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.