Monday, 28 August 2017

The recognition of HOPE’s Work in the book “When Tribesmen Came Calling; Building an Enduring American Business in Pakistan”

It is a great pleasure to see people appreciating and admiring the charitable work one is doing. The appreciation not only motivates the doer but also reinforces the spirit of philanthropy among them. HOPE is one of the well-known NGOs in Pakistan that is working for the betterment of the poor and is often applauded for its exceptional work in healthcare and education sector.

Recently, a Pakistani American who, in 2011, concluded a career of nearly 30 years with Procter & Gamble, a major American multinational consumer products company, wrote a book  “When Tribesmen Came Calling; Building an Enduring American Business in Pakistan”. In his book, he narrates his experiences about successfully building American businesses in the emerging markets; sharing many learnings about how business success was achieved in the difficult markets and exploring the interplay among business, economics, culture and politics.
In the book, he has also applauded the work of HOPE – an NGO in Pakistan and shared his experiences in an engaging and informative way – as only an eyewitness can

He precisely exemplifies the work of HOPE – an NGO in Pakistan, so remarkably that the reader will  have a clear idea about how HOPE works. He, in the book, says, “Dr. Mubina, as she is called, manages to devote time to running an organization that has set up more than 300 informal schools, each serving 35 to 40 children and run out someone’s home in a low-income neighbourhood. HOPE identifies homes with the space for a classroom, sometimes in a courtyard in a open sky, and a woman with a high school diploma who is interested in teaching young children. such schools have had particularly positive impact on the girls’ access to education, since parents of the girls are much more likely to send their daughters to a school in their own neighbourhood, run by someone they know (before we judge parents for their reluctance to send girls to school, we need to understand the security threats that girls face walking down the street by themselves in many neighbourhoods in Pakistani cities – in fact, in many cities worldwide.)

He further praises the work of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla  - a child specialist in Karachi and chairperson of HOPE. He writes, “Dr Mubina is one of the most dedicated and modest individuals I have worked with. Through her dedication she has managed to convinced P&G, and several other major multinational companies to sponsor a total of 300 schools across Pakistan. It costs only $500 to educate 35-40 year for a whole year, less than 2 dollars per child per month.”

He also acknowledges the work HOPE is doing in the field of health with the following words:

“In addition to running schools, HOPE has also set up clinics and small hospitals focused on women’s health and maternity services in low-income areas of Karachi and other cities in Sindh Province. I visited several of these places with Dr Mubina and always came back inspired.”

Dr Mubina Agboatwalla and her team really feel honored to be mentioned and praised in the book written by S. Qaiser Shareef. It is really kind of him to remember HOPE while speaking of good experiences in the social sector.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

HOPE celebrates Pakistan’s 70th Birthday

Pakistan celebrated its 70 years of existence and independence on 14th August, 2017. This is the date that reminds us of all the sacrifices of individuals who gave up their lives for a separate identity and homeland for Muslims of India. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal each year and children are always a major part of the celebrations. Their excitement and patriotism is easily seen on their faces and by their actions. They are the most excited among all, for this day, as they are usually seen wearing new white and green clothes and badges on this occasion and take part in the decoration of their homes and schools with Pakistani flags and green buntings etc.
Hence, HOPE – an educational NGO in Pakistan, always give a chance to those underprivileged children studying at HOPE Formal and Informal Schools to celebrate this day with great fervor. The children are encouraged to take part in singing national songs and perform whatever they like. 

This year the function for Independence Day was held in the schools of Bilal Colony, Bhattaiyabad and Sachal Goth. Goody bags and sweets were distributed among the children that made them really happy and they really enjoyed their day.

Apart from that, Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, child specialist in Karachi and the visionary behind HOPE, herself celebrated the day with her patients at Sindh Government Hospital. She distributed food boxes and goody bags among the children to make the day memorable for them.

HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan aims to spread more happiness among children of these underprivileged areas under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi and wants to instill the importance of this day in the children.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Providing Clean Drinking Water through P&G Purifier of Water

The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide. Water-poor communities are typically economically poor as well, their residents trapped in an ongoing cycle of poverty. Keeping this in mind, HOPE a Health NGO in Pakistan in collaboration with Procter & Gamble is making clean water accessible by distributing P&G Purifier of Water sachets to the door steps of poor families.

HOPE - an NGO in Pakistan, has assigned a team specifically for this project who visit different slum areas of Karachi three days a week and distribute water purifying kits and sachets along with the demonstration on how to use it correctly. The team visits 15 families in a day and 45 families per week. The target is to cater 1000 families in 8 months. Each family is provided a purifying kit that consists of:
·         Cooler
·         Bucket
·         Muslin Cloth
·         Spatula
·         120 sachets
This week team HOPE visited the area of Gadap where clean drinking water is not easily accessible. Hence, the team gave a demonstration to 15 families and provided them the purifying kits that consisted of above mentioned items.

Under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla – child specialist in Karachi and chairperson of HOPE – an NGO in Pakistan,a monitoring sheet has also been prepared. On completion of one month, the team re-visits the families that they have visited in that month and monitors their health situation as well as the water they are using.

The aim is to benefit the community while making clean water accessible for all, hence, reducing the morbidities especially among children. In addition, this will also provide opportunity to improve standards of living while improving health status.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Ms Mehmooda Adil Agboatwalla visited Handpump with HOPE team.

Water is one of the fundamental elements responsible for life on earth; yet it remains out of reach of billions around the globe. It affects every continent and more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. While considering the province of Sindh in Pakistan, besides being one of the disadvantaged communities when it comes to literacy and morbidity rate in addition, it happens to be one of the places where water is chronically short besides being dirty and contaminated. Women of these remote areas travel 5-6 km far from their village to fetch water. However, water wells are set-up 250 ft deep from which both animals and humans drink water.

HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan has been helping the needy to obtain clean drinking water under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- child specialist in Karachi. Hand pumps have been installed in many remote villages where there is shortage of safe drinking water.

Recently, Ms Mehmooda Adil Agboatwalla, a philanthropist, visited Ramzan Goth and Gul Hassan Goth to oversee the installed hand pumps and observe the impact it has made on the residents’ lives. These villages have been previously completely devoid of water. Women carry water on their heads in laden cans, pitchers and even drums full of water, from prolonged distances.
She was overjoyed to see the installed hand pumps being extremely beneficial to the village community. She talked with the locals who highlighted how the hand pump had saved them from travelling to areas. The easy water accessibility has reduced the workload on them to fetch water from distant places. Many residents hailed the hand pumps to be a great blessing for them. During the visit, she also distributed briyani packets among the residents of both villages.

HOPE - a health NGO in Pakistan gains greater dedication and motivation as we witness the change each hand pump has brought in the lives of so many people in these rural areas.