Faheem could not sit still for any length of time. He had to have his fun all the time.
It was a sunny and windy afternoon in year 2005 when he came out of his home in the Hub area (a poor suburb of Karachi) to buy a balloon from the vendor. It was fate that followed. The balloon gas tank exploded and the 8-year-old’s body flew about 15 feet from the ground. When his body re-touched the road, he had multiple fractures and injuries specially on his right leg.
He was taken to a nearby hospital and after that under-went multiple surgeries to save his right leg. During the struggle for saving his leg, gangrene developed and the boy’s leg till the knee had to be amputated.
One can cry aloud but some things are irreversible and do not go away even with tears.
Goods of any worth in the house were sold for all his treatment and finally a leg was made for Faheem. That leg, however, weighed 8.5 kgs and it was very difficult for the boy to move with that. After every few steps, he had to stop for some time. Then someone referred Faheem’s father to HASWA.
HASWA’s team prepared an artificial leg for the boy weighing only 1.5 (one and a half) kgs. Moreover, this was done totally free of cost. Faheem has now found new mobility. He can even climb walls and play cricket. He has also made many friends. Life has come back!
The poor family is delighted to see their son back on his feet and they have only prayers for HASWA who have promised to Faheem that they will provide him an artificial leg (prosthesis) for the rest of his life.
Areeb Shahid age 5 years, has a smile that can light up his eyes and make you feel you are looking at two stars. He was three years old when hot oil was overturned on him in the kitchen. After his scar started healing, his skin contracted forming huge keloids all over his face and body. These contractures hampered his movements and body functions.
The answer to his parents’ prayers came as HASWA. In partnership with an international organization, HASWA flew Areeb to U.S.A. for treatment where he was admitted with five other children suffering like him at Shriner’s Hospital in Texas. The entire travel, lodging, hospitalization and surgery were done free of cost.
Today, Areeb is much better and back, thanks to the many supporters who entrusted HASWA with their donations enabling us to make a difference.
His Smile Says It All
How can one even start to describe the pain a parent feels as he / she watches his/her child suffer!
Imdad Ali was born with a cleft lip, palate and related nose deformity. In addition to the rejection from the family and society, the baby faced difficulty in eating, swallowing and many other problems. Thanks to HASWA, despite financial constraints, the child has under-gone the first lip surgery – the cleft palate and nose are next. Imdad, and thousands of children like him, are waiting to be helped. We hope you can become a part of this effort as well.
It just might be the most effective donation to a charity you ever make. 100% of your donation will go towards helping children, 0% will go to overheads. The free cleft surgery your donation will help provide, is a true, modern-day medical miracle: it costs as little as Rs. 15,000 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
That’s all it takes to give a desperate child not just a new smile, but a new life.
Haswa imported a large number of water filters during the flood relief efforts.
Haswa provided clean drinking water for thousands of flood effected families.
This experiment was carried out successfully by Haswa a few years back. This project is currently not proceeding forward, because we have moved on to provide small water filters using latest membrane technology. We are sharing pictures for other people to see the process.