We rise by lifting others

KNOW ABOUT WASTA?
Glow of voluntary services before she departs for higher studies in U.S.

Wasta Fatimah is one of our outshined volunteers who worked on two assignments simultaneously. She worked at Street To School (STS) and Robin Hood Army (RHA).

Earlier, Wasta completed her A level studies from PAF chapter in 2016-17 to apply for higher studies in engineering at the United States. She felt her career was critically important to contribute to her society and looked for an opportunity that suited her interest and availability. Wasta joined our team in November last year and decided to contribute most of her available time for NVP campaign. She has been very passionate about community service.

Being a reason of someone’s smile

She picked two portfolios:
EDUCATION & LITERACY – This supported her keen interest to working with children.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – This supported her desire to give back to society in the convenient way that NVP offers.

On her departure in January to Dallas, U.S.A. to study mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, she talked about her volunteering experience and how it helped her build a strong network of friends from various institutions.

“Liaising with institutions of my interest and volunteering simultaneously at both community organizations was not possible without NVP. It gives immense pleasure when you find yourself being a reason of someone’s smile and it feels that I have gained what I needed.”

Work Life Balance

Want to know about how a corporate professional can balance between time allocated for work and time for other aspects of life?  Meet Wajahat and Bilal, NVP volunteers who created a great example of Work-Life balance for all job-oriented persons.

Bilal and Wajahat are corporate professionals and due to official commitment they could not afford to come on Saturdays to attend orientation session. As Petroleum Engineers, Bilal works at ENI as a Project Trainee while Mohammad Wajahat works at InterMark as Sales Engineer. Looking at their commitment level we discussed different options to ensure they could get a chance to sign off forms and submit credentials, as the process is essential for any individual who wants to work as a volunteer.

 

Both friends drove to NVP office after workhours one evening, and sought a discussion with NVP team to reach a volunteer opportunity of their choice. We signed them up for Robin Hood Army campaign and currently they are serving graciously!

A best example of COMPASSION IN ACTION

is volunteering your time!

Do these kids have right to access quality education?

Going through Gharibabad Streets, you may discover kids wandering around in the streets. These kids stay denied of the fundamental necessities of life, for example, medicinal services and education. Absence of these necessities makes them vulnerable to the challenges of life coming ahead and this predicts their future miserable.

Street to School-STS is a pioneer program of Open for Everyone (O4E) Welfare Organization. Besides focusing on pre schooling curriculum, STS also indulge these children in sports and recreational activities to promote greater health awareness.

In such harsh conditions, the young leader ‘Mr. Hassan Ghoghari’ has devoted himself on a mission to bring these kids from street to school.

According to Mr. Ghoghari, these kids are full of potential.

There has been an in-depth research and crucial ground work carried out by STS team before commencing school in this area. They went out to spread importance and awareness of education within community; Not only to parents but to small vendors and shopkeepers where these children were hired on a daily wages. In start, STS team convinced parents to send children for just 3 hours in the morning. And now after 4 years it has become a school of 150 children, a mid-size school in a small community of Liaquatabad.

 When Street To School got a chance to engage NVP Volunteers as Exam Invigilator to ensure transparency and improve conduct of exam.

NVP reached out to the community at Gharibabad on the request of Street To School (STS), to discuss mutual collaboration during exams. STS used to conduct exams upon completion of syllabus but this time they were in search to have their exams in more transparent manner. We found it useful to connect through Volunteers so as to ascertain an independent result.

What the Volunteers had to do:

Volunteers were assigned to serve as Exam Invigilators. It was not that they were merely the invigilators during exams but there were many other things offered by them.

Role of Volunteers:

SERVING AS INVIGILATOR

The initial phase of the project was to invigilate exams in an unbiased manner. Volunteers were assigned to monitor the conduct of papers. Students were encouraged to give their best.

Term exam were scheduled for one-week during 11-16 November consecutively and Volunteers along with STS team executed it smoothly.

Such strict decorum puts a barrier on cheating culture that is prevailing in our education system.

ASSISTING IN MARKING PAPERS

The day and night struggle of students, teachers and parents ought to be fairly evaluated to pay off their hard work.

Assigned Volunteers checked, rechecked and verified the marking criteria to eliminate the chances of any error in this assignment, bearing sensitivity.

RESULT PREPARATION

The assignment finally concluded with feed backs and suggestions as quoted by volunteers based on their keen observation.

Street to School management had applauded efforts put in by each individual Volunteer in taking this project on height of success.


 

Feedback of:

Muhammad Hassan Ghoghari – FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO 

Open For Everyone (O4E) Welfare Organization

Street To School was in need of Independent Invigilation System. Volunteers conducted independent invigilation, processed the entire result and then shared recommendations with us. Services of NVP Volunteers were much resourceful and it proved to have chosen the right candidates for our project. ”

Please click below link to view more pictures of activity.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uu8co3zifK-GUVSRvuhVqrkg0Zi4qeOI

Beaches Without Waste – Mission Successful

In light of the global crisis of waste management, The Coca-Cola Company has launched its new product packaging policy; ‘World Without Waste’ on January 19, 2018, under which the Company will lead the industry in a bold, ambitious goal: to help bring back a bottle or can for every one that it sells by year 2030. The goal is to make recycling more accessible to achieve 100% collection and recycling by 2030, creating public awareness about what, how, and where to recycle, with continued focus on making company’s packaging 100% recyclable.

In line with the global strategy, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Pakistan Branch, launched a Coastal Cleanup activity entitled Beaches Without Waste at Seaview Beach, Karachi, observing the International Coastal Cleanup Day celebrated globally on September 15 each year.

The Coastal Cleanup activity on September 15, 2018 was held from 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM. The activity aimed at drawing public attention to the urgent need for proper waste disposal and inculcate a practice of maintaining trash free beaches. The activity was carried out in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Pakistan.

For successful execution of event, the National Volunteer Programme was also taken on board to facilitate with 100 volunteers to carry out activity. It was a big challenge for the NVP team, which came up to the task fully and got registered more than one hundred volunteers from its volunteer pool.

We circulated an enrolment form and within just a couple of hours we already had an overwhelming response of 100+ entries. The group of volunteers was a blend of students, corporate executives and social entrepreneurs. We had effectively accomplished a proportion of 60:40 for male and female individually. Around 350 enlistments were recorded, from which we sifted down to 135 volunteers in light of their keen interest in the cause and earlier relevant experience. Priority was given to those who had attended NVP orientation at least once.

At the event, a few teachers and even a doctor from Karachi Vocational Training Centre (KVTC) also joined our team to strengthen our effort. At the end of the activity, over 535 kgs of litter was collected, in separate colour-coded bags for paper, plastic and miscellaneous waste, over a vast beach area of 300,000 square meters. The collected litter was then handed over to Waste Busters, a waste recycling and disposal company, for further processing. At the event’s conclusion, all volunteers were thanked for their dedicated efforts and certificates of participation were distributed.

Pursuing the primary objective of creating widespread awareness for a world without waste, the activity was shared with the society at large through coverage in newspapers, television and social media. Articles and photographs were also shared on social media pages of Coke and NVP team, the same day with hashtags #BeachesWithoutWaste #CokeCoastalCleanup & #CoastalCleanup2018

NVP is grateful to all our volunteers who took out time and demonstrated their commitment towards cleaning up the environment. We are not intending to put a full stop right here; instead we look forward to organizing similar campaigns in the future also.