We are so grateful for your support for our project, Monetary Support for children with Down syndrome. This project started during a particularly challenging time, at the start of Covid19 pandemic. Through your generous donations, families could put food on their tables and other essential grocery items. Moreover, through an e-payment platform called, "Easypaisa" i.e. digital cash transfers, expenses of items such as medicines and other necessities were met. This was a project with limited duration and our core expertise lies in providing support and empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families through resources essential for their development. For this reason, we are deactivating this project for now. If there is any need for such intervention in the future, we will reach out for your support again and make this project live. In the meanwhile, please continue contributing to our project, Support and Empower 1400+ persons with Down syndrome on GlobalGiving.
In this quarter, the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP) has continued its monetary support initiative and provision of grocery bags for the families of individuals with Down syndrome in need.
In the month of April, 82 households who were still facing difficulties as an aftermath of the pandemic, were supported through grocery bags. These bags contained the best household staples such as flour, rice, lentils and other such items, and personal hygiene products such as soap so families could attain greater well-being. Through an e-payment platform called, "EasyPaisa" i.e. digital cash transfers, KDSP also helped 45 families monetarily to bear the expenses of items such as medicines and other necessities.
Some stories and testimonial from the field:
“The monthly cash transfers have really helped provide nutrition and healthcare to Muhammad. We would purchase his milk formula through the amount sent and would often spend it on his medication or doctor's fee since he falls sick frequently. Grateful to KDSP since this was our only hope during these trying times.” - Father of Muhammad
“Very thankful to KDSP for helping us through easypaisa cash disbursements. The money we received helped us provide medication for Abdul’s health.” - Mother of Abdul.
Thank you for your continuous support! Through your generous donations, KDSP has been able to provide basic necessities to families of individuals with Down syndrome and be their source of support in these trying times.
When the Omicron variant hit, it added challenges to surviving these tough times in the pandemic and affected everyone’s lives. However, your support and donations made it possible for KDSP to continue the monetary support initiative and provision of grocery bags for the families of individuals with Down syndrome (DS) in need.
In this quarter, 45 families were helped through the monthly digital cash transfers while 80 households were supported bimonthly through grocery bags. These bags contain the best household staples and personal hygiene products such as soap so families could attain greater well-being. Through an e-payment platform called, "Easypaisa" i.e. digital cash transfers, expenses of items such as medicines and other necessities were met. Moreover, 382 families were provided complimentary tickets to the KDSP carnival held on 20th March, an inclusive event, bringing together families to celebrate inclusivity and foster understanding and a culture of support.
Some stories and testimonial from the field:
This quarter your donations helped people like Sumaan, a young, chirpy 7 year old boy living in Karak, KPK. How Sumaan got connected to KDSP is a story of resilience and support. A 24 year old young woman from Karak, lost her only child with Down syndrome to health complications when he was only a few months old. She was a recipient of KDSP’s services including financial support. In her son's loving memory, Sundas vowed to help other families having loved ones with Down syndrome in her hometown. Standing true to her promise, Sundas got connected to Sumaan. As Sumaan's guardian she started receiving monthly cash transfers from KDSP and spent it on him. They have been receiving monthly payments for a few months which has helped provide necessities to Sumaan including clothing, shoes, and even a tri-cycle for him to play with. - Sundas, mother of Moosa and guardian of Sumaan.
“Cash transfers and grocery bags through KDSP have been a great source of support for my household during these trying times when the economy is bad and inflation is high. I believe these two services were sent to us by Allah’s will. I have a big family, the cash sent by KDSP helps fulfill my son’s needs including his clothing, shoes etc. May Allah bless KDSP and give more success to the organization.” - Muhammad, father of Syed.
Thank you for your continuous support, through your donations KDSP is able to provide basic necessities to families and instill hope and happiness in their homes.
As COVID-19 continues to affect the economy and people’s lives adversely due to unemployment, KDSP continues to support those who need it the most, through your donations. The monthly monetary support initiative and grocery bags distributed by KDSP have been a big support for the families in need.
In this quarter, 40 families were helped through the monthly digital cash transfers while 79 households were supported through monthly grocery bags, which consist of high-quality staples to always have food on their table. Items like soap were also included when possible, so as to not have their personal hygiene compromised. Expenses of items which could not be included in these bags, like medicines, any fee or expenses of other necessities, were met through digital cash transfers which the families received from any convenience store near their home through an e-payment platform called 'Easypaisa'.
“We’ve been receiving grocery bag since lockdown first happened and it has been a constant source of support for our household and family since then. We’re very thankful to KDSP for their help, we can only offer our gratitude and prayers in return.” – Tariq, father of Omar
“Azlan is currently on full financial assistance covering all his services as well as transportation costs. To alleviate our troubles, KDSP also sends us monthly grocery bag. KDSP always comes forward to help and I will forever be in debt to those who donate to KDSP.” – mother of Azlan
With your continuous patronage and generous support, we are certain KDSP will be able to continue putting food and other essentials on so many such tables, and hope and happiness in so many more lives.
When we metaphorically say that KDSP serves as a 'KASHTI' (boat) for our families, we truly live by it - so even though the waters may be rough right now, we have and will continue to sail with the families throughout, eventually helping them reach the shore safely. Hence KDSP’s monthly monetary support initiatives have been a big support for the families in need.
In this quarter, 32 families were helped through the monthly digital cash transfers while 77 households were supported through monthly grocery bags, which consist of high-quality staples to always have food on their table. Items like soap were also included when possible, so as to not have their personal hygiene compromised. Expenses of items which could not be included in these bags, like medicines, any fee or expenses of other necessities, were met through digital cash transfers which the families received from any convenience store near their home through an e-payment platform called 'Easypaisa'.
“The monthly grocery bags and cash transfers received through KDSP help us balance our expenses. We are grateful to God for making KDSP a channel to bridge the gaps in our day-to-day expenses. Even though Sami’s father works really hard the entire month, his earning is not enough to make ends meet. Due to the ever-growing inflation and additional expenditure, it falls short, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. The digital cash transfers and grocery bags provided by KDSP help fulfil our family’s needs and put us at ease. Abdul Sami’s school fee is also covered via the amount received through Easypaisa. We are extremely satisfied with the service, and can’t be grateful enough to KDSP.” - expressed Mother of Sami.
Father of Omer, whose family was severely hit by the pandemic expressed appreciation for KDSP and said, "We have been receiving grocery bags since the lockdown and it has served as a pillar of strength and support for our household, and family since then. We are forever indebted to KDSP for their help, and can only offer gratitude in return."
Parent of Maimoona, emotionally conveyed his love, “With the current economic situation and the ongoing pandemic, KDSP has very generously offered support through the monthly ration drive. Last year when COVID-19 first hit, we were not even sure if we would have lunch or dinner on the table for the next day; KDSP provided us with grocery bags and continues to do so which is honestly a massive help in these trying time. I cannot thank KDSP enough for being there for us like a family, at a time when we could see no glimmer of hope.”
With your generous support, we are certain KDSP will be able to continue putting food and other essentials on so many such tables, and we shall together keep providing relief to the families of individuals with Down syndrome in every phase of their lives.
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