SUCCESS STORIES

Nasrullah Shahwani- Quetta, Baluchistan:

Nasurullah is resident of Quetta Baluchistan. He is visually impaired since birth, and performing remarkably well in the area where awareness is near to the ground. He started his education in special education complex Quetta, since special education of Baluchistan is not fully established yet, therefore he had to privately study after 8th standard till graduation. While his studies from matriculation till graduation, he kept in touch with PFFB, and obtained courses for his matriculation, intermediate, and graduation exams. He passed his exams with good marks, currently he is employed in Baluchistan University, and also working with Pakistan Association for the Blind (PAB) as General Secretary.

Ghulam Abbas Zahid- Quetta, Baluchistan:

Mr. Abbas was born in Quetta Baluchistan. He lost his sight due to retinal degenerative disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), and currently has gone blind totally. His vision started deteriorating at the age of 18 when he was in 8th grade. But his determination kept him going, and he continued his studies in mainstream education. Although problems of facilities and lack of awareness were immense, however he was determine to make a difference in his society. He completed his graduation with the help of PFFB Audio world, and currently serving as Braille Instructor in Government Special Education Complex, Quetta on the behalf of Institute for Development Studies & Practices (IDSP).

Yasir Saleem- Mardan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

Yasir Saleem lost his sight due to RP Disease at very young age. He is resident of Mardan. Despite of deteriorating vision, he continued his studies in general school system from primary till University. After accomplishing his Masters in Social Work from University of Peshawar, he did immense struggle and established Accessibility Centre for Visually Impaired students in University of Peshawar and conducted awareness programs there. While he was studying he constantly kept in touch with PFFB to obtain benefit from pleasure listening section, and IT Center Islamabad gave him constant support in terms of audio tutorials, software assistance career counseling and book scanning service. This beneficiary of PFFB became an employee of the same organization one year back, when PFFB established computer lab in Government Institute for Blind, Nishtarabad, Peshawar with collaboration of PPAF. After competing in interview process, he was selected as an instructor to train and motivate other visually challenged people in respective area. Yasir also provided his valuable input as Resource Person in Training Workshops organized by PFFB on Mobility, Computer applications, Communication Skills, deal social behaviors related to Disability. Presently, Yasir Saleem is working on starting his own business of Boys Hostel service in Mansehra, KPK.

Rabail Pirzada- Multan, Southern Punjab:

Rabail is resident of Multan, and was born in 1989. A charming girl she was and perfectly normal. She started her education in normal school, and she was a kind of student who was at the top of everything including studies as well as extracurricular activities. But she was in class 8th when she lost her sight due to head injury. She was devastated. Her hopes and confidence were shattered. She left her studies and went into despair. During this turmoil she came to know about PFFB, and visited the organization with her parents. At that time, Mrs. Saima Ammar was CEO of the organization. After meeting her, Rabail described: "I got a new light after meeting Saima Aapa, she became my inspiration, and I decided to live my life once again". She restarted her education, and topped in Matriculation exam. She was being interview by GEO TV at this achievement. She did her graduation, and then at the advice of PFFB staff, she got admission in Masters in English there in Multan. She learned computer from PFFB Head office Islamabad as well as PFFB IT centre Multan. After completing her Masters, she applied in various organizations for job, but got negative response due to low acceptance level for Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) in our society. She worked in Beacon House Multan Branch as Multan’s 1st Blind Audio/Visual Resource Teacher for 2 years. She is also member of Multan Family Lions Club. Presently Rabail is working as Program Officer of Parliament Watch Project at Center for Peace and Development Initiative CPDI Islamabad. Rabail is also a Member of Multan Family Lion Club International and managing a Project “Zindagi Bhohat Khoobsurat Hai”, in which she motivates different segments of the society and visually impaired persons about positive role of persons with disabilities in the mainstream, training on personality grooming and cooking classes.

Maria Zia- Islamabad:

Ms. Maria Zia started losing her eye sight due to Retinitis Pigmentosia in early age. With her weak eye sight, she studied in normal institution till matriculation, but turned completely blind after matric. While she was searching light of hope, she came to know about Mrs. Saima Ammar (laid CEO of PFFB), and came to see her. She says: "it was remarkable to see her, I felt as a sudden light has been poured in my heart by an unknown force". After getting herself enlightened from here, she started her journey again.  She got admission in FG-College for Girls F-7 Islamabad, did her intermediate with the help of PFFB Audio World recorded books, and cleared her exams of intermediate with good marks. After that, she wanted to opt for something different and challenging. She kept on getting her determination from Saima Ammar (late) and other staff members, and decided to take admission in MASCOM in International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). Initially when she applied for admission, she was being rejected by the university, since they were under the impression that a visually challenged girl won't be able to excel in field of media. After many assurances of her capabilities from Mrs. Saima Ammara, she was granted permission to attend MASCOM course in IIUI. During her studies, she proved that if internal vision is clear, loss of sight doesn't matter at all. She got her degree with distinction. Later on, she started working with Sight Savor's international, and still working there as admin assistant. Her attitude and interest in computer field motivated her to get expertise in computer and she constantly kept coming to our IT centre Islamabad. She was also selected in youth exchange program by United Exchange Foundation Program USEFP and went to USA back in 2013. Her determination and will power is enlightening many lives around her, and this flower of PFFB is blossoming every day.

Muhammad Azam Hussain- Azad Jammu Kashmir:

Muhammad Azam was born in Village near Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. Like many Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) patient, his vision loss started at the age of thirteen, since he was from remote area of AJK, so no special education school was existing in the area at that time. Despite of many difficulties, Azam continued his education in mainstream system till intermediate. Due to lack of facilities he couldn't continue his education after secondary level, and came to Islamabad to search for better opportunities. Here he came to know about PFFB, and joined PFFB IT Center Islamabad for computer training. Meanwhile he continued his preparation to accomplish his graduation from Punjab University through Audio World’s recorded books. Azam competed in the interview for the post in PFFB IT Center Islamabad and was selected as Computer Instructor. Now he is imparting all those latest computing skills, he obtained from the same organization to other visually challenged persons as well.

Darakhshan Raza- Karachi, Sindh:

Ms. Darakhshan Raza is resident of Karachi, Pakistan. She is partially blind since birth. She studied in mainstream education throughout her educational career by audio books of PFFB Audio World program. After completing her masters in special education from Karachi, she was being train by PFFB staff in computer skills. Currently she is teaching in Government National Education Complex Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi. In order to teach her students affectively, she keeps on getting help from PFFB staff. Her interest in computer is motivating her to obtain benefit from our newly established lab in collaboration with PPAF in Karachi. Darakhshan is trying her best to be an affective member of the community, and both PFFB and PPAF are playing their roles jointly to make her efforts successful.