Improving Children’s Lives
Akbar Kare Institute is in its 10th year of operation. Its seed however was planted many years before in the mind of the mother of a young man with Cerebral Palsy. This man is Akbar Saifullah Khan and he is now 32 years of age. At the age of 3 years his mother was introduced to a Paediatric Physiotherapist, Yvonne Frizzell. Newly arrived in Pakistan with her husband from UK, they became friends and Akbar was seen regularly by her for physiotherapy and for playtime with her own son and daughter. When Akbar was 8yrs, the Frizzell family left Pakistan. Six months later, Akbar joined them in Ireland and spent the next 13 years at school and at an adult center living with the family.
These life changing events are rarely planned but through the years the two families have become firm friends and at 21yrs it was time for Akbar to return to Pakistan. Mrs. Saifullah Khan knew it was now possible to fulfil her ambition of helping local disabled children. She invited Yvonne to join her in starting a Therapy center to give children some of the opportunities Akbar had enjoyed in Ireland. Akbar Kare Institute is the result.
Akbar’s extended family, through the “Saifullah Foundation for Sustainable Development”, have funded and supported AKi allowing for its growth and development. This has fully enabled all physiotherapy, aids, adapted furniture, and some essential drug support to be provided free without any payment by children or their families. In many cases surgery has been essential and supported whilst being beyond the basic remit of the Organization. The ethos of good care guides us.