CLOTHERS-Humanity is our First Priority (Second Phase)
So far we had completed our collection as mentioned in the first Clothers phase. Now our target were
- Arrange a meetup of the circle.
- Pack the clothes along with complete details.
- The most important step is deciding how to distribute the clothes as we have to sell them at a low price for the people who cannot afford expensive clothes. So, we have decided to visit some slum areas.
On September 17, After collecting enough clothes, we had decided to arrange a meetup of the circle for packaging our clothes. Everyone was so excited because we were going to meet with one another. But the major problem was, some of the circle members were living out of the city. It was difficult for them to come to one place. But I really appreciate my fellows who came with determination and full of energy to fulfill Clothers purpose.
Most of our fellows belonged to Lahore city, so we had decided to meet in Jinnah Park. There is a place named “Bara Dhari” in that park which is famous as the heart of Jillani Park. We decided to collect at least 10 clothes for each member. But fortunately, we had collected 60 clothes (full pieces) along with some shirts, jeans, and a small amount of children ones.
As we mentioned in our previous article that we had arranged Clothers template and transparent bags to pack the clothes in an organized way for selling purposes. Our target was to provide better clothes at a low price. All of us agreed to set a small range of prices, so every needy one could easily buy them. We maintained the prices from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200 according to the quality and stuff of the clothes.
Finally, in our meetup plan, we successfully made 60 packets of Clothes for needy people. Now, it was time to execute our activity. Everyone was excited because we were going to execute a good step for humanity in society.
We had three days plan. First for meeting and for preparation and the other 2 were to execute our activity. Our preparation phase was done. But fortunately, during preparation, we were engaged with some people who needed clothes. We welcomed them and sold some of our products during the packaging too. In fact, at that point we got Rs. 700 revenue from those people.
Now, for execution, we decided to visit slum areas first because we thought that the poor ratio would be greater at those places and we could find more needy people. For that case, we found out about the slums community in “Kot Lakh Pat” Lahore.
When we reached there, we saw most of the children were playing without wearing clothes. People gathered around us but most of them were neglecting to buy our clothes even with the low price. Some of them thought we were giving defected pieces, some of them were frightened to see good clothes at low prices by the sense that we were giving them “Lande ka maal”.
When we explained our project work. Some of them bought that but most of them were on the same thoughts. We decided to give some clothes free of cost because it was hard to see the children without clothes. We gave some shalwar kamees to people, some clothes for children, and some ladies suits free of cost. We felt that how thankful they were.
I remember a couple, who had 2 babies. When we were giving them clothes, we could easily see the sparkling eyes with tears. They were very much glad. They just said “Mola twanno khush rakhe”.
In that way, we covered slum areas. Now, we remaining almost 40 packets of bags along the some shirts. Our next step was to implement our remaining activity on Sunday Bazar because almost 80% of people came there from a lower-middle-class background. Our revenue was not enough to accomplish our required target, so we decided to make a strategy to sell our clothes and Itwar Bazar was the best option for us. We thought it would be a great opportunity to sell our products.
On Sunday, 20th September we decided to go to Muslim Town Sunday Bazar. One night before we met the gatekeeper and asked for arranging a stall in that place. He asked some questions about our purpose and where we came from then he accepted. He said, “come tomorrow, I will take you to the manager”.
On Sunday, there were hustle and bustle everywhere. We entered in Bazar about 3:30 pm. Rush was on peak. We hurriedly moved to the manager’s room and asked for permission. His name was “Salman Watta”. He just said, “Come to my office at 4:15 pm because I am busy right now”. When we came on time, he was gone. We left limited time because Bazar was closing in the next one and a half hours and we had to sell all the clothes to get revenue.
We were wandering in the Bazar to find the manager in order to place the stall. During that time a person became ready to share his stall side with us for our work. We just happily acknowledged it and placed our clothes.
When we placed them, in no time people were coming closer and gathered around us. We explained our project thoroughly and finally, people started purchasing our products. When the person who gave us his stall saw that his products were totally ignored and all the people were coming to us, he said that “brother give me some commission otherwise pack and remove your stuff from here”. At the same time the manager arrived there and thank God finally, he gave us permission for a stall.
We had 1 hour but everyone from my circle was motivated to fulfill that selling duty. We were 5 members. Alishba, Anas, Rimsha, Asad, and Zeeshan. We divided all the task at that moment. Zeeshan and Asad were displaying our products, Rimsha and I(Anas) were dealing with the customers, and Alishba was maintaining all the purchasing record.
Many people came to our stall. Some were just watching the whole scene, some purchased with big smiles on their faces, some were ignoring and some came to appreciate us. Some people came to us and gave their contact numbers to collect extra clothes for needy ones because they said “ We are glad to have such beautiful kind-hearted people in Pakistan like you. You guys are amazing ”. I am very much glad because my whole team did a great job. In just 1 hour, we got Rs. 3300 revenue from that place.
It was quite a difficult task to handle every customer but my team never underestimated themselves and performed their duties very well.
We total got Rs. 4000 revenue as total and deposited the remaining clothes to the Edhi foundation.
We learned many things during the whole project:
1=> People really need help but they don’t say.
2=> If your motive and intention are good, no one can stop you to achieve your goal.
3=> We should have more patience level by considering poor people lives.
4=> We should be thankful to our God for having countless blessings.
5=>If you have a good team, you can achieve any dream. Teamwork is the key to move the extra mile.
6=> We should spread love and support to poor people. After all, we all are humans and everyone needs his/her necessities.
7=> Life is based on Tit For Tat concept. If you give love, you will get love. If you give respect to someone, you will get the same result.
Everyone is living his/her own life. Many of us are unaware of the current situation of our surroundings. For GOD sake, make your life fruitful for others. People need us. Helping someone in order to fulfill his/her needs, this is the HUMANITY.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama
If we change our concept of living, we can change our surroundings, which ultimately change the world. Humanity still exists and our Clothers team will continue this work for a lifetime. because
“Humanity is our first priority”
This is our team and we are CLOTHERS