Each year during the Islamic Month Ramadan, Muslims across the globe fast from sunrise to sunset for the whole month.
During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice - Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.
This month is supposed to a month of reflection, a time to analyze and be thankful for the bounties bestowed upon us and most importantly help those around us.
However, life goes on and there are many who are admitted at Fatima Memorial Hospital for medical treatment and many receive clinical care without any charges.
It has always been tradition at Fatima Memorial Hospital to provide meals for to all the patient families who are present at the hospital (FMH) during Ramadan. The patients admitted at the hospital and their families can’t bear the extra costs and for us they are our guests and to be cared for.
However, with each passing year the patient number grows, costs rise and it is becoming difficult to continue with our tradition.
Today, we ask for your help to continue with our traditions set 37 years ago.
Eid is the most celebrated event in Islam and brings with it joy and happiness; Eid is celebrated twice a year; one comes after Ramadan which is Eid-ul- Fitr and the next one comes in Islamic month of Zilhajj which is Eid-ul- Adha.
Eid-ul-Fitr falls after a month of fasting and it is a day of celebration especially for children with new clothes and “eidi” which is a small sum of money they receive from parents and elder family relatives. It is a day to be with family, a day with lots of food and a day to hold close the joy this life can hold for us.
However, in Pakistan and for many across the globes such joyous occasions hold no meaning because they have to scrape by with whatever comes their way because of lack of employment, opportunities, an education and various other causes.
Fatima Memorial Hospital started its educational programs in underprivileged areas of Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan in 1985 and today 1850 students are studying in our schools.
We, at Fatima Memorial Hospital try to do our bit by ensuring that very child who studies in our schools receive a new set of clothes every Eid-ul-Fitr because they come from financially constraint backgrounds.
However, it is very difficult for us to provide new clothes to every child; with Eid around the corner in July, we ask for your help to bring a smile on the little angels under our care.
In our hearts, we all like to think we can understand what someone is going through when he or she is not able to walk, not able to reach out and open the windows or simply take a stroll in a starry night. What it feels to be denied the simple pleasures of life is simply unimaginable – the more we try to understand the more we will fail to see the immense immeasurable pain someone on a wheelchair goes through every day.
The picture you see is of young Abdullah who was destined to spend his life in wheelchair and didn’t foresee anything that could change his current predicament but only after a few months of treatmentat ACF he has started walking and getting better day by day
Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore and serving many patients who cannot afford the treatment expenses.
If ACF had not provided this treatment, he would have not been able to walk; this has only been possible through the support of generous donors. Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes to continue its noble mission.
This has only been possible through the generous support of donors like you which enables us to continue with our mission.
The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severe disabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through earlydiagnosis and extensive treatment Rheumatologists can significantly help prevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.
These stories give us hope and the strength to continue with our mission.
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