Events, Pakistan

“My Bright Smile”

Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest has been providing children across the globe a platform to showcase their creativity and express their artistic thoughts. It has been seventeen years that the unique Global Art Contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Peogram, “Bright Smiles, Bright futures”. The idea is not only to give a forum for children to polish their inner talent, but also educate them the benefits of good oral care.

 

This year, the “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest received an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan with 115,595 entries from schools nationwide. Participants, aged 6 to 9 were invited to participate to show their artsy skills. On 23rd May 2017, an exhibition displaying several shortlisted candidates was held at Alliance Francaise Art Gallery in Karachi, in which prizes were distributed to the 100 best entries and 12 lucky winners were selected for their extraordinary pieces of original art. 


It was such a great feeling to see young kids making their names for the future artists of Pakistan 🇵🇰. We must appreciate and encourage these young talented kids, let’s give them a pat on the back; if we don’t then who else will?

#ColgateArtContest17

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Pakistan

Epitome of courage – Zafar Ahmed

The Launch

Pakistan, a country which is filled with immense talent which, unfortunately, is overlooked or people are unknown. Sparkistan – an initiative taken by Atlas Battery to show the Spark of our unsung heroes. To discover more about our stars, we travelled all over Pakistan to record their Sparking story. Atlas battery showcased the story of 15 Heroes who are not given the fame they deserved. Atlas battery took a step ahead to give prominence to our sparkling heroes.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder the firm resolve of a determined soul.” 

Zafar Ahmed works as a firefighter who, with his selflessness and courage, has saved millions of lives. Despite being severely injured while performing his duty at a coal warehouse back in December 2008, his both legs were damaged and he had to go through tough surgeries out of which he came out safe in the 10th operation and continued his profession 5 months after the accident. As stated by Zafar Ahmed, his wife remained a constant support throughout the illness phase and helped him getting up stronger and more determined.


In a world full of mayhem and toxic substances, one should be courageous and dutiful like Zafar Ahmed because saving humanity and that sense of pain you feel for others is nothing less than an Ibadat. Zafar Ahmed has been doing this service diligently. 

Pakistan is still safe and blessed with the existence of people like Zafar Ahmed who endanger their own lives to save others.

Video link for this unsung hero: https://www.facebook.com/AtlasBattery/videos/1396901517019569/

Pakistan

Unsung SuperWoman – Yasmeen Lari

The Launch
Pakistan, a country which is filled with immense talent which, unfortunately, is overlooked or people are unknown. Sparkistan – an initiative taken by Atlas Battery to show the Spark of our unsung heroes. To discover more about our stars, we travelled all over Pakistan to record their Sparking story. Atlas battery showcased the story of 15 Heroes who are not given the fame they deserved. Atlas battery took a step ahead to give prominence to our sparkling heroes. 
One of the brightest and sparkling hero is, Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan’s first woman architect, who with her self-reliance and determined approach brought a change in the architecture industry of Pakistan. Over 45,000 disaster relief structures have been built under the direction and influence of Yasmeen Lari since 2010.


In areas affected by the 2005 earthquake, Lari introduced a bamboo shelter system with minimal cost to build, and has a low-carbon footprint. According to Yasmeen Lari, she built all those houses in collaboration with Internarional Organization for Migration, planned and even trained the locals to build the houses which could be flood-resistant. It took a time period of three years that Lari successfully built around 40,000 houses and received immense support, both monetary and voluntarily.

Yasmeen Lari firmly believes in the fact that although all professions are great but working for improving others’ lives and benefitting them bring unexplained pleasure and inner peace.

In a tough and challenging field as architecture, people like Yasmeen Lari are an asset and their efforts must be acknowledged at all levels. 

Watch out Sparkistan video: https://www.facebook.com/AtlasBattery/videos/1389242151118839/

#Sparkistan 🇵🇰

Food, Pakistan

Food Safari – Online Food Treat

Foodpanda has been too caring and generous, like always, as it brings authentic and mouth-watering “desi” cuisines on Pakistan Day holding Pakistan Online Food Safari (POFS) campaign with over 100 food restaurants offering up to 50% discount!


(Note: #POFS deal is valid from 23rd-26th March 2017)

So, having dozens of food eateries option in front of me, I was too confused to decide what to order since each eatery offers amazing discounts and delicious food of course! 

My hunt game stopped at Kashif Foods (located at Gulshan-e-Iqbal) which is quite famous for its Singaporean rice and biryani among other food items. So I ordered a family platter of Singaporean rice (which serves 4-5 people). The food arrived hot and fresh via foodpanda – my all time saviour for online food delivery!


