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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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.”