Ishrat is an amazing advocate for people with disabilities she strives for positive and inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities in her country, please read her amazing story below.
Today I want to share my personal experience with you because my heart pushes me to do so; you will get insight and know how my heart is for this call and its respond. I was effected polio when I was just three years old.
Then my poor parents admitted me in the school and used to take me on their shoulders to drop at school with great difficulty attempted F.A Intermediate.
Then I started to prayed that in my area and country’s all disabled men and women, girls and boys, kids are just ignored, our culture consider my type of kid as curse of God to any family who has such kids.
So I stared feeling and praying that I must take indicates for people like me especially as girl where women are more put behind in all walks of life. When a man face hatred due to disability than what about women at this land who is consider as shoes feet of men.
Then I started to search for disabled people around without discrimination of religion, color or creed. Then we were having troubled due to so much hurdles, in the meanwhile my parent saw a man who was willing to get marry in spite of my disability so I got married and were gifted three kids, two boys and one girl. When my home was so much busy but i kept on thinking how i can become worthwhile for PWD’s, I started working with one NGO who was showing that its improving lives of people with disabilities but when i got attached with them, they were presenting me in-front of their foreigner as just show piece of their business, they were paying me 10 $ per month, as salary which even was not covering my travelling from home to that area but they never prayed any attention. to me, they sent me to America for one training course which MIUSA held in 2006 in Eugene Oregon and you know what humiliation was made of my personality, Pakistani NGO’s holder took money from them but they didn’t training me in English Language why because they didn’t want me to have is proficiency to explain what is going on actually so that I couldn’t tell truth about their fraud while attending course in America, American trainers were told that she can speak English and can communicate well but it was wrong. I was informed by that NGO that in America you will have translator provided by the Course organizers.
I came to know that program organizer sent money for six months tuition to get equipped with English proficiency so that I could get good learning there and could participate but due to NGO’s people corruption so I attended course like dumb people, I could speak and understand very low. Any ways that course and exposure taught me lesson and encouraged a lot, it was a golden chance of my life that turn ups & down all my thinking and way to work. I came back but huge challenge was with me that I had no finance to get start and also I left that NGO which was just using me like a doll.
They sent police at my home, my in laws already were against me due to my disability as they didn’t accept me their daughter in law because I can’t walk and serve them as other people. My very small kids were so much afraid and cried when police came at home , I told them everything but because of bribery those NGO people gave police for their wrong favor, police was taking action against me then we wrote to MIUSA and they sent email which we showed to the police station. Since then I was fire in my heart to struggle and fight against the discrimination against PWD”S in Pakistan. I established one organization and its now working some of our local people has supported us but we don’t have International donors. While reading my personal experience as disabled lady, I hope you might have reached to the climax of my sharing that I am willing with my team for PWD but need more sources and resources which without funds is not possible. You can well imagine how much am with fire in my heart, we have lots of plan, project which can be fruitful for Disabled men, women,& children.
Please join hands with me as I read and see you hard work, I feel what war is, and you are fight with. It’s really difficult to give time to family, friends and to my mission at the same time but I feel it’s possible because I am filled with vision, it must has way to flow by now. You come to Pakistan, visit us and see because by visiting, you can have clearer picture in your mind. God bless you.
Adult with Autism 2014