Since my family and me couldn’t resist the tempting aroma, we just devoured the platter in minutes, that was sufficient for 4-5 persons as it said. Quality, quantity and taste was up to the mark and got 10/10 from every person who tried it at home. And the best part was, it was pretty light on pocket – cost me Rs700 only. They offer a large family platter as well which would serve 7-8 persons supposedly. 

So, get these yummy deals by simply ordering away from foodpanda (http://foodpanda.pk) and let them take care of your hunger cravings!

Because foodpanda is super convenient and reliable!

Events, General, Pakistan

Lead The Way

The Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) is a not-for-profit career development center that offers training to underprivileged youth from marginalized areas of Karachi for better career prospects. Established in 2008, in Saudabad, Malir, it is a public-private partnership initiative between Habib University Foundation and local government of Karachi. iACT offers free of cost, as well as scholarship based courses and trainings and also guarantees 100% job placement to its graduates.

Display of Social Action Projects by the Students of Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) held at Regent Plaza on 13th February 2017. Young and dedicated students from the areas of Malir District showed off their efforts of implementing various social action projects in their communities. Around 120 young participants from Saudabad and Model Colony were enrolled in the six months training program called ‘Lead the Way’. These participants not only got training for their projects from the program officers at iACT, but also implemented in their communities, schools, colleges, and hospitals. The projects included Anti-Smoking and Anti-Drug Campaign, Women’s Right in Pakistan, Cleaning Campaign, Child Labor Awareness, Awareness Camps about Traffic Rules, Education Walk, Library Conception, Motivational Sessions, Renovating Learning Spaces, Tree Plantation and many others.
Ms. Shamim Mumtaz – Minister Social Welfare Department, Rizwan Jaffar – Founder Chairman Youth Parliament, Mr. Feroz Khan – CEO Omar Jibran Engineering Industries Ltd. and principals of the schools attended the event.

Guests not only encouraged students for their amazing work, but they also talked to all the groups individually, questioning and getting their feedback about the challenges they faced and what they learnt.


Social Action projects displayed by these energetic and highly motivated students proved that there is much room of advancement and betterment if we promote our youth and guide them to the right direction. Future of Pakistan would definitely be bright     as long as our youth is hopeful, devoted and willing to own their society, city and country.


my thoughts, Pakistan

Be the Change!

My blog post on Elections 2013 published on http://studentsofpakistan.com/blogs/  few days back.
In all the hustle bustle of elections, catching up with talk shows, socializing on twitter, and some personal affairs, I got bit late to post it here on my personal blog.

Here you go:

The Islamic Republic State of Pakistan is going through full hype of Election 2013. In fact, it is just around the corner. Every Pakistani, teenage to adult is excited and in full spirits supporting the best political party he/she has decided to vote for. Certainly, every individual, being a Pakistani, must show high spirits in taking keen part to decide the future of our beloved homeland. It is national and moral duty. Admitting all the positives related to the election 2013 season and the enthusiasm it carries, there is one term which has gained quite a loud momentum long since the election season has started. I am referring to the term, ”change” – a simple word yet very deep in meaning and got list of ideologies with it.

What compelled me to present my thoughts on paper is the only question that has been shaking my mind every time I discuss about the need of voting or the necessity of adding our voice in shaping the future of Pakistan through our votes. That question is, are we actually ready to accept the change? Are they mere shouts/ slogans demanding ‘change’ across all media, or we are charged enough to rationally act upon the real perception of ‘change’? For I believe that the thing of change comes from within. It is, no doubt, the utmost responsibility of the state to take all measures to safeguard the rights of its state-men at the best possible levels, but simultaneously, is the duty of every individual as well to welcome the season of change with all heart, to cultivate the positive seeds of change in his actions, thoughts and intentions. This is what the dire need of our nation is in this present time of national troubles and calamities. We, as a nation, will have to stand up united with sincere vibes to bring a change of mindset, attitude and our values. There lies our national integrity and only then we can prosper to the roads of a new and reshaped Pakistan.

Otherwise, no matter how many campaigns we strive to run, how much energy and resources are spent convincing people to vote for the most able political party; the idea of having a progressive and refined state would be fruitless.

In that context, I believe that the real leader exists within us only. We just have to recharge those super-positive attributes, make up our minds to ‘be the change’, become the model leader and the future is all set towards brightness and progress that we wish to see in our beloved state of Pakistan.

Remember: Change in mindset, thoughts and intentions is all what is required of you, my fellow countrymen!!

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