Dear HOPE Friends,
HOPE Opens a New Home School in the Isolated Mountaintops of Kashmir
In the remote mountaintop regions of Kashmir, attaining an education becomes an arduous and ongoing struggle - these students not only face barriers of poverty (similar to our beneficiaries in other areas of Pakistan), but also grapple with geographic and climate hurdles which are part and parcel of life in Azad Kashmir. Due to safety and cultural factors, female students often end up absorbing the brunt of the repercussions, so much so that there is still a wide discrepancy in literacy rates between males and females in Pakistan. As of 2021, the overall literacy rate in Pakistan has remained stagnant at about 60%, with males and females reporting literacy levels of 73% and 52%, respectively. Dire statistics such as these only serve to reinforce the need for innovative interventions such as the home-schooling system, a solution which has been largely underutilized in Pakistan, but which HOPE USA has been implementing in Azad Kashmir (along with other rural areas and urban slums within Pakistan) for the past 20 years.
Through your generous support of our Educate a Girl in Kashmir project, we are humbled to report that we have successfully opened yet another school in Azad Kashmir! Below, please find the details along with pictures from the welcome ceremony:
Dear HOPE Friends,
HOPE was 1 of only 2 NGO’s invited and honored at the Pakistan Air Force’s award ceremony this week.
HOPE Founder and Chairperson, Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla received an award from President Arif Alvi on behalf of HOPE for its achievements in poverty alleviation.
Other invitees included parliamentarians, senators, and business community members.
A big THANK YOU to all our donors for making achievements like this possible.
Director - HOPE USA
Dear HOPE Friends,
Thank you to all our donors for your support and trust in HOPE USA.
2020 has certainly been a testing year (no pun intended) for the entire world. The HOPE USA team wishes to focus the spotlight on accomplishments made possible by our incredible donors!
15,000 needy people have been treated for coronavirus free of charge in our hospitals in 2020
HOPE Zia Colony Hospital has been designated as a quarantine facility since the onset of the pandemic
The Pakistan government elected HOPE to establish a Covid-19 ICU in Sindh Government Hospital – Karachi
HOPE distributed one-month food rations to 4,000 needy families in 2020 (over 25,000 people total)
6,500 iftars were distributed to the poor in Ramadan
11,000 poor people received meat during Eid ul Adha
Over $35,000 was raised in 2020 alone to support impoverished girls studying in our 35 home schools in Kashmir
The Japanese Embassy funded the construction of a new school building in Muzaffargarh
Over 1,500 poor students received new clothes (Eid clothes, uniforms, winter clothes)
Our almost 10,000 students have been continuing their studies during the pandemic with safety procedures in place
Our four HOPE Hospitals continued to operate with safety procedures in place, treating 500,000 patients in 2020
HOPE Hospital Karachi underwent renovation in time to handle the influx of coronavirus cases
HOPE was awarded an ambulance by PayPal to serve 800,000 poor residents who have little access to medical care
In 2020, 500 needy students received income-generating vocational training in computer software and languages
80 percent of our vocational students are marginalized young women
HOPE provided food, temporary shelter, and set up medical camps to benefit over 2,000 Karachi flood victims
HOPE is the only NGO in Pakistan authorized to distribute P&G PuR water sachets to purify contaminated water
HOPE USA donated hand sanitizer to over 50 Chicagoland masjids and businesses to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
HOPE USA operates in remote areas of Pakistan along with urban slums which are underserved. We are often the first and only NGO to provide relief to our beneficiaries. We are proud to have established poverty-alleviation methods of Health, Education, and Vocational Training in poor communities throughout Pakistan for 23 years.
The HOPE USA Team wishes to extend our gratitude to our loyal supporters who have made these accomplishments possible. Despite the unforeseen pandemic, we are blessed to achieve another record-breaking year and we are so grateful to Allah SWT. We pray that all of you are rewarded abundantly in this life and the next. Ameen!Best regards,
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