gulfnews : 15 Friday heroes making a huge difference.
Hey everyone! Back in 2008 I wrote a feature in Friday (weekly glossy magazine by Gulf News) about HOPE an NGO based in Pakistan. I have been involved in creating awareness about the NGO in Dubai. They are doing some excellent work!
Here’s the original cover story that appeared in 2008:
On the 15th anniversary of the magazine, some of the major stories about social work were recapped. HOPE’s story was the first one. Here’s the text and the link to the story published today.
1. A glimmer of hope http://gulfnews.com/life-style/general/15-friday-heroes-making-a-huge-difference-1.1019466
Published: September 12, 2008
It was around 15 years ago, while completing her clinical training at the Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, that Dr Mubina Agboatwalla saw a cruel, unforgiving side to life. Realising that a lot of people were dying due to illnesses, most of which were caused by lack of knowledge of hygiene, Dr Mubina decided to find a solution to prevent the occurrence of such maladies. The result was Health Orientated Preventative Education – Hope – a charity based in Pakistan.
Hope set up two formal schools, both in remote areas of the Sind province in Pakistan. Over a thousand children benefited from these establishments, while informal home schools in the interior of the province also mushroomed.
The Friday effect: “The feature was published at a time when Hope was little known outside of Pakistan,” says Dr Mubina. “Thanks to Friday, people, not only in the UAE, but also in the US and elsewhere, learnt about Hope and contributed towards our cause and now a network of dedicated members thrives in both countries.”
From two hospitals in rural areas of Pakistan, Hope now has four, while informal schools have grown to 200.