This year to celebrate International Women’s day, we were searching for someone who truly deserved to be recognized in making a REAL difference in the lives of women suffering. Our team came across A YouTube video with over 146,000 views that has been causing a serious media buzz as it highlighted the unthinkable struggles of the Rohingya refugees, especially women and children. In a 24-minute video, Samia Butt shows the world how the purchase of 10,000 hygienic sanitary pads makes a significant difference in the lives of women trapped in places where access to this lifelong necessity is almost impossible.
Samia Butt is a leading humanitarian, social reformer, and philanthropist consistently at the forefront of giving aid to the disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Professionally, she is a full-time special education teacher working with children with special needs under the NYC Department of Education.
She is the founding member of a non-profit organization named “Act of Goodwill,” which specializes in empowering women and helping them live life with dignity. Samia Butt was also the visionary mind behind the “Love Thy Neighbor” project, where 115 families in Mexico’s hardest and poorest areas were given groceries and financial assistance.
Samia is also a co-founder of HalalTourism, and is an Executive Director for HalalTrip.com North America division. She has combined her passion and love of traveling and giving back by making sure wherever she visits, she gives back to the poorest people there. Through her platform, she has motivated 100s of others to do the same.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Samia Butt goes out of her way to help women and orphans, support the local community and help internationally when possible. She has made it her ultimate mission to help those in dire need. She finds greater fulfillment in traveling to places where she can extend whatever form of help she can. She has helped Single mother from getting evicted and saved her children from being on the streets.
Over the years, she has visited Puerto Rico (Providing relief and support during Hurricane Maria ), In Turkey – Empowered Refugee Widows by Sponsoring Vocational Training, While visiting Indonesia, she made sure she took out her time to buy new clothes and food for Orphans, From sanitary pads to food and groceries, she has spearheaded various endeavors geared towards bettering the lives of those facing hardships without focusing on the person’s belief, race and background.
As most of her endeavors under the Act of Goodwill documented, one video that stands out from the rest was her visit to Rohingya refugees who have faced struggles like being victims of rape and witnessing their loved ones killed. Arriving there, she came across women with blood coming down their legs. She eventually found out through a translator that sanitary pads were seen as taboo in the community and were not accessible to these women. After seeking help from over 100 charity organizations, none provided sanitary pads as they did not see these as essential items. Determined to address this necessity, Samia’s team drove to the nearest city area and ordered 10,000 sanitary pad packets. The Rohingya women were beyond thankful and had even been asking Act of Goodwill to send them pads again.
With the pandemic at hand, Samia Butt has undertaken endeavors for those most affected. She led the delivery of over 10,000 meal boxes to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 shutdown. Moreover, she also personally delivered hot meals to first responders in the city. On top of this, she also personally shopped for elderly families and single mothers during the lockdown. All these efforts were accomplished while she had to cope with the loss of her father last April due to the coronavirus.
Indeed, Samia Butt is a true-to-life superwoman to the underserved, marginalized, and disadvantaged. With all the fantastic work she has done locally and internationally, many local community leaders have reached out and extended their utmost gratitude to this brave woman.