Can’t Volunteer because of hectic schedules on weekdays? Don’t worry! Robin Hood Army has got your back.

Robin Hood Army (RHA) is a volunteer based organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants across to the less fortunate people. The campaign started in August 2014 from Delhi and has now reached to more than 10 countries across the globe.

The Robin Hood Army carries its food drive on every Sunday, which is great! As it provides opportunity for all those who aspire to serve community and get connected with the less fortunate, but are tied up by their hectic schedules on weekdays.

The group of young, highly motivated and disciplined people makes up the RHA Team.

They visit Orphanages, Slums Areas, and Hospitals. Once they are there, the team assemble children in the vicinity, interact with them and play games with them. The food is served in highly dignified manner, assuring the beneficiaries that there is enough for everyone and discipline has to be maintained in order to enjoy the food. Proper arrangements are made for sitting, and serving.

Recently they announced ‘ROBIN OF THE WEEK’ award, where we noticed the name of NVP volunteer Noman Ghauri.

Noman is a Corporate professional associated with A.F. Ferguson & Co as Tax Assistant. Being an Employee, the only spare time he has is on weekends which he graciously spends volunteering and that is highly commendable.

Volunteering with RHA is a fulfilling experience in terms of having internal satisfaction that is derived out of serving the deprived. It also reminds us that how fortunate we are and we must not take anything for granted. It is a noble cause which adds to your learning in terms of team building, event management and enhances your leadership skills. RHA’s Karachi team says that they are only 2,493 smiles away from serving 200,000 people. NVP is proud of having RHA on board as partner institution.

NVP Newsletter – Issue 19

Greetings to you all!

With great pleasure, we present to you all the 19th Issue of NVP Newsletter!

Newsletter 19th Edition

Read for yourself how volunteers are making our society a better place and seeking internal satisfaction at the same time.

As always, your comments, suggestions, and contributions are most welcome. Looking forward to hearing back from you all!

Warmest Regards,

LEARNING + COMMUNITY SERVICE + FUN = BEST POSSIBLE COMBINATION

Introducing Haseef Sachwani, Mehar Ali, and Mazhar Manasiya, students of Computer Science at Reputable Universities. These young boys got acquainted with National Volunteer Programme a couple of months ago, witnessing their enthusiasm to volunteer, we connected with them to find out in terms of what moves them, identifying their interests and what do they expect from NVP? We found their interests to be similar and aligned with their academics. Fortunately enough, we had an opportunity at Society for Rehabilitation of Special Children waiting for them. SRSC required volunteers to develop a website for them and as per our routine we assigned the group to the institution. What happened next is interesting.

Haseef, Mehar and Mazhar didn’t know each other, they began volunteering on the same day at SRSC, met there for the first time, and volunteered at similar position. It goes without saying that they had a Volunteer Supervisor who was there to oversee things and direct the group, but these volunteers started interacting with each other and before you know it, they became friends. It was a pleasure for the Supervisor to see the volunteers bonding instantly, saving him the hassle of introduction, he assigned all the three volunteers a similar task of developing a website.

They self-organized themselves as a team. They divided the duties and each one of them was responsible for the task delegated to him. For instance: One of them was to take care of designing and the others were responsible for programming and backup. While the duties were assigned the team didn’t leave any of its member high and dry, they kept coordinating and helped each other when required. Moreover, their interest peeked because the objective was in parallel with their academics. “We had been learning in the classrooms, working at SRSC was the moment we applied that learning practically and it was a great experience”, said Haseef. “We have had times when we got stuck but our Volunteer Supervisor was always there to guide us through”, recalled Mehar. A number of their skills were tested as they worked as a team, a practical application of academic knowledge, and finally also opened up networking opportunities as they developed the website for the institution and the organization was all praises.

Their term had ended by the time their project was ready, they  all had the positive things to say about their time spent at SRSC. They expressed that they would want to volunteer again and build a long term affiliation with National Volunteer Programme. Through its platform they were able to help the community, harness their personal development, grow their network and make lifelong friends. The spirit rejoices with the proud feeling that we can make a difference and play our part in  creating a just society.

“Robin Hood Army Has Taken Over Karachi by A Storm”

 

National Volunteer Programme’s partner institution, Rabin Hood Army is a social initiative taken by a group of friends which gather the surplus food from well-known institutions and distribute it amongst the less fortunate. Delhi-based Neel Ghose and Anand Sinha took up this great initiative in India in 2014. Neel was inspired by an organization working in ‘Re-Food’ in Portugal; he decided to replicate the model in India. Sarah Afridi, who has been friends with Neel Ghose since their days at the London School of Economics, decided to bring the cause to Pakistan.

Currently, they have partnered with restaurants like Nandos, Ginsoy, Vintage, White Biryani, Dunkin Donuts, Karachi Broast, LALs, Pie in the Sky and lots more. Many restaurants are now approaching them in support of the cause. The idea of borrowing from the rich and giving to the poor might sound fictitious, but Robin Hood Army surely has successfully translated it into reality.

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Sameer Beg, spearheading the Robin Hood Army in Karachi, says: “Robin Hood Army has taken Karachi by a storm and this thunder we hear from it is solely from our passionate volunteers. To take time out, be selfless, and spread smiles is something we give a round of applause to them for. Without a doubt, we wouldn’t function as well as we do without the constant support and determination of these individuals. From picking up food at restaurants or wedding to reheating and serving it on Sundays, requires some serious devotion. We at Robin Hood we just like to say, thank you for helping us get 1% done Robins!”

Corporate Volunteerism in Action

 Corporate Employees Make Time For Volunteering

National Volunteer Programme’s partner institution, The Citizens Foundation, announced their 25th Rahbar Programme in the month of April, for which NVP assigned 8 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers as Mentors for the programme. Many NVP volunteers that took part in the Rahbar Mentorship Programme were from various corporate organizations such as Caltrols Pakistan Co., Systek Private Limited, Pakistan Engineering Council, and Consulate General Republic of Indonesia in Karachi etc. We are grateful to Hanesh Kumar, Bharat Kumar, Muhammad Kamran, Naveed Ahmed, Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Sumair, Barkha Aslam and Ghulam Murtaza, for taking out the time from their busy office schedules to mentor and transform the lives of the young children at The Citizens Foundation. Their commitment towards serving others has truly been an inspiration and we hope to see many more like-minded and dedicated individuals volunteer for this cause.

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“There is absolutely nothing as great as making a positive change in someone’s life. I was touched by the warm hearts and big dreams of kids at TCF. I’m glad and Thankful to NVP for giving me this chance to give back to the world in a meaningful way” – V#469-3/17 Barkha Aslam (Staff Social & Culture at The Consulate General Republic of Indonesia in Karachi)