Jan 14, 2020

HOPE Team Distributes Clothes and Food in Kashmir

Dear HOPE Supporters,

We hope that all of you are healthy and well and that 2020 is off to a wonderful start!  We wish you and your families a healthy and prosperous year ahead!

Every year in winter, the HOPE Pakistan team, along with HOPE founder Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, visit the 35 home schools in Kashmir. This gives the HOPE team a chance to visit and monitor the schools along with providing the students with new winter clothes, food, school supplies, and gifts. The end of the 2019 was no different. The HOPE Pakistan team made the arduous journey to the mountainous area of Kashmir to visit the flourishing schools there. The team was able to distribute hundreds of new clothes (Old Navy uniform pants, flannel sleepwear, sweatshirts, hats, socks), biryani, cake, as well as school supplies such as new backpacks and stationary.  Here is a summary of the activities: 

 

  • The food items distributed were: biryani (rice and chicken specialty dish), juice boxes, chicken rolls, samosa (meat-filled pastries), pakoras (fried appetizer) and pastries.
  • Clothing items distributed among the 1,310 students included: sweaters, pants, shirts, shoes, socks, and hats.
  • School supplies that were given out included school bags, pencil pouches, and stationary items.
  • Handwoven shawls were given to the teachers as a gift. 
  • Every student in Kashmir received a gift which sparked some happiness on their faces.  
  • Aside from the distribution, exciting activities including tableaus, song performances, special recognition to high achievers, and a motivational speech by Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla. 

We at HOPE USA wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support of our Educate a Girl in Kashmir campaign!  It is due to your generosity and support that we are able to provide educational opportunities for underserved children in Kashmir.  For a full slideshow on the Kashmir trip, feel free to visit our website blog: 

https://www.hopecharityusa.org/post/hope-team-distributes-clothes-food-school-supplies-to-students-in-kashmir-schools

 

Thank you again for your support and committment! 

Best regards,

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director - HOPE USA

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Nov 3, 2019

Kashmir Students Enjoy a Day of Fun after Exams

Dear HOPE Friends,
 
The students in our 35 home schools across Kashmir just finished their second term exams. Students in grades 1 through 5 were tested in the following subjects: English language, English literature, Urdu language, Urdu literature, Mathematics, Science, Arts and Crafts, Social Studies, and General Knowledge.  Students in grades 6 to 8 were tested in these additional subjects: History, Geography, Arabic language, and Agriculture.  Overall, the students performed very well on their second term exams; disadvantaged students were given extra help and attention from the first day of classes to help them catch up to their peers.
 
Currently, HOPE home school fifth graders and eighth graders in Kashmir are fully prepared for their upcoming board exams.  Board exams are held on Pakistan province levels and all government and private schooling institutions participate in these exams.
 
To celebrate the end of the second term, teachers arranged an activity day for the students complete with food and games.  The children were very excited to have a day full of extra-curricular fun with their classmates.
 
The teachers of HOPE schools are working hard to equip their students for the future and nurture their personalities.  Along with academic knowledge, they make sure to include extra-curricular activities such the ones pictured below.  As you can see, the theme color of the celebration is red.  The students performed rehearsed dances, played musical chairs, played tug-of-war, and enjoyed a meal together.

As a side note, you can see in the pictures below that winter is already approaching in the Kashmir mountains and that the students have long-sleeved tops on underneath their party clothes. Some of you may also recognize that the students are also wearing the same Eid clothes that were gifted by HOPE donors a few months ago. The beauty of these gifts is that the students wear their clothes at each fancy occasion throughout the year.

 
Thank you for your continued commitment to these children's educations and futures!  This would not be possible without your support and encouragement!
Sep 24, 2019

Update on HOPE USA's Kashmir Schools

Dear HOPE Friends, 

As you all are aware, the Kashmir political situation has escalated in the past few months.  Some of HOPE USA's home schools are located near border areas.  When tensions are high, the schools were closed for safety reasons.  After reopening the schools, children were distracted from their routine.  They need couseling and motivaton to help heal from these political conflicts.    

Naturally, much of the atmosphere in the schools these days revolves around the Kashmir crisis.  However, emphasis is being placed on having as much of a normal routine as possible.  For example, on September 6th, students celebrated Defense Day where they prepared speeches, national songs, and participated in debates.  Similarly, September 11th was the 71th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam, founder of Pakistan and students learned about the historical background surrounding his life and death.  

Please send your thoughts and prayers towards the innocent children that are being affected by the political tensions in Kashmir.  Hopefully just solutions can prevail which minimize loss of life and preserve the freedom and liberties of the citizens.  

Best regards,

Ambereen Siddiqui

Director - HOPE USA

 
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