Thursday, 26 December 2013

HOPE in the Mountains of Kashmir

Mesmerizing snow capped mountains, fast flowing River Jhelum and Neelum, beautiful fruit trees and streams, all together make Kashmir a natural wonderland. Despite this magnificence, the people of Kashmir are deprived of a lot of blessings of life. 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.
In order to help the deprived community of this region and extend a helping hand towards the deserving community, HOPE an educational NGO, has established two Formal and thirty Informal Schools in AJK. Some of the schools are till tenth grade while the others are Primary Schools. Altogether, there are 750 students enrolled in different HOPE Schools of AJK and 36 teachers employed who are educated community girls. 

HOPE which is running under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, child specialist in Karachi,  is proud to be spreading hope and education even on the mountains tops where no other NGO or government organization is working to eradicate education emergency!

Friday, 20 December 2013

HOPE in Awaran- Relief Activities

An earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck district Awaran and Kech in Balochistan on the 24th September, 2013. The worst affected areas are districts Awaran and Ketch. In district Awaran, an estimated 123,209 people were affected, and in district Kech, approximately 9,224 people were affected. According to the initial assessment, the earthquake killed 557 people in Awaran and 44 people in Kech. There are also a significant number of injured people. The number of those reported as dead may be more than that as people were trapped under rubble. This has been observed as a high risk in Tehsil Mashkay. The earthquake caused widespread damages, destroying houses and cutting communications. Almost 90% houses in Awaran, with the exception of Tehsil Jahoo, and 90% houses in union council Dandar in Kech were completely destroyed, 10% were partially damaged. All infrastructure including schools, health facilities, mosques, Madrisah, and roads are damaged. Water and sanitation systems are completely destroyed.
HOPE an NGO in Pakistan,  in its efforts to help the earthquake affectees visited Mashkay and Mashi in district Awaran in order to distribute dry ration, blankets and P&G products. Approximately 1000 families were given ration and blankets whereas 500 families received P&G purifier of water, pampers, safeguard soap, baby wipes, always and Ariel.
When the team asked the local doctors about the health related issues, they informed HOPE’s team that some of the most common diseases people suffer in this area include skin infections, diarrhea, malaria and most importantly scorpion bites.
Despite the risky conditions of district Awaran, HOPE team was able to distribute the donation items to the deserving earthquake affectees who are totally dependent upon the generous support of both the NGO sector as well as

the government.
HOPE a health NGO in Pakistan under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, child specialist in Karachi, will continue to extend a helping hand towards those who need help despite bureaucratic impediments and insecurities which are normally the abiding concern in the affected areas.

We are thankful to our supporters for always being there for the poor souls of affected areas. We at HOPE are hopeful that our supporters will continue to support us when the time comes.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

HOPE Opens Pehla Qadam Clinics

HOPE, a health NGO inPakistan, which runs under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla child specialist in Karachi, strives to achieve best possible ways to cater the health requirements of the deprived community in Pakistan. In its efforts to improve the health facilities, HOPE NGO in Pakistan has entered into collaboration with Pehla Qadam to treat patients with Club Foot through its network of hospitals in Karachi, Thatta, Sujawal and Hub.  Patient diagnosed with Club Foot will be treated free of charge in HOPE’s hospital in Soldier bazaar, which a secondary care facility and HOPE hospital Thatta. HOPE home schools and hospitals located in various slum areas in Karachi and Interior Sindh, will serve as platforms where mothers will be informed and educated about early diagnosis and treatment of club foot. Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla child specialist in Karachi particularly emphasizes on the importance of trainings in order to build the capacity of HOPE employees. Doctors of Pehla Qadam Clinics will be trained on Ponseti Method to treat club foot patients. 

