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.