The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust

LRBT is committed to creating a better Pakistan by preventing the suffering caused by blindness and other eye ailments. LRBT's mission "No man, woman or child should go blind simply because they cannot afford the treatment"
Aug 1, 2016

Giving the women of Pakistan a new vision!

Examination
Examination

16 years old Sanober feels tragedy follows her. If life itself was not difficult in mud houses in the small village of Haji Fateh Khan where temperatures soar during summers and drop during the winters, Sanober’s mother passed away when she was still a young girl; leaving her to take charge at home.

Juggling between school and housework is tough for a teenager who wishes life was easier. Having missed a few years in between, she already lags behind at school where she is still in 7th grade.

 

To make matters worse, one unfortunate day, a thorn pricked Sanober in the eye and her vision was impaired. Daughter of a mason who hardly earns Rs.  400/- per day, her family could not afford to take her to Hyderabad – the closest city – where treatment was undoubtedly more than they could afford. A local opthamologist diagnosed her with cataract and told her that surgery cost would be high.

 

Her work at home as well as school started getting affected and Sanober became irritable and aloof. One of her relatives, hearing of her eye problem, told her father about the free eyecare at LRBT Rashidabad where she was taken by her brother. She was operated successfully and her vision restored. She and her brother were satisfied with treatment.

 On leaving, she was hopeful and promised to make more effort on her studies and complete her education. She wants to make the most of what life has given her - a second chance! 

Sanober and 25 like her have been able to get a second chance at life with your help in the past couple of months; but lots more are still looking for it!

Join hands with LRBT to fill their lives with color again! 

Examination(2)
Examination(2)
Examination (3)
Examination (3)
Post Surgery (1)
Post Surgery (1)

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Jul 11, 2016

Thank you for helping send Ali back to school!

Ali Husnain - Pre and post Surgery
Ali Husnain - Pre and post Surgery

Children are a source of happiness and hope – the essence of our future. We dream through them and of them; all that we could not achieve on our own, seems possible through them. They fill the world with their laughter, cheer and love.

 

8 year old Ali Husnain was a student of grade 1 – a happy, care free child whose parents – though poor – were putting in everything they had, into educating him so that he could have a better future and not suffer the way they did. Ali was the son of a mechanic, who lived in a rented house and supported a family of 9. The only son, Ali has four sisters and his grandparents – whose old age made them also dependent on the meager income of his father. Living in a small house, they all share a small space. Their room is also their kitchen and their living room.

 

One unfortunate day, their dreams of a better tomorrow shattered as the young boy, while playing with a knife left around unattended, poked himself in the eye with it. The result was catastrophic.

 

‘It couldn’t be happening to me. I could hear the screams of my siblings, the cries of my mother, the silence of my father and the gazes of my grandparents on me. I realized much later – I was holding my breath and clenching my fists. My father had to pry them open. I burst into tears when he finally hugged me close – I could not hold on any longer.’

Ali’s parents rushed him to a local private hospital where they were told that he needed an immediate surgery. The risk of the surgery and the shock of the situation aside, the cost of the surgery was so high that both – Ali’s mum and dad had to make innumerable calls to relatives and friends and borrow from every possible source. Costing Rs. 150,000/-, Ali’s primary surgery did take place but it left his parents heavily indebted o many.

 

To make matters worse, they were told he needed further surgeries. After going through with a couple more, they were told that he needed one last surgery that would give him back his vision.

Left penniless and with no more sources from whom they could borrow, Ali’s parent’s finally had to admit defeat and take Ali home. Hopeless and depressed, they hardly knew how to console themselves, let alone explain the new way of life to the young Ali.

‘It was the darkest period of my life’, Ali’s father remembers having to support his emotional wife and a young confused son who needed his support. He felt helpless – not being able to help him the way he should.

It was by mere chance and luck that while out to run errands in the market, Ali’s father heard of LRBT. Though not many details were given, it was enough for him to understand that it was a remarkable facility where eye care surgeries and services were free of cost for the poor of the country.

He rushed Ali to the nearest LRBT hospital where the ease of the process and support given by the management was astounding.

Ali’s last surgery was done free of cost and he is now able to see again. Having been so close to darkness, Ali has embraced the light with a new zeal. He works harder than ever before and has become the best student of his class. Smiling from ear to ear, he looks at the camera with great confidence as her shares his dream of becoming a doctor one day.

‘I want to help others the way LRBT helped me’, Ali confides. ‘If it takes all my effort, so be it!’

An able and active member of the society, Ali is set on a road that should lead him to places. LRBT has not just touched his life but the lives of the innumerable many that he will in turn change.

Ali
Ali's eye examination
Ali - back at  school
Ali - back at school

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May 6, 2016

Thank you for Helping the Blind Women in Pakistan!

Patient 1
Patient 1

At the tender age of 29, Sonia felt her life was over. She had been facing tragedy upon tragedy, hardship upon hardships for almost a decade now. She had married young and was hopeful of a bright, happy future when the first blow was dealt – her husband was an addict and also involved in various bad habits. He refused to earn and expected her to provide for him as well as support the dubious activities he was involved in. Living in a society that condemns women who are divorced for whatever reason, she was left with no other option but to comply; she put to use the only skill she knew – she started sewing clothes.

 This helped her make a living but one son and two daughters later, it was hardly enough to support the still-stubborn husband who refused to give up his ways, as well as the added burden of young children. Sonia tried her best by working harder and trying to stitch as many clothes as she could – a strain that led to the weakening of her eye sight.

 Though alarmed, Sonia put off her diminishing vision – attributing it to stress and working in dim light. Visiting a local clinic, she was brushed aside and told to simply wear glasses to help her see better. Four months of further deterioration had Sonia finally take time out to think of why her eye sight was not improving despite wearing the prescribed spectacles. So she took time out of her busy schedule and visited a hospital that diagnosed her cataract but wrote a fee bill so high for the surgery that she had no option but to turn back.

 Sonia felt this was the final blow and urged relatives and neighbors to take care of her young children while she waited for the inevitable darkness to descend. It was then that someone mentioned LRBT and its free eye care services to her.

 On her first visit, Sonia was examined, diagnosis confirmed and assigned a date for surgery the very next day. Assisted throughout the process, and told that the entire procedure is free of cost, Sonia underwent surgery with anticipation. Her fortune had finally turned for better – she could finally see again!

 Serious by nature and used to the hardships of life, Sonia gave in to tears that had not flown in a long time. She had been most worried about her children’s future and felt that LRBT had given them life by treating her. Thankful and grateful, she wishes her children can do good in this world such as that that LRBT is.

Sonis, along with 4 other women, have had their lives transformed through GlobalGiving and its generous donors. The lives of many women in plight have been given a ray of light that they would not have had otherwise!

Patient 2
Patient 2
Patient 3
Patient 3
Patient 4
Patient 4
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Picture 5

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