Monday, 16 January 2017

Spreading SMILES on AJK's mountains - Day 2

Azad Jammu and kashmir is a mountainous area comprising of various districts, located in the northern areas of Pakistan. This area is underdeveloped and in much need of proper health facilities. On the other hand, illiteracy is also prevalent here and if institutions exist, the harsh weather makes it impossible to reach there.

To help the deprived community of this region and extend a helping hand towards the deserving community, HOPE an educational NGO, has established formal and informal Schools in AJK. Some of the schools are till tenth grade while the others are Primary Schools.

On day 2 of the visit, the team visited the schools located in Darabatangi and Habiddori where total 200 students are enrolled, respectively. Darabatangi  is 75 km far from the city and 3500 ft above on the mountain, whereas, Habiddori is 80 km far from the city and 3800 ft above on the mountain. The team distributed school bags, pencil boxes, woolen caps, briyani, juice and socks among the children of school. The children were so excited and happy to receive the distributed items; the smiles and happiness on their face was clearly seen.

HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan is ecstatic to see its students in the mountainous regions of Kashmir studying despite the harsh weather conditions. Dr Mubina Agboatwalla - child specialist in Karachi and a born philanthropist is of the view that providing basic necessities to the underprivileged class is obligatory for those who have the capacity to help.

With the passion to serve humanity, HOPE reaches out to all those who no one reaches out to and has established several schools on different mountains of Kashmir. These schools are giving free and quality education to the poor children who cannot even afford to have a sweater or a single pair of socks to prevent themselves from cold even in extreme weather. Hence, each year HOPE's team under the supervision of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla - a child specialist in Karachi, visits the schools in Kashmir and distributes food items as well as warm clothing to the poor children studying there.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

HOPE's Health Services Continue to Serve the Poor

Food-poisoning occurs when an individual consumes poor-quality food. And this is quite unfortunate that in Pakistan, a large number of food-chains and office cafeterias use substandard raw materials and harmful food colors etc. The unhygienic conditions of kitchens also add to the poor quality of food which often results in upset stomach, diarrhea and food poisoning among the consumers of such food.

Same happened with the 48 workers of a food factory, located in industrial area of Karachi, who had daal in lunch from their office's canteen. All of them were admitted to HOPE Hospital at Zia Colony due to food poisoning. Most of the patients had similar complaints of abdominal cramps and vomiting. They were unconscious and dehydrated. Hence, the treatment was given according to each patient's severity including IV drips and injections. All of the patients were recovered within 2 to 6 hours due to the efficiency of staff and timely treatment. 

HOPE Hospital's staff is well-trained and skilled to manage and treat emergency cases. Almost all kind of patients from poor families come there for treatment and are satisfied with the treatment they receive. HOPE - a health NGO in Pakistan, under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla - child specialist in Karachi, provides access to emergency and other affordable medical facilities to impecunious masses through secondary care hospitals to improve their health. These hospitals are fully equipped centers that provide 24 hour emergency, outpatient care, inpatient care, fully equipped operation theaters, delivery and neonatal care services.

In Karachi, HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan has established secondary care hospitals that have been set up in Korangi and Gurumandir. These are fully equipped 50 bedded hospitals that helped in treating 63,000 patients, delivered 780 children, carried out 420 surgeries and treated 360 newborns in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Spreading SMILES on AJK's mountains - Day 1

Mesmerizing mountains, fast flowing Rivers, streams and beautiful fruit trees, all together make Kashmir a natural wonderland. But despite all this magnificence, the people of Kashmir are deprived of a lot of blessings and rights that they deserve. As the unemployment rate is very high in AJK, therefore, the underprivileged class can’t afford to send their children to school. However, with the passion to serve humanity, HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan reaches out to all those who no one reaches out to and has established several schools on different mountains of Kashmir. These schools are giving free and quality education to the poor children who cannot even afford to have a sweater or a single pair of socks to prevent themselves from cold even in extreme weather.

HOPE’s team visits and monitors the working of these schools every year. The visits include distribution of various gift items such as schoolbags, lunch boxes, stationery items, sweaters, caps, and food items etc which encourage the children to be regular and make them feel loved. The team under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi interacts with the students and teachers to learn more about them.

On day one, the team visited the schools located in Ghari duppta, Malsi and Dhanibaklan where currently 280 students are enrolled, altogether. 

The students did a very well performed welcome function for HOPE's team. After the function, the children were shown the demonstration of how to use P&G purifier water sachets. Cooler, buckets, P&G purifier water sachets were distributed to ensure the provision of clean drinking water among the community. Moreover, pants, sweaters, pencil box, lunch boxes ( juices, cake, samosa, pakorey), Gift pack for teachers (warm shawl, safe guard soap, ariel surf ) were also distributed.

