Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Annual Function at HOPE Zia School

Pakistan is among the most densely populated countries and with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Even though many schools and colleges are pursuing the education sector, especially in various big cities of Pakistan,those living in rural areas are lacking such facilities.
HOPE, an educational NGO in Pakistan, strives to eradicate illiteracy in Pakistan. HOPE diligently tries to provide education to all, especially the underprivileged masses. Thus most of HOPE’s programs are focused primarily on the rural and urban slum areas of Pakistan. HOPE extensively works to provide quality education, free of cost to the underprivileged. Under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi, HOPE has broaden its reach towards the masses lining in squalor, mainly focusing on girls to address the deplorable educational and social status of women in many cities of Pakistan.
Among other HOPE educational projects, one of its school located in Zia colony, Karachi, funded by Japanese embassy. The residents living in this area belong to poor backgrounds and cannot afford to send their children to schools. Furthermore the educational institutes in the area are either few or extremely expensive for the residents to afford. Previously most of the children had been victims of child labor and had worked to support their families. But with the establishment of HOPE Zia School, the students are now given quality education free of cost with provisions such as stationary, lunch boxes, books and copies for their feasibility.
Currently 800 students are enrolled in the HOPE Zia School, who constantly proves their potential by their outstanding academic performances throughout the year and also secure brilliant results in their board examinations. HOPE arranges annual functions to celebrate their success which encourage them to increase their potentials.
Different programs were held in which students presented skitswhich revolved around the importance of education. In addition, the students presented to the audience with many dance performances on educational themes and patriotic songs. It is worthy to mention that this annual function was attended by the Japanese consulate following to their annual hospital visit.

The Japanese consulate were welcomed by the Zia school students. Along with the skits and dance performances, the Japanese consulate, Youko Watanabay, Saad Amanullah- Helper of HOPE and chief guest Mr. Amjad from rotary center distributed prizes to students who excelled in their studies and extra-curricular activities, in the presence of of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi. The students from Thatta School also participated in this function to celebrate the successof the students.

Therefore, such events provide a platform for students from such impoverished backgrouds to show their talents but if given more opportunities can reach the sky. This event also acknowledge the students as well as teachers’ achievements and motivate individuals for better performance in future accomplishments.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

HOPE Team Visits Home School in Kashmir (DAY 2)

Education is a basic right of every child. The right to education ensures access to quality schools and to an education that is directed towards the full development of the human personality.
Education is a neglected field in Pakistan and data shows that primary school enrollment is very low in Pakistan. In addition nearly 30% of children drop out from the 3rd class onward. Generally parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Parents with five to six children cannot afford school fees, books and uniforms. The situation gets even worse for the young girls who make up much less than half of that number.
Hope an educational NGO in Pakistan aims to provide high quality and free of cost education to children in rural and urban setting all over Pakistan mainly concentrating on girls’ education. Providing education is one of the priority areas of HOPE an NGO in Pakistan, which is vital for the economic, social and cultural development of all societies.
Azad Jammu and kashmir is a mountaneous area comprising of various districts, located in the nothern areas of Pakistan. This area is underdeveloped and in much need of proper medical and health facility. On ther other hand, illiteracy is also prevalent here and if insitutions exist, its harsh weather make it impossible to approach them.

 To eradicate this issue, HOPE initiated by running Home Schools in different areas of AJK and NWFP. These schools are located in the remote mountain areas, some which are highly inaccessible by road. There are no other schools in the area. Presently, there are over 1000 children studying in the home schools, primarily girls. These schools are supported by Barclays Bank and HSBC Bank.

Every year HOPE team visits its projects installed under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- Child Specialist in Karachi. This visit is one of the most awaited days through out the year for not only the HOPE team but also the children, who are keen to see Dr. Mubina-Child specialist in Karachi, because of whom their lives started going down a much brighter path.

On day 2 of the visit HOPE team continued its visits in heavy rain to its three schools in Hattian Bala- District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The team distributed sweaters and stationary among all the students. Not only students, teachers were also taken into consideration during this visit, which are the pillars of HOPE’s school. Teachers were provided with books, which will help them to strengthen their knowledge and to increase the quality of education.

