Tuesday, 16 April 2019

DEMONSTRATION OF P&G PURIFIERS OF WATER IN MUZAFFARGARH BY HOPE TEAM


Groundwater is the main drinking water source in the Punjab, which was once considered to be safe. Over the years this water is increasingly found to be contaminated with bacteriological and chemical pollutants. Water contamination in rural areas is mainly caused due to discharge of domestic sewage directly or indirectly into water bodies, open defecation, agricultural run-off during rainy season containing chemical fertilizers and pesticides and sewage from agro-based industries.

HOPE-A Health NGO in Pakistan in collaboration with Procter & Gamble Pakistan, is making clean water accessible by distributing P&G Purifier of Water to the underprivileged communities. P&G Purifier of Water is used for preparing safe drinking water. One single sachet purifies up to 10 liters of brackish water. Compared with other products available in the market, P&G Purifier of Water leaves no salty or sour after-taste.

Access to tap water is very low in Muzaffargarh and quality of drinking water remains substandard as the major sources are hand pumps and turbines supplying contaminated or brackish water to local populations.




In samples of groundwater found in Muzaffargarh District of south-western Punjab, central Pakistan, concentrations of impurities exceeded the World Health Organisation provisional guideline value. In this semi-arid region canal irrigation has lead to widespread water-logging and evaporative concentration of salts that has the potential to raise harmful components concentration in shallow groundwater.

Majority of population in Muzaffargarh is exposed to hazards of drinking unsafe and polluted water from both surface and ground water sources. Contaminated water is source of many diseases including diarrhea, typhoid, intestinal worms and hepatitis. Under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla-A Child Specialist in Karachi, HOPE has been working relentlessly to improve the lives of the people in Muzaffargarh by creating awareness among them about the benefits of safe drinking water.




HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan provides back-up support in the form of training, IEC material, social marketing and advocacy of P&G Purifier to the socially deprived local population. HOPE team demonstrated the process of cleaning water using P&G Purifiers of Water in Muzaffargarh. Several people were present during the orientation where they learnt the importance of drinking clean water and how to prepare it by themselves at home. Each participant was provided a purifying kit that consists of a cooler, bucket, muslin cloth, spatula and 120 sachets of P&G Purifier of Water. The aim of this activity was to benefit the local community while making clean water accessible hence reducing the morbidities especially among children. This will also provide them opportunity to improve standards of living while improving health status.






Tuesday, 9 April 2019

ANNUAL SPORTS DAY HELD AT HOPE SCHOOL MUZAFFARGARH



HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan 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 believes in educating children and providing them a pathway in building a brighter future for themselves. Leading through the same path, HOPE has been successfully operating a school as well as a vocational center in Muzaffargarh which is located a little further away from the main town of Muzaffargarh.

The much awaited Annual Sports Day was held at HOPE School Muzaffargarh recently, with great zeal, excitement and frolicsome atmosphere. The program began with the students welcoming the esteemed gathering especially the chief guest, Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla-A Child Specialist in Karachi.

Sports and games are very important for the development of physical strength as well as mental alertness in the children. Those who play games frequently maintain good health. HOPE organized Sports Day for the students of HOPE School Muzaffargarh to encourage sports among the students. The students entered into the spirit of the occasion in a grand way. The games played on the Sports Day included sprints, spoon race, pair race, frog race, tug of war etc. Fun time with a tug- of- war between the teams added to the enjoyment. Students who participated in the games showed great enthusiasm. Whether they won or lost the game, their enthusiasm was exemplary. HOPE-An Educational NGO in Pakistan strives to bring up the same sportsman spirit in the children and youth.










They mesmerised the audience with their energetic performances. Once the races began, the air was filled with cheering and tons of encouragement for the young athletes. Even the spectators that included school children and parents were equally excited. They were applauding every participant to boost their morale. At the end of Sports Day, HOPE’s chairperson Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla awarded trophies to the winners and runner ups. She also encouraged other participants who couldn’t make it to top three positions.



HOPE team served snacks and juices to the students to keep them active during the event. They also brought different gifts for the students. The gifts included school bags and stationary boxes which were distributed among the students of HOPE School Muzaffargarh. The gifts were a source of happiness for the students. High quality sweaters and pretty clothes were also distributed among the students and some adults of the less fortunate local community which they can use as per their weather conditions.





Thursday, 4 April 2019

ANNUAL FUNCTION 2019 HELD AT HOPE SCHOOL MUZAFFARGARH


HOPE-An Educational NGO in Pakistan has established a new building for the HOPE School in Muzaffargarh near Godhar Chowk. The school now runs in a state of the art building where quality furniture and other amenities are provided to help underprivileged students study in a more productive environment. HOPE is the pioneer of formal education system provided for the underserved population of Muzaffargarh.

Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla and HOPE team members from Karachi visited HOPE Formal School in Muzaffargarh. The team was on annual visit to the school which is paid every year to evaluate and maintain the progress of the school. The students and teaching staff of the school welcomed HOPE team wholeheartedly. They especially rejoiced the presence of HOPE’s Chairperson Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla-A Child Specialist in Karachi. The height of enthusiasm and discipline shown by the students was quite fascinating. It was an immense pleasure to see such innocent souls growing in a quality learning environment which will be beneficial for their future and for their community as well.


Annual function is the most awaited activity at HOPE School Muzaffargarh for which everybody waits whole year. The students had prepared tableaus and skits. Their performances on stage brought out the hidden talent in them and it proved that these underprivileged children have the ability to compete with others and excel in life. They performed on different folk songs. The students also made motivational speech on various topics. It showed their depth of knowledge and confidence.









HOPE-An NGO in Pakistan evaluates the performance of its teachers and students throughout the year. Representatives from HOPE Karachi visit the school regularly. Based on the performance report, HOPE’s Chairperson Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla presented shields to the best teacher, best student and best outstanding performance of the year. She also awarded cash prizes to the students who made speech to encourage them. Prize distribution ceremony was followed by annual lunch. HOPE team served the students scrumptious biryani and juices.










Like every year HOPE team brought many gifts for the students of HOPE School Muzaffargarh. They distributed lunch boxes as gifts among the students of the school. They also distributed fresh meat among the needy students who couldn’t afford it otherwise. The students were overjoyed to receive the gifts. Their eyes glimmered when they received the gifts. Teachers are valuable assets of HOPE School Muzaffargarh; they were also presented beautiful shawls as token of appreciation of their efforts.