The children are the thriving blossoms in the House of Flowers.
The House of Flowers began in 2002 with its first children, sisters Razia, Nadia and Shukria. They were gradually joined by the brothers Zaher Shah and Shahin Shah, Ramin, brothers Obaid and Zaki, brothers Ashraf and Hekmat, Gul Muhammad, and siblings Waheed and Maryam. All of these children were between age 3 and 8 when they came to the House in 2002 and 2003.
In 2012, we marked the ten year anniversary of the opening of the House of Flowers. During these ten years, the children named above grew into their teens. Some of them became old enough and strong enough to rejoin their families, continuing to study and sometimes working too. Many children literally grew up in the House, such as Razia, Nadia and Shukria, Ramin, Hekmat, and Shahin Shah, along with Maryam and her brother Waheed, and others who spent their formative years in the House.
But the House is never static. New children have been joining the family over the years, and now most of the children at the House have been there for 2 to 5 years. They are now growing up in the warmth of the House of Flowers. To see these children transform, become educated, become graceful and calm as well as taller and stronger and more confident, is one of the most gratifying experiences imaginable.
After the House…
Now we are watching the older ones begin life out on their own. Razia, Nadia and Maryam have all gone to university (Maryam is still in nursing school as of 2017). Razia is now a teacher in the House of Flowers! Shukria got married in August of 2017 and is waiting to see if she got into university.
The boys who have grown up are now working and studying: Zaher Shah is living and working in Tehran, Obaid got a car (!), Zaki got married and is working, Gul Mohammad is in university studying pharmacy, Shahin Shah and Ramin are finishing high school with plans for university.
The fact that these children who came from destitute backgrounds are able to already go so far in their lives is a testament to the foundation they received from the staff in the House of Flowers. We couldn’t be more proud of these kids!