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[18 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
A Gentle Heart Has Been Stopped

Aquila Ismail
Karachi, Pakistan 
Perween Rahman, renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, was murdered on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 p.m while on her way back from work.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough…Tagore
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“Apu! You’re here! Great!” That’s how my little sister Perween would greet me every time I arrived at her door from Abu Dhabi at 3:00 in the morning, followed by hugs and kisses. The fragrance of her embrace would right every little grievance that I had with the world. She had a habit of doing this smile with …

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[13 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Rajen Kilachand: A Family Tradition of Philanthropy

Rajen Kilachand, Chairman and President of the UAE-based Dodsal Group, is a leading global business leader and philanthropist. His diverse enterprises range from mining in Tanzania to Pizza Hut franchises in India, and his philanthropy from Boston University (to which he made a $35-million gift in 2011 and 2012) to hospitals and schools, community aid and humanitarian missions, and women’s empowerment organizations in India, the UAE, the US, Europe and Africa.
Founded in 1948 by the Nandlal Kilachand family in partnership with a British trading company, the Dodsal Group now has …

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[12 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]
Ples Felix: Retired Warrior, Teacher of Forgiveness

Ples Felix partners with Azim Khamisa in the work of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), which they co-founded in 1995 to stop youth violence through education, mentorship, and community service. The two men came together around the murder of Azim’s 20-year-old son Tariq by Ples’s 14-year-old grandson Tony and their mutual recognition that “there was a victim on both ends of that gun.” Ples has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s in Administration in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis. He has worked in the community …

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