Millions of marginalized in Pakistan – the poor and the uneducated, the physically and mentally challenged, widows and orphans and others – are deprived of even basic necessities. Fortunately a number of institutions are working tirelessly for their uplift, in spite of Herculean challenges, which include lack of regular funding and insufficient workforce.
The impact of these institutions can be substantially larger if their workforce is more. The National Volunteer Programme has therefore been created as a platform to bring together compassionate volunteers giving their time and skills to beneficiary institutions which need these the most.
Volunteers can make a huge difference even with a little effort. Globally, the corporate sector too has come forward, allowing and encouraging their executives as a part of their CSR outreach, to do volunteer work for a certain number of hours every week during their work hours. Our research has shown that there are many people who are deeply motivated to help others, and put to use their skills, talents and experience to serve the less privileged as volunteers.
There is also ample research to show that corporate volunteerism is highly beneficial for all 3 stakeholders – the company, the volunteer and the beneficiary institution.
The Mission of the National Volunteer Programme (NVP) is “To be a positive change-agent in society, by providing a structured platform for all people wishing to volunteer their time for socio-economic uplift, and placing such volunteers into those beneficiary institutions which can benefit the most from the volunteers’ particular skills and capabilities.”
The NVP is planned as an ongoing, long-term project, starting off from Karachi and then expanding to several other cities and towns of Pakistan. In the first phase our focus will be on signing on volunteers from the corporate sector, with the full support of their respective employer-companies. Then later NVP will take on volunteers from the student community, and still later, it will be opened up to volunteers from the general public.
To our knowledge this is the very first such structured programme that seeks to maximize benefits of volunteerism. This will be achieved through customized software which will deliver optimized matching between a volunteer’s particular skills and interests and the matching needs of a particular beneficiary institution. The role of the NVP is to be a facilitator and a medium, providing corporate volunteers meaningful opportunities to serve in Beneficiary Institutions working in a range of focus areas. As such the NVP is constantly monitoring and filling the ongoing demand for workforce requirements at Beneficiary Institutions, and thus working together with volunteers, the corporate sector and others to build a benevolent society.
Our Vision is to strive for a just and prosperous society in which the marginalized will emerge from distress through the caring support of other, more privileged and compassionate people serving as volunteers.
Our Mission is to be a positive change-agent in society, by providing a structured platform for all people wishing to volunteer their time for socio-economic uplift, and placing such volunteers into those beneficiary institutions which can benefit the most from the volunteers’ particular skills and capabilities.