Kawish Update & Qurbani Booking Announcement (20-Sep-2012):

Welcome to our latest update.

14th August: Pakistan Independence Day Celebration at Iqra School Chattar Park, Rawalpindi:

The real happiness and pleasure comes from helping others. On the eve of 14th August, Pakistan Independence day, Kawish KPK / ISBD team celebrated this event with the students of Chattar School and other 04 schools in Islamabad region to make it memorable for the students and local people. Kids performed different events such as Naat, National Anthem, National Songs and Tablo. The parents commented that Kawish Welfare Trust has polished the abilities of their children and earlier they were never able to send their children to the school.
Eidi of amount Rs. 1000/- per student was also distributed funded by Pakistan German Welfare & Cultural Association. The event was organized by Engr. Atiq ur Rehman (Director Kawish Islamabad / KPK) and his team members. Some of the snaps of the function are given below:

Case Study on Kawish by RCIB - Riphah International University, Islamabad:

Further to the research work being undertaken by Mr. Arshad Ahmed Baig(RCIB) and Mr. Fahim Ahmed ( PTA) on choosing Kawish as a model NGO for Riphah International University post graduate study program ( Business). Both gentlemen visited Kawish Clusters of 50 schools from Sept. 1st till Sept. 2nd 2012 to see the activities at Al-Rehman and Al-Raheem. RCIB team held exhaustive sessions with the following groups:
- Primary and Iqra Plus Students.
- Parents of the students.
- Beneficiaries of Kawish-Akhuwat Microfinance Scheme of distributing Sewing Machines, Bicycles & Goats to the poor and needy.
- Kawish Paramedical Staff.
- General patients coming in for the treatment at Al-Raheem.
- Ambulance drivers.
At the end, they shared their views with Kawish CAC (Central Advisory Council), and identified the areas where they felt there is a room for an improvement. The Case study shall be offered to the students hopefully by October 2012 after formal approval from concerned authorities. Inshallah.

Micro Finance:
Al-Basit Micro Finance Project: Kawish-Akhuwat Pakistan Joint Venture
Equipment Distribution on interest free installments:
Distribution of Bicycles and Sewing Machines:

In continuation of our drive for self sustainability & empowerment, 10 Goats (with 02 baby goats each ), 40 Bicycles and 30 Sewing Machines were distributed among the deserving people of villages on interest-free installment repayments. Since Year 2008, 3000 families have taken the benefit of Micro finance from Akhuwat-Kawish Joint venture. Recovery rate is 99%.

Announcement for Eid ul Adha animal sacrifice (Qurbani) booking:

We hereby announce Qurbani Booking for the Eid-ul-Adha falling during the last week of Oct 2012. Qurbani meat shall be distributed in packs among poor & deprived people of:
• Flood Affected / Calamity hit areas of Pakistan:
Remote villages in Mirpur, Badin (Sindh), Rajan pur & DG khan, Charsadda, ( KPK)
• Kawish project sites:
Health (03 hospitals), Education (100 schools in villages) , Micro finance, Vocational training, 02 girls High schools, deserving beneficiaries in villages.
Please forward to us your bookings latest by 17th of October, 2012. Your quick reply would enable us to plan ahead for Eid ul Adha and hence streamline our activities and information flow for the donors.
Charges:
Per Share of GOAT: Rs. 14,500/-
Per Share of COW: Rs. 7,500/-
How to place Order:
• Send email to management@kawish-welfare-trust.org; coordinator@kawish-welfare-trust.org
• or call @ +92-334-7428920 (Mr. Sarfraz Ahmad, Finance & Accounts) & +92-300-4925569 (Shamshad Khan, Projects Coordination) for advance intimation.
• You may release amount before ( preferably) or after Eid after confirmation.
• Please don’t forget to take confirmation & receipt of animal / amount remitted.

Conditions to Apply:
1. Cows (Full. Shares) / goats shall be sacrificed as stipulated above. You may specify areas where you want the animal to be sacrificed.
2. Above cost include all expense. We have included some extra margin, just to be on the safer side. We shall intimate you the confirmation receipts of your commitments / payments. Please ensure confirmation.
3. Also, we shall apprise you expenditure statements, complete list of beneficiaries, meat quantity, pictures & details of sacrifice in our update after Eid, Inshallah.
4. The surplus amount left with Kawish shall not be returned and will be used for miscellaneous Qurbani related expenses such as sacrifice fee, food supplement for animals and transportation charges. The skins of the animals shall be given to local welfare foundations such as Hospitals, Hifz Schools, Orphan Houses etc. Balance amount (if available) shall be given in terms of material or cash to orphans.
5. For overseas applicants; please note that your animals will be sacrificed on the 1st day inshallah.
Qurbani is a big responsibility we are taking on your behalf on volunteer basis. Request for Dua’s for the successful accomplishments of obligations as trusted by valued donors. Due to poverty, most of the residents in these places only get a chance of eating meat annually on this happy occasion of Eid ul Adha. Here is your opportunity to help them and make this great celebration enjoyable for them.

