January 2016 - Present
Anzal Begum Foundation working with Sightsavers
Late 2015 the Anzal Begum Foundation’s Trustees agreed to work with Sightsavers to fund over 300 cataract operations in South Asia in 2016. Looking to 2017, the Trustees have made the decision to continue supporting this extremely important work.
Mr Johngir Saddiq, one of the Foundation’s Founders whilst on a personal visit to Pakistan in August 2016, visited a hospital in Mandra where cataract operations are undertaken. “It was amazing to see such a simple and quick operation make a huge difference to people’s lives. I spoke to patients, who said the operation will make such a massive difference to their lives. One elderly lady was so excited that she would be able to walk to her friend’s house as she use to before she had the problem with her eyes. It sounded such a simple thing that we would take for granted but for this elderly lady she was been confined to her home and was becoming extremely isolated; now she would have the freedom and independence to socialise with her friends again. We at the Foundation are proud to be ‘making a meaningful difference’ to someone’s life.”
Disabled Children Support
Being a refugee, or living in a war zone can be hard enough, but if the family also have a child/children with a disability, then their circumstances become even more difficult. Families find life a struggle, but are not able to cater for the additional needs of their disabled child.
Islamic Help runs a Disabled Children’s programme and we were happy to support this important work they undertaken. The funding we provided helped support a family with a disabled child for a year.
The Anzal Begum Foundation funded Islamic Help to deliver emergency food aid to the Rohingyan people living in camps in the Rakhine state, Maynmar (Burma) during Ramadan 2015. The conditions that families had found themselves in – both as refugees and losing their homes from cyclone Komen, meant this aid gave hope to families who were devastated by external circumstances they had no control over.
This entailed the feeding of over 325 families, which equated to 1,625 individuals.
The delivery of this project was conducted by Islamic Help, as they had links with the logistical partners in Burma. The delivery of food aid was by no means straight forward as you can imagine as the government of Burma is not very receptive to outside aid agencies and at the same time the community was affected by cyclone Komen.