Perween Rahman was an architect-turned-activist who devoted her life to improving the lives of people in Karachi’s poorest neighbourhoods. She was the Director of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Institute (OPP) oppinstitutions.org, a Karachi-based NGO that works with the city’s poorest communities to improve their neighbourhoods. Since the 1980s, the Orangi Pilot Project has provided thousands of people with improved water, sanitation and housing.
Perween was murdered by masked men who shot at her car as she travelled home from work on the afternoon of 13 March 2013. iied.org/iied-mourns-long-term-partner-friend-perween-rahman She had been documenting land-use around Karachi, and this may have antagonised the city's powerful land-grabbing criminals. Perween Rahman was a very brave, committed woman who worked for the uplift of the poor and marginalised. This film by Balazs Gardi balazsgardi.com is being included in Pakistan Calling as a tribute to the work and great legacy that Perween Rahman left the people of Karachi through a lifetime of selfless public service for the poor and the needy.
In this film, Perween discusses the issues around corruption, organised crime and failures of civic and city governance in Karachi. She highlights the criminal practices involved in the multimillion dollar business of siphoning and stealing Karachi’s water supply. We hope this film inspires others to continue to support people such as her in Pakistan. Perween Rahman RIP 1957-2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perween_Rahman
More than 40% of Karachi's water supply is siphoned off and illegally sold outside the formal system creating a multimillion dollar business for officials involved in a complex organized crime scheme.
Perween Rahman, director of Orangi Pilot Project’s Research and Training Institute, discusses the city's parallel governance mechanism responsible for this theft.
Karachi's Orangi township is currently the largest slum in south asia and previously did not qualify for government aid due to their 'unofficial' status. With endogenous research, the community was able to make an affordable sanitation system for the treatment of sewage, which helped to reduce the spread of disease.
Perween Rahman, director of Orangi Pilot Project’s Research and Training Institute, talks about the life in the township.