NEWS: Wheelchair Distribution Ceremony Held in Pakistan

Posted on 6 November 2008. Filed under: Assistive Devices, News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Iftar Party, Eid Dresses & Wheelchair Distribution Ceremony
Dated: 21st September, 2008
at ARCP Korangi Centre

Chairperson ‘Mashal’, Mrs. Rizwana Khan Sponsored with the coordination of Association for the Rehabilitation of Challenged People (ARCP) arranged an Iftar-Dinner Party at its Korangi setup on 21st Sep, 2008. The Iftar party was supervised by Qaseem, Incharge ARCP, Landhi and Nadeem, Incharge ARCP Korangi. M. Mobin Uddin, President ARCP/ Chief Editor Estanara and other officials of ARCP were also present. They were welcoming the guests, who were invited at the Iftar party. Guests came well before Iftar. ARCP has arranged Iftar and dinner for its respectable guests. This Iftar-dinner party was for the cause to distribute ‘Wheel Chairs’ and the ‘Dresses’ among the needy.

ARCP has collected data from disabled people, who were desperate to buy a wheel chair but could not. Wheel Chairs are expensive items and are unfortunately out of reach for many disabled individual. Mrs. Rizwana, Chairperson Mashal arrange money for Zakat Fund for her personal efforts to purchases ‘Wheelchairs and Eid Dresses’ for needy and PWDs.. ‘ARCP’ support ‘Mashal’ for the purchasing of wheel chairs and Eid Dresses. ARCP also arranged specific alteration in wheel chairs according to the specific needs of the disabled people. So, disabled people will be fully facilitated and mobilized after getting specially altered Wheel Chair and also fancy Eid Dresses.

Brief programme was also scheduled before ‘Iftar’. Abdullah, a member of ARCP, recited Ayats from Holy Quran Azeem, joint secretary ARCP, recited Hamd. Attique, member ARCP, recited ‘Naat’. Audience appreciated the participants by reciting ‘Subhan-allah’ loudly. Special Prayers offered for the improvement in the health of Rizwan (Brother of Mrs. Rizwana Khan) prayers wre also offered for the prosperity and the well being of the whole family. Every one was in great spirits. One participant from Sanghar, Mashooq Ali , General Secretary ‘ASHA’ told the audience, the recent improvements and the future planning needed for the disabled community in Sanghar. He also thanked the president ARCP for inviting him in the ‘Iftar-Dinner programme’ and for the 20 Eid Dress parcels for distribution in Sanghar (Sindh) among Person with Disability.

There were two chief guests. Rehan, Additional Secretary to City Nazim and Anil, Senior TV artiste and Producer, both came on time. Rehen was invited to distribute the ‘Wheel Chairs’ among the needy guests.

Rehan made a short speech. He applauded the high efforts of ‘Mashal’ & ‘ARCP’ and expressed his happiness to be with such live and courageous people. He thanked Mobin, president ARCP and all those who provided assistance to ARCP in distribution of ‘Wheel Chairs’ and ‘Eid Dresses’. He said such real efforts are hardly seen and ARCP and other NGOs should continue their struggle with the same spirit and enthusiasm. He also assured that govt. will also lend its support in its capacity in future.

Anil was invited at the stage to distribute dresses among the participants. Participants were happy to get the dresses for ‘Eid’. Anil also appreciated the participants and audience for their patience and perseverance to survive in harsh circumstances in countries like Pakistan . He also thanked ARCP for honoring him to be the chief guest. He also said that he feels great satisfaction to be with such real people.

After this, ‘Iftar’ time was near. At Maghrib Iftar was served. Rehan and Anil remained there among the participants and had ‘Iftar’ with them. There was an arrangement for Namaz and almost all the participants offered Maghrib Prayers. It was very spiritual to see so many disabled and normal people offering prayers together. This was one another example of assimilation of disabled people in the society. Such mixed arrangements for ‘Namaz’ must be frequent as they also help disabled persons to socialize. After Namaz, dinner was served and people had enjoyed the dinner in friendly environment. After dinner every one took leave as many participants have to offer ‘Tarawih’ Prayers. Then the ‘Iftar-Dinner’ was over in its traditional manner.

Regards,

M. Mobin Uddin,
President, DPI-Pakistan
President, ARCP
Chief Editor, Estanara Magazine,
Contact: +92-21-4134905, +92-21-4128867, +92-300-2613317
Website: www.estanara.com.pk



This report by M. Mobin Uddin was circulated via Ghulam Nabi Nizamani’s email list.

