Rameeza Moin, CEO Transparent Hands

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“I am an educationalist and have worked in this field for 15 years. I remember, once on a school trip, we stopped at a Dhaba (roadside restaurant). A skinny kid, hardly 5 years old, was selling boiled eggs even though he was breathing heavily, had a runny nose and was wearing ragged clothes and torn sandals in cold weather. Upon inquiry, I came to know that the kid had been born with a hole in his heart. I asked his father who was also working there, “Why are you letting him work when he is sick?” His reply shocked me ‘baji kiya karun, kharcha pura karna hai. Iski dawai leni hai aur operation karwana hai.” (What else should I do? I have to fulfil my household needs and save enough so that I can buy his medicine and pay for his operation). I couldn’t get that boy’s face out of my mind and it left me sleepless for many nights. I wanted to help him but I didn’t know how to. I kept worrying about where would they go for the heart surgery and who would bear the whole expense? I discussed this issue with my family. My brothers who ran a software development house came with an idea to build Crowdfunding platform to facilitate such deserving people of Pakistan in the health sector. At first, everyone, including my close relatives, was against it. I heard them saying, “How can a woman build an organization all by herself. She won’t succeed.” I presented the idea in front of many people but had to face rejection every single time. I was very disappointed one day and while I was browsing through the internet, I saw an ad about Plan9. I was not stupid enough to overlook such a brilliant opportunity and presented my idea to Plan9 and got through the incubation. Through their professional mentorship and unconditional support, I was able to build Transparent Hands. So far we have treated more than 200 patients and intend to support millions more in the future.” Rameeza Moin CEO Transparent Hands

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