Perween Rehman, “Mother of Karachi”, In Service of Poor Worldwide
Perween Rehman, quote,”There is no Enemy”, “It is circumstances that make people do, what people do“, unquote
Ghazala Akbar, a journalist said, quote, “Perween was a good soul, a plucky and feisty woman, who walked fearlessly where angels feared to tread”, unquote
Dr. Masuma Hasan, Chairman of, Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and the President of the Board of Governors of Aurat Foundation, said, quote, “Slender, almost frail, with her hair down to her waist, her captivating smile and melodious voice, Perween Rehman was a legend in her lifetime. Sensitive, professionally meticulous and committed,” unquote.
Ghazi Salahuddin, a journalist, said, quote, “Rehman represented hope in the city,” unquote.
SAFCO, civil activists and president Mr. Suleman Abro, said, quote, “Rehman’s killing is a serious attempt to demoralise the forces of peace and development, unquote.”
Zara Rehman, said, quote, “When nobody cared about them or even stopped to look at them, she gave them her hand, when they had no hope or a chance to survive, she helped them regain their strength and, taught them to have faith in themselves, when all they got was disappointment, she gave them the courage to start all over again, when nobody wanted to listen to them, she gave them a voice, when they would give up, she would give them a reason to try again. She gave them a reason to live, a reason to struggle, a reason to hope,”unquote.
Brief: Perween Rahman, was a Architect and Urban Planner. Joined, Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), in 1983, as Joint Director and managed the Sanitation and Housing programs. Since 1988, she has been Director of Orangi Pilot Project – Research and Training Institute. Since 1983, she has been a visiting lecturer and taught Architecture and Urban Planning at the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology and now at the Karachi University. She is a founder member of the Non- Governmental Organization (NGO), Urban Resource Centre, Karachi and continued to guide and support their work till her last days.
13 March 2013
Cause of death
Director of Orangi Pilot Project – Research and Training Institute
Perween Rahman was born in 1957 in Dhaka, then situated in East Pakistan. She moved to Pakistan as a teenager. She obtained a Bachelor of architecture in 1982 at the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, and a postgraduate diploma in housing, building and urban planning in 1986 from the Institute of Housing Studies in Rotterdam. She worked at a private architecture firm before being recruited by Akhter Hameed Khan to become Joint Director of the Orangi Pilot Project in 1983, where she managed the housing and sanitation programmes. In 1988, OPP was split in four organisations, and Perween Rahman became director of OPP-RTI (Orangi Pilot Project – Research and Training Institute), managing as well programmes in education, youth training, water supply and secure housing.
In 1989, she founded the NGO Urban Resource Centre in Karachi and was also part of the board of Saiban, another NGO dedicated to low-income housing, and OPP-OCT (Orangi Charitable Trust, the microfinance branch of OPP).
— 2013 – conferred March 23rd, Sitara- e –Shuja’at, Order of Bravery
– 2001 – World Habitat Awards winner (with OPP-RTI).
– 1982 – Mehdi Ali Mirza award for Academic Excellence
Perween Rahman was a member of the Board of Directors of :
5. Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Trust
7. Member, Syndicate of Dawood College of Engineering and Technology
OPP’s methodology is taught at:
Northern academic institutions listed below:
- University College London
- London School of Economics
- Institute of Housing Studies, Holland, wherein she assisted in the design of international courses in housing and planning
Southern academic institutions listed below:
- Sophia University, Japan
- Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
- Osaka University
– Perween Rahman, 2009, Water Supply in Karachi, OPP-RTI
– Pervaiz, Perween Rahman & Arif Hasan, 2008, Lessons from Karachi: The role of demonstration, documentation, mapping and relationship building in advocacy for improved urban sanitation and water services (Vol. 6). Earthprint
– Perween Rahman, 2004, Katchi Abadis of Karachi: A survey of 334 Katchi Abadis
– Rahman, P., & Rashid, A., 1992, Working With Community: Some Principles and Methods
- ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21783304
- ^ a b c d e f CV as Board member of Saiban, submitted to Homeless International
- ^ a b IIED, Lessons from Karachi 2008 http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10560IIED.pdf
- ^ Arif Hasan, The Urban Resource Centre Karachi http://www.urckarachi.org/URC%20Introduction%20Case%20Study%20by%20Arif%20Hasan.pdf
- ^ http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/about/safe-world-blogs/andaleeb-rizvi/3790-parveen-rehman-rip.html
- ^ http://www.unhabitat.org/bp/bp.list.details.aspx?bp_id=3696