“ Who is he That will “loan”to Allah a beautiful “loan” for (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit, and he will have (besides) A Liberal Reward”
Surah Al-Hadid (Verse-11)
”Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind is committed to the noble cause of alleviating the sufferings of the blind and visually impaired by training, educating, rehabilitating and enabling them to live a life of honor dignity and self respect with physical and financial independence.”
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind aims to develop services which will:
- Supplement the existing facilities.
- Reach out to the large mass of the Visually handicapped who have remained outside the purview of existing facilities, especially the youth who are still in the educable age.
- Provide educational, vocational training and job placement support and to expand employment opportunities.
- Identify the job which the blind can do with the aid of special devices and those without such aids and thus widen the possibilities of their absorption into non- traditional areas.
- Develop recreational and positive leisure-time for all age groups which aim at ‘whole’ personality development.
- Create community awareness and motivations to organize community-based vocational and recreational programs for the visually handicapped in the community.
- Break down rigid societal attitudes, prejudices and perceptions towards visually handicapped persons, whether they be children. Adolescents, adults or senior citizens, male or female.
Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind was established in 1989 by Ms. Salma Kishwar Jan as a perpetual tribute to the life and memory of her mother, Aziz Jehan Begum, who suffered serious visual impairment due to “Retinitis Pigmentosa” at the age of forty and total loss of sight in the last four years of her life.
It was Aziz Jehan Begum’s wish that a charity be established for the blind to lead a better life. The Trust is a realization of that wish. It is an enduring reminder of her bravery, determination, fortitude and faith to mark her life and inspiring manner in which she faced this great loss. It is a guide for those who cannot see and a tower of light for those who can.
Miss Salma Kishwar Jan a distinguished Civil Servant and successful diplomat established the Trust with her personal savings, modeling it on similar programes for the blind as in UK, USA, Canada and Australia. It became her life mission. It is the greatest honor and best way in which a daughter can express her gratitude and love for her mother.