FARHANA REHMAN-FURS

Farhana Rehman-Furs, President
Farhana Rehman-Furs
President

When a child is born into poverty, she has little control over her health, her education, and her quality of life. In many cases children do not have the ability to make the choices that many of us take for granted – how long they can study at school, whether they can or will work, when they get married and to whom, whether they can get adequate healthcare, what and how much they can eat, and if they can drink clean water.

I am the first generation in my family to escape extreme poverty. My father and his 12 siblings would eat from one plate on a dirt floor in Pakistan. Through determination and passion he completed primary and secondary school, and was the only child to make it to college. Education gave my father the rare opportunity to work at a bank and his fervor to escape poverty eventually gave him the chance to relocate to the UK in the late 1970’s. I was three years old, and I had no idea at the time or for many years after, how in that one moment my life and my world had been turned upside down. As a girl I was encouraged to study at school and university, as a woman I was able to make my own choices about work and marriage, and quite simply I had the gift of freedom and choice. I know that growing up in the UK was a privilege, and I know that I can use my life to make a difference for those who haven’t been able to escape poverty. I believe every child has the right to be safe, healthy, educated and free to be the individual they wish to be. This is a human right. Over the last 15 years with CCS I’ve dedicated myself to this belief, and I will continue to push myself and those around me to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

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