Malala Yousafzai, youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist for female education, continues to inspire people around the world yet again. The high school junior is currently in second place in TIME’s People of the Year Poll, putting her ahead of world figures including Pope Francis and Barack Obama. Her struggle for education for females has crossed transnational boundaries, making her a global symbol for promoting education and bringing the challenge of ‘education for all’ at the forefront in the global development agenda.
Recently, Malala and First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “62 Million Girls” campaign that is planned to ensure millions of girls worldwide that are not currently in school, receive the social and economic opportunities to receive an education. As we know, when these girls aren’t given a chance to realize their potential, the whole world loses out. In her speech at the launch, Malala spoke about the relationship between education and poverty, highlighting the fact that although we have the resources to prioritize education and combat the challenges that lack of education can bring with it, the fact remains that these resources are being used to fund activities that are not useful to society.
“It’s not that there is lack of money in this world,” she said. “We have billions and trillions of dollars, but where the money goes is military; it’s things that are useless and that are not useful to society”, the 18 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner said.
A key part of this “62 Million Girls” campaign is to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education.
The communities we work with under Nur Foundation, comprise of many such females who come from poor socio-economic backgrounds, who might not have the resources to afford quality education or the support to continue their education but have the hunger to learn and succeed in life. Our aim is to continue on with Malala’s dream and eliminate the barriers girls face in these communities and provide them with equal opportunities to make them active citizens. Over the past 19 years, we at Nur Foundation have seen many females become success stories, inspiring their families and the community to send their daughters and sisters to school as well.
Sometimes the reality of life breaks your heart; this was the case when this 24 year old young boy who couldn't walk without crutches due to ‘Ankylosing Spondylitis‘. His treatment was expensive and he couldn’t afford it. However, the Arthritis Care Foundation sponsored his both hip replacement surgeries worth Rs.290, 000. Today is able to walk again and live a normal life.
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.
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, please donate generously.
Little children bring joy to so many lives, their smiles, their cherubic faces, and their innocence which makes this world a beautiful place.
The reality of so many children in Pakistan is so bleak and sometimes a better future seems like a distant dream.
Fatima Memorial Hospital runs an outreach programs which consists of NUR Foundation School and students are provided free education since 1985 and till date 18,000 children have graduated. Currently, there are 1850 children studying in the school which are situated in the outreach areas of Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan.
Given the financial background of the children a new set of clothes each year is a blessing. While NUR Foundation School does provide uniforms and books each year; every Eid which is celebrated with zeal and fervor across the Muslim world and wearing new clothes is an integral part of the festive season.
These children who deserve so much but are faced with so many trial and tribulations are gifted with new outfits for Eid each year on behalf of the schools. The joy it brings to these children is makes it all worthwhile.
However, with rising costs it is becoming difficult with each passing year and we will like your support so we can continue with our tradition so we can see the bright light in each child’s eyes which has been dimmed by the reality of their lives.