On Saturday October 8th 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Pakistan and left behind thousands severely injured, including more than a 100 instant amputee children in a land where there is little mercy for disability.
While serving the amputees of the 2005 earthquake hit areas, Dr. Sarwarbecame aware that these physically challenged children required special attention that went beyond the one-time provision of limbs.The journey of C-ARP began with Nayab Ayaz of Maira, district Shangla; Nayab was 5 at the timeof the earthquake.
Dr. Sarwar was told about a child whose leg had been amputated as a result of the earthquake and had been taken to Cuba for treatment. Very happy that children were receiving adequate treatment, he arranged to meet with her. Nayab arrived being carried to the meeting place by her father; she had no access to prosthetic limbs or an assistive device. She had outgrown her leg within a year.
It was then that Dr. Sarwar, now chairman PIPOS (Pakistan Institute of Prosthetic and Orthotic Sciences) and Chief Executive CHAL Foundation, became aware that a number of physically challenged children required special attention. A commitment was made to ensure that children with disabilities have access to mobility, education and employment while at the same time catering to their psycho-social needs. The Initiative was launched in June 2009 under the umbrella of C-ARP Trust.