Gas costs $2.170 per L

Inflation Rate and cost of a disabled persons’ life

With inflation rates soaring to a staggering 28.5% in Pakistan, the economic burden disproportionately affects individuals living with disabilities. This alarming inflation moving beyond Eid and Ramadan, not only undermines the purchasing power of the general population but also exacerbates the financial challenges faced by disabled individuals and their families. For them, the impact of inflation is profoundly amplified, as they often have additional expenses related to healthcare, assistive devices, and accessibility accommodations.

In the past three years following the registration of the organization in Gilgit Baltistan, residents have grappled with a notable uptick in the prices of essential commodities such as fuel, food, and clothing. This surge in costs has cast a shadow over the region, rendering routine tasks that were once easily accomplished in the earlier part of the decade now significantly more challenging.

Previously, simple endeavors and everyday activities that were undertaken with ease during the 2020s are now met with obstacles due to the financial strain inflicted by the escalating prices. What once may have been a straightforward endeavor, whether it be commuting to work, purchasing groceries, clothing, has transformed into a burdensome undertaking for many residents.

The repercussions of this economic shift ripple through the fabric of daily life, impacting individuals and families alike. Transportation costs have surged, making it more arduous for individuals to travel for work or other essential activities. The affordability of basic necessities, such as food staples, has dwindled, forcing families to navigate tighter budgets and potentially compromising their nutritional intake. Moreover, the rising costs of clothing pose additional challenges, especially for those already grappling with financial constraints.

This adverse economic trend not only strains the livelihoods of the local populace but also underscores broader socioeconomic challenges facing Gilgit Baltistan. While the exact causes of these price hikes may vary, ranging from global market fluctuations to local economic policies, the repercussions are felt acutely by the disabled community

That is why we are trying to raise as many funds as possbile to ensure that some safety net will keep our NGO operations running

Farhan Baig

My name is Farhan Baig, and I am the President of the Gilgit-Baltistan's Goodwill Movement, a charity organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities in the picturesque region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite being visually impaired, I have embraced my passion for radio and work as a Radio DJ, using my voice to entertain, inform, and inspire others. Education has always been a crucial aspect of my life, and I am proud to have completed my Masters in Political Science from the prestigious Karakoram University in Gilgit. This academic achievement has provided me with a solid understanding of political systems, governance, and policies, empowering me to make a positive impact on my community. As the President of the Gilgit-Baltistan's Goodwill Movement, my primary goal is to uplift the lives of individuals with disabilities in the region. Through our charity initiatives, we strive to promote inclusivity, equal opportunities, and empowerment for those who face physical or mental challenges. By organizing events, workshops, and awareness campaigns, we aim to create a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential. Personally, my journey as a visually impaired individual has allowed me to develop resilience, determination, and a unique perspective on life. I firmly believe that disabilities should never be seen as limitations but rather as opportunities for growth, innovation, and advocacy. By sharing my story and experiences, I aspire to inspire others to embrace their own capabilities and overcome any obstacles they may encounter. In addition to my work with the charity organization and my role as a Radio DJ, I actively engage in community activities. I participate in public speaking events, where I address important issues related to disability rights, social equality, and education. Through these platforms, I strive to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, and foster a more inclusive society. My ultimate vision is to create a world where individuals with disabilities are fully integrated into society, where their rights are respected, and where their voices are heard. By combining my academic knowledge, my passion for radio, and my dedication to advocacy, I aim to make a lasting impact and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Gilgit-Baltistan. I am grateful for the opportunities and support that have shaped my journey thus far, and I remain committed to my mission of promoting goodwill, equality, and empowerment for all.

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