Tuesday, 9th August 2016: NOWPDP hosted an event at a private hotel to launch its Vocational Training Program ‘Dastoor’, formerly known as heARTwork, which aims to instill various employable skills in children and adults with disabilities.
While welcoming guests at the event, Mr Amin Hashwani, President – NOWPDP, emphasized the economic implications of disenfranchisement of persons with disabilities. While speaking of Program ‘Dastoor’, Mr. Omair Ahmad, Director – NOWPDP, explained “We are evolving from our school trainings to working now with mainstream vocational training centers for training of adults with disabilities. We are confident that the impact of this initiative will be far reaching and we hope to replicate it across Pakistan.”
Mr. Javed Hassan, CEO – The Hunar Foundation, Mr. Wali Rangoonwala, Founder – Zuleikhabai Valy Mohamed Gany Rangoonwala Trust (ZMVG Rangoonwala Trust) and Mr. Arshad Nadeem, Executive Director – Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) signed the respective MoUs with Mr. Amin Hashwani, President – NOWPDP.
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Mr. Javed Hassan, CEO – The Hunar Foundation, exclaimed “The vision of Hunar Foundation is to see ‘A Skilled Pakistan’. We take great pains to provide technical training to young men and women from lesser privileged areas of the country and have them certified. Another aim is to make them well rounded individuals by teaching them Life Skills, Basic English and Maths and preparing them for interviews. Partnering with NOWPDP in this one of a kind initiative has added an extra dimension by providing vocational training to young men with disabilities and we can’t be more proud of that fact.”
Testimonials of potential beneficiaries were also shared with the audience, consisting of representatives from the government, corporate sector, non-profit organizations, media, and educational institutes. In the words of one of the potential beneficiaries of Dastoor who has a hearing impairment, Humair Rasheed, “I really want to learn pipe cutting and carpentry and my inspiration is my brother. If God wills and with my constant hard work, I hope to get a good job after my training at The Hunar Foundation.”