Y’s Charity: Three years have passed in my journey of philanthropic and community work. Y’s Charity started as a home-run bakery converted to a charity which was inspired by my grandparents, parents, and my idol, Abdul Sattar Edhi.
Justuju-e-ilm: The first time I realized how important social work was going to be in my life was when I first stepped into the non-profit Mashal Model School five years ago. I began interning there one summer and have been returning there ever since. It expanded into more than just teaching and I found myself wanting to be present for and organizing as many projects as I could. Gradually, this passion led to the creation of Justuju-e-Ilm: an NGO that I co-founded with my friends, aimed at providing cost-free and accessible education to children of families living below the poverty line in Islamabad.
Revive: It’s been like 4 years since I’ve been in this field of social work. Revive started off with a group of 10-12 motivated friends who discussed the idea of helping people on a weekly basis with simple pocket money savings. Everyone agreed and we started off with just RS 3000. It went on from there.
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A truly beautiful occasion. Not the distribution, not the effort, not the amount of goody bags or rations. A truly beautiful occasion due to the fact that we were able to spread smiles, happiness and joy and make EID a little cuter, happier and joyous for 500 families in this time of uncertainty and unemployment❤️
Y’s Charity: Until now Y’s Charity has conducted 24 projects, including first aid seminars, Iftar distributions and clothing drives. However during our COVID-19 Relief Campaign, we raised Rs. 70 Lakh and distributed 1500 Rations to those economically affected. We also donated 1000 PPEs to doctors, nurses, and paramedics all the way to Gharo, along with 1000 patient gowns.
Justuju-e-ilm: I have been working and advocating for the availability of resources and education to the underprivileged children of Islamabad for quite a long time. Since the establishment of Justuju-e-Ilm, we have successfully tutored over 200 children, volunteered at multiple non-profit schools such as Mashal Model School, and this summer we successfully raised over PKR 100,000 for our students and their families in Bari Imam through our COVID-19 Relief Program.
Revive: We launched various campaigns on which the idea of Revive was built on. We conducted numerous ration distribution drives, successfully helping 2500 families. We’ve also worked with orphanages and old-people homes to give food-boxes, clothes and gifts to the marginalized. We’ve also been conducting numerous anti-littering drives by cleaning up areas like Clifton Beach and we work to combat depression by setting up a Mental Health Awareness Program. Cooperation with hospitals like Jinnah Hospital has also been at the forefront of our work, as we’ve been working to promote awareness about things like oral cancer.
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Here is our edition of the #VogueChallenge , but instead we are using it to highlight crucial national issues and social and cultural topics of conflict that often go unnoticed! We hope to shed some light on concepts that require acknowledgment and recognition, in order to activate our society’s progression. (9/10) 📷: @kamilaaazeen • • • This is a social media challenge that went viral recently, created to illuminate and amplify oppressed and marginalised groups in the industry. However, in recent times, we have seen this challenge be utilised for separate individual gain and promotion as we watch it stray away from its original cause. We have thus created our own versions of the challenge in order to use it in the hopes of benefitting our society and community by raising awareness for causes that go unseen. • • • • • • • • • • #pakistan#photography#feminism#vogue#desi#activism#equality#rights#dawn#geo#travel#traveldestinations#diversity#children#education#students#school#protests#happiness#politics#portraits#f4f#s4s#models#cameras#dawnimages#hello#visage_pk#leadwithlove
Y’s Charity: To be very honest, I don’t believe in the ideology of total success in philanthropic work simply because you never achieve the highest level. I think it’s small steps of success. The main factor that keeps us from losing hope is the smiles and gratitude from the recipients as well as the “friends like family” relationships we develop with our people in the underprivileged localities.
Justuju-e-ilm: We see our work as a single speck in the ocean of obstacles for the people in our country, and on our planet. Some days it feels futile and not nearly enough, knowing the scale at which illiteracy exists in Pakistan, along with its many other problems. However, we recognize that our work, as small of an effort as it may seem to many, is still an effort nonetheless. We’ve seen it change the lives of many innocent, talented and incredible children, and we’ve seen it inspire others to do the same. I remind myself every day that slow progress is better than no progress, and the fact that we have come this far and are still going is hope that one day we can get even farther than we can imagine right now.
Revive: If my work or my actions are affecting someone’s life in a positive manner, then that’s all I need to stay hopeful. Unfortunate events do happen sadly, since we are living in a society where negativity and suffering is quite common, so the best thing one can do is to keep on spreading positivity.
