Karachi, March 10, 2017: The Aman Foundation joined hands with disability inclusion organizations – Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP) and NOWPDP to facilitate vocational training opportunities at The Aman Foundation. This collaboration, titled ‘Project SHAHPAR’ was announced and commemorated at the Unified Sports event (also marking the finale of the Aman Sports Gala 2017) held at the Aman Foundation’s Head Office.
While welcoming the guests, Ali Tareen, Program Associate at NOWPDP said, “Persons with disabilities are equally capable as long as they never give up and opportunities are constantly facilitated for them. My life exemplifies this since I had two options – to cry or to take up the challenge and I chose the latter. Today we are here to join hands with The Aman Foundation and Special Olympics Pakistan and look forward to more of these partnerships.”
Special-needs talented athletes from Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP) also demonstrated their sportsmanship in a football match between them and Aman employees. Their achievements were celebrated along with a few words of encouragement by representatives of the respective organizations. Winning teams and individuals who participated in the Aman Sports Gala received trophies during the award ceremony.
Adil Visram, Special Athlete at SOP remarked, “People like us have to get used to being stared at. It’s uncomfortable, but we’ve come a long way. There is more for us to do now, more opportunities. This event was one of them.”
Ahmad Jalal, CEO, The Aman Foundation encouraged persons with disabilities to focus and work harder in life to eventually realize their dreams. He remarked, “We need to collaborate to make Pakistan great again.”