Dear Friends of Aman,
Welcome to another edition of Shanakht! We are grateful for your continued support and encouragement in transforming lives.
Some very exciting things have been happening at Aman in the last quarter, partnerships with like-minded organizations, graduates from some of our vocational training programs as well as the Aman Leaders’ Program; a one-of-a-kind Management Trainee Programme designed specifically for the development sector. But most of all, more thought leadership initiatives have taken shape. Read all about it in this quarter’s Shanakht!
Creating partnerships beyond organizational boundaries:
The war against hunger and malnutrition cannot be won alone. Child hunger is a critical issue in Pakistan that risks the development of our youth, the lives of their families and the nation’s collective future. Aman’s vision of transforming lives originated from Aman Ghar. In a recent agreement, Aman Ghar and Saylani Welfare Trust decided to combine their efforts towards feeding the underserved of Pakistan. Aman created an alliance with Saylani, a like-minded organization so that our respective capabilities can synergize and together we eradicate hunger beyond our respective organizational boundaries.
During the year 2008, in the corner of a custom-built kitchen in Khuda Ki Basti, the first nutritious free-of-cost meal under the name Aman Ghar School Meal Program was made. Since that day, the Aman Ghar initiative has provided over 3.5 million meals to primary school children in one of Karachi’s most impoverished communities.
Functioning along the same spectrum is Saylani Welfare Trust, a leading development organization that runs several food assistance programs and serves over 125,000 meals daily through various stations across Pakistan.
With Saylani’s national outreach capacity and the continued support of Aman Foundation, we are confident that the Aman Ghar model can be expanded across Pakistan and give millions of more children access to nutritious meals.
Iqra Hassan – “I am going to make the best of what they teach me.”
My mother is a housewife and a very good seamstress who has been making some extra money to run the household by stitching clothes for the community. She earns a little extra to help out my father but most of her time is spent taking care of us four siblings.
My father, who is the main breadwinner, has one motto that he has taught all of us, ‘Try everything in life, and never be afraid of failing.’ That was what motivated me to step into Aman Tech to pursue a skills-based education that will help me gain financial independence and help out my family.
I have to say, it was one of the best decisions of my life!
There is no other institute like Aman Tech close to where we live. I am learning how to stitch women’s clothes, curtains, cushions and other day to day things that are always required. I am being given soft skills to help me polish myself as a professional which will enable me to hold my own once I start my career. The culture of the institute has given me and many other girls like me, the confidence to achieve something on my own. It is indeed a very enlightening experience.
Aman Tech has given me a means to pursue my dreams. I want to continue my education after I complete this course and with the skills that I am learning here, I will be able to afford my own education and even help out with my household finances. I think I will go for a computer course next, maybe learn how to design clothes on the computer and make my work more efficient and hence earn more in little time. These are all ideas that we discuss in class amongst fellow students and our teachers encourage and guide us in the right path as well.
My parents are honest, hardworking people who have given me all that they can, and now thanks to Aman Tech, it is my turn to give their hopes and dreams a chance.
Iqra Hassan is a student of the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) being run at Aman Tech. The programme is designed to provide primary education and teach women and girls stitching and soft skills to gain financial independence.
Fayeeza Naqvi at the Bali Process Government and Business Forum event
Tackling modern slavery and poverty in the world today is not a simple task, it is a challenge that is faced by governments and enterprises on a global scale. It requires collaborative and consistent effort. The Bali Process Government and Business Forum event was designed to bring together public and private institutions from across the globe to do just that.
Fayeeza Naqvi, Chairman, Aman Foundation represented Pakistan at the launch of this new forum in Perth, Australia in August 2017. With a vast understanding of the social and community spheres of Pakistan, as a social development and business leader, she spoke about the need to eradicate the concept of modern slavery and poverty from the roots. “Let me share a story about a little girl called Rukhsana. This 7-year old works at a brick kiln for 14 hours a day because her mother had taken a $100 loan from the kiln owner for a medical emergency.”
Stories like those of Rukhsana are sadly found all too often; some are simply paying off loans, whereas others are indebted in other ways, such as feudalism. She addressed the need for businesses to take appropriate steps to protect the rights of workers and implement mechanisms that keep violations in check.
During the event, Mrs Naqvi met with Naela Chohan, Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia.
The forum is a milestone towards connecting the different sectors of society, including the government, business, and development, so that they may work together and improve the lives of people facing injustices.
Muneeb Khan – An Aman Leader’s journey:
I did my Bachelors in Electronic Engineering from a renowned technological institute, PAF KEIT in 2015. Like any other undergraduate student, I was unsure about my professional goals and was applying almost everywhere for a job until I came across the recruitment post from Aman Foundation for its management trainee program called Aman Leader.
Initially, I was reluctant to apply as it was a 180-degree turn from my educational background. However, I thought that there isn’t any harm in applying. The initial application was successful and after passing through the rigorous recruitment stages, I was offered the position of an Aman Leader. After being associated with the foundation for more than 2 years now, I feel that there is a paradigm shift in my overall personality and way of thinking. I started realizing the importance of working for the betterment of the community and serving the people. This was a complete personality change that came from my learnings at Aman.
In these two years working as an Aman Leader, I had the privilege of working under the leadership of different personnel leading the most crucial departments of the Foundation such as Academics – Aman Tech, Business Development, Measurement, Learnings and Evaluation and Marketing. The operations of all the departments were completely different from each other, and therefore the learning doesn’t become stagnant, giving one exposure to work with different concepts ranging from technology to project management.
The experience at Aman not only helped me to grow professionally but has also developed certain important personality traits such as self-confidence, team building, communication, conflict management and most important, leadership among others which I assume was lacking before joining Aman.
My overall experience at The Aman Foundation has helped me a lot and inculcated the skill to believe in one’s own self. This journey has helped develop both me as an individual and as a professional. There is no better investment into a career than investing in the work we do here at Aman Foundation”
Muneeb is a graduate of the Aman Leaders’ Programme, a one-of-a-kind, rotation based Management Trainee programme, designed specifically for the development sector.
It’s a Century!
“You have to be relaxed for the mother. Do not panic. I need you to get some towels, water, and pins to wrap the baby after it is delivered.” Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) Tayab Yar Khan instructed the attendant calmly.
On January 30th, 2014 at 04:55 AM, an emergency call was received in Command & Control. The call came from Surjani Town Sector 7C. Tayab was first in-line to handle the call.
After listening to the attendant on-call, it seemed the mother was in the final stages of delivery; Tayab had to take control. He dispatched an Aman Ambulance for intervention and without wasting any time, began giving instructions to the attendant, as the delivery was happening right then.
These moments were crucial and everything had to be done with precision; delivery cases call for the paramedic to be physically present but Tayab had to rely on his training. He asked that the mother keep on exerting pressure and gave step-by-step instructions on how. As the baby came, the attendant informed Tayab that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. Tayab guided the attendant through the proper procedure of untangling the cord without harming the baby.
Words on paper do not do justice to the heroism of Tayab and that of the attendant.
Aman’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) take pride in the knowledge that its members step beyond the call of duty to aid a person in need. Today, we are celebrating the successful birth of 100 babies in the Aman Ambulance en-route to the hospital.
The state of timely medical care in Karachi is such that 65% of the calls for help go unanswered. The Aman Ambulance is the only life-saving ambulance in Karachi with advanced medical equipment and trained personnel onboard, capable of handling delicate situations including baby delivery cases.