Tuesday, 22 January 2019

VISIT OF HOPE HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CHUNKY MONKEY


HOPE diligently tries to provide education to all, especially the under privileged masses. Hence most of its activities are focused primarily on the rural areas and urban slums of Pakistan. HOPE has a number of formal and home schools, through which an increasing number of students gain education under the supervision of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla – A Child Specialist in Karachi, using a community- based approach to implement interventions to help mold out a better society. HOPE believes in educating children and providing them a pathway in building a brighter future for themselves.

Alongside education, HOPE also takes its students on fieldtrips, which is necessary for the motivation of the students and serves as extracurricular activities. HOPE-An Educational NGO in Pakistan has set up semi formal schools in the areas of Sachal Goth and Bhittaiabad where children are being educated, free of cost. The children of these areas belong to poor families that cannot afford education. HOPE provides these children opportunities they can avail in order to elevate their living standards. One such opportunity is a visit of HOPE home school children to Chunky Monkey, an amusement theme park. 35 students from HOPE home schools of Bhitaiyabad and Sachal Goth were taken on a fieldtrip there and enjoyed themselves to the fullest. The students were accompanied by 2 teachers from the HOPE home schools along with 2 representatives from HOPE. The whole trip was sponsored by Target Inc. Pakistan, a direct affiliate of a major retailing chain store in the US which enjoys a very exclusive and dedicated clientele.


Chunky Monkey is one of the famous amusement parks situated in Karachi with a unique idea of attracting kids and families who are searching for a place that is full of fun and excitement. The rides are very safe and designed in a way that is very secure for the kids. The park is well maintained as well as neat and clean. There are a number of different activities and rides such as the pirate ship, merry-go-round, dodging cars, magic carpet, and the anti-plunger behaved more like an open, rotating elevator to nowhere. The haunted house was an attraction to all; which has a perfect blend of excitement and fear. The trip ended with distribution of lunch boxes consisting of delicious biryani and a soft drink.











Target Inc. Pakistan, awarded a certificate to HOPE, as a token of appreciation for the ongoing commitment and support towards the welfare of children and youth. The certificate was received by HOPE team. HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan looks forward in collaborating with corporations such as Target Inc. Pakistan, towards improving the educational facilities for the underprivileged children in Pakistan.

Monday, 14 January 2019

AQUA PROJECT TEAM VISITED HAND PUMPS INSTALLED IN KATHORE AND DARSANO CHANO


It takes an hour to travel from Karachi to Kathore. Approximate driving distance between Kathore and Karachi is 48 kilometers. Kathore consists of small villages. Water scarcity is one of the major problems faced by the local community. The province of Sindh in Pakistan happens to be one of the places where water is chronically short besides being dirty and contaminated. HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan recognize this problem and have been working relentlessly on it for the last few years and have constructed deep soil water wells providing many rural communities abundant clean water. HOPE has an efficient and smart team which goes to the far flung downtrodden areas and find out sites where the installation of hand pumps is inevitable. The water being extracted by hand pumps installed is potable and fit for human consumption.

With the help of charitable donors of Aqua Project several deep soil hand pumps have been installed in different villages of Kathore. Once again Aqua Project team from HOPE USA visited hand pumps installed at Darsano Chano near Link Road and Murad Ali Gabol Goth in Kathore to view and inspect them. They appreciated the quality of pumps and were satisfied to see that their effort has created such a positive result and benefited the community as a whole. These hand pumps are major source of obtaining water for the local communities who were otherwise forced to get water tankers which is beyond their financial capacity.












While talking with the local community Aqua Project team gets to know about their problems closely. The local people told them before the installation of hand pumps it was extremely difficult for them to get water. It is the responsibility of women and girls or small children to fetch water from water reservoirs in adjacent areas. The reservoirs are on the lands of powerful landlords. When the poor women of the local community went to get water from nearby areas they misbehaved with them. At times they were beaten up by them. Travelling long distances is another challenge in itself while carrying pots filled with water on head. Villagers were very thankful to HOPE-A Health NGO in Pakistan and Aqua Project team for making life easier for them by providing access to water in the form of hand pump. The water is used for drinking, cleaning, washing and cooking, as well as for little vegetation they have. Their cattle also survive on this water. They presented traditional Ajrak to HOPE Aqua Project team as token of thanks. So far HOPE has installed more than 50 hand pumps under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- A Child specialist in Karachi to resolve the scarcity of water in the outskirts of Karachi. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

INAUGURATION OF HOPE MOTHER & CHILD HEALTHCARE CLINIC IN QAYYUMABAD


It has been 20 months since Sabzwari family supported and inaugurated HOPE Mother and Child Health Clinic in Bilal Colony. Since then the clinic has been providing healthcare services to hundreds of needy and poor people every day. Happy with the success of Bilal Colony MCH, Sabzwari family wanted to open another MCH in some other downtrodden area. By the grace of Allah, HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan has been able to open another mother and child health clinic with the help of the funds donated by Sabzwari family in Qayyumabad. Qayyumabad is a suburb of Korangi Town in Karachi, comprised of an area of 109 acres. It is one of the most densely populated and polluted residential area of Karachi. It is home to Pakhtun, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baloch and Urdu-speaking ethnicities, as well as Christians and Hindus. HOPE Clinic Qayyumabad is another maternal and child healthcare center where free of cost medical services are provided to the needy and poor. The population of Qayyumabad consists of low income class. This is a free of cost Basic Health Unit. It is operated by a qualified doctor rather than a LHV. Treatment for mothers and children is being provided free of cost. Qayyumabad MCH is funded by the Sabzwari family. HOPE MCH Qayyumabad is the ray of light for such an underdeveloped area. A gynecologist also visits this clinic regularly.