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Distributed 200 biryani boxes and 30 rashan bags in kalapul near ayesha bawany school. We appreciate the efforts of our local volunteers who have helped alot throughout our distribution campaigns from all the areas where they've been working and were doing the verification of the families whom were in need of rashan and also our members who have played a very key role in leading out those campaigns in their respective areas. With the help of our team and our donors Revive have successfully served around 2000+ families until now and we are still serving a number of families on regular basis, please do support us so that more and more people and families are served. Although our mission hasn't ended yet our rashan drives are going to be resumed after Eid and we will be delivering rashan to another 100 families. Please show your support by your contributions and donations. For donations contact: Hammad ahmed Easy paisa 03003566826 Bank transfers JS bank A/C no : 00041463638 Title: Hammad ahmed #embracingchangesustaininglives #revive #lockdown #covid19reliefcampaign #rashandrives #donate #iftaardrives
Y’s Charity: More than an allegation, I believe it is a statement. However, statements aren’t generalizable. Despite the actions of few, many youth-run charities have the same ideology in mind — a better Pakistan and a better country. I’m proud to say that Y’s Charity will continue to conduct good work in the hands of new leaders overlooked by me even after I go to university. It’s not for clout, for a lot of us it’s a broken heart trying to do good.
Justuju-e-ilm: It’s never a surprise to hear how many people so rigidly believe that most youth based initiatives are utilized merely to help students get into universities and colleges. While it may be true in some cases, I have definitely come to realize over time how far it is from the truth in many other cases. When I first started my work, I hadn’t even begun high-school and had absolutely no plans for my future – but this, the interning, the teaching, the second home that I found within my community of students was everything to me. There are people that I know, friends and partners of mine who pour their life into this work because of the meaning it holds for them; they’ve found people that have become, in spirit, their families. It’s a common misconception that by doing what we do we’ve only changed the lives of others – but that pales in significance to how much of a change these children have created in my life.
Revive: To be honest I have never thought about that. I never knew that this is also one of the tools being used by students to get into good universities. But, I believe that student-led charitable organizations do impact society. Also, I do believe that charity work is all about your dedication towards the sake of humanity and you can only do it if you genuinely believe in it.
Y’s Charity: The future of Y’s Charity is very simple.
a. To become a registered NGO,
b. To conduct its standard 8 projects per month,
c. To partner with companies to receive sponsorship and,
d. Lastly, to operate throughout Pakistan within the next 5 years (solely youth run) as our whole concept is bringing the youth together and emphasising the need for community service from a young age.
Justuju-e-ilm: In the year since the foundation of this organization we’ve made incredible progress that I hope will only increase in the future. Expanding our NGO would mean being able to open up a space for our headquarters, create a centre of our own for our sessions, increase the amount of work we do for women and girls in our area. Not only that, but to also be able to develop our fields of work targeted towards minorities in our country: namely religious minorities and those with learning disabilities. It is also an aim of ours to one day hopefully provide educational seminars regarding topics with a stigma around them, such as mental health, menstrual health, sexual and domestic abuse and harassment, religious and cultural tolerance, and so on, specific to Pakistani societies where this information is not available.
Revive: We aim to expand to Islamabad and we’ve already recruited some social workers from there. We also aim to focus on our “Empower to Employ” and “From Waste to Sustainability” campaigns because we want to tackle both economic realities, as well as long-term environmental problems that may prove crippling to Pakistan.
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Over the weeks, we here at Justuju-e-Ilm have received an outflow of support, encouragement, help and positivity! 💚 (samples from our publications pictured above) We have been overwhelmed by this response and would like to thank all of you so much for being a part of our cause, there is a surplus of gratitude in each of our hearts right now! The lives of our students and their families in Bari Imam and all over the city have been changed, and you have been a part of the movement that has CREATED this CHANGE! You have helped us SPARK this REVOLUTION! Needless to say, this is only the beginning and we have so much more planned ahead, for the advocacy and development of our cause, for the spread of education and its accessibility to each and every child in our country and beyond – we hope that, with your support, we can continue our work and help these children turn their dreams into futures. 💙💚 • • • • • Via Renaissance Foundation: Mashal e Rah
Y’s Charity: From my experiences I have learned never to second guess yourself. Don’t be arrogant and listen to advisors, however don’t let your insecurities affect you. Keep a check on your mental health. Do what you preach and lastly always always raise your voices for social awareness. I hope this charity and the journey of social activism is a small inspiration to the youth and future generations of this beloved country.
Justuju-e-ilm: I would like to urge them to not wait until their adulthood to start trying to make a change, to stop restricting their perspectives and to start being as open minded and accepting of differences and diversity as possible. There are so many opportunities available to young people, especially in today’s day and age, to make a difference not only in their own lives but for those around them. That is something that is only going to be possible once a restricted mindset and a sense of blind conformity is discarded.
Revive: Everyone lives for themselves, but the best thing one can do is try to live for others. You’ll learn what life is. Try to place yourself in others’ shoes. Try to help each other. If not that then just stay positive. Maybe your positivity and optimism can change someone’s life without you ever knowing it.