Put people with disabilities in the driving seat!

 
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Imran training the team
Imran training the team

Greetings from The Rickshaw Project!

The last few months have been quite amazing for our team. We have successfully executed the first phase of the IamKarachi Campaign and constructed our Research & Development Workshop.

IamKarachi Campaign
IamKarachi is a campaign that inculcates hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi to collectively strive for a peaceful city. As part of this city-wide campaign by like-minded Karachiites, The Rickshaw Project has:

  • Sensitized over 315 students with 6 sessions at Institute of Business Administration, Bahria University and Karachi University
  • Initiated an interactive social media and mobile campaign as part of our licensing efforts for people with disabilities (PWDs)
  • Conducted two Stakeholder Meetings with prominent government official from Transport & Mass Transit Department, Social Welfare Departments and major NGOs working on disability. Core reason for this was the provision of feedback and insights for developing a Policy Paper for Accessible Transportation and Driving Licensing for people with disabilities
  • Three of our team members participated in three separate live radio programs at FM100 for advocating the rights of PWDs

Research & Development Workshop

We have finalized the work on the construction of Research & Development Workshop. Along with the workshop, we have also constructed a space to park our retrofitted rickshaws. The Rickshaw Project has forged partnership with the Karigar Institute and their expert trainers will provide two months long intensive mechanical training to our project drivers. This training will formally commence from 4th May.

Although, we have finalized our work on the construction of workshop with the procurement of basic tools, but we are now looking for funds to fill our workshop with all the required machinery and tools for retrofitting vehicles. We request your support to help us fully equip the workshop for allowing us to freely consult people with disabilities and make more efficient retrofitted motorcycles, rickshaws, wheelchairs, and tri-cycles.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Amin Amir Ali Andani
Project Officer
The Rickshaw Project
Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities,
Pakistan (NOWPDP)

Research & Development Workshop
Research & Development Workshop
Artwork for IamKarachi Campaign
Artwork for IamKarachi Campaign

Dear Contributor,

Your support to the Rickshaw Project has been a great source of motivation to us. We are immensely thankful to you for your time, knowledge, and monetary contributions.

I am really proud to inform you that we have completed the work on our first Rickshaw Prototype last month, which is currently on testing phase. When we shared the pictures of our first prototype to Dr. Christopher Kit Mitchell, who is the Former Head of Access and Mobility Division, British Transport Research Laboratory and a global authority on Paratransit, he said the following sentences with sheer excitement, "It looks like some very sensible, low cost, improvements to the basic vehicle, to make it much easier for passengers, particularly those with mobility impairments. Best wishes for continuing progress with this interesting project"

Not only this, we have also initiated our work on building the Research & Development Workshop which will provide consultancy to 100 persons with disabilities on building retrofitted vehicles. A retrofitted vehicle can completely transform the life of a person with disabilities by opening windows to myriad opportunities.

We still require your support to build more prototypes and equip our workshop with latest tools and equipments to make it as the first retrofitting resource centre of Pakistan.

We recently hired a new project driver named Vishal, who is a wheelchair user. When we asked why he wanted to work with us, he told, “My mother is old and she still has to work to support us. I wanted to prove the world that I am no more a burden. I will work hard to be a source of delight to my mother”. There are many Vishals in Pakistan that want to prove their abilities; support Vishal, Support the Rickshaw Project. Ask your friends and family to contribute in the Rickshaw Project, as well.

Thank you very much.

Amin Amir Andani
Project Officer
The Rickshaw Project
Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities,
Pakistan (NOWPDP)
Mobile:+92 345 3799661
Landline: +92 21 32294527-28
www.nowpdp.org
www.facebook.com/TheRickshawProject
A part, not apart

R&D Workshop under construction
R&D Workshop under construction
R&D Workshop under construction
R&D Workshop under construction
R&D Workshop under construction
R&D Workshop under construction

Dear Supporter,

Thank you very much for your kind contribution to help us put people with disabilities in the driving seat through the Rickshaw Project. While our first rickshaw prototype is still in the development phase, this brief update highlights the recent progress. Apart from a major mechanical overhaul, we have successfully added:

  1. A wheel-chair compartment for driver and passenger with disabilities
  2. Car-like seats with seat-belts for driver and passenger
  3. Foot-step on passenger side for easy entrance into the vehicle for the elderly and people with disabilities
  4. New CNG cylinder with increased capacity

Next Steps:

Apart from a complete beautification of the prototype rickshaw, there will be addition of:

  1. Better Shock Absorber
  2. Better Silencer
  3. Crutch-holder, Cup-holder, and a Fan

We are also aiming to initiate our work to build an R&D Workshop in January that will provide free consultancy to 100 persons with disabilities for making retrofitted motorcycles and rickshaws. Please contritute in the project to realize the dream of making an accessible society; kindly let your friends and loved ones know about it as well.

