These guys are a team of very well-educated and sharp-minded people working together with whatever resources they have to reintegrate the children of the streets back into the society. They are on a mission, and each team member is like family to one another.
I basically found about LettuceBee Kids [LBK] through a Vimeo upload. It was an interview of Sarah Adeel, the founder, who told the story behind LBK. Since then, I am a huge fan of these guys and want to help them in any way possible.
You can follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Vimeo and stay updated. Better yet, you can head straight to the store and buy some artful pieces which are the products of these very street children.
In this blog post, I’m going to give you FIVE key reasons why LBK is far better than any other NGO for street children in Pakistan that you know of:
She found the motive to stand out from the crowd and not opt for a career. She chose humanity over her own desires.
I won’t tell you what happened – here is her TEDx@Islamabad talk. I’m sure you will love her presentation and the story will enlighten your mind. It will make you rethink your strategy of getting into your professional life. For further inspiration, you can watch Sarah’s interview which is available on Vimeo.
These two videos literally changed my opinion about social enterprises and NGOs. Literally.
They have even worked with Todd Shea and Waste Busters Association of Lahore and amassed large numbers of street children. Last year, LBK initiated its Accelerated Learning Program and people volunteered to teach. As much as 200 voices were heard screaming "I'll volunteer!", reports Saad Malik, Project Manager at LBK.
I love how these guys are helping the children, and I’m sure you will too if you just go take a look at their gallery, or the blog.
It does not operate the regular please-help-us-help-everybody system and collect donations. They only encourage and value volunteers that can help them bring change.
These people are not after the money. With a self-sustaining formula for growth, as Sarah Adeel puts it, LettuceBee Kids wants to make the children of the streets happy. She believes she can help them, and money is not needed to do so. So far, she has excellently proven that as well.
Sarah even calls every team member her “Kid”. That’s how she provides for a family-like environment to work in. Want another family that is there for you? You’ve got it! This makes LBK a great place to work, in my opinion, especially for students and fresh grads that are looking forward to a pleasant first-time experience working with an organization.
Sarah then provides for some yummy food and plans the meet-up at an inspirational place such as Kuch Khaas located at the foothills of the picturesque Margalla Hills of Islamabad. Let’s accept it; who doesn’t love some yum food and a cup of chai (tea)?
If you are a volunteer, chances are you are going to be called for team meetings along with the rest of the team as well. And not to mention, there are special gatherings and events in 5-star hotels like Serena International which you get to be a part of. How cool is that?
You have to pay for your own plate, though...
I’m just kidding!
These talented little minds help the team do something creative and productive while everybody decides to spend the day along with each other.
With that being said, you might be getting the wrong impression of a socialist group till now. That’s not the case with this NGO for street children in Pakistan. LettuceBee Kids is organizing its annual exhibition again. Let me leak some info to you right now; team meet-ups are being scheduled and plans are being made. People are being invited and everything is fantastic.
In short, the exhibition is going to be a cracker. We will love to see you there. If you wish to be a part of Team LettuceBee Kids, simply email me at Shahroze@lettucebeekids.org or Saad at Saad@lettucebeekids.org. We would love to hear from you.
1. Only once a week. Period.
2. Of the subject YOU choose to teach
3. For two hours, at LBK headquarters
4. For a total span of three months. That’s only 12 classes en masse.
Think about it. We are even distributing some nifty-looking certificates to each volunteer that puts out a hand to help us.
I’m a Kid, and I’m proud of being one!
Oh, and if you are still wondering what I have joined team LBK as, this nifty-looking image might explain everything for you:
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