HOPE- an educational NGO in Pakistan 
is proud to be spreading hope and education even on the top of mountains where no other NGO or government organization is working to help the people in need!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

HOPE’s work presented at OICCI Conference

The persistent neglect of human resource development is severely affecting social and economic outcomes in Pakistan. According to the 2015 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), over half the population of Pakistan is deprived of basic education and health facilities and live below a respectable standard of living.
Pakistan ranks 147th out of 188 countries in terms of the Human Development Index (HDI). Furthermore, Pakistan ranks 121st out of 155 countries in terms of its Gender Inequality Index; which means that only 19.3 percent of women reach secondary education  Similarly, health outcomes in Pakistan with life expectancy at 66.2 years are the lowest in South Asia, reflecting the inescapable linkage between education and and health in human resource development.
HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan diligently tries to assist Pakistan in this unfortunate situation with interventions in the field of healthcare and education for all. Under the vigorous leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi, most of the organization’s activities are focused primarily on the rural and urban slum areas of Pakistan. HOPE works extensively to provide quality education and health services , free of cost to the underprivileged masses.
On 01 December 2016, the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) organized a CSR networking session for its members with leading social sector organizations on the topic of “Health” in Karachi. Representatives from various non-profit and social organizations were invited to present their work in the domain.
Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi, the Chairperson of HOPE, represented the organization at the session. She gave a brief but comprehensive presentation regarding HOPE’s work in the country. She touched upon the major healthcare interventions alongside the education and skill development endeavors undertaken. She stressed that improving literacy, developing skills and providing educational opportunities to the underprivileged community was of paramount importance towards improving healthcare. Her presentation was applauded by all esteemed guests and attendees of the conference.

HOPE- a health NGO in Pakistan is an ardent believer of prevention over cure and the focus behind all its work is the concept of equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender or socioeconomic status. HOPE continues to play its part towards improving the living conditions for the deprived population of Pakistan, believing that the next Human Development Report will showcase improved statistics for the country.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Fahims School Students visit HOPE Bhittaiabad School

The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the right to education for all children aged 5–16 years. This right is reinforced by laws, policies and programmes at both federal and provincial levels. Nevertheless, over 6.5 million children are currently not in primary school and another 2.7 million are not in lower secondary school. These children, as well as those who are at risk of dropping out, are being denied the right to a full basic education of good quality.
HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan diligently tries to provide education to all, especially the underprivileged masses. Under the vigorous leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi, most of the organization’s activities are focused primarily on the rural and urban slum areas of Pakistan. HOPE works extensively to provide quality education, free of cost to the underprivileged who cannot afford to send their children to schools.
HOPE has set up semi formal schools in the areas of Sachal Goth and Bhittaiabad where 200 children are being educated free of cost. The children of these areas belong to poor families that cannot afford education. HOPE strives to provide underprivileged masses with free education and these semi formal schools provide these children opportunities they can avail to elevate their living standards.

On 30th November 2016, HOPE arranged a trip for a group of 20 O’levels students of The Fahims School System to the semi formal school in Bhittaiabad. The students wanted to visit the informal school in person to share donations to the underprivileged children in both cash and kind. The students from The Fahims School System met the students of Bhittaiabad school with great fervor, played games and carried out a number of other fun activities.

Additionally, the students distributed snacks, stationery and course books with them. Both groups of students got involved in conversation about their school and courses of study. They captured group photographs and shared lunch together.

HOPE- an educational NGO in Pakistan tries to connect all its school students with resources and opportunities to learn about the world and gain practical skills. This visit proved to be very eventful for both students of the Bhittaiabad school and The Fahims School, who enjoyed and learned from each other’s company throughout.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Donors Visit Installed Hand Pumps in Kathore

Water is one of the fundamental elements responsible for life on earth; yet it remains out of reach of billions around the globe. It affects every continent and more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. While considering the province of Sindh in Pakistan, besides being one of the disadvantaged communities when it comes to literacy and morbidity rate in addition, it happens to be one of the places where water is chronically short besides being dirty and contaminated. Women of these remote areas travel 5-6 km far from their village to fetch water. However, water wells are set-up 250 ft deep from which both animals and humans drink water.
HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan has been helping the needy to obtain clean drinking water under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi. With the help of charitable donors Mr. and Mrs. Azizuddin, their son Mr. Aymen Azizuddin, deep soil handpumps have been installed in a village named Abdul Rehman Chuto Goth (Kathor). Another handpump has been installed in village Murad Ali Gabol Goth (Kathor) with the generous contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Mazhar Sharif.

On 29th November 2016, both charitable donor families visited both villages to oversee the installed handpumps and observe the impact it has made on the residents’ lives. Both villages are located in Kathor, about 30 kilometers from Karachi Toll Plaza, with each village being home to 250 families and a total population of over 800 people. These villages have been previously completely devoid of water and barely able to keep themselves in existence. Women carry water on their heads in laden cans, pitchers and even drums full of water, from prolonged distances.

The visiting donors and their families were overjoyed to see the installed handpumps being extremely beneficial to the village community. They talked with the locals who highlighted how the handpump had saved them from migrating to areas with better water accessibility and reduced the workload on them to fetch water from distant places. Many residents hailed the handpumps to be a great blessing for them. The visitors were showered with hospitality by the locals and the visitors distributed sweets among the residents as a token of appreciation.

HOPE - a health NGO in Pakistan gains greater dedication and motivation as we witness the change each hand pump has brings in the lives of so many people in these rural areas.