Nur Foundation (NF) with its’ mission to act as a catalyst of change to bring about socio- economic development of under-served communities, through an integrated approach to healthcare, education and economic empowerment runs several programmes in the health, education and social development sector. Under the Nur Community Outreach Programme (NCOP). NF runs schools in the outreach areas of Lahore. As of 2014, 18000 students from under-privileged backgrounds have completed their primary & secondary education. NUR Foundation School was also setup in the flood hit area of Haibat Mastui in District DG Khan and Muzaffargarh. Currently, 1850 students are studying in eight peri-urban areas of Lahore.
In the current state of the country, it is difficult to be hopeful. The story of Sadia is like light at the end of the tunnel. Sadia is currently studying in eighth grade at the NF school. Describing her socioeconomic status, Sadia said, “I am the eldest of seven children. My father is disabled and my mother is a domestic worker. It is extremely difficult for us to make ends meet. Sometimes we have to survive with eating just one meal a day. In the face of such circumstances, the fact that I am enrolled in eighth grade and not a victim of child labour is a miracle.” She continued, “This is a miracle that is called Nur Foundation, where I can quench my thirst to learn at no cost.”
Sadia stated NF has made a difference in her life at the personal level. She reminisced the day when NF’s team of nutritionists came to the school and put up a free nutritional assessment camp. She reported “The team conducted nutritional screening and assessment. A lot of girls’ including me were found to be underweight and were given therapeutic diet counseling.” She continued to share that now she eats a healthier diet and advises her family to do so as well.
Sadia like other students is the vehicle to carry health promotional messages back home and the community. Nur Center for Research and Policy (NCRP), went one step further and conducted a health food fair on 24th February at the Fatima Memorial System. The entire purpose behind the health food fair was to promote healthy eating on low budget. Students from private schools and colleges with nutrition majors were invited to participate in a budget cooking competition. The students served the school lunches to students from the Nur Foundation schools and later distributed school lunch recipe books to mothers. Sadia shared her experience from the event in the following words, “It was a memorable day. We had such delicious school lunches made by the ‘Bajis’ and the best part was it was only worth Rs. 50/-. A team from Bunyad along with a gardener from the Fatima Memorial System educated us on how to plant seeds of different vegetables. As tokens we were all given packets of seeds of different vegetables of the season. I have planted those seeds in my courtyard at home and my family enjoys cooking and eating them.”
The world is full of colors and natural beauty which influence the mind, body; soul & making them enjoy the beauty of life. However, this is not meant to be for a few who can’t see the beauty that this world holds and are deprived of seeing its wonders. They have to rely on their sense of touch and sound to comprehend what surrounds them: Vision is a blessing from GOD and we should be thankful for our ability to see. There are many who won’t be able to regain their vision however there is a large number who can recover their sight through a small procedure.
There are many patients treated at Fatima Memorial Hospital who had good vision but with the passage of time due to some diseases or misfortune they lost their vision slowly or at once.
A patient at Fatima Memorial Hospital and was diagnosed with decrease in vision and had difficulty in doing his job; the problem was continuously increasing and leading to blindness. Doctors suggested he needed an operation to overcome his problem and retain his vision. . His best corrected visual acuity was noted to be 20/50 in the right eye and 20/40 in the left eye. On examination, a yellowish opacification of the lens in the left eye was noted. On ophthalmoscopy, the red reflex in the left eye was obscured centrally, and the details of the fundus were indistinct.
He belonged to a poor family and it was very difficult for him to bear the expenses of his treatment. Fatima Memorial Hospital provided him free treatment and bore all his expenses.
Now he is improving day by day and is able to perform well at his work.
We are in the position to improve the lives of many but it can only be possible with your help. Due to financial constraints it is very difficult for us to provide free treatment to a lot of patients.
Please donate to us today so we can help more patients suffering from eye diseases.
The early year of childhood is the time when growth is dependent on proper nutrition which is essential for a solid foundation of a healthy life. Children having poor diets due to lack of food or inadequate intake of nutrients are prone to short term and long term health diseases and arestrongly affected mentally, physically and academically. According to President and chief executive officer (CEO) of Save the Children Carolyn Miles in Pakistan, 35 per cent of deaths of children under-five can be attributed to malnutrition in the country. NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial Hospital have initiated its school meal program which provides weekly lunches to all of the children currently studying at NUR Foundation School. Given the financial backgrounds these kids come from having a full meal each day is becoming difficult with each passing day because of the dire financial constraints the families face. , NUR Foundation Schools are striving to provide its 1850 students healthy meals and will like to make provide them on a daily basis but due to financial constraints it is very difficult to provide meal on daily basis. To reach this goal we need your generous support so that we all can continue to see their happy faces. Please donate and change their lives.