Brief Report of the activities of Pakistan Disabled Foundation
With all the kindness of Al-Mighty Allah and valuable cooperation of the well-wishers like your good self , ALHAMDULILLAH Pakistan Disabled Foundation (PDF), A part from its regular country wide services and programs including full time skills Training Academy for the Disabled Children and Women where all the Training Facilities including raw material, equipment, pick/ drop and entertainment are provided totally free of cost, the PDF started its noble services from the Holy month of Ramadan by arranging ration, clothing and cash support to approximately 450 families covering more then 2650 family members from different part of the country together with program on ISTAQBALE RAMDHAN on 28th Shaba’an and program of Shuhadae-Badar on 17th Ramzan to highlight the religious and moral values as guide lines to avail the spiritual and other wise benefit of Ramdhan-ul-Mubarak
PDF has been actively engaged throughout the year by providing and arranging advocacy, training and educational courses along with rehabilitation and integrated programs including specialize skills and other wise to promote the awareness and knowledge towards the achievement of determined goal of socio economic status for the disabled community.
By the grace of Al-Mighty Allah the Printing and Distribution of Braille Holy Quran as Hadiya not only to the Pakistani blind but deserving blind from the neighboring countries has been one of the main projects of the PDF during the current year. For the same PDF has received the donation of Braille embosser casting Rs. 1.7 million specially. However the recurring cost regarding regular supply of Braille paper and rumination of technical staff still require the attention of those who consider it important to support the noble cause of Braille holy Quran.
The PDF authorities have been regularly engaged by launching advocacy in different field like information technology and communication for the blind, facilitation and simplification of travelling facility in PIA and Pakistan Railways, removal of the obstacle to open and operate of bank account, ATM and credit card etc. Advocacy with the NADRA regarding the issues of special card for disabled persons, advocacy meeting with department of planning and development Govt. of Pakistan, Authorities of human rights, department of youth affairs Sindh, advocacy with federal ministry of commerce regarding the issues of duty free car for the disabled person and of course advocacy with all the relevant GO’s regarding rehabilitation and financial support admissible elsewhere towards the betterment of disabled community as a hole.
Foundation continued to promote services by arranging the financial support for self employment including disabled women for domestic trade, educational Scholarships, Teaching and daily living Aids like Braille writing Slates, Air thematic slates, Perkins Brailler, Hearing Aids, white canes, wheal chairs, self threading needles, talking calculator and thermometer, Braille and talking watches, cassettes, and cassette recorder etc, to more then 3000 beneficiary all over the country both individually and collectively including GO’s. .
Again this year, the foundation has supported in cash and kind for 19 Weddings Ceremony of deserving Disabled persons and their children from different part of the country.
The following organization and institutions working for the disabled persons were provided support in cash and kind upon their request to strengthen and promote their services. National Book Foundation Braille Press, National Braille Press Islamabad, PAB Punjab Lahore, Al-Faisal Markaz Faisalabad, Pakistan Alliance of the Blind Faisalabad, PAB Jhung, PAB Bahawalpur, PDF Malakand, All Disabled Organization Kohlu Baluchistan, Mazoor Welfare Association of the Blind Jacobabad, Thull Disability forum Jacobabad, Disabled Right Development Jacobabad, PAB Noshero Feroz, Ghotki Disability Forum, Pakistan Eye Bank Society Dera Ghazi Khan, Light House School for the Blind, Abbotabad, All Special Persons Welfare Association Khairpur, PAB Nawabshah, PAB Batagram, PAB Mansehra, PAB Sawabi, PAB Karachi District and Karachi Blind Association.
To remove the ill approaches and misunderstandings on one hand and to create better understandings about the capabilities,, potentialities and to highlight the requirements and issues of the disabled persons, The following programs were organized on different occasions like Seerat-un-NABI (P.B.U.H) White Cane Safety Day the International Day of the Blind, International Day of the Disabled Persons, Independence Day of Pakistan, Youme Pakistan, observance of New Muslim year.
With the online participation of International Institution and companies dealing with the technology and software for the blind, a very first national conference was arranged in December 2015 at Karachi under PDF through the patronize support of Federal ministry of Information and Technology (ICT R&D Fund) which was impressively participated by the IT departments of different universities of Karachi, Punjab and Islamabad together with most practical demonstration of usage of information technology by the blind themselves from all over the country. The three meetings regarding Quranic Braille code were organized in Karachi, Multan and Islamabad.
In the month of February 2016 all Sindh Disabled Youth seminar was organized by PDF with the patronize support of Ministry of sport and youth affairs of Sindh in Jacobabad for both male and female from rural and urban areas. A part from the disabled youth the professors from Karachi university, Jinnah university for Women Karachi and Jamshoro university also shared there knowledge and expertise on the occasion.
A delegation comprising of chairman PDF, vice chairperson Miss Shakila Yasmin, Treasurer Ms. Azra Ather and subject committee member Dr. Farzana in their capacity of IBQS members participated in the second International Conference on Braille Quran Services at Istanbul upon the invitation sponsoring agency from Turkey.
The leaders of the Pakistan Disabled Foundation participated in various programs and meetings arranged by sister agencies in different part of the country and share their views and expertise on the occasion.
ALHAMDULILLAH all the above mentioned activities and performance to uplift the disable community both a national and international level was only possible due to the blessings and kindness of Al- Mighty Allah who enabled us to perform our duty and spied our well-wishers and supporters to extend their fruitful cooperation as obvious from the report. To continue and strengthen and to promote our services in years to come, we will very kindly require your result oriented attention and financial cooperation.
Prof. Majida Nasir