By: Uzma Bawany / Executive Director / Thaakat Foundation / Thaakat@gmail.com
I’m hoping since some of you avid readers have been seeing Thaakat in the Urdu Times over the last few years. I’m also hoping that through your followings you have come to know a little bit about what we stand for. Thaakat is a 501c3 Not for Profit Organization started by young group of American South Asian students and young professionals.
We began with small efforts and booths to raise charitable awareness for our communities locally and abroad. In a few years we have managed to grow our support from schools across the nation to partnerships with globally recognized Non Profit partners.
I can tell you a little secret about how we got to where we are today- a lot of passion, dedication and a wonderful board.
I wanted to take a few nice splurges of words to share with you all a behind the scenes look at our board- the board who has made Thaakat a live reality. Every week we will showcase a member on the team so be on the look out for our features!
Ammara was on the founding board of Thaakat Foundation and it is an honor to have her by our side yet today. I had always known her to be very dedicated and well- very sweet. (Believe it or not, sweetness is a very important base for your board). From her inception on the team she always brought something unique to the table that none of us others had- a keen eye for classy creativity. Her words are eloquent, her input consists not of just great micro management but cool photographs and beautiful booth designing. I will put it like this, she brings a Monet like feel to the organization, a special sense of sassy swirliness that we all enjoy.
In our official 501c3 operating year of 2008-2009 Ammara was voted most “dedicated” board member by the rest of her team mates. Yes, Ammara, you were hands down the majority vote winner for having put forth a grand effort towards the cause! From your detail oriented outlines on our global causes, unmatched attendance record for all of our events and priority you took with all of the initiatives, the team really looks up to you.
I just want to take this moment to say, everyone please join me for a boisterous round of applause for Ammara Bokhari and all of the hard work she has put towards raising charitable consciousness plus being an awesome team mate.
Here are a few words from Madam herself:
What is the reason that you joined Thaakat?
“I always wanted to do some type of charitable work and I just never came across the right opportunity. When Thaakat came along it really gave me a wonderful chance to join something that was selfless. I joined the team and it allowed me to give back. It was the perfect opportunity and a great cause. My fellow peers were awesome so it made it even better.”
In the few years that you have been a part of Thaakat , what has been your biggest gain?
“There are two parts: One is the gain that I see in giving back. I’ve seen Thaakat grow and provide help via amazing global projects. We have been able to better communities through our work, this has been the biggest for sure.
The other gain has been the friendships and the bonds that we have formed as a group, it kind of feels like a second family. One is a very practical gain and the other is very personal.”
What do you think would be Thaakat’s Golden Ticket?
“A stronger fiscal budget for sure. If we had a strong budget we could really go above and beyond. But aside from monetary gains, I believe stronger contacts abroad would really help. Globally, I would love to see Thaakat develop and start it’s own projects abroad but for this not only would you have to be financially strong but would need the contacts to bring these projects to life.
I think Thaakat Foundation has a really unique mission that sets us apart from other Non Profits. I really like that our mission is not only to do charitable work abroad and locally but also to unite people in appreciation of a greater cause- that cause being to inspire charitable work and philanthropy.”
Words that Ammara lives by:
“Eat, Pray, Love. Not only the title to a great book I’m reading these days but I’ve come to realize these are the three things in life that you really only need.”
Contact her ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
Ammara- Let me end this by saying that you really take Thaakat to the top with all of the work that you do. Your attention to detail and hard work has been a source of inspiration for me and I am so glad that you have been here to help the cause prosper.
Hoorah, Hoorah, Hoorah!