Friday, 8 November 2013

Introducing Pakistan Sign language Visual Dictionary with HOPE's Formal School Students

Sharing knowledge is only difficult, when understanding student is beyond your reach… It has never been easy to teach young minds but the difficulty only arises when the teacher doesn’t understand child’s psychology, the problems he is dealing with, and the difficulties he faces while studying.  
A new study finds that skilled readers do not rely on sounds when reading but rather retrieve words purely from a "visual dictionary”. HOPE an NGO inPakistan, under the leadership of Chairperson Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla a childspecialist in Karachi, collaborated with Family Educational Services Foundation to carry out a workshop in its efforts to educate the young minds according to new trends and new studies. The workshop titled “Introduction to Pakistan Sign Language Visual Dictionary” was about teaching children comprehend different words through visual art. During this workshop teachers were trained and equipped with IEC materials to implement this type of teaching methodology.
Teaching methodology includes teaching students approximately twenty five new words every week, with the help of visual art. A schedule/planner is given to the teachers to carry out the review process.
To check the effectiveness of this teaching methodology, students of two classes are divided in two groups; a control group, where teaching methodology is the same as it was before and an experimental group, where the new teaching methodology is implemented. The module for implementing this experiment has been handed over to the teachers. The teachers are trained to comply with the experimental rules. So far they have been successful in implementing the given module. The students are also responding well to the new teaching mythology.  The experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of visual art teaching will be completed in a month and post intervention tests will be conducted after its completion.
These types of interventions are significant so as to understand the child psychology and their learning behavior. They prove to enhance the learning abilities of students and they also help to address the educational requirements of students.

, makes sure that its students get the best quality education by providing them new ways to learn and acquire best ways of gaining knowledge so that they can come at par with the privileged of this country. HOPE Pakistan realizes the fact that to become a successful citizen of this country, they will have to provide the best possible ways of educating the students so that they become productive citizens rather than a burden. 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Spreading HOPE during the Month of Sacrifice


Eid al-Adha or "Festival of Sacrifice" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. During this month Muslims, all around the world, reach out and share the meat with others, especially with the poor.
Many impoverished in our country hardly get a chance to eat a proper meal. They are always waiting for the month of sacrifice to be able to eat a fulfilling meal in order to satiate their hunger. HOPE, in continuation of its efforts to help the poor, distributed meat amongst twenty thousand nine hundred and fifteen families out of which one thousand families were given meat in Thatta, five hundred families were given meat in Badin, two hundred families were given meat in Sujjawal, six fifty families were given meat in Karachi including  areas  such as Bilal Colony, Mujahid  Colony, Manzoor Colony, Bhittiabad, Sachal Goth, Abdullah Shah Gazi Goth, Ghagger, Link road, Gadaap and Rahri, Eight hundred and fifteen families were given meat in  Muzzaffargarh  and two fifty families were given  meat in Muzzafarabad. Many of these families were the ones who do not even know where their next meal will come from. 
It was sponsored by HCI-Human Commission International, Aman Lakhani, Amir Jalil- HOPE USA president, Akber Khimani, Mohsin  Nathani-Chief Executive Officer –Standard Chartered,  Chinoy Family and other renowned Philanthropists.
HOPE strives to achieve a society where the underprivileged class is never forgotten. In this regard, contributions from people all over Pakistan and outside Pakistan make our actions possible and we aim to reach as much poor people as we can.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Qurbani 2013

