During the construction phase of Moririo Markaz in 2020, our team would witness a boy laying down on the floor, under the scorching Sujawal sun, simmering with wistfulness. He would lay there, and watch the team work tirelessly to create the school but there was always something in his eyes – a longing to belong there.
When we started our admission cycle and went in search of children with disabilities in Sujawal, we once again came across the same boy. His father told us that his name is Dadu Baksh and he has a lower limb disability which is the cause of most of his anger and resentment. When he watched the school being made, he wished he could enroll in it and start studying there. At that time we couldn’t accommodate him as commute was the biggest challenge.
A year down the road, we were able to get Dadu Bakhsh a new wheelchair so he could get enrolled at Moriro Markaz. To his surprise, when he was told that he could enroll in the very same school he saw being built, we saw a smile spread across his face.
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Ahmer’s life changed when he became an acid attack victim. Four years, forty surgeries, and a visual disability later, Ahmer was determined to change his life.
It all started with a new mindset and the willpower to step out of the darkness that encompassed his life. Ahmer found NOWPDP as a ray of hope and becoming a trained JAWS operator gave him the motivation to work hard for himself. Now, he is a motivational speaker and brand ambassador for the “Diplex Smile Again” Foundation. He loves to offer words of encouragement to empower persons with disabilities.
Ahmer’s story is built around the very essence of courage and determination. And we applaud his quest for his own KhudMukhtari.
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Shehzadi had a lower-limb physical disability. She got her SCNIC during our one-window camp in September, 2021. She belongs to Jok Sharif, It’s a one-hour drive from our Center of Excellence for Disability Inclusion in Sujawal. This long inaccessible route did not stop from enrolling herself for the stitching training as she was eager to learn a new skill. Along the way, we provided her with a wheelchair to overcome mobility issues. After completing her graduation, she would take orders from her village, come to Moriro Markaz, stitch clothes and travel back. This, however, changed when we decided to initiate our self-employment chapter in Sujawal with her and provided her a sewing machine setup that can be installed in her village.
“I was asked to leave the company where I gave my 20 years just because I lost my eyesight. For the last 5 years, I have given many interviews and the worst part was the moment when I had to face my little daughter every time I came back home. She would always ask, Papa, how was your interview. Did they pass or fail you? In 2019, I got to know about NOWPDP and quickly enrolled in their Call Center Course. This was the first time I got to know that persons with visual disabilities can use computers. I was sure, my life is going to change. After the completion of the training, it was again a testing time because I hardly heard back from the organizations where I gave interviews. When I got a call for a second interview at HRSG after a long wait I was much tensed but I was offered a job on the spot. I saw my designation and my salary and I couldn’t control my tears; for three days straight, I had my offer letter with me and it felt like a dream. More than anything, I had an answer to the question of my little daughter that they have passed your father in the test”
– Saleem Kheraj | NOWPDP Alumnus
Anna, our fearless little warrior has big dreams of becoming a truck driver one day. For this, she says she will work hard to be able to afford a truck and drive it all over Pakistan.
Throughout her life, Anna was at a crossroads because of her gender and disability. Anna was born Deaf. She was never admitted to any school because of her hearing and speech disability as well as the fact that being a girl did not help matters much. Anna however, always wanted to go to school and was extremely excited to wear her first uniform - a dream that you helped her achieve.
The day Anna donned her uniform was one exciting day for us as her wide smile had the power to melt any heart. Anna’s excitement is contagious, and her dream is inspirational.
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