Apr 27, 2017

To the stars through knowledge

Excited trainees display a block-printed item
Excited trainees display a block-printed item

Dear Supporters,

In line with our resolution for the New Year and with your continued support, we spent the previous semester nurturing the capabilities of our young trainees.

Vocational training was conducted in 3 new schools: DEWA Academy for the Deaf, Karachi School for the Deaf (KSD) and Ida Rieu School and College for the Deaf and Blind. Over a 100 trainees were taught the art of computer-based textile design and block printing from scratch by our trainers with hearing and speech impairment. It was wonderful to see and develop interest of the trainees in these skills. Additionally, with your support we were able to provide vocational training to children with disabilities in a rehabilitation center. This training is in progress and we hope to see a positive impact on the trainees with disabilities.

In the school trainings, some teachers also participated to actively learn the skills being taught. Moreover, our trainers provided the school team with the list of recommended material and other essentials which would enable them to conduct the trainings on their own in the future. As a commemoration of the school trainings, an exhibition and certificates distribution ceremony is also being organized at each of the schools and we look forward to learning about the trainees' and schools' experiences and sharing them with all of you.

Furthermore, to complement the skills being acquired by our young trainees with disabilities, our practice of conducting in-house motivational sessions continued. We invited renowned and successful individuals from the professional world such as Mr. Nadeem from Planet N, an expert on start-ups, and Ms. Musharaf from L'Oréal Pakistan, with vast professional experience, to enlighten all our beneficiaries with disabilities, especially these children, with their experiences. Stories were shared and interesting questions directed to the speakers, leading to an interactive and open discussion on the various career paths that can be pursued in life.

Beneficiaries’ and supporters’ testimonials

‘I have been enjoying the block printing training more since I have prior experience of handling cloth in a garments factory.’
-Junaid, Trainee at Karachi School for the Deaf (KSD)

‘I love the computer-based textile design training since it is something new and will also be useful for us in finding a job ahead. Thank you for coming here!’
-Zohra, Trainee at Ida Rieu School and College for the Deaf and Blind

‘It is great to see positive change in the students as a result of your trainings. Slowly, the minds of the students are opening up and they are thinking of ways in which they can build their careers – for starters boys are interested in jobs and girls are thinking of doing something from home.’
-Ms. Fehmida, Teacher & Supervisor at Karachi School for the Deaf

‘I am delighted to be here today and would like to encourage you all to start thinking on the lines of initiating your own businesses as a possible career path. Pakistan has a very young population and soon we will run out of jobs and will have to do something ourselves.’
-Mr. Nadeem, Founder & Coach – Planet N Group of Companies at our in-house motivational session emphasizing on the need for an entrepreneurial mindset

‘I am here today to share my experiences with you all and motivate you to do something for yourselves – take on the challenge. I began my career at a time when barriers for women were very high, especially in the corporate sector – nowadays there are lesser barriers so you have many more opportunities even if you would like to work from home. If you can communicate well, dress well and are mobile – you can go places in life.’
-Ms. Musharaf - MD L'Oréal Pakistan, at our in-house motivational session commemorating Women’s Day

 

This is just the beginning for many more milestones to follow and the smallest of your contributions enable these young trainees to aim for the stars through knowledge. Sending our warm wishes to you all until the next update!

-Team NOWPDP

Trainee from DEWA practicing before final imprint
Trainee from DEWA practicing before final imprint
Trainer & trainees on computerized textile design
Trainer & trainees on computerized textile design
Zohra shares a few words about training with us
Zohra shares a few words about training with us
Training exhibition & certificate ceremony at KSD
Training exhibition & certificate ceremony at KSD
Ms. Musharaf @ motivational session for trainees
Ms. Musharaf @ motivational session for trainees
Apr 25, 2017

Mobility and awareness for inclusion of PWDs

Bilal - a potential accessible cycle beneficiary
Bilal - a potential accessible cycle beneficiary

Dear Supporters,

In line with our resolutions for 2017, we spent the previous semester in efforts to dispel the attitudinal and physical barriers faced by persons with disabilities.

The Accessible Cycle Prototype was finalized from our end after trial by various individuals with lower-limb impairment and mitigation of technical issues. You will hear of the prototype arriving at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Mr. McCambridge, Instructor D-Lab, very soon for the final testing and display. Meanwhile we will also launch the first cycle sample with our local stakeholders in a ceremony next month. An essential element is also the quest for the initial beneficiaries, which was in process and will hopefully be finalized by the next three-month period.

The wooden miniature versions of this very accessible cycle, on which our team members with disabilities add colorful artistic elements, continued to be prepared for supporters like you and were also sent to some of our supporters locally with our Annual Report 2016 (http://www.nowpdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Annual-Report-2016-FINAL-NOWPDP.pdf).

Our awareness raising efforts also continued across Karachi as we hosted 3 in-house sessions and various external sessions ('Baithaks'). The in-house sessions bought speakers from the corporate world in close interaction with our immediate beneficiaries (involved with our two programs Dastoor and Yaqeeen), with two-fold results: knowledge sharing and motivation imparted to persons with disabilities and mitigation of assumptions about disability.

Similarly the external sessions or 'Baithaks' across different areas of Karachi such as Lyari Town and SITE Town, reaped interesting viewpoints from a diverse populace and strengthened our team’s ties with the local residents. Appropriate disability etiquette and essential opportunities pertaining to education and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities were shared with the audience members, consisting of both persons with and without disabilities.