Qurbani 2013 - Support HOPE in reaching out more underprivileged people this Eid. Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in the month of Zil Hajj, commemorating the great sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (pbuh). In this regard, some of the companions asked the Prophet (pbuh) regarding the significance of this sacrifice, the Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have replied: “It is the Sunnah of your father, Abraham (pbuh)”. Therefore HOPE, an educational NGO in Pakistan which is run under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, the child specialist in Karachi and the Chairperson of HOPE aims to reach out to all those poor and needy who neither can afford to sacrifice an animal nor get to have meat throughout the year like the privileged ones. Eid-ul-Azha is less than about 02 weeks away, and we at HOPE are preparing hard to distribute Qurbani meat and donations to poor and underprivileged areas specially those are which is affected by the flood across Pakistan. HOPE has an extensive network of hospitals and schools in Karachi, Thatta, Sujawal, Muzaffargarh and Muzaffarabad (AJK) in which extremely poor families reside. Income levels in these areas average as little as Rs. 3,000 – 4,000 per month with an average family size of 8 members. Often, they do not know where their next meal will come from. Like as previous years, HOPE plans to perform Qurbani and distribute meat to the poor in rural Sindh, Thatta, Badin, Muzaffargarh and Muzaffarabad (AJK). As HOPE strives to have a society where individuals are aware of the basic rights and have equal opportunities to not only access health and educational facilities but to have all the privileges and blessings of life. In this regard, contributions from people all over Pakistan and outside Pakistan make our actions possible and we aim to reach as much poor people as we can. This Eid-ul-Azha, let HOPE perform Qurbani on your behalf and allow HOPE NGO in Pakistan to distribute meat and alms to the poor and needy. 
Payments for Qurbani: • Goat / Sheep: $180.00- (Per Person) 
• Full Cow for Seven (7) Persons: $630.00 
• One Person's Share in Cow: $90.00 Please donate generously. Your contributions make these important actions possible. Give your Qurbani donations to HOPE.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Balochistan Earthquake Relief Appeal!

HOPE - a health NGO in karachi, plans to provide medical aid to the earthquake affectees in different districts of Balochistan. This earthquake has killed at least 327 people and left thousands more injured and homeless in a remote region of southwestern Pakistan. More than 300,000 people have been affected over a total of six districts - Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar. Many houses are flattened and thousands of people are spending nights in the open.
HOPE has previously been involved in providing emergency relief activities to individuals affected by natural catastrophes. Such as, in 2005 earth quake of Kashmir, in 2007 cyclones and floods in Interior Sindh and Balouchistan, in 2008 earthquake of Balouchistan, 2010 and 2011 flood in Sindh. It plans to reach out to those who have been majorly affected by this disaster and help them in whatever way possible to get them back to their routine life.
It is feared the death toll could rise once other areas are reached. The number of wounded is reportedly more than 440. Therefore, it is requested to support HOPE in its endeavors to help those who need it the most by providing medical aid, team of doctors, food relief, shelter, tents etc.
For more information contact Mr. Sohail Hussain, ( Senior Coordinator-HOPE)

Contact number: 0300-2365962

Monday, 23 September 2013

Honor Award Certificate presented to the Chairperson of HOPE.

Good deeds never remain unrewarded and hard work gives fruitful result, this is how NGOs like HOPE works. HOPE a health NGO in Pakistan is well known non profit organization which caters health and education in Pakistan. This organization is running under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, the renowned child specialist in Karachi and the Chairperson of HOPE in Pakistan. She Has more than 50 research papers in indexed scientific journals and has carried out various research projects with different organizations including UNICEF, Center for Disease Control (CDC) Atlanta, WHO, Results for Development, etc. It is the result of her efforts that she has won several international awards and honors. 

Recently Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla has been awarded Honor Award Certificate in winning the Nakano Citation for her achievement in the project associated between intense hand washing promotion and early childhood health development in Karachi, Pakistan. For this project by  CDC, center of disease control Atlanta (USA), did a random cluster of sample of five hundred children, which was successfully completed.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

HOPE's Independence day activity





HOPE, NGO in Pakistan celebrated Independence Day by promoting a Human Rights Culture and spreading happiness among the patients at Sindh Government’s Hospital, Liaquatabad. Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla – Chairperson of HOPE, distributed gifts among the children admitted in children’s ward. These gifts were sponsored by a pharmaceutical company. 
 
The children and their mothers ecstatically received the gifts and one could easily see bliss in their eyes. HOPE has always tried to bring hope and happiness in the miserable lives of the people in need by remembering them on every occasion and festival.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

HOPE's Ramadan activities



Millions across Pakistan are suffering and deprived of the basic necessities of life. But yet there is a silver lining on the darkening sky in the form of NGO’s like HOPE.
HOPE had been doing philanthropic activities throughout the month of Ramadan so that even the less privileged ones can enjoy the festivities of Ramadan and Eid.
Team HOPE distributed 2300 Briyani Packets and 2375 Iftar Boxes among all its students in Sachal Goth, Bhattiyabad, Mujahid Colony, Manzoor Colony, Bilal Colony, Abdullah Shah Ghazi Goth, Gadap, Gharo, Pepri, Steel Town, Ghaggar, Link Road, Dhabeji, Korangi and HOPE Hospital.

