The Provincial Cabinet of Sindh has approved and recommended the case of Sr. Ruth Lewis, as well known Social Activist, to bestow upon Pakistan Civil Award 2020 (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) posthumously.
Sr. Ruth Lewis, a Catholic Nun of the women Congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King was born on 2nd May 1946. She had lived and worked in Karachi, Pakistan and died on 20th July 2020 after contracting Covid-19 while serving Covid-19 patients at one of their facilities at Dar-ul-Sukun, a home for around 150 of physically challenged persons including mostly children and teenagers, at Karachi.
It is the same center which was founded on 17th Feb 1969, by Sr. Gertrude Lemmens, Sr. Margared D’Costa and Sr. Ruth Lewis became the first to join the founding staff of Dar-ul-Sukun. Since 2000, she had been serving the center as in charge and encouraged her physically challenged persons for taking a leading role in games, Art and other volunteers coming from schools and other organizations to help feed the children and play with them.
Her four children from the center also won medals in the Special Olympics held in the United States of America in 1998. She had a vision of creating an inclusive society of persons with disabilities so that they could contribute to the mainstream.
According to the Administration of Dar-ul-Sukun Sr. Lewis got infected on July 8, 2020 as she was tirelessly working with 21 children at Dar-ul-Sukoon, infected with the coronavirus, afterwards she was admitted at a private hospital in Karachi.
On 22nd July 2020, His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Coutts, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Karachi, following the Covid-19 SOP’s from the Government had celebrated her Funeral Rights at Christ the King Church.
According to the recommendation latter of Mr. Muhammad Jaffer, from Government of Sindh Services, General Administration and Coordination Department sent to Brig. Tahir Rashid, Joint Secretary (Awards) Cabinet Secretariat Government of Pakistan, Islamabad Sr. Ruth has established following nation-wide institutions:
- A new extension of Darul Sukun on Kashmir Road in 2020,
- Home for socially displaced boys in Quetta in 2007,
- Home for the socially displaced girls in Muslimabad Karachi in 2010,
- Centre for elderly people on MA Jinnah Road Karachi in 2015 and
- State of Art rehabilitation complex in Rashidabad, Tando Allayar, in 2020.
Previously, in her life Sr. Ruth Lewis was honored as a Pride of Karachi Award on January 18, 2014, and Hakeem Muhammad Saeed Award in 2018. She was also included in the list of people who shaped Karachi in a book written by Imran Aslam.
According to Mrs. Mariyam Kashif, a Social activist and a school teacher from Karachi, she was pride of Christians and even for all the nations. The decision of Government of Sind in regards to bestow upon her Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’ Major Civil Award, is admirable, she really served the humanity without any discrimination, she had served to make State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation, and helping kids even they are physically challenged to become independent and skilled for 51 years by her services.