Jan 13, 2020

Eyesight! A Blessing

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Age is the most important risk factor for cataract. Almost one in five people between the ages of 65 and 74 develop cataracts severe enough to reduce vision, and almost one in two people older than 75 years have this disease. In Pakistan, there are estimated to be 570, 000 adults (225, 000 men, 345, 000 women) who are blind due to cataract, which is the most common cause (51.5%) of avoidable blindness in the country.

The main contributing factors include injury to the eye, inflammatory and infectious eye diseases, and diseases such as diabetes mellitus. The only treatment that provides a cure for cataracts is surgery. There are two types of cataract surgery: intracapsular and extracapsular. Intracapsular surgery is the removal of both the lense and the thin capsule that surround the lense. This type of surgery was common before 1980, but has since been replaced by extracapsular surgery. Extracapsular cataract surgery is the removal of the lense whereas the capsule is left in place. There are two methods for extracapsular cataract surgery. The common method is Phacoemulsification. A tiny incision is made and an ultrasonic probe is used to break the cataract into minute pieces. However, if the lense is too hard, the surgeon will use a different conventional extracapsular technique requiring a larger incision. Complications after cataract surgery are rare. 


In Pakistan, around 60% of the cataract patients lose their eyesight due to delayed or inadequate treatment. The problem is worsened as a large number of people who are suffering from cataract live in the far flung or rural areas of the country and they are unable to afford to travel to the cities for their treatment.

Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of not only creating awareness about the treatment of cataract but it also provides free treatment to those suffering from this painful disease.

However, as the number of cataract patients is increasing day by day and the resources of FMH are limited, we need donations from our altruistic donors. FMH is counting on the help of its generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients. Hence, we urge you to support us in our cause and save the suffering beings from entering a state of hopelessness.

Thank you.

Dec 2, 2019

The Fortress of Education

Pakistan has about 22.8 million out-of-school children (OOSC) (aged 5-16 years), which makes the world’s second-highest number of OOSC and 44 percent of the total population in the mentioned age group. Disparities based on gender, socio-economic status, and geography are significant; in Sindh, 52 percent of the poorest children (58 percent girls) are out of school, and in Balochistan, 78 percent of girls are out of school.

 

Nearly 10.7 million boys and 8.6 million girls are enrolled at the primary level and this drops to 3.6 million boys and 2.8 million girls at the lower secondary level.

 

Gaps in service provision at all education levels is a major constraint to education access. Socio-cultural demand-side barriers combined with economic factors and supply-related issues (such as availability of school facility), together hamper access and retention of certain marginalized groups, in particular adolescent girls. Putting in place a credible data system and monitoring measures to track retention and prevent drop-out of out-of-school children is still a challenge.

At systems level, inadequate financing, limited enforcement of policy commitments and challenges in equitable implementation impede reaching the most disadvantaged. An encouraging increase in education budgets has been observed though at 2.8 percent of the total GDP, it is still well short of the 4 percent target.

With the challenges mentioned above, NUR Foundation started its schools in the year 1996 and since then, it has not only took 18000 children out of the dark holes of illiteracy but also helped them in attaining jobs to earn a respectable living. However, the current schools are not sufficient to cater to the needs of the rising number of students. Hence, in pursuit of its mission of providing free education to the underprivileged in Malikpur, NUR Foundation has started the project of constructing a College building for them. In order to finance the building, generous donations from our esteemed donors are necessary.

Given below is the breakdown of the funds that we require to start the college:

Furniture: Rs. 1,540,000 = USD 10,000
Computer Lab: Rs. 550,000 = USD 3,500
Science Lab: Rs. 350,000 = USD 2.250
Library: Rs. 500,000 = USD 3,250
Play Area: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Cafeteria: Rs. 100,000 = USD 645
Mosque: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Conference Room: Rs. 150,000 = USD 970
Principal Office: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Boundary Wall: Rs. 2,700,000 = USD 1,710
Guard Cabin: Rs. 30,000 = USD 200

Keeping in view the above, we at NUR Foundation, request our esteemed donors to donate with a generous heart for this noble cause and help us in making this fortress of education.

Thank you!


Oct 18, 2019

Giving is the best therapy!

NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP) which started out in the year 1985 continues to serve the community in various sectors including, health, education and employment. Additionally, various programs under the aegis of NCOP are working to ameliorate poverty. One such program is NUR Sandooq which has its genesis in the year 2016. The idea behind it was to make storage facilities for donated clothing in all the elite areas of Lahore and to encourage people to donate apparel items for the underserved community. In execution of the plan, one dedicated room known as Sandooq is placed in Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman Lahore. The donors often come and drop off apparel items in the Sandooq and those items are then distributed among the underprivileged people living in the backward areas of Lahore including Malikpur, Nainsukh, Lakhodair and Gajjumata.

In addition to this, our team is in constant touch with the donors and in the past three months, we arranged various cloth distribution events at our schools in collaboration with our esteemed donors. In August 2019, school uniforms and shoes were distributed among 526 students at NUR Foundation’s school at Malikpur. Later in September 2019, a gift distribution event was held at Nainsukh and gifts including packs of candies and everyday apparel items were distributed among the children of NUR Foundation.

There are a total of around 1465 students currently enrolled at NUR Foundation schools and they all belong to impoverished backgrounds and are unable to afford two basic meals of the day let alone clothing items. Hence, we wish to increase our donor base in the future which would help us in meeting the clothing needs of the children at NUR schools.

Thank you for your continued support!

 
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