Kanwal was born with only one arm. Her left arm ends at her elbow. She is 14 years old. She has no self-pity or shame. Her parents are determined that their five children will receive a good education. Kanwal and her 12 year-old sister attend an English medium school – and they are proud of their English. When I ask Kanwal what she wants to do in the future she is absolutely clear. “I want to be a pharmacist”. Her sister is determined to be a hardware engineer. The third sister will become a nurse. I believe they will all achieve their ambitions.
I talk to Kanwal about life with only one arm. Then I tell her about another little girl with one arm – Elishba in Karachi. I ask Kanwal if she would write a letter to encourage Elishba, to tell her that she can live a full life and must dream great dreams for her future. Kanwal agrees.
Then I ask Kanwal if we can help her. “Yes,” she replies. ‘We need a computer for our studies.” I do a deal with her. “You write that letter to Elishba. I will get a computer for you.” She smiles. She is a winner and I am honoured to help her gain the prize. I hope to seal the deal next week.