The Qayyumabad MCH is well equipped with basic healthcare facilities. Beautiful floral arrangements add more life to the overlook of clinic. Before inauguration HOPE team members from all branches gathered to recite Quran for the good start of the center. After Qurankhwani, the kids of Sabzwari family and the kids of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla inaugurated the center. Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- A Child Specialist in Karachi expressed her gratitude to Sabzwari family for prolonging their philanthropic spirit to help HOPE develop more opportunities for the socially deprived. Honorable guest, Vice President of P&G Pakistan, Mr. Sami Ahmed appreciated the efforts of HOPE and Sabzwari family for achieving another milestone in the field of health.  Delicious snacks and hot tea were served to the guests on the cold winter day.


 







HOPE-A Health NGO in Pakistan aims to overcome the challenges of seeking primary health care services in slums of Karachi, where about 60% of the population lives in various informal settlements. In addition, the conditions of slum dwellers and health challenges of the population, such as low immunization and low vaccinations, among others, are also to be eliminated. It is important to emphasize on the inclusion of these people in national health plans and to develop health infrastructure near these communities. Furthermore, there is a strong need to increase awareness of the population about hygiene practices, importance of immunization, and importance of utilizing appropriate health care services.

Monday, 31 December 2018

HOPE AND METRO EXPRESS CASH & CARRY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW JOINT VENTURES


HOPE (Health Oriented Preventive Education) is a Karachi based NGO providing services of health and education for the poor and needy in Pakistan. It was established in 1997 and has grown from a band of street volunteers to a huge national network of schools, hospitals and vocational centers. HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan does not focus on only one aspect of life, in fact, it believes in integration and aims to provide quality education and health with vocational training and community development to the underserved. HOPE believes in educating the masses along with vocational training so that with education, they can also acquire skills to get better job opportunities. HOPE has also taken initiative in community development by providing underprivileged masses with resources like livestock and seeds to plant.

HOPE and Metro Cash & Carry have a long lasting bond in giving people relief. Director of Metro Cash & Carry Mr. Parvez Akhter visited HOPE Hospital Gurumandir. He was welcomed by Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla along with her team members. Mr. Parvez was pleased to know about the life long journey of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla-A Child Specialist in Karachi how she managed to work for social welfare on a large scale as well as practicing in her own field. She is also a pediatrician and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at Sindh Government Hospital, Liaquatabad. She has not only been excelling in health sector, she has also outreached to the remotest underprivileged areas of Pakistan. They further discussed about the projects HOPE has been working on. The meet up was meant to look forward to the projects that could be worked together. As per the aspiration behind the establishment of HOPE, she told that among all the types of health services she chose primary health care as her target. This could provide basic health facilities in those rural areas where there is no other way to get access to healthcare. She wanted to bring change in the thinking of local masses through education. This is how sustainable change can occur at grass root level which is what HOPE is aiming at. 




Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla further explained him how HOPE has been playing its role in community development by creating awareness in the underprivileged areas. Mr. Parvez took a detailed tour of the HOPE Hospital Gurumandir. He appreciated the efforts of HOPE-A Health NGO in Pakistan in delivering quality healthcare services to the socially deprived, that too free of cost. He showed interest in various projects HOPE has set its foot on. He looks forward to collaborate in some of the health and education programs HOPE will be implementing in the future. HOPE appreciates the sense of corporate social responsibility Metro Cash & Carry has as a corporation contributing towards a better society.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

HOPE ZIA SCHOOL STUDENTS AT FESF CONCERT


HOPE - an Educational NGO in Pakistan is making every effort in eliminating the illiteracy rate in Pakistan; HOPE is continuously striving its best to provide education for all especially the underprivileged masses. Hence most of Hope’s educational centers are located in the slum areas of Pakistan where there is lack of schools.

HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan not only focuses on academic activities but also gives great emphasis on extra-curricular activities, which includes taking children on field trips, exhibitions, fun fares concerts etc. The children living in slum areas do not get the opportunities to visit these fun places. Recently the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) hosted its 14th Children’s Benefit Concert at PAF Museum, Karachi.  The concert was a free benefit musical show and fun morning for children with special needs.  Approximately 4000 children from over 40 different institutions and schools all over Karachi were invited for this concert. The students of HOPE school Zia colony were also invited to this fun filled event.  The goal of this program was to provide an entertaining and memorable experience to the children who need special care, love and encouragement. 20 students from HOPE Zia School were invited at the FESF concert; they were accompanied by two representatives from HOPE’s head office, along with 2 teaching faculty members from HOPE School Zia Colony.






 FESF is a non-profit, educational organization carrying out its services in Pakistan since 1984. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the society, especially those who are disabled. TV Host Faizan Haqqee launched the 3 hour event which featured exciting live performances by special guest artists Fuzon and Shazia Khushk. Additionally, a mime artist Muneeb-ur-Rehman and a blind singer Rahat entertained the children with fun and meaningful performances. The students of HOPE School Zia Colony were thrilled to watch all the performances held at the FESF annual concert.




The event was well organized. Great attention was given to the special children being served. At the end of the concert FESF served complimentary snacks, drinks and distributed goodie bags which brought a rise in the emotions and excitement of the Zia School students at the concert.  




Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- a child specialist in Karachi looks forward to welcome any such organization which helps in providing an amusing and experiential activity to the children who need special care, love and encouragement in Pakistan.