LRBT – A Beacon of Hope
In December 1984, the late Graham Layton and Zaka Rahmatulla’ who were retiring from their very successful business careers, decided to establish the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust with Rs 1 million ($ 66,000). This was used to build and run a mobile eye-hospital in Tando Bago a small town 250 kilometres east of Karachi. They envisioned an organization which would grow to provide free eye treatment to the poor & underprivileged citizens across the length & breadth of Pakistan so that no Pakistani would go blind just because he/she could not afford the treatment.
Since its inception 34 years ago, LRBT through its 19 hospitals and 58 clinics has treated over 44 million patients and performed over 4.3 million major and minor eye surgeries.
They also left behind 4 founding principles which we call ” The Spirit of LRBT “ which guide our activities and permeates everything that we do:
Our Founding Principles
32 years later the vision of Graham Layton & Zaka Rahmatulla is a reality and their legacy is a nationwide network of 19 purpose-built hospitals, with state of the art equipment and 56 clinics in all the 4 provinces.
Although they are no longer with us, LRBT’s founders would have been proud to see that the work they started not only continues but reaches new heights.