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 CampaignIamKarachi 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:
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.
Amin Amir Ali AndaniProject OfficerThe Rickshaw ProjectNetwork of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities,Pakistan (NOWPDP)
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 AndaniProject OfficerThe Rickshaw ProjectNetwork of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities,Pakistan (NOWPDP)Mobile:+92 345 3799661Landline: +92 21 32294527-28www.nowpdp.orgwww.facebook.com/TheRickshawProject A part, not apart
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:
Apart from a complete beautification of the prototype rickshaw, there will be addition of:
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.
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 RickertExecutive Director, Access Exchange InternationalBoard 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
Major Activities for Next Month
Major Activities in September
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.
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