We are pleased to present all our readers with our first ever Annual Review 2017. We are grateful to all our volunteers, beneficiary institutions and all our supporters who have contributed towards our mission. Let's all strive to uplift our society, one deed at a time.
What inspired you to become a volunteer in the first place?
Because I felt that change starts from an individual who should contribute towards the development of society. Being a small part of society, we always imagine about the sudden change in our Society/Country/World but if every person devotes his/her time and effort for development, we will definitely bring about change.
Would you like to share any moment or story about your experience at the Robin Hood Army?
The experience at Robin Hood Army was superb as I was mainly involved in door to door distribution and crowd control. Every distribution left me with satisfaction and new experiences on my mind. On 13th of August, we went for distribution at Musharraf colony to distribute food for around 2400 people. I was assigned supply chain role where I had to look after the food as well as coordination with the Robin Hood Team on the way to Musharraf Colony. Further, I was also engaged in managing and packet distribution at the area. In a nutshell, every distribution brought about different learning experiences and made me want to remain a part of The Robin Hood Army.
How has your experience been, volunteering through the NVP? Were you able to volunteer at an institution of your choice? Was it useful and easy to understand?
Yes, NVP has strong linkage with the management of various NGOs which enables an individual to take the task of his/her own choice
How did you manage your work and still find the time to volunteer?
I used to manage my task according to the priorities and as my weekend is off thus the best way to utilize the idle time is devote your efforts and change and prosperity.
What motivated you to keep volunteering at the institution?
Volunteering is an ongoing process; it gives me the satisfaction that I am a part of a well-known international organization which serves for the eradication of food shortage in the country.
What message would you like to convey to those who are interested in volunteer through NVP. Is there anything you would like to change about this programme?
No, everything was perfect, your communications with volunteers are unmatched and I will also recommend other individuals to contribute your time and effort through NVP.
Muhammad Arslan is associated with a brokerage firm as a Research Analyst. Arsalan served at the TCF Rahbar Programme as a mentor and then at Robin Hood Army as a Coordinator for food distribution/storage. Later he was also among career counselors in the Rana Liaquat Craftsmen's Colony Youth Career Programme. He has currently expressed his availability for a new volunteer opportunity.
Are you a University student looking for Internship opportunities? NVP is pleased to announce the Volunteer Internship Programme* this summer. If you are interested in applying, then (1) Register online at www.nvp.com.pk as a Volunteer, (2) Select two positions of your choice from the list given below and (3) Email your choice at email@example.com
I am an Electrical Engineer by profession and a student of Energy Management; as a citizen of Pakistan and as a human being, it is my prime duty to do my utmost for my people. That is why I love to work as a volunteer and wish to leave no stone un-turned to serve my country, Pakistan. It is quite a pleasing moment for me, to be known as an active member of National Volunteer Program (NVP), and to serve my people as a volunteer.
I have had the privilege to volunteer twice - once at The Citizen Foundation (TCF) as a mentor and then later at INJAZ PAKISTAN as a lecturer. My first volunteer experience was a tremendous learning opportunity for me as I was given the task to train the students of grade VIII through a seven Saturdays RAHBAR CYCLE. The program started off with the familiarity, bonding & group activities; the whole scheme of the project went through series of set motions and ingenious activities. From career counseling sessions to cricket games, story narrations to landscape painting, visiting Jumma Himmayati town to touring IBA Karachi, Planting trees in the garden of the school to discussion science projects and from workshops on speaking and communication skills to exam preparations; I will truly remember each and every experience.
As a group of fifteen mentors and 40 students, our job was to inculcate the message of 'SOCH SAY TAKDEER TAK KA SAFAR’ into the students’ lives. My job as a mentor was to narrate them stories of how ambitions and dreams are achieved, how they are planned and executed, how one can strategically take up all the challenges in life to accomplish ones’ goals potently. My co-mentor, Fahad Azmi and I, were able to carry out the entire program comprehensively through the kind and caring support of our TCF coordinator Salah-ud-din Misbah.
My second experience as a volunteer was at INJAZ Pakistan where I was assigned as a lecturer. My task was to upscale the youth from several institutes and vocational training centers. I had the privilege to attend the Head Start training at Bahria University and KEMAN institute, where I trained students in CV making and writing cover letters as well as how to attend interviews effectively. I am grateful to Ms. Shyma Baig, Coordinator at INJAZ Pakistan, for assisting me throughout my journey as a volunteer.
