Married to be together through thick and thin, things changed for Rabia and Shafique married in Febuary 2020 and in a blink of an eye, just like thousands of people all around the world, Covid not only threatened their bread and butter but also lead their family to such a state that their only child who was barely 3 months old ended in a hospital.
The phone call that I received shook the floor beneath my feet. My neighbor told me that my son had fallen off the third floor and in that moment, I could not think of anything except for the vilest possibilities. I did not know if I would ever hear my son call me Maa again. Those 30 minutes that I travelled to reach to the hospital seemed to stretch for days.
Shafiq and Mehmooda tried their best to provide for all their children even in Shafiq’s salary of just Rs. 20,000 as a guard. Even with one earning hand they dreamt of educating their children and watching them become successful like every parent. In their hand to mouth life and the house rent to be paid, this family had to take loans from their neighbors and relatives to even eat two proper meals a day.
My daughter was a bright student in a local school. It was very hard for me to manage her educational expenses but just like every other parent, I wanted her to be successful. When she was younger, she fell off our roof and hurt her head. Ever since, she started having difficulty in understanding and learning things.
There was a time when I had to choose between paying my house rent and educating my children. In just Rs.25,000 every month, the circumstances were very tough. ILM Power Learning Center came into our lives and turned our worries into relief. My daughter being a doctor in our family when sounded like an unachievable dream. ILM Power Learning Center came to our life and assured us that no dream is too big to be unreal.
Mr. Israr, only of 14 years old, studies with us in the morning and manages to work in a toy factory in the evening and wants to become a soldier. For us, he is another shining star of PAHCHAAN’s ILM Power learning center that we are proud of beyond words. He keeps his head high and ambition strong. These are the people that can become the game changers of their families with your support. What happened in his life will inspire you.
Our sixteen years long journey has witnessed several ups and down but unfortunately, nothing has been as intense as Covid-19. The families that used to struggle to make two meals a day relying on their daily wages became jobless. The result of this downfall was disastrous for thousands of families living in underprivileged areas.
When 5 years old Sajida got her fingers cut in the toka machine, the unbearable pain made her scream in agony. The parents were devastated at the sight of Sajida’s clothes covered in blood and her fingers on the floor, completely detached from her hand. Her parents could not understand the situation at all as panic surrounded their minds. After a lot of efforts, somehow, they slowed the blood flow and brought Sajida to a local hospital in Lahore.
Sakina’s youngest child Iqra, barely 6 months old had a weak heart since birth and also contracted pneumonia due to unfavorable living circumstances. Upon frequent visits to a nearby local hospital, we took notice of this family’s living condition. With two older children, Sakina supported her 3 children as a single mother, making a survival in a shed. PAHCHAAN held this family’s hand and provided them financial, emotional and medical aid.
In Pakistan, unlike many developed countries, there is not a lot of guidance and information regarding the protocols around electric wires and appliances. Incidents due to lack of awareness have caused a lot of families to suffer traumatic losses and unfortunate events. With the help of our donors, PAHCHAAN guides families towards safety, better livelihood and precautions that can save thousands of smiles.
My daughter is so inspired by her teachers that she has decided to become one when she grows up” –Naheed said with tears in her eyes.
3 years old Ayesha, a premature and weak little girl slipped in her bathroom and fractured her leg. The family that was already cautious about Ayesha’s weakness started panicking. Without any access to medical resources, her parents kept trying home remedies to get Ayesha out of pain. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to make her situation better. When the concerned parents reached us, the poor child was undernourished and bruised heavily.
PAHCHAAN has seen many distressed families in its 16 years of service to humanity. In such times, they neither have a financial support nor an emotional source to be comforted by. People like you become the only light of hope for these families. Out of thousands of cases, Shehzad is a 12-year-old boy with burns from an intense electric shock. After several weeks of hospitalization, PAHCHAAN became a strong pillar.