#Repost • @tripdipblog “The mosque is said to be constructed between 1671 and 1673, under the supervision of Fida’i Khan Koka who was Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s brother-in-law and the governor of Lahore. After only two years of construction, the mosque was opened in 1673. Badshahi Mosque’s splendor is influenced by the Jamia Mosque of Delhi which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.” #badshahimosque#lahore#pakistan#history#legacy#oldcity#sunset
Ramadan is the month of giving and the best gift you can give this Ramadan is the gift of dua. Aao apnoun ke liay duain kerein, kya pata kiske qubool hojai. . #SwipeRight#EesarEkIbadat#MujhsePehleTu
7 1,0235 May, 2019
We are a "signing" family.
Wasi was born to our family of deaf individuals - parents with deafness and three deaf brothers. As a result, at the time of his birth, we assumed he too was deaf.
It was only after three years, when I read about his symptoms on the internet and realized Wasi has Down syndrome as well. Our family didn't know how to process this. But we knew that we loved Wasi with all our heart.
At three, Wasi couldn't speak or move. He wouldn't play like any other child. This got us extremely concerned. His life changed when we found out about the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDS). With the interventions and support they provided, Wasi has made substantial progress. The most heartening progress has been in terms of Wasi’s interaction with people in our family. I had found a way to connect with my brother as he learned a way to communicate with me. I see a marked improvement in Wasi's health as well.
As someone who was unable to move the first three years of his life, it warms my heart to see him walk, play, use a mobile phone and ride a bicycle.
Wasi is five years old now, and just like others he has aspirations and dreams. I wish for him to live a happy and fulfilling life and I hope our society would give him the opportunity to do so.
Before Madiha's birth, I recall interacting with a child with Down syndrome and realised how sweet and happy these kids are. Therefore, when I found out Madiha had Down syndrome, I took that as a blessing by God Almighty.
My daughter is sharp, intelligent and humorous. She taught me to spread love, kindness and to be patient. So, instead of hiding such beautiful child at home, I believed in her and brought her to the mainstream for others to recognise her abilities.
Since her childhood, she found joy in painting. As she grew older, her paintings got better and finer. When she was 18 years old, one of the designs she painted got approved by HREP (Human Rights Education Program) and CMPHR (Children Museum for Peace and Human Rights) and was printed on all their merchandise. In 2003, a school offered Madiha the position of an “Art Resource”. At a very young age, she became a full time employee at an institute where she taught other children with Down syndrome. Madiha's artwork has also been exhibited from Karachi to London. She is self taught, and her work isn't any less than that of a professional.
34 years ago when Madiha was born, there were no organisations like the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP) available to transform the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. If it was possible for me to raise an independent child with Down syndrome back then, it is much more possible for parents to do so now.
Madiha is my “Miracle Child” and she makes me proud every single day.
When I was expecting Zidan back in 2014, I was helping the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP) with their inaugural awareness campaign. Little did I know that Zidan would be diagnosed with Down syndrome in a few months. When I received a confirmation of his diagnosis after his birth, I knew that God would give us the strength to accept it, which He did. The fact that I had the most supportive husband and a strong, loving family made it lot easier for me to accept Zidan’s diagnosis.
As a working and career driven woman, I feared that having a child with extra needs would impact my career. But my fears vanished when I was showered with support by people in my personal and professional life. Without them my journey wouldn’t have been this easy.
Zidan is now 5 years old. If someone were to ask me who is Zidan, I would say he is a loving son, a doting brother to his sister, a swimming enthusiast, a flexible dancer, a naughty child and a music lover who knows the songs Sohni Dharti and Aj Jane ki Zid na Karo like the back of his hand.
No one is perfect, and Zidan is no different. While Zidan does struggle with some tasks, there are several other things at which he is far better than other kids his age. Zidan enjoys attending his weekly music classes. In one of those classes he sang an entire song all by himself. I couldn’t help beaming with pride when I witnessed this.
Today, I can confidently say that my son is no different than a typical child. I know there is nothing he can’t achieve. For him, sky is the limit. In fact, why even set sky as the limit?
Silah – Our reward. I don’t think we could have found a better name for our daughter.
When Silah was born, the doctor informed us that she may have Down syndrome. I didn’t even know what Down syndrome meant at that time. My wife overheard the conversation and was devastated. It didn’t take us much time to accept the diagnosis but we had a question, “what should we do now?” Luckily, my wife had heard about the Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP). We contacted KDSP while still at the hospital. And so, our journey with Silah began.
My wife has been one of the most important contributors in Silah’s development. I haven’t been as involved. I am a bit of a lazy person, but her mother keeps me on my toes to ensure that I follow all guidelines received by the therapists. Without my wife, Silah wouldn’t be here. I love Silah’s adorable smile. It washes away all my worries. Whenever she smiles, you can’t hold yourself from smiling back at her. I recall I was out shopping with my family and was holding Silah in my arms. A group of people who had been smiling at Silah from a distance for a while, came to me and requested to take a selfie with her. Her smile already seems to be making her famous.
