Turkish aid agency TIKA donates electric wheelchairs to empower differently-abled people in Pakistan

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has made a significant contribution to the lives of differently-abled individuals in Karachi by donating 20 motorized electric wheelchairs to Darul Sukun, a Karachi-based charity organization.

The handing-over ceremony took place on May 25, 2024, at the head office of Darul Sukun, an organization that supports physically and mentally disabled children and adults.

The donation ceremony saw attendance from high-profile dignitaries including Turkish Ambassador Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçacı, Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Türkiye’s Consul General to Karachi Cemal Sangu, TİKA Karachi head Halil İbrahim Başaran and others notable guests.

This act of generosity underscores the enduring ties between Türkiye and Pakistan and their shared commitment to humanitarian efforts.

Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Pacaci said whether it was the 2022 floods in Pakistan or the earthquakes in Türkiye in Feb. 2023, the two countries stood together and helped one other.

“Pakistan showed up extending brotherly arm to the earthquake-affected Türkiye and saved 28 lives, similarly, Türkiye sent 13 goodwill trains to Pakistan after 2022 floods,” he said, adding that Türkiye will continue to support Pakistan through TIKA.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho expressed gratitude to TIKA for its “steady” efforts in Sindh’s health sector development. She said the Sindh government appreciates Türkiye and TIKA’s support for Pakistan’s development and pledged continued facilitation for such initiatives.

Department Of Empowerment Of Person With Disabilities (DEPD) Secretary Taha Farooqui also spoke at the ceremony, reiterating the department’s commitment to supporting organizations dedicated to empowering persons with disabilities and thanking the Turkish government and TİKA for their support.

TIKA’s Karachi coordinator Halil Ibrahim Basaran said in his remarks that the aid agency’s global projects are aimed at improving the lives of disabled people. “We are pleased to hand over 20 electronic wheelchairs to Darul Sukun. These wheelchairs will positively impact the daily lives of these beautiful special people.”

Savio Pereira, CEO of Darul Sukun, welcomed the donation, calling it a “dream come true” for the children. “This gift of motorized wheelchairs from the heart of Turkish people is a dream come true for these children,” he said, adding that the initiative would strengthen mutual brotherhood shared by Pakistan and Türkiye.

Darul Sukun (meaning: home of peace and comfort ) is a home for abandoned children and adults with physical, mental, and intellectual difficulties.

The ceremony concluded with the official handover of the wheelchairs, marking another chapter in the cooperative efforts between Türkiye and Pakistan to uplift vulnerable communities.

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