Oct 26, 2017

Nurturing Creative Young Minds

Zaineb, from the advanced training with Kapray
Zaineb, from the advanced training with Kapray

Dear Supporters,

First of all, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation towards our mandate.

Adding on to our training from our past learning, we enhanced our textile design training module by adding more elements to the design process to instill the appropriate technical skills and a creative thought process. For this purpose, we consulted with different textile houses to make our module more robust. Moreover, our trainers attended a month long refresher training to update and enhance their skills.

The training sessions, however, were delayed due to an unfortunate event where our training laptops were stolen. Nevertheless, with the cooperation and encouragement of our supporters, we were able to restart the training at our partner schools in October. We are conducting the 10 week long textile design training, at two of our partner schools for hearing impaired children, in this academic year. More schools will be added in the following semester. We are also proud to have around 80% enrollment for girls with hearing impairment in the training presently.

For select trainees from the previous batch, we facilitated opportunities of internship and further training to polish their skills. This included an internship of 3 trainees with hearing impairment at the fashion brand Koel for block printing, as well as, an advanced training opportunity for 6 trainees with hearing impairment with Kapray for digital design and print. Both opportunities helped the trainees to realise their potential and carve their own path to pursue their dreams.

One of our trainees was also successfully got admission in a renowned art school in Karachi to pursue textile designing. We wish him the best of luck for his future! 

In our way forward, we are planning to introduce training for skills that enhance employability of persons with disabilities. 

Words from our beneficiaries

“The internship at Koel helped us understand what we wanted to do in the future. It was a lot of fun to actually apply we had learned.” – Nabeel, intern at Koel for block printing

“I enjoy learning about textile designing. I am going to work harder to improve my skills.” – Zaineb, candidate in the advanced training opportunity with Kapray

Training Batch in the Kapray project
Training Batch in the Kapray project
Training at JS Academy
Training at JS Academy
Training at DEWA School
Training at DEWA School
Jul 25, 2017

Looking Towards the Future

Few of our trainees display their designs
Few of our trainees display their designs

Dear Supporters,

As always, we are grateful for your continuous support, and appreciate your contributions to our cause. The past 3 months have been fruitful, allowing us to map out the future opportunities for our trainees, as well as potential trainees.

Our trainees successfully finished their computer-based textile designing and block printing course at our 4 partner schools, namely DEWA Institute of Special and Inclusive Education, Ida Rieu College for Blind and Deaf, Karachi School for Deaf, and Rehabilitation Centre for Physically Handicapped (RCPH). Over 100 trainees of different, even multiple, disabilities participated, and it was exciting to see their progress, and watch them learn a skill from scratch that made them feel confident and empowered.

To encourage the trainees on a feasible career path, in-house inclusive motivational sessions were organized. This time, for the last session in a series of 6, Shehzad Mahmood, management director of Reckitt Benckiser, graced our doors. It was a lively session, fueled by the enthusiasm of the trainees, who were more than eager to utilize their newfound skills in the working world.

The trainers also made sure to provide material and advice to the teachers and management at these schools so that they may be able to conduct these trainings in the future. The sessions concluded on exhibitions of the students’ artworks, and a certificate distribution ceremony organized at individual schools, where students and teachers shared their wonderful experiences from the training.

Impressed by the trainees’ impressive designs, we contacted professionals from the textile and fashion industry for feedback. The positive feedback was overwhelming, and encouraged us to develop portfolios for the students so that they may be used in the prospects of internship or further training opportunities, which we hope may allow the students to apply their skills in a professional setting, as well as, hone them further, aligned with market trends.

We have approached several textile houses and fashion brands for this purpose, and 3 of our trainees have already started a month-long internship on block printing at Koel, a leading fashion brand which specializes in the craft of block printing. These interns are being supervised by Koel employees, and are work on developing small products, such as cushion covers and wallets. At the end of this internship, the interns’ line of products will be put on exhibit, which we look forward to sharing with you together with their working experience.

Besides this internship, which is currently underway, we plan to organize internship and further training opportunities at other fashion houses for our talented trainees.

Additionally, for the next round of trainings, we are working on revising our existing modules of textile designing and block printing to make them more attuned to market demands, which we hope will make it easier for the trainees to assimilate into the work force after graduation. We have also added 5 new skillsets, namely MS Office, Web Design, Graphic Design, Carpentry, and Sewing, which we hope may pave the way for the students towards a fulfilling, and challenging career path. We also plan to expand our reach to include students with visual impairment in our trainings in the upcoming round of trainings.

Beneficiaries' and Supporters' Testimonials

‘I have been a student of fine arts and computers at DEWA, hence this training initiated at a very apt point, enhancing my learning. I particularly liked the computer training since I was able to pick up the concepts easily. The trainers were excellent." - Ahmad, Trainee at DEWA Institute of Special and Inclusive Education

"The computer based graphic design training is not only interesting but also useful in finding a good job ahead." - Owais, Trainee at Ida Rieu College for Blind and Deaf

"We are all born with certain strengths and weaknesses, and have the power to choose or make our own decisions, so don't say, 'This was my fate' because you can always make progress and will eventually be rewarded for it" - Mr. Shahzed, MD, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Pakistan during our motivational session encouraging students to overcome the various challenges of life

We hope you support us in our new endeavors, and journey with us in our path towards a truly inclusive, empowered society.

-          Team NOWPDP

Trainee completing his block printing assignment
Trainee completing his block printing assignment
Trainees completing a textile designing assignment
Trainees completing a textile designing assignment
Trainees attending a textile designing class
Trainees attending a textile designing class
Mr Shahzeb @ motivational session for trainees
Mr Shahzeb @ motivational session for trainees
Jul 24, 2017

A Look at the Accessible Cycle Prototype

Imran Ghanchi works on the Accessible Tricycle
Imran Ghanchi works on the Accessible Tricycle

After many weeks of search for viable partners to develop prototype solutions, and subsequent failure, we decided to focus on its in-house resources to replicate the solution we had striven to achieve and our well-wishers endeavor to support. 

 

Our resident superstar - Imran - himself a post-polio success story, took the reins of recreating a model and despite the vagaries of weather, ill-health, tense inner-city situations, and material shortage he managed to roll out a commendable solution. As of July, we have successfully cobbled together 4 cycles - with a one man army and hope that this will give the impetus for us to produce many more, with more resources and many more successes associated with this cycle. 

 

Like the Model T by Ford, at its inception, we hope our take on the "trike" will be at the fulcrum of a generation of life altering experiences for a individuals that continue to be sidelined by the dogmatism of those in the driving seat. 

 

The video gives a glimpse into the life of our prototype replicator - Imran - and what benefits the cycle entails, we look forward to our supporters rallying around and helping us deliver more success.

 

Warm regards,

-Team NOWPDP

 

 

Imran Ghanchi works on the Accessible Tricycle
Imran Ghanchi works on the Accessible Tricycle

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