Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan

NOWPDP seeks to create an inclusive society for people with disabilities in Pakistan. Its objectives are: - Generate a greater level of awareness about the needs and rights of people with disabilities. - Create employment opportunities for people with disabilities to gain economic independence. - Protect and advocate for the right of people with disabilities. - Increase the capacity of organisations working on disability across Pakistan.
Feb 26, 2013

We're ready to begin operations!

the team at the office
the team at the office

Dear donors, supporters, and friends,

The last three months have been very interesting for The Rickshaw Project team. Here is a quick update on what we've been working on.

1. Over the last three months, our driving crew has undergone the following trainings - 

      -Road training/driving lessons/traffic signs

      -Road safety

      -Basic english conversation skills (for non-Urdu speaking customers who will use our rickshaws)

      -Advocacy training/advocacy roadmap which the team will use to adress key issues over the course of the project

2. Suzuki Motors in Pakistan heard about The Rickshaw Project and has offered to help us further improve our rickshaws. Their R&D department has offered to look at the existing retrofitting for accessibility, and add safety features at no additional cost. Our crew is simply thrilled!

3. Avari Hotels Karachi has partnered with us! The entire hotel staff made a donation from their "Tips for Life" fund towards the retrofitting and refurbishment of one rickshaw. Thank you Avari.

4. The project received a donation from a wonderful French artist who recently exhibited his paintings here in Karachi, Pakistan. Proceeds from the sale of two of his paintings were donated to The Rickshaw Project! We will be able to retrofit and design three rickshaws with the donation! We're very happy...

5. The rickshaw team, along with some help from friends the the project, build a ramp at our field office. Please do check out the attached pictures.

Next week, we will be heading to the Traffic and Licensing Office, with our newly retrofitted rickshaws, to obtain our drivers licenses. Wish us luck!

Check out our facebook page for frequent updates and photos! 

http://www.facebook.com/TheRickshawProject?ref=hl

Sincerely,

Reem

building the ramp
building the ramp
fixing it in place
fixing it in place
testing it out
testing it out
The team (minus Rauf, who was ill that day)
The team (minus Rauf, who was ill that day)
Nov 26, 2012

Mini scale-up in process!

Our first rickshaw - all decorated and pretty now!
Our first rickshaw - all decorated and pretty now!

Dear donors, supporters and friends,

Here is a quick update on what we've been working on since our last update - 

1. We hired an additional 5 crew-members and began training on the 1st of November.

2. All new recruits have obtained a learning license, and road training has begun.

3. We have refurbished and retrofitted one additional rickshaw; we aim to retrofit/refurbish at least 2 more over the next month.

4. We have our very first client who has booked our first rickshaw weekday mornings and evenings. We are working on getting more orders/bookings for our functional rickshaw so we can begin testing our financial model.

5. We finally painted and decorated the first rickshaw; picture attached!

6. The crew has been participating in the disability sensitization training and school outreach programmes; they have been involved in the design of the programmes and will be an integral part of the implementation of these programmes.

As always, feel free to email me with questions, concerns, suggestions and ideas!

 

Thank you,

Reem 

NOWPDP team with the new hires; team discussion
NOWPDP team with the new hires; team discussion
Nov 2, 2012

The journey to scale-up has begun...

Our  rickshaws being moved to the new office
Our rickshaws being moved to the new office

Dear family, friends, and supporters,

I would like to share with you what the team and I have been working on since our last report.

Even though we haven't raised all of our fundraising goal of USD 10,000, we decided to begin a slow roll-out using a portion of the funds raised on GlobalGiving. So, we began the refurbishment and retrofitting of three rickshaws, and have hired 6 crew members who joined our team on the 1st of November!

Syed Ali, Muhammad Rauf, Siraj, Muhammad Ali, Pervaiz, and Muhammad Hanif had their first orientation session yesterday, during which they were introduced to the project and it's objectives. They were completely on-board, and had some excellent ideas of their own to share regarding the project. Today, we obtained their medical/physical fitness certificates, which are necessary in order to obtain a learner's permit. Next, we get their learner's permits. Then, let the training begin! :)

We have also identified a mechanic for our team. The operations manager, myself, and the mechanic spent yesterday afternoon looking at each rickshaw, and communicating in a mix of sign language, writing, and lots of laughter! The interaction really motivated me to brush up on my sign language skills, and make sign language a necessary component of crew training. 

Meanwhile, our very first rickshaw is up and running; we are currently offering the rickshaw service to family and friends only, so that we can get feedback (without judgement) and work out all the operational kinks.

Finally, we have been given a beautiful office space, completely free of cost, for one whole year! All project activities (training, retrofitting, refurbishment etc) will take place here. Please see attached pictures.  

 

So, I'd like to send you another heartfelt thank you for helping us achieve all of this... I wish you could all be here to meet the team, and to feel the energy/excitement we feel in getting things started! 

We do have a little bit more money left to raise, so do keep passing on the link to our Global Giving page. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rickshaws-by-people-with-disabilities/

Wishing you a happy weekend,

Reem and the project team.

Entrance to the office; a ramp will be built soon!
Entrance to the office; a ramp will be built soon!
Maaz interviewing candidates for the team
Maaz interviewing candidates for the team
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