The world celebrates UN International Day for the Girl today on 11th October, 2013.The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.
While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right. Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers. Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes. The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls’ education is yet to be realized.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward,we should play our part in voicing the girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. One great inspiration is Malala, who stood against all odds and played her little yet vital part.
Ramadan is a time of reflection to be thankful for the blessing bestowed on us.
Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food. Food and drink is then served daily, before sunrise and after sunset.
The opening of the fast at sunset is called Iftar and every Ramadan for the past 36 years countless families and relatives are at Fatima Memorial Hospital during iftar.
The hospital is a charitable hospital with 85% of the patients provided treatment free of cost or at subsidized rates thus the patients and their loved ones attending to them cannot afford to break to their fast because of the lack of finances.
The amount may seem small for a meal but for some of our patients and their families, one complete meal a day is a blessing. We are not in the position to fund meals for everyone who comes in but in the month of Ramadan we try to ensure everyone present at the hospital open his fast with us.
We have kept the tradition alive for more than three decades but with the devaluing currency, inflation and economic conditions it is becoming harder and harder with each passing year.
With your help we hope to continue like we always had.
Please donate generously for this cause as everyone deserves a meal after he or she breaks his fast.
In 2010, the floods in Pakistan were one of the worst ever seen in county's history.
It destroyed lives and everything they worked for and their parents had worked for in one instance.
The damage was huge from infrastructure, homes, and livestock to arable land and most importantly the lives lost during this calamity.
After the preliminary damage assessment we set up a school in Habit Mastui, District Dera Ghazi Khan in Southern Punjab to educate the children of the flood affectees who were left with literally nothing and were trying to rebuild their lives in whatever way they could.
We are trying to help out in whatever means we can by adopting the families of that area. The setting up of the school and the education it provides will prove to be a strong base for the future of the students studying there.
The students sat for their annual exams
It was a proud moment when children sat for their yearly exams to be promoted to the next class. The perseverance and hard work of our team has borne fruit and to see so many children moving to the next step of their lives gives us the encouragement to keep working. We are hopeful that with the support of donors like you we can not only continue with educating the students we have but also induct new students who we have to turn away due to the shortage of funds.
With your help, we hope to continue with our mission and move forward.