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NEWS: Disabled People of Pakistan to Receive Wheelchairs, Hearing Aids, Personal Attendants

Posted on 20 August 2008. Filed under: Assistive Devices, Deaf, Mobility Impariments, News, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Milestone National Network of DPOs (Disabled People’s Organizations) in Pakistan recently circulated the following email:

Dear Leaders of disabillity movement

Milestone National Network of DPOs has achieved a big target.

1- Disabled persons of Pakistan can get 1000 Rs every month directlly from the provicial government.

2- Severe disabled persons can get 2000 Rs as BENAZIR SOCIAL SECUTRITY FUND FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING, So its mean that now the severe disabled persons could use Personal attendent services.

3- All assesstive devices are by the Pakistan Bait ul Mall and the federal government. For devices you can send the application in milestone office or in Pakistan Bait ul Mall. An apllication with the copy of Nation ID card.
Disabled persons of Pakistan can get their own wheelchair due to their requirement of disabillity from government ( first 120 wheelchairs allready distributed on 14th Augest by the Zumard Khan sahab and Dr.Israr shah sahab with collaboration of Milestone.
Hearing Aid also available free of coast by the federal Government. 500
white can also distributed on 14th Augest.

4- If a familly have 2 or more the 2 disabled persons in a same familly that familly will declared a special respected familly and will supported by the government.

Dear friend we did this and implementation is also started and if you will not take responsiabillity to make it social movement it will be failed. Share this information with your collegue organizations and members with disabillities.

Lot of Love

Shafiq Ur Rehman
President
MILESTONE
479-omer block Allama Iqbal Town Lahore, Pakistan
MILESTONE H8/4 street NO 7 Next to Pakistan Bait ul Mall, Islamabad Pakistan

More detail about this program has been reported in the Pakistan publication, The News, at

http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=130062



Thank you to Shafiq Ur Rehman and to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating this notice.

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4th All Africa Wheelchair Congress Report Available Online

Posted on 14 May 2008. Filed under: Assistive Devices, Middle East and North Africa, Mobility Impariments, Reports, Resources, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In low-income countries, the overwhelming majority people who need wheelchairs don’t have one. This has a profound impact on their ability to lead independent lives–or even leave their own homes. Participants in a recent conference in Africa exchanged ideas and knowledge on how to address this challenge.

The 4th All Africa Wheelchair Congress Report (PDF format, 446 Kb) can now be downloaded for free on-line. The report summarizes a series of remarks, panel discussions, and other conference sessions on how to promote appropriate wheelchair services across the African continent. The report also presents a list of resolutions made on the last day of the Congress. The 4th All Africa Wheelchair Congress was held in September 2007 in Tanzania.

The Pan Africa Wheelchair Builders Association (PAWBA) and the Tanzanian Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) facilitated the congress. Co-funders included the World Health Organisation, ABILIS, Motivation Africa, Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), and SINTEF. The 116 participating members came from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, UK, Norway and USA.

The previous three All Africa Wheelchair Congresses were held in Zambia (2003); Kenya (1998); and Zimbabwe (1995). Each congress was a landmark in developing appropriate and affordable wheelchair products and services in Africa in allowing participants to exchange knowledge across the continent. PAWBA was formed at the 2003 Congress.

You can download the full, 47-page 4th All Africa Wheelchair Congress report in PDF format (446 Kb) at:

http://www.independentliving.org/docs7/pawba-tatcot200709.pdf



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NEWS: Disabled to Vote in Karnataka, India

Posted on 22 April 2008. Filed under: Blind, Democratic Participation, Human Rights, Mobility Impariments, News, South Asian Region, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

People with disabilities in Karnataka, India, have now won the right to accessible polling locations in the upcoming May 10, 2008, assembly elections, Action Aid India has reported.  All officials involved with the upcoming election have been alerted to the requirement to install ramps and Braille voting booths so that people with mobility and vision impairments will be able to vote.

Delegates, including people who use wheelchairs or have vision impairments, visited political party officies to raise demands for access to voting polls.  However, the offices themselves were not accessible to the delegates because they had no ramps. 

Read the full story on the successful fight to achieve voting rights for disabled people in Karnataka, India, at:

http://actionaidindia.org/People_with_disability_Karnataka%20fight_to_make_election_count.htm

Are you working to achieve voting rights for disabled people in your own country?  If so, you might wish to review a letter written to Chief Electoral Officers in India  (PDF format, 2.29 Mb) last fall as part of the campaign to advocate for more accessible voting locations; unfortunately, the second part of the PDF file seems to be an image, which may be inaccessible to people using screen readers:

http://actionaidindia.org/download/disabled_right_group.pdf

While you are at the Action Aid India web site, you may wish to also browse among some of the other resources linked there related to disability rights.



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