Saaya Association organized wheelchairs distribution ceremony in the month of Holy Ramadan on 5th August, 2013 at Pak Continental Hotel Islamabad with the support of community & Hotel Pak Continental under the umbrella of Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Network Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by various persons with disabilities and different organizations.
The ceremony was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Mr. Faisal Nadeem. After that Mr. Asim Zafar CEO Saaya Association & Secretariat Coordinator (CBID Network) gave brief introduction of Saaya Association. He said Mission of Saaya is to contribute for improving the social-economic, cultural condition of people with disabilities through the promotion of information, knowledge, skill, awareness and advocacy. He shared that Saaya Association is distributing wheelchairs from last 4 years in the month of Holy Ramadan among persons with disabilities, infect this is responsibility of government but due to other crises government of Pakistan in not providing wheelchairs to persons with disabilities, we can’t wait till that time. So it is also our duty being human and Muslims to contribute and help those persons with disabilities and this contribution can change the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
Mr. Faisal Nadeem Project Director Saaya Association also shared his experience, he said that we are trying to contribute to the society especially for persons with disabilities and after having disability I realized and understand the significance of wheelchair as one wheelchair can bring big change in the life of persons with disabilities. He also thanked the donors and supporters for their contribution. Dr. Maryam Mallick (Technical Advisor World Health Organization WHO) also shared her experience regarding disability. She said WHO is going to launch CBR guidelines very soon and also working for standard wheelchair production unit with government of Pakistan. She also explained about CBID Network, she said now we have also common voice, unity in the form of CBID Network Pakistan. This network is also working on Disability Act. She appreciated the effort of Saaya Association. Mr. Brg (R) Zafar Imtaiz shared his experience and said I am attached with Saaya Association from the beginning and trying to contribute but Mr. Asim is the man who is leading the force and doing social work for persons with disabilities. He appreciated the effort of Saaya Association.
Ms. Maryam Malick and Mr. Brg (R) Zafar Imtaiz distributed Wheelchairs and Eid gifts among persons with disabilities who came from different cities for wheelchairs. They were very happy after having wheelchairs and said now we can enjoy our Eid like others. In the last Mr. Asim Zafar thanked to the donors, supporters for their contribution. He also thanked to the Saaya team especially Mr. Faisal Nadeem for their commitment, dedication and support. He said we are also thankful to hotel Pak continental for providing conference hall and Iftar for free of cost.