Adorned with Yellow flowers and bouquets, entire setting was draped in the same hue. All the members, old and new, were requested to attend the function in complete formal dresses, as they would attend a Mehndi of their own family. Everyone came up to the expectations. Each and everyone shined and sparkled beautifully. And were generous enough to shower gifts and presents for the bride to be.
Hania Shahid welcomed all the members of this new committee and made them aware of its terms and conditions. Rameen Anees made some special announcements. Including a request to all members, whenever they host a party, they must include activities to involve children of SOS village. Mahnaz Fareed also addressed the gathering and expressed her joy at the happy occasion of Rukhsana's wedding.
Rukhsana looked adorable in Yellow traditional mehndi outfit and jewelery made of fresh flowers. In order to cherish this resplendent event of their friend's life, girls from SOS village were there too. All dressed up, looking fabulous. All the mehndi essentials were present there. Every nook and corner was decorated with conventional decorative ornaments. Dholak, music, lots of singing and dancing. Hostesses had also arranged Glass bangles as giveaways for the guests (another wedding tradition from the city of saints). To top it all, a sumptuous dinner was served at the end.
It was no ordinary occasion. The event exhibited the seriousness of SOS village Multan towards establishing its children. When she arrived at SOS Multan, Rukhsana was little child. She was raised with care and encouraged (like rest of the children at the village) to work hard in her studies and she turned out to be a shinning example. She did her Masters and was immediately picked by SOS Herman Gmeiner school Multan to serve as teacher. The same institution, which raised her, provided the livelihood and found her a match, when the time came to tie her nuptial knot.
Rukhsana is not the only one. Many other girls were raised by SOS village Multan, in a respectable fashion and married off at suitable time. Not just girls but boys are also dealt with same care. They are followed around for studies. Mahnaz Fareed remains on a constant hunt to find opportunities of higher studies, professional colleges/universities and jobs for these children. Establishment of SOS Herman Gmeiner school and SOS Multan institute of technology had the same purpose behind them. To educate and employ, the SOS children, alongwith others.
We truly admire these efforts and wish all the children at SOS village, well established future. Also, we congratulate the hostesses for creating such a wonderful event. Alongwith lots of prayers and best wishes for Rukhsana, wish her a happy, content and blessed marital life.
|The bride, Rukhsana|
|Rubina Arshad, Huma Athar & Farah Saqib|
|Fariha MunirShah and Rameen Anees|
|Mahnaz Fareed and Zahra Basset|
|Mahnaz Fareed, Tehmina Munir, Rameen, Saadiya Yaqoob|
|Farah Kareem Khwaja with a friend|
|Masooma Sibtain, Marium Farrukh and Freeha Ismail|
|Zooni, Saima Salman and Hajra Noon|
|Kiran, Mudassara, Asma Nadeem|
|Masooma Sibtain and others, singing together|
|Mrs,Erum Mannan & Afshan Waseem|
|Rukhsana ready for mehndi ceremony|
|Rukhsana's house mates from SOS performing the dance ritual|
|Rukhsana's friends from SOS setting the Mehndi|
|SOS children, Mrs. Mughees A. Sheikh and Mahnaz Fareed, with the bride and groom on the wedding day|
|Rukhsana in her bridal glory on her wedding day|