Activities in Sindh (water hand pumps installation and opening of school at Badin):

Our activity in Sindh for drilling and setting up of water hand pumps has been put on hold due to the heavy rains. So far 45 nos. water manual hand pumps have been provided to as many villages comprising of 20-30 families ( 08 persons per family) each. Opening of 2nd school in Badin has been finalized. These activities shall start as soon as the rainy season is over.

EYE Camp:

As the summers and the month of Ramadan are now over which restricted the travelling of the patients for medical treatment in villages, the Eye Camp will be held on September 29th-30th 2012.

Why Kawish opted for treating the patients of Cataract in remote villages?

• Cataract is the world’s leading cause of blindness, with around 18 million people blind as a result. Although cataract is found all over the world, getting treatment for it is much more difficult in developing countries, and it affects children as well as adults. Many people are needlessly blind from cataract because they don’t know that it can be cured. Although scientists do not know for sure what causes cataracts, they suspect there could be several possible causes including:
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• Excessive exposure to sunlight
• Steroid use
• Diuretic use
• Certain major tranquilizers
Cataract and poverty:
Removing cataract is a relatively simple surgical procedure. It is common and easily accessible in developed countries, but in developing countries like Pakistan, many people with cataract go without treatment. Why is this?
• There is a lack of staff and the equipment needed to significantly reduce the growing backlog of cataract operations.
• Patients are often wary of having surgery.
• When people with cataract live far from towns and cities, getting to hospital involves a great deal of travel and expense.
• As well as the travel costs, people will not be able to work immediately after the operation and worry about losing income.
• Kawish realizing this regional problem moved ahead and made arrangements for providing best possible eye treatment to the poor and deserving people in the villages lacking facilities of proper medical treatment.
• An eye camp is held at Al-Rahim Hospital during the last week of every month where on an average 20-25 patients undergo Phaco surgery by the skilled doctors and other paramedical staff at subsidized rates of Rs. 1500 ( =US$ 16.00). This cover more than 150 villages for Cataract surgery. The cost per surgery is approx. Rs. 5000/- each (=US$ 53.00) whereas we charge only Rs. 1500/- (surgery / lens implantation) and provide logistics costs (accommodation / meals) for free. This eye camp is in addition to the General OPD which is held daily at Al-Rahim. Our OPD fee is Rs. 50/- (US$ 0.53 ) patient.
• At Al-Rahim, we have state-of-the-art Phaco machinery, excellent operating conditions backed by Generators for uninterrupted power supply. The team leader is an experienced & skilled Ophthalmologist Dr. Intizar Butt ( who is a member of association of POB-Prevention Of Blindness Trust).

Iqra Schools at Rahim Yar Khan in collaboration with Sayeban:

Mr. Noor Abid of Sayeban Foundation Trust, a Chartered Accountant from Bahrain and Mr. Afaq Khan, of Standard Chartered Bank –UAE have supported Kawish for establishing a new cluster of schools at Rahim Yar Khan around 634 K.M. from Lahore. In the initial phase, 05 schools are being planned and shall be established by October 15th 2012. The number of schools would go up to 15 by March 2013, inshallah. This will be followed by Kawish other interventions of micro finance, VTI & health activities in coming years once we consolidate our joint operations at Kawish cluster RYK under Sayeban management.

Generation of Electricity using Solar Panels:

To overcome the electricity crises in rural villages and to continue our unhampered operations at mosques-cum-schools, an alternate source for generation of electricity, is being worked upon. Trial Solar panels will be installed at mosques cum schools to facilitate uninterrupted power in summer / winters We are planning to install 06 Solar PV systems in as many mosques where Iqra students and the people coming in for prayers will get this facility. We have taken quotes from 03 vendors according to our power requirements per day basis and about to finalize Trail order. We are thankful to Dr. Tahir Abbas Khan (Japan), Engineer Tariq Ahmad (Paramount Distributors) & Dr. Rizwan Haider (Canada) since the idea of putting up solar panels was initiated by these gentlemen. This is a trial project and once successful, we will offer the same for microfinance to the local people especially in the commercial areas of rural territory who depend upon electricity for business growth.

Flood in Pakistan:

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered flooding in Punjab, Sindh & Balochistan. Our delegation for disaster management is expected to leave for D. G. Khan and Rajanpur next week for the relief activities in these areas. Some items like Ration Bags, Solar Lanterns, Medicines etc. including cash will be distributed to the flood affected people. We would like to reach as many people as possible with humanitarian assistance. You may join us in this cause by announcing support both In-form or cash whatever you may desire. We will apprise you later with our visit details.

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