“When I lost my eye-sight, I also I lost my job and my family. My wife abandoned us because I couldn’t earn money to run my household." –Muhammad Arshad
40 year-old Muhammad Arshad used to work in a towel factory. When he developed bilateral cataract he became unable to work. Blind and vulnerable, he lived with his elderly parents in a single-bed, one room shanty. The three survived on his father’s pension of £25 a month. But then Arshad heard about Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust’s (AMWT) free eye-care camps. His neighbours told him AMWT was holding a camp in Chichwatni, and that he should go to see if something could be done for his vision. Arshad lost no time. AMWT’s eye-care camp at Chichwatni, Sahiwal, screened an estimated 600 patients. In many cases, patients suffered from blindness that could be cured. Muhammad Arshad was one of the 85 people who received free cataract surgery at the camp. “I was always thinking that poverty is the worst thing one can have in his life. But a miracle happened. This free cataract surgery has changed my life, Alhumdulillah.”
Every year, AMWT runs countless eye-care camps across eight of the world’s poorest countries. We do this because we know that the ability to see can affect the entire course of a person’s life. While a single successful operation can change a life for the better. Please help us end curable blindness for people like Arshad.