Through my experience as a volunteer I have learned many things, which I would like to communicate amongst my friend circle. I would like to inspire others and encourage others to volunteer as well.
National Volunteer Programme celebrated World Health Day in collaboration with Zindagi Trust at the SMB Fatimah Jinnah Girls School. The day was proudly celebrated by hosting a Mental Health Workshop, with a theme ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’, on Friday 7th April 2017. The purpose of this workshop was to provide an opportunity for teachers of our registered schools to take part in a discussion on ‘How to Nurture Students’ Mental Health’. Teachers from 11 schools including Rana Liaquat Craftsmen’s Colony – RLCC, Zindagi Trust (Khatoon-e-Pakistan and SMB Fatima Jinnah Girls School), four campuses of Behbud Association, Justuju Welfare Organization School, Nobel Academy, Habib Public School as well as The Garage School attended and actively participated in the event.
The special guest speaker for the workshop was Dr. Farhan Rauf– a public health physician & researcher, associated with NVP as a volunteer consultant. His thoroughly interactive session aimed to engage the teachers in informative discussions where the teachers were able to voice out their opinions and experiences so that others could learn from it too. During the workshop, Dr. Farhan Rauf took the liberty to measure the teachers’ average stress levels through a stress test and to inform them about the need to maintain their stress levels for a healthy life.
Through this event, teachers were able to identify significant signs of depression in students and ways to overcome them. The lecture emphasized upon the mental health issues faced by students when starting or changing school, making new friends, going through puberty and preparing for exams etc. The rest of the discussion was based on identifying, preventing and managing mental health disturbances in young students.
This was an eye-opening session for the teachers who were previously unaware of the severity of depression and anxiety faced by the students in the classroom. Many of the teachers were very glad to have attended this workshop while Ms. Nida Habib, a teacher at Justuju Welfare Organization stated:
“We are conducting the Workshop of Teachers on Saturday 15th April 2017. This will help our teachers to analyse the stress level in them and will help our students to reduce the stress level and focus more on academics”.
Overall it was a highly informative and much-needed workshop to talk about mental health issues and to remove the stigmas associated with it, in order to create a mentally and physically healthy world for everyone. NVP aimed to reach as many people as possible through this initiative and was indirectly responsible for spreading the message across to more than 9000 students under the 80+ teachers that were present for the workshop.
Ms. Shahnaz Hunzai, the Project Head at Zindagi Trust SMB Fatima Jinnah Govt. Girls School applauded the collaborated efforts of National Volunteer Programme and Dr. Farhan Abdul Rauf by saying:
"Glad that we have volunteers like Dr. Farhan and organizations like NVP who step forward in conducting workshops on much-needed topics that our teachers were previously unaware of."
We are grateful to Miss. Shahnaz Hunzai from Zindagi Trust for providing us with the premises and other assistance for us to successfully host the Mental Health Workshop. We wish to host many such events with many other beneficiary institutions in the near future.
"I would definitely like if NVP arranges such informative workshops in the future too with the topic being according to teachers and students mental interaction." - Miss Samia Shahid, Urdu Teacher at Behbud Secondary School, Kalapul.
"I liked this informative session. It helped us learn how to fight stress and to feel better." - Miss Darakshan Anjum, Higher Secondary Teacher at Zindagi Trust SMB Fatima Jinnah Govt. School
"Such informative workshops help teachers to understand the various methods of teaching." - Miss Irrum Shakeel, Computer Teacher at Behbud Secondary School, Kalapul.
"We want NVP to arrange many more informative workshops on health and student related topics such as child personality development, cheating culture, parenting styles and teacher behaviour." - Sana Farooqui, RLCC Coordinator of Outreach Program
The Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony (RLCC) Youth Career Fair
“Volunteers with respective industry experience proved to be of immense help for our students. We wish to affirm this relationship by inviting volunteers again in our next academic year -Hamida Rahman Khokar (Project Administrator)
Ra’ana Liaquat Craftsmen’s Colony (RLCC), a partner Beneficiary Institution of National Volunteer Programme held a Career Fair on the 26th of February 2017. This programme aimed to empower the youth by creating awareness and provide career opportunities, scholarships and skills training programmes. The event was held to allow all grades from class VII to Intermediate level and surrounding areas interested community members and parents, to gain career related guidance and scholarship opportunities by visiting the exhibits of invited partner institutions. The institutions that took part in the event besides NVP were: Hashoo Foundation, DIMC, Hunar Foundation, Hands Org., Institute of Clinical Psychology, Aga Khan University, Allama Iqbal Open University, Aman Foundation, Dr. Essa Laboratory.
