Just as her biological mother and then her SOS Children’s Village family cared for her, Kousar Parveen is dedicating her life to caring for others in every way possible.
For the 26 year old staff nurse from Pakistan, her job is not simply about earning a living. It is a calling that she answers not only at the hospital where she works, but also as volunteer for projects to improve the lives of the homeless.
Kousar came to live in the SOS Children’s Village Faisalabad as an 8 year old after her parents separated. Her father denied any responsibility for her, which left her mother unable to care for her.
Kousar Parveen. Photographer: SOS Archives.
When Kousar fell seriously ill there was not enough money to afford good medical treatment. Even so, she remembers the love and affection with which her mother nursed her to better health.
“During that time I learnt the importance of ready and loving care. It motivated me to choose a profession where I would be able to care for and look after the invalid, diseased and suffering,” says Kousar.
It wasn’t long after her illness that Kousar was admitted to the SOS Children’s Village Faisalabad. She is remembered as one of the most talented children in the village. After finishing school with good marks, she completed a BSc course in general nursing.
Kousar’s achievements make her SOS family extremely proud of her. She visits often and especially looks out for the children, whom she continues to call her brothers and sisters, when they are ill. For example, when a girl from the SOS Children’s Village was seriously ill and taken to the same hospital where Kousar works, she personally called the doctors and made sure that special care was taken of the girl.
The dedicated young nurse also finds time to visit and care for the homeless through volunteer projects aimed at improving their quality of life.
“Kousar is a role model for all SOS children. She has proven that everything is possible through hard work and a strong will. She has set an example of courage and success for the rest of the girls and boys in the village.”
Ms Kishwar Pervaiz, Chairperson SOS Children’s Village Faisalabad.