I dream of seeing Silah set herself as an example of the smartest person with Down syndrome. Owing to tireless efforts by her mother and our family. I can confidently say that she is on the right track. I can’t wait for her to grow up and make this dream true. #KDSP#RecognisethePossibilities#DownSyndromeAwareness#WDSD2019
65 2,14615 March, 2019
I was only 18 years old when I represented Pakistan as a torch bearer at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens in 2011. Achieving this was not an easy task at all. When I was growing up there were not many mainstream schools that accepted people with Down Syndrome. My parents were determined to go an extra mile for me through early intervention programs. I was eventually successful in completing my Matric from a mainstream school. When my siblings started college, I felt left-out. I questioned my parents “What about me? What about my future?” I had ambitions too.
Thankfully, my family always found ways to empower me. If I was out shopping with parents for groceries, they would stop the car and I would step out to make the purchase, independently. Moreover, my sister has been an integral part of my life. She helped me study and has been my best friend. I was a little sad when she got married. I miss her immensely, but I consider myself lucky to have a brother-in-law who accepted me. I love spending my time with them.
As I grew up, swimming and cycling became my passion. Participating in World Games in the United States and Greece really changed my life for the better. After returning, I felt the need to do more. Soon, I started working at Special Olympics Pakistan so I could help other children with special needs achieve their dreams. I have recently started volunteering at KDSP’s weekly arts and crafts classes as well. For many, I am a role model and an inspiration. I feel happy when people appreciate my achievements and abilities. I am now known as Farah Vohra – the swimming champion, not Farah Vohra – the girl with Down Syndrome.
At the time of his birth, doctors predicted Abdullah may have Down syndrome. We carried out required tests and waited; the prediction was confirmed. Being his father, I was shocked but my family's support kept me going. Due to a lack of awareness, everyone thought Down Syndrome was a disease and that it would cure with time. They soon realised this was a lifelong condition.
My wife and I knew we had to work hard for Abdullah, but never thought of him as less abled. Whenever I come across a success story, I shared it with Abdullah. I remember coming across a story where a man with Down Syndrome saved a girl from drowning. Abdullah is reminded frequently that he too is capable.
We never hid Abdullah. He goes out with us to public gatherings where a lot of unaware people stare at him and ask strange questions such as, "How did you not know about his condition before his birth?” and “If you had known, you should have considered giving him up before his birth.” Now we have just stopped paying heed to such comments and stares.
As a father I want to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and support other parents. Abdullah is my inspiration and has given me a purpose in life.
I was seven months old when I suffered from measles and my mother took me to the doctor. That was the first time she discovered I have Down syndrome. She considered it God's Will and accepted it. Back then, there weren't many mainstream schools that would accept me. An institution I was initially admitted to, was more of an asylum for people with severe mental challenges than a school. My mother continued her search for better institutions for me. She finally found a suitable school and admitted me. Here I learned to communicate, write, recognise colours, and so much more.
A few years later my teacher told us about Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP). I have been part of the arts and crafts classes at KDSP since 4 years in which I have found happiness in learning a new a skill - sewing.
I have also learned swimming and travelled to Australia to participate in a swimming competition. I am now 26 years old. I’m independent and do not rely on anyone for help. l wake up, get ready and leave for school, do groceries all by myself and enjoy cycling. I am glad my parents never gave up on me. #KDSP#RecognisethePossibilities#DownSyndromeAwareness#WDSD2019
32 2,1069 March, 2019
I gave birth to Zainab through a C-Section and for a couple of weeks I did not realise that she has Down syndrome. My husband knew but, due to my critical condition at the hospital, he kept it from me until I healed. At that time, I was unaware of what was Down syndrome. The doctor, while trying to explain the condition, told me that Zainab will never be able to become a doctor or an engineer; which I felt is okay because I am none of those either. He then elaborated that Zainab would develop a bit slower than other kids her age. I was very worried initially, but then did my own research. I started watching videos of children with Down syndrome who had been living a prosperous life. However, most of those videos were from the West and I didn’t find any such examples from Pakistan. My husband, however, was very empathetic and hopeful. He said, “This is Allah’s Will. Let’s do our best for Zainab.” I started working with Zainab at home. At her age of 3.5 years, I visited a school run by Pakistan expats who were very supportive and confident that they will be able to offer Zainab an inclusive learning environment with typically developing children. After merely 6 months we had to pull Zainab out of the school because the school management informed us that other parents were reluctant to admit their children in the same school because of Zainab. I did not escalate the issue and found another school for Zainab that happened to be a special school. It was after I attended a seminar by the Karachi Down Syndrome Program that I realized that exactly what Zainab and I both needed. My daughter needed an inclusive school that valued her and gave her focused attention. In just a year of attending an inclusive school, Zainab showed remarkable progress in academics!
One of the things I adore about Zainab is that she is the most organised member of our family. She does not need to be told anything twice. I take Zainab’s success as my own and I believe if she fails, I would fail. People ask if my life-goals or ambitions are being compromised because of Zainab, but the truth is that she is the reason I live.
My father was a hardworking and dedicated person. He was also very focused, which I never thought is a great approach to life. He was an expert cook but he wouldn't test his limits and try new things. Following in his footsteps, I also learnt cooking but wanted to experiment. Yet, he'd always discourage me from attempting anything other than cooking and I resent him for it. Out of this bitterness for my father, I encouraged my children to try everything and never adjust with one thing in life. So much so, that they now resent me for it.
10 2,00831 January, 2019
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