The National Volunteer Programme inducted volunteers as Career Counselors for the event. NVP volunteers, Majid Akhtar, Fida Muhammad, Kashif Qasim, Muhammad Arslan and Jawad Khan Unar, with majors in the field of Banking, IT, Media services and the Armed forces, shared their experience with secondary students of RLCC and guided them along their career path. Not only did the volunteers guide the students but they also spent time counseling the parents where they engaged them in one-to-one conversations.
Overall it was a splendid event and NVP looks forward to participating in many such events in the future!
I worked at DoctHERs as a finance officer; my role was to basically take care of the audit work, since a lot of the funding is from USaid and other agencies, so they need an audited record of where the funding is being utilized. My experience with them was in two parts, the first one was relevant to my qualification and some professional development. The other part was being part of a team which is making a significant progress in providing quality, accessible healthcare to the marginalized communities. Since not everyone can afford quality healthcare, I think this is a very noble cause. It allows us volunteers to pay back and help our community.
I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to learn and grow with the hardworking staff of DoctHers, I learned a great deal about the finance function under the supervision of the finance manager, Mr.Sarfaraz, who was very cooperative and supportive throughout my term. Not only did I grow as a professional, I got the opportunity to observe and become familiar with the culture of a start-up which is well on its way to success. I would like to specially thank Makkiya Jawed and Mr. Sarfaraz for their support throughout my internship. It was a joy working and spending time with Dr.Sara, Dr.Iffat, Mehak, Zohaib, Adil, Asif and Khalid bhai. I will InshaAllah stay in touch.
Farhan Awan - Volunteer Finance Officer at DoctHERs
Greetings everyone, My name is Maham Saeed and I am a basic agent for a positive change in Pakistan, which I aim to accomplish through volunteering, supported by NVP-National Volunteer Programme. Volunteering gives me immense satisfaction to serve people, at the same time i am happy to get away from my routine job and indulge in something that helps me relax.
While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day but this is the time to play a vital role in bringing positive change in Pakistan.
Zindagi Trust was the second NGO where NVP had sent me as an English teacher and the time i spent there was priceless, it gave me the feeling that I was an unsung hero to somebody somewhere and made me feel as if i was making a difference and I personally liked being a positive force in these children's lives who oftentimes had no other positive role models. It was an unmatched feeling of utmost satisfaction and accomplishment. We all should join hands to empower and educate Pakistan and be the change we want to see in others! Thank you NVP for this amazing opportunity.
To begin with, I find myself to be extremely lucky that I got a chance to volunteer at the two most renowned beneficiary institutions. I volunteered at the SMB Fatima Jinnah Govt Girls School as a part of the Zindagi Trust foundation. I have always been really concerned about the educational sector of our country which is lagging behind in many aspects. I feel that education is the most important driving factor in order for a society to progress. I volunteered as a biology instructor for grade 9. I had an amazing time and I really enjoyed teaching them. The girls were extremely responsive and seemed keen to learn and to gain knowledge. I felt really happy to see that these young tulips are determined to move forward and achieve their goals despite of the obstacles they face on their way considering the fact they belong to poor socioeconomic backgrounds.
I tried my best to utilize all my skills and deliver them as much of my knowledge as possible within a short period of time. The girls were all ambitious and cooperative. I feel that these youth are the future of our country and if given the necessary resources and time, they can bring a positive change and eliminate many problem faced by our society. I feel that 'if you give fish to a person, you feed him for once, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for lifetime.'
So, teaching and spreading knowledge can eliminate many problems including poverty and hunger.
Secondly, I volunteered at the Docthers which is a Renowned beneficiary institution related to the health sector. I worked as a research assistant and became aware of the health conditions in the rural areas. It was a unique experience for me. Docthers is doing a great job by connecting female doctors to the patients in the rural areas. People in the rural areas do not have access to quality healthcare. Using the telemedicine technology, Docthers serves to eradicate this problem. I feel proud that I got a chance to help them in some way. I visited their eye camp in model colony malir, and helped them in giving free eye checkups to the poor people residing there.
I couldn't have found a better way to spend my winter vacations.
Lastly, I would like to thank NVP for giving me this chance, as without their support I wouldn't be able to connect with these two institutions. I would like to thank NVP for recoginizng my skills and connecting me to the institutions that suits me best.