MINGORA: The women living at a local Darul Aman in Mingora along with visually impaired children have thanked the civil society organisations and local philanthropists for providing essential items of daily use items to them.
They were provided mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits and warm clothes after Deputy Commissioner Amir Afaq paid a surprise visit to the Darul Aman and Blind Institute. During the visit, Afaq found that the facilities was in dire shortage of essential items.
The official subsequently urged locals and philanthropists to support these organisations and to provide the needed items to the two institutes.
The women in Darul Aman said that they did not have sufficient mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits due to which they faced difficulties.
“Around 20 women did not have mattresses or blankets so some would either use old mattresses or two women would share a single mattress and blanket. Now the issue has been resolved since every woman [at the shelther] now has a mattress and blanket,” said Tamana, a girl who has been staying at the Darul Aman for the past seven months. “It is good to have new mattress and quilts in winter but I am personally excited for the geysers since now we get warm water in this cold weather,” said Aurangzeb, a visually impaired boy at the Blind Institute.
Daniyal Aziz, another visually impaired boy, said that for many days they were feeling quite cold since they did not have sufficient warm clothes or shoes. But after their institute received a shipment, each inmate got both for the winter, which made them happy. Zafar Ali, who leads a group of local philanthropists, said that it was the duty and responsibility of the entire society to take care of such people and help them to fulfil their needs.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2017.