Major Activities in September
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
Greetings from The Rickshaw Project.
We are extremely grateful to you for helping us to realize the idea of advocating the rights of people with disabilities through a dial-a-rickshaw service. The idea that we nurtured from your sincere contributions is being recognized across Pakistan.
Following are the things that have occurred during the last three months (June – August 2014):
The aforementioned things could not have been realized without your contributions. These contributions are now required more than ever before. Although, we are quite successful in making people aware about this service, but we still do need funds to support our operations and to make The Rickshaw Project a successful model.
We will be delighted to have your inputs, queries, ideas, recommendations that you may send by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support the project by contributing in this social initiative and let your friends/loved-ones know about The Rickshaw Project, as well.
Amin Amir Andani
Project Officer – Operations
The Rickshaw Project
Gradually, the notion of people with disabilities offering a dial-a-rickshaw service is getting public receptiveness. With more customers and partners, we are moving towards our aim of making the project sustainable. During the last three months, the entire team of the Rickshaw Project has managed to attain the following goals:
We hope to have your continued support in future as well to steer us forward our journey of mainstreaming the people with disabilities.
The Rickshaw Project Team
These are exciting times for The Rickshaw Project. As we strive to advocate for and raise awareness about people with disabilties - we have made significant strides to further a mandate through hiring, public speaking and product innovation - demonstrating that we are walking our talk!
The Rickshaw Project’s core team of three physically-impaired individuals after having undergone extensive training are now going to be led, from 10th February 2014, by Zulqarnain Asghar - the first visually impaired clinical psychologist in Pakistan. Zulqarnain brings with him 10 years of advocacy and awareness campaign experience in the disability sector and NOWPDP is thrilled and honored to have him onboard.
But the work has not stopped, the Project Drivers, with the assistance of the Advocacy & Training Officer, are actively involved in collaborative efforts with educational and private institutions in the last 3 months while catering to regular cutomers:
MOVING PEOPLE, CHANGING MINDS!!
Dearest supporters, friends, and cheerleaders,
It's time for another update on The Rickshaw Project - I'm sure you're all anxiously waiting to hear what we've been up to!
The Rickshaw Team decided to bring on board a super-skilled mechanic. We met Shabaz when we were purchasing our three shiny new rickshaws from Stahlco, a local rickshaw manufacturer. He was working with them at the time, but had already given his one month's notice, when we decided it would be perfect to scoop him up for our own team! He's not only keeping our rickshaws in tip-top shape, but also handling customers, tracking rickshaw usage, billing, and other operational tasks. This has really helped me (the project manager) as it has freed up a lot of my time to work on advocacy and sensitizations efforts.
Speaking of sensitization efforts, the international chain of restaurants the Rickshaw Team has been working with has met their 2 percent quota for people with disabilities! They are not yet announcing this as they want to ensure that every single person with disabilities hired is fully, gainfully, and happily integrated into their respective environments with the help of our team's sensitization work. We are now in the early stages of discussions with a large corporation with factories across Pakistan to do the same thing - work with them to ensure a completely inclusive work environment at their Head Office and all their factories over the next year and a half. And who better to do this than our very own Rickshaw Team! :D
We are also currently searching for more customers. We've managed to get some regular customers who are pleased with the service and happy to be partnering with us. We've begun generating revenue, and are seeing it rise steadily each month. We've stuck to word-of-mouth advertizing thus far so as not to be overwhelmed with calls. Most of our customers so far have heard about our service from some and have wanted to try it. So we feel our strategy is working quite well!
Finally, we will have a new person join our team on the 1st of November. She will be working on developing advocacy and sensitization materials with the Rickshaw crew-members. We want to incorporate audio-visual material in our training sessions (one-minute clips depicting the various barriers faced by people with disabilities in society). Our new team member will spend her days working on this exciting, essential, constantly evolving task.
As always, please do feel free to email me with any questions you may have. I can be reached at email@example.com and at +92 345 827 7017
PS - I have attached a couple of recent pictures of the team. Enjoy!
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