By: Uzma Bawany/Thaakat@gmail.com/Executive Director
I feel like we don’t update our supporters about Thaakat enough via our Urdu Times initiative so we thought to take a moment this week to let everyone know what we’ve been up to for the past year.
Thaakat Foundation started with a small group of students who gathered in an apartment one day to share ideas about life, little did they know they were there for their first unofficial board meeting. Without a due everyone agreed to be on board (I told them it was for eternity) and they willingly signed over their Sunday mornings for meetings and free time to spreading word of the cause.
That was in August of 2007. Today, we are incorporated with the state and federal governments as a 501c3 non -profit and hope to spread the agenda of creative altruism to the depths of college campuses and beyond.
In the last year we were able to hold 9 major volunteer events which included a Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day luncheon with the elderly at Hamdard, teaching children principles of money saving and courtesy, gardening up beauty for a HUD sponsored nursing home and holding a poetry slam to encourage tolerance and amicability among Indian and Pakistani youth.
As far as global projects are concerned, We were able to work with The More Than Tomorrow Foundation to launch a pilot computer learning center in Nothern India for which we have secured another two laptops to help with teaching in the village. We were able to work with the College of DuPage MSA to raise more than $1200 for the SWAT refugees in June 2009 and currently we just met our goal to sponsor a village in Southern India with clean water for up to twenty five years. Toot Toot!
Thaakat has been featured in booths at Melas, Chaand Raats, Expos and sponsored in fundraising events though co-hosting with College of DuPage IPO, DePaul PSA and the University of Illinois at Chicago UDA.
We love that we have inspired youngsters to donate but even more, we have inspired them to want to be involved hands on through our local volunteer events. People that we’ve worked with have been so touched by the fact that these young adults are not on assignment or being forced into helping. These young adults have volunteered their time and want to help.
Often times when we have left Hamdard center the elderly send us off in cheers and both volunteers and seniors depart misty eyed but strong in heart and hope. We are the future and if we as youngsters become too consumed in work, computers, television, violin lessons, soccer practice etc etc.. Then there will be a generation of old but wise, poor but hopeful, weak yet strong in mind that will be left in just faraway dreams that someone one day will care to take notice.
We all work, very hard. Many of us work so much so that we barely see our families. Do take the time to sit down during the week and schedule bonding time with your family, especially your grandparents. Take out time once a month to volunteer. Take time out to teach your children the importance of global awareness and cultural diversity.
Our board members have worked on a purely voluntary basis tirelessly to help progress our efforts in the last year, if you feel you are a business, school organization or individual that can help us move forward please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS WHO HELPED US MEET OUR GOALS FOR THE WATER FILTER PROJECT!
Thank you of course to Tariq Kwaja of the Urdu Times for believing in us when no one else did!