I’ve written before about my love and connection to Pakistan, as I did then (click here to read), I often call the country my home from home. The places we call home are the places we feel safe, loved and cared for. They are also the places we raise the next generation who, inevitably, grow wings and soon fly away to make homes of their own and this weekend I travelled to Pakistan to bid farewell to one such individual.
Nadeem Tahir, the outgoing CEO of Penny Appeal Pakistan, was with us from the very beginning and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. His incredible vision and tremendous hard work is the very reason why so many poor and vulnerable people, young and old alike, have been able to find a home in Penny Appeal’s various humanitarian projects. Nadeem has been instrumental in all our projects, across the length and breadth of Pakistan, and he has always been someone we could rely on to deliver the very best.
After many years with Penny Appeal, Nadeem is now moving on to focus on his studies, and in doing so he has left a big hole that will be hard to fill. It has been an honour to have entrusted him with the responsibility of managing our work in the region and he is someone we will all sorely miss. We wish him all the best on his new endeavours and take comfort in knowing that our loss is the gain of whoever he is fortunate enough to work with in the future.
My trip to the motherland was primarily to oversee the transition and handover between Nadeem and our new incoming CEO of Penny Appeal Pakistan. I was also able to visit our national headquarters and get an update from the team on a variety of our active projects. This included a whistle-stop tour of both our OrphanKind and Hifz Orphan programmes, our Adopt-a-Gran programme and our state-of-the-art Orphan Village. Even though the visit was brief, every time I’m fortunate enough to visit one of our programmes around the world I feel re-energised and inspired, knowing the generosity of donors and the hard work of our staff are transforming the lives of so many people.
Of course, no trip to the motherland would be complete if it didn’t include a visit to see family too. I felt blessed to be able to sit with my elders, listen to their stories and share updates about all the work they have inspired.
As I leave one home and head back to another home, I’m reminded of the saying, ‘home is where the heart is’. Pakistan most definitely has a piece of my heart and God-willing, will always be a place I call home.