Thank you very much.

Car-like seat with seat-belt
Car-like seat with seat-belt
Car-like seats with seat-belts
Car-like seats with seat-belts
3D view of the R&D Workshop
3D view of the R&D Workshop
TRP
TRP's Crowd-funding flyer

Performance Metrics

  • Total Trips = 170
  • Total Regular Customers = 7 (other than numerous temporary customers)
  • Total KM = 3,398 KM
  • Customer Satisfaction Level = 88%
  • Rickshaw Breakdowns = 2
  • Total Maintenance Cost = Rs. 1,470
  • Facebook Page Reach = 7,208 users

Testimonial

The Rickshaw Project is a needed approach to the technical issues of making auto-rickshaws accessible both to drivers and to passengers with disabilities. The project also provides a valuable opportunity to test this approach as a service model which would include a focus on disabled passengers as well as drivers with limited mobility. I wish you every success as you move forward with this project”

Tom Rickert
Executive Director, Access Exchange International
Board Member, GAATES (Canada)
Board Member, International Centre for Accessible Transportation (ICAT, Canada)

Employee of the Month

Based on our rating-based performance appraisal, Imran Abdullah is the employee of the month. A post-polio affectee, Imran is our rickshaw retrofitting expert.

Major Activities in October

  • Finalized the design of a rickshaw prototype with higher accessibility and comfort quotient than the existing design 
  • Started a successful crowd-funding campaign for Rickshaw Prototypes and Research & Development Workshop 
  • Signed MoU with AIESEC in IBA, where AIESEC interns from different parts of the world will be interning with The Rickshaw Project to advocate the rights of people with disabilities in Pakistan
  • Met the president of Organization for Pakistani Entrepreneurs in North America (OPEN), Karachi to discuss how the overseas Pakistani community can support The Rickshaw Project. An official MoU will also be signed between NOWPDP and OPEN
  • Hired a new Project Driver, Vishal Kumar, who is a wheelchair user and lives in an underdeveloped area near Lee Market

Major Activities for Next Month

  • Development of the first rickshaw prototype that will be ready by the mid of December
  • Continuing the crowd-funding campaign for raising funds for R&D Workshop and Rickshaw Prototype
  • Presentation of two-years Strategic Plan of The Rickshaw Project with NOWPDP board members
  • Training of the TRP team
During an in-house training session
During an in-house training session
Comparison of monthly metrics
Comparison of monthly metrics
Vishal Kumar, our new project driver
Vishal Kumar, our new project driver
Zulqurnain speaking at Young Leaders
Zulqurnain speaking at Young Leaders' Conference

Performance Metrics

  1. Total people reached through advocacy events = 400
  2. Total trips = 223
  3. Total KM travelled = 4,176 KM
  4. Total Maintenance Cost = Rs. 7,460
  5. Customer Satisfaction Level = 84%
  6. Total Regular Customers = 6 (other than numerous temporary customers)
  7. Rickshaw Breakdowns = 3
  8. Facebook Page Reach = 10,440 unique users

Major Activities in September

  1. Sessions at a) Young Leaders’ Conference by School of Leadership & b) The Lyceum School
  2. Signed MoU with Bahria University, where the The Rickshaw Project will provide Disability Sensitization Session and volunteering opportunity to their students
  3. Met the Bishop of Karachi to engage the local Christian community for utilizing our rickshaw services. Feasibility of sensitization sessions at churches of Karachi was also discussed
  4. Team of Students that represented Pakistan in Formula Car Racing, UK met our team and gave their expert advice for improving the rickshaw retrofitting

Employee of the Month

Based on our rating-based performance appraisal, Imran Abdullah is the employee of the month. Imran joined The Rickshaw Project as a Project Driver and he has recently been promoted as Supervisor.

Major Activities for Next Month

  1. Finalizing the design for the rickshaw prototype
  2. Fund generation for TRP workshop and rickshaw prototype
  3. Team training and hiring of new project drivers
Participants of Formula Student, UK with TRP team
Participants of Formula Student, UK with TRP team
Activation at Park Towers Shopping Mall
Activation at Park Towers Shopping Mall
Design of the Rickshaw Prototype
Design of the Rickshaw Prototype

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Project Leader

Omair Ahmad

Executive Officer
Karachi, Sindh Pakistan

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