Just a few seconds changed her life completely...
Not many of us can think of just a few seconds that divide our lives it into two halves. Haseena can. In 1999, when she was just 21, her life was changed completely in just the few seconds that it took her former employer to throw concentrated sulphuric acid on her.
Haseena wanted to be a fashion designer, but the acid attack blinded her and she couldn't achieve her dream.
She fought against her fate...
Yet, Haseena was not one to be put down easily. She fought the constant pain of over 35 surgeries to restore her face and her body, and struggled through them with patience and her family's support. She fought against her blindness and learnt computers with the help of NGO Enable India, even with the difficulty of having to learn afresh everyhing she had assimilated so far in life. She fought the constant dejection and the memories of her life before the attack and the unbearable pain of the attack itself. She fought against herself.
And she won...
Today, Haseena is the only earning member of her family and has a job with the airforce in Bangalore. She uses a screen-reading software on her computer and her phone, to access e-mail and even Facebook. Haseena also actively helps other acid attack survivors in and around Bangalore, and counsels them through phone.
On International Women's Day 2015, Haseena was presented the Rani Chennamma Bravery Award by the Government of Karnataka.
Read more about Haseena here: http://www.thebetterindia.com/16177/acid-attack-victim-inspiring-others-lead-better-life-haseena/
iPhone for Haseena...
We want to gift an iPhone 5C to Haseena. She has already been introduced to the world of touch-based smartphones and uses an entry level Android-based smartphone at present. An iPhone is known to have much better accessibility support for those who are completely blind, and this will help Haseena engage more actively with people like you and me, and also with other acid attack survivors.
This will be a surprise gift for Haseena and will be personally delivered to her by her friends :). Do let us know if you would like to be there when we gift her the phone.
Neither Milaap nor the creator of this campaign supports, endorses or has any preference for Apple iPhones or any other particular brand of smartphones. However, based on simple research on the internet and discussions with some visually impaired friends, the creator of this campaign believes that iPhone offers better accessibility features for the blind.
Read these articles about accessibility features of the iPhone:
We would be happy to gift Haseena with a smartphone from any other brand or manufacturer if it offers similar accessibility benefits.