From the birth of my child to his upbringing and very often learning from the doctors about his health issues, the issues he has to face for the rest of his life, all felt unreal; like a bad dream. The doctors telling me, “Sami has a very narrow nasal valve and he will likely have difficulty breathing”, “Sami has anal stenosis and he will need enema to pass stool”, your son has a narrowed esophagus”, “he might have an underdeveloped brain”, “we need to do a biopsy”, “another biopsy is needed”, “a surgical intervention is needed for his ears”, “this test shows he has severe osteoporosis”, the list is long as is my waiting hours outside doctors’ clinics. When a mother gives birth to a child, it’s not just the child she gives birth to, she also gives birth to a lot of dreams and with them hopes for that child.
And the realization does not come easy that all those hopes and dreams are not going to materialize.
My son is 15 years old and for the last fifteen years, with every new diagnosis, I broke into a million pieces and have taught myself to gather up myself to become a strong mother for Abdul Sami. The way life has turned out, I find myself stronger with each passing day. At Zunnorain Welfare Society, more than 80 children are being taken care of meeting their basic needs.
Zunnorain Welfare Society has been fortunate enough to be surrounded by wonderful people who have always supported us both morally and financially.
Our dedicated staff including therapists, special educators, mentors and teachers motivate, guide and inspire students who have immense potential and this is sculpted over the rehabilitation period into an entity that is self-reliant, confident and ready to take every challenge of this world.
Our foundation is currently working with three key aims in mind – providing education for the most disadvantaged individuals residing in Faisalabad urban slums in Pakistan, providing them with healthcare and offering vital support for their families. These opportunities offer a transformative lifeline to the most underprivileged and hard-to-reach children and their families.
We offer hope to those struggling to exist in these urban slums. “Our students are some of the most wonderful people who do not fit into boxes”.
CEO – Zunnorain Welfare Society