Education is the backbone driving the society in this day and age. Unfortunately in Pakistan this backbone is rather weak due to non-availability of this blessing to the majority of the population, even when there are thousands of young minds ready to be taught and their talents ready to be taped. The dearth of this right is a consequence of various factors; poverty, outdated social norms and stereotypes being just the tip of the ice berg. One such story is of 14 year old Shumaila who rather than engaging herself in learning and the other normal things that children of her age ought to be doing was forced to take care of her family and work to make ends meet.
Shumaila’s father Mohammad was a local carpenter in a small village near Vehari of Punjab Province and worked vigilantly to provide for his family. Unfortunately, during a construction project in a house there was an accident and his right hand was crushed under some falling debris. His hand was amputated and thereafter he was rendered unable to carry out his normal function. His physical weakness and inability to provide for his family made him a bitter man and thus he was unable to maintain a steady job anywhere. Seeing this little Shumaila along with her mother, decided to take matters into their own hands. Her mother started working as a domestic help and Shumaila worked from her home assembling decoration flowers in order to provide for her family (which includes two little brothers). As a result her education came to a halt. When our team at FMH system heard about her story through the outreach workers, they visited the household and after surveying the circumstances offered to provide for Shumaila’s basic educational needs. The family was overjoyed and agreed happily.
Now Shumaila is back in school and is aspiring to become a nurse as she was inspired by the circumstances in her house and wants to serve humanity. As the saying goes a child without education is like a bird without wings. Thanks to your contribution, this child has regained her wings and is now on her way to skies.
Muhammad is a young man from Kabirwala from the province of Punjab; the 25 year old was diagnosed with Behcets disease. This is an autoimmune rheumatic disease which may lead to blindness and the blockage of veins and arteries. Apart from losing sight it may also cause heart attacks and strokes and mostly affects the young.
Making ends meet was a problem for Muhammad and add to that the expensive treatment required to ensure that the disease remains stable and does not deteriorate further was simply not possible.
Thankfully the disease was diagnosed in time and the ACF was able to fund his medication which costs around PKR 5000 a month. Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan which provides Physiotherapy and Diagnostic support to deserving patients.
The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severe disabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through early diagnosis 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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The past few years have been full of natural and man-made disasters striking humanity across the globe. From Tsunamis, hurricanes, earth quakes, famine, floods, bomb blast and the tragedies of war.
Our attention tends to move from one calamity after the other, this result in the affected getting initial help but they are left to their own devices after a month or two; usually the ones suffering the most are the poorest of that area who are not able to recover and live normally due to financial constraints.
The floods of 2010 in Pakistan were one of the worst ever seen in county's history – and today after fours years there is life being rebuilt but it is a slow laborious process. However, certain things must continue i.e. the provision of basic nutrition, health and education.
After the preliminary damage assessment, Fatima Memorial Hospital set up a school in Habit Mastui, District Dera Ghazi Khan in Southern Punjab to educate the children of the flood affectees.
Still going strong after three years we hope to continue with our success and keep educating the children in the area. We believe that a solid education will be the means for these children to excel in the future.
This is the generation that will take our nation forward and we believe in investing in their lives and their futures
Today we ask for your support to help us expand and sustain the project – We ask for a long term commitment, a commitment to be with us when a child of five enters our school and finally graduates through your help.
Through this platform, we don’t ask for your donation, we ask for your lifelong commitment