Eid Clothes were also distributed among the students in Thatta, Muzaffarabad, Muzaffargarh, Sachal Goth, Bhattiyabad, Mujahid Colony, Manzoor Colony, Bilal Colony, Abdullah Shah Ghazi Goth, Gadap, Gharo, Pepri, Steel Town, Ghaggar, Link Road, Dhabeji, Korangi.
Apart from distribution, Iftar dinners were also being arranged for the students in Thatta, Muzaffargarh and Karachi

HOPE has been assisting the populace of these poverty stricken areas to resist the errands of their lives for several years now. Team HOPE also distributed ration in the same areas to ensure that those needy folks enjoy the support of HOPE as always. HOPE has proved time to time that it stands along their brethren in hour of need.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Eid Gift Distribution



Eid is a festival of joy and bliss, a gift to Muslims after the blessed month of Ramadan. But as we celebrate the revelries of Eid, it is our duty to remember those underprivileged kids, unable to enjoy the blessings of Eid due to financial restraints.
HOPE
with its promise to stand by Pakistani citizens in any sort of need has once again depicted solidarity with the deprived children of the nation. HOPE, while organizing iftar dinners for its formal and informal schools’ students, demonstrated the philanthropic spirit by distributing Eid gifts among the students. This scheme of HOPE was widely acknowledged and admired by hundreds of students studying at its formal and informal schools.
Team HOPE is not only distributing the gifts at the iftars but also visiting home schools for the distribution of these gifts. Children’s euphoric expressions at viewing those gifts and their feelings at being included in the festivities of Eid is extremely satisfying. To distribute Eid gifts to the needy kids is a gentle demonstration of the feelings what HOPE Team members sense within them.
These gifts are not only being distributed among the Karachi students but also among Thatta, Muzaffarabad and Kashmir students.


Sunday, 28 July 2013

HOPE's Grand Iftar - epitome of happiness



Air of nervous anticipation, bright clothes adorned by children, spirit of philanthropy and smiles on faces; such were the scenes of the Grand Iftar organized by HOPE, the biggest health NGO of Pakistan. Since its inception HOPE has made it a tradition to assist the underprivileged in the blessed month of Ramadan. HOPE, which operates 5 formal schools and numerous informal schools, over the years has made sure that those deprived students of school don’t feel debarred and ignored in the festivities during Ramadan and Eid.

Grand Iftaar at Zia colony by HOPE on Thursday served as an example of bringing those deprived students in the glow of revelries during Ramadan and Eid.
This Grand Iftar, which HOPE has been organizing over the past five years, had about 1200 students from formal and informal schools in Zia Colony, Sachal Goth, Manzoor colony, Mujahid colony, Bhittaiabad, Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Bilal Colony, Ghaggar, Bhains Colony, Pepri.
 
The event, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, was attended by many important personals like Mr. Mohsin Nathani - President of SCB, Mr. Farhan Ahmed - head of corporate affairs SCB, Mr. Saad Amanullah - CEO of Gillete, Mr. Umair dawoodji – Manager External Relations P&G and Ms. Anisa Kamal – member of Helpers of HOPE, who were all present to witness the smiles and joy of those needy students of formal and informal schools during the iftar and dinner and view the enthusiasm and eagerness of the students as they ecstatically received Eid gifts from the chairperson of HOPE – Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla and other guests. Moreover, Mr. Mushtaq Agboatwalla distributed Rs. 500 among 100 students as an Eidi.
 
There were around 100 volunteers of SCB, 200 Staff members of HOPE. The dinner proved to be the epitome of the whole evening, as the children feasted themselves with the Pakistani trademark food, Biryani. One could clearly see the fulfillment in their eyes. Even not wanting to, the evening had to come to an end and eventually it did. But what it left was the sense of complacency for the HOPE workers, and a dream for a better tomorrow for the less-privileged children.