Following tradition of previous years, it was once again time for HOPE, an educational NGO in Pakistan to call for a gathering of some of HOPE’s friends and supporters – who were equally keen on such an occasion. HOPE also a health NGO in Pakistan, invites its friends and supporters to break the Ramadan fast together and also to have a sumptuous dinner later as the evening proceeded.
But this is not the real reason for the popularity of this get-together – it is because it gives everyone a chance to freely talk about new happenings, information and anticipated future developments in the respective fields that they relate to. Inevitably conversation does drift to current politics mostly local but some international too – but mostly the invitees were interested in finding out what the other invitees were upto and how they could benefit from the experiences that was being shared.
Amongst the invitees some of the known names were Mr Saad Amanullah, previous P&G CEO, one of the senior heads of Saylani Foundation, Health Program Officer of UNICEF, CSR chiefs of Standard Chartered Bank, Senior Co-ordinator of Jhpiego’s(USAID) Mchip program etc.
It was a very interesting and entertaining evening for everyone including HOPE’s staff who were very eager to listen to such stalwarts exchanging views on issues directly related to all of us.
It was a very enjoyable evening for all and when the guests departed they did so with big smiles, satisfied that their time was well spent – and promising to be back again next year.
The occasion also gave Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, Chairperson of HOPE and child specialist in Karachi, who has been the driving force in setting up all of HOPE’s Schools and Hospitals - an opportunity to express some of her opinions to the visiting guests who appreciated her views.
Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, Chairperson of HOPE and child specialist in Karachi has always maintained that the health and education assistance provided to the needy should be of excellent quality.