With all of HOPE’s endeavors the children of AJK are being provided with quality education that they had previously being deprived of and these annual visits encouraged them to excel in their potentials and elevate their living standard.  

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

What Is Sown Must Also Be Reaped

HOPE has been a forerunner in providing health, educational and disaster assistance and relief to the needy and distressed across Pakistan since its creation in 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- Child Specialist in Karachi. HOPE has been facilitating lives of a large section of the local population and focusing on healthcare, maternal and childcare particularly.

HOPE has been extremely instrumental in providing invaluable tools to the general poor masses especially in rural Sindh, places like Thatta, Sujjawal and Badin to earn reasonable means of income on a consistent basis to better their conditions and thus the conditions of the generations to come.

After the flood devastated the lands of Sujjawal-district of Sindh province, there was little left for the residents to rebuild their lives on.  In such circumstances, HOPE- a NGO in Pakistan step forward to support the poor masses. HOPE has given the top priority to the flood affectees of Sujjawal and every effort is being made continuously to rehabilitate them economically.

Under the supervision of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- Child Specialist in Karachi, HOPE provided 16 farmers with seeds to help them to lay down their foundations once more. Along with the seeds, fertilizers such as urea were also provided to fully benefit the whole process of cultivation that could be achieved with optimum results.

The seed sown by the farmers with the support and efforts of HOPE- a health and educational NGO in Pakistan along with months of cultivation the seeds grew into a splendid harvest. It is providing more food and source of income than ever before. The crops are fully mature for cutting and feeding many families. The tireless efforts of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- a Child Specialist in Karachi has improve the living standards of many underprivileged farmers and small landowners who were previously handicapped economically in cultivating their lands.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The HOPE Team Visits Middle School in Muzzaffargarh

However, the fact is that education, despite being on the top priority of each government, practically has not been seen in deprived and wanted areas. Progress is being made but at snail’s pace. So we remain in the position of mark time. The children from these underprivileged areas are often being deprived off their basic rights i.e. getting quality of education. The fact cannot be neglected that
quality education for the young ones is essential to create an understanding of the country’s real problems, filtering the process for betterment.

HOPE an educational NGO in Pakistan, has enthusiastically endeavored, within its means, to eradicate illiteracy in Pakistan under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi. HOPE’s effort to promote education deep into rural areas has not overlooked the city of Muzzaffargarh located in southwestern Punjab, Pakistan. HOPE started a small school in 2011, sponsored by HOPE USA and HSBC bank. With the passage of time HOPE made efforts to furnish its building to create a better environment for children.

Every year the HOPE team visits its schools situated in the far off cities as part of its annual visit. This visit is one of the most awaited days through out the year for not only the HOPE team but also the children, who are keen to see Dr. Mubina-Child specialist in Karachi, because of whom their lives started going down a much brighter path.
HOPE- an educational NGO in Pakistan, went to Muzzaffargarh on a two day visit, where they were given the warmest welcome. The two day visit had a festive aura with cheers and laughter in the air. On the first day, the school had a sport festival, where a large number of students participated and performed brilliantly in all the sport activities. Simultaneously, students become aware that sports are a type of physical exercise which has positive effect for mind, body and spirit. Furthermore, it provides good opportunity to learn accountability, dedication, and leadership, among students. The activities comprises of various matches, races that includes hoping, sack race and other fun activities.  Mainly girls were motivated to participate in the activities in order to encourage them to take initiative in the society that constantly undermined them. This festival resulted in motivating more students to work harder, elevated the morals of the winners and helped empower the girls living in the area.

The high spirited event ended with a prize distribution to the winners with a roaring applause from the audience. In addition, school bags and geometry boxes were also distributed among students.

It is indeed thought provoking, that in a world filled with negativity, simple small actions can lead people to smile the brightest. HOPE personified the statement by simply distributing gifts and made many children happy.