Beneficiary and supporter testimonials

‘I left my education at an early stage because I was bullied by other children and it was a difficult condition to be in. I have now resumed studies because I worry about my future, but I am embarrassed that my cycle gives the impression that I am a beggar.’
- Bilal, resident of Landhi with lower-limb impairment who is a potential accessible cycle beneficiary

‘I cried for two weeks straight after the accident happened – it was as if my life had ended. Now I run a shop at a local school. This cycle has helped me become part of the mainstream but riding it is extremely difficult, so a better design can reduce my commute time to work and possibly bring better opportunities.’
- Nazir, resident of Landhi with lower-limb impairment who is a potential accessible cycle beneficiary

'I am an active member of the society and wish to spread awareness about disability through your platform.'
- Javaid, resident of Lyari with physical impairment

'This is great work – we are with you wherever you go. We can conduct more sessions, shows etc. for this cause.'
- Town Head of Sabqi Lane, Lyari

'Thank you for inviting us to your office for the session with Mr. Shahzeb. It was refreshing to learn from a senior person’s experience.'
- Maria, student from Karachi School for the Deaf at our in-house motivational session

‘We are all born with certain strengths and weaknesses and have the power to choose or make our decisions so don't say 'This was my fate' because you can always make progress and will eventually be rewarded for it.'
- Mr. Shahzeb, MD Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Pakistan at our in-house motivational session

Sending our warm wishes to you all until the next update!
- Team NOWPDP

Khalid tries the accessible cycle prototype
Khalid tries the accessible cycle prototype
Pervaiz speaks on appropriate disability ettiquete
Pervaiz speaks on appropriate disability ettiquete
An attentive 'Baithak' audience
An attentive 'Baithak' audience
Motivational session by Mr Shahzeb, MD RB Pakistan
Motivational session by Mr Shahzeb, MD RB Pakistan

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Jan 26, 2017

Towards a more skilful year

Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!
Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!

Dear Supporters,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2017! We hope this year brings much goodness to the GlobalGiving family and we hope to strengthen our relationship with you even more.

As we approached this new year, we made certain resolutions to work towards a more skillful population of persons with disabilities; to enable them to learn and also be directed on the road to economic empowerment. The highlights of this period were as follows:

Block printing and computerized textile design training enjoyed by all

More than 100 children with disabilities from 4 special schools (JS Academy for Deaf, Bahria Special School, ABSA School for the Deaf and Islamic School for the Deaf) were trained in the skills of block printing and computer based textile design. Our team of 4 trainers with hearing and physical impairment conducted these trainings with patience and vigor.

Training of trainers was also done in some of the schools where teachers of the children participated actively in learning the skills. Our trainers provided them with the list of recommended material and other essentials which would enable them to conduct the trainings on their own in the school in the future.

Exhibitions being held to commemorate completion of trainings

Exhibitions are being held at all 4 of the aforementioned schools to display the artistic work done by the children with disabilities and also give them certificates as proof of completion of trainings. Our team as well as the schools’ management gives a short speech after which the great work is displayed and certificate distribution ceremony takes place.

Advanced trainings

To further polish the skills of children with disabilities so that they are eligible for better educational and/or employment opportunities, we will be moving into advanced trainings of the same skills this semester. The students will be having these sessions at their schools or at our accessible and open-spaced office. We will also be ensuring these students are invited to or attend sessions on soft skills and motivation to complement the technical skills they have acquired. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December 2016), some of these children attended a motivational session we arranged at our premises, taking away learnings on how to best develop their careers.

New schools for the new semester

We were fortunate to partner with 3 more special schools for trainings in the Spring 2017 semester. We are excited to begin the block printing and computer based textile design trainings with our new batches and cannot wait to share the updates from the field with all of you! Feedback from our Fall 2017 trainings will be used to improve trainings that take place from now on.

Beneficiary & partner stories/testimonials:

“I enjoyed the block printing training more because it is something I have never seen or thought of earlier in terms of a career option. I can also initiate my own business if I don’t enjoy doing the job. A passion I have is for the Armed Forces of Pakistan because it makes me feel powerful and proud to represent my nation!”
-Hamza, student at ABSA School for the Deaf

“I love the textile design training especially because it is on a computer. I wish to work in an office.”
-Zeenat, student at Islamic School for the Deaf

“My favourite subject is English, but I liked making cushions in my block printing class.”
-Obaid, student at Bahria Special School

“We had always thought of conducting a similar training at our school but never got the chance to. With NOWPDP on board for vocational training in the skills of block printing and textile design, it is very nice to see the students learning as well as enjoying. Social work is not possible without collaboration.”
-Ms. Zohra, Principal - Islamic School for the Deaf

“Persons with Disabilities are just different but equally capable of doing everything as long as they realise their strength. Thank you for inviting me to this session. I love being here!”
-Mr. Sohail, Founder & CEO – Learning Minds Group and renowned motivational speaker

We look forward to opening the minds of these young artists in this new and refreshing year, so keep advocating for our cause with your love and support!

Block printing with much precision at JS Academy
Block printing with much precision at JS Academy
Transforming sketch to computer graphic design
Transforming sketch to computer graphic design
Our chirpy girls post-training at Islamic School!
Our chirpy girls post-training at Islamic School!
The dexterity with which those fingers work!
The dexterity with which those fingers work!
Group picture with clapping in sign language at JS
Group picture with clapping in sign language at JS
3rd Dec motivational session @NOWPDP with students
3rd Dec motivational session @NOWPDP with students
 
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