Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation is a charitable , non-partisan, non-profit organization , operating as a trust. [1] The primary focus areas are healthcare , education , sustainable development through social enterprise and disaster Relief . [2] [3]

History

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (MJSF) is a non-profit charitable foundation based in Pakistan . Jahangir Siddiqui, an entrepreneur, with his wife Mahvash Siddiqui, has retired as a civil servant and university professor. The Foundation is a charitable, non-profit concern, established under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984, in Pakistan. [4] The Foundation is a major donor to philanthropic causes in Pakistan. [5] [6]

Partners

The Foundation has partnered with the community and has a common motive, vision, and mission. These include:

  • JS Bank
  • National University of Singapore
  • Oxfam
  • Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Sindh
  • UNHCR
  • UNOCHA
  • UNICEF
  • UNDP
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Weill Cornell Medical College , Qatar
  • World Food Program (WFP) [2]

Programs

Education

Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation’s educational initiatives encompass support for special education, higher education, vocational training, and school development in rural areas – particularly the two most populated provinces of Pakistan , Sindh and Punjab . Its partners include Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar , the National University of Singapore , the Progressive Education Network and the Fakhre Imdad Foundation, among others.

JS Academy for the Deaf

MJSF has supported JS Academy for the Deaf since its inception in 2004. The academy is one of the leading institutions in Pakistan which promotes modern educational methods for the disabled. JS Academy for the Deaf partners with professionals in the field within Pakistan and abroad to enable better practices and enhanced standards of coaching.

JS Academy for the Deaf is widely recognized in Pakistan for enabling higher standards of education to those with hearing impairments. [7] The school is managed by a governing body and overseen by a Board of Trustees. Registered with the local education departments and the Intermediate Board of Education, the Academy caters to students from nursery to the higher secondary levels. The Academy has applied with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for necessary permissions to provide graduate programs in the future.

Each year, over 175 students use the educational services of the academy. It is housed in a purpose built building, which has facilities like play areas, a gymnasium and a cafeteria. The Faculty places great emphasis on extra-curricular activities for students and the facility has fully functional departments with a computer lab, sewing and embroidery rooms, library and Sign Language Research and Training Center. Every year, there are special shows and competitions organized to showcase the artistic skills, theatrical and musical talents of its student body. [8]

JS Academy for the Children’s Deaf Hosts

Wednesday, 15 September 2015: JS Academy hosted a cultural program at a local park in Karachi to spread the message of unity in Pakistan. Nearly 400 special children attended the prestigious event. The theme for the event was “Unity & Friendship, Hum Sub Ek Hain meaning we are all one and we do not believe in differentiating between normal and disabled”.

Special Children from other schools were also asked which provided everyone with a great opportunity to interact. Chief Guest, Mr Nisar Khuhro, said, “It looks forward to supporting the future of these children through different ways possible, and this is a great project by the JS Academy for the Deaf.

JS Academy for the deaf has been involved in educating the deaf children and promoting the importance of sign language. Through its education and literacy programs, the academy has provided a great platform for both boys and girls to further develop to contribute back to society. JS Academy for the Deaf has been imparting education to the abled children for the past 10 years along with higher education up to bachelor’s degree level. The school is run by individuals, philanthropists and the Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation.

JS Academy for the Deaf celebrates Graduation of its First BA Batch

Karachi: JS Academy for the Deaf celebrated the graduation ceremony of their first batch of BA students _ out of a batch of 10 students, 3 acquired distinctions while the others scored a percentage over 70% in their BA final examination. Since 2012 the Academy has affiliation with Karachi University to undertake BA Degree Program.

Ms. Laila Dossa, Chairman of Noor-E-Ali Trust, and Mr. Kalim-ur-Rahman, Advisor to Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation applauded the administration, instructors and students for their hard work and hopefulness for future endeavors . Ms. Laila Dossa, thanked Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui for his continued support for the cause and emphasized it was very important to provide job opportunities for people with special needs.

Fakhre Imdad Foundation (FIF)

Fakhre Imdad Foundation (FIF) [9] supports educational institutions in rural Sindh. MJSF works closely with FIF, which is currently running two schools, in Mirwah Gorchani and Manderawala of District Mirpurkhas. MJSF aims to introduce the ‘regional school model’ in other districts of Sindh over the next few years.

Mirwah Gorchani School was established in 2002 and since then it has evolved from primary to intermediate level education. The school has an average strength of 450 students. In line with the vision, another school on the same model was developed in Manderawala region of the same district. Started in 2012, the school currently offers primary education to approximately 200 students. The schools are equipped with state of the art computer labs, libraries and playgrounds. Mirwah Gorchani School is a special vocational center where regular vocational classes are held for women.

Progressive Education Network (PEN)

MJSF recently partnered with Progressive Education Network (PEN) to extend its educational support in Punjab and aiming to improve the quality of educational standards in the past 23 adopted public schools of Pakistan. PEN is an executive board of directors and follows an innovative and proactive methodology to address educational emergency in Pakistan. Beyond just developing the infrastructure of schools, PEN follows a strategic plan focusing on adopting a school , improving its management through students assessment, teachers training and syllabus development.

PEN currently has a presence in the Punjab and is seeking to expand its base in the regions of Sindh . The Network caters to over 7000 students, enrolled in the adopted schools, under the program. The model improves the quality of education through the adoption of over 800 public schools, impacting over 230,000 students across the country.

Higher Education University Grants

MJSF has awarded funds to LUMS (School of Science and Engineering), Karachi School for Business and Leadership (KSBL) and Institute of Business Administration , University of Karachi (IBA) for Institutional Development. [10]

MJSF also granted PKR 30 million (approximately US $ 500,000) to LUMS to build the Jahangir Siddiqui Hostel, a dormitory for male students as part of the development of the School of Science and Engineering at LUMS. [11]

Summer Program at the National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore is Singapore’s oldest and largest university. Each summer, NUS offers an intensive two-week program on Economic and Enterprise Development for Students from different universities in various parts of the world. Over a period of two weeks, the program highlights the importance of entrepreneurial development through an array of seminars, guest speaker sessions and case visits. It is also an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about Singapore: how the smallest nation in Southeast Asia has progressed into a modern city-state and has grown into a thriving center of commerce and industry. [12]

MJSF, along with the Sajjad Foundation, provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Pakistan for the Summer Program at NUS. Through the program, MJSF intends to impart entrepreneurial knowledge and provide real life experience of urban development to students from Pakistan. Students are selected through a merit-based competition, and represent different universities and colleges in Pakistan. The program was initiated in 2008 with 20 students being interviewed by 24 universities in 2012. [13] [14]In its 7th year in 2014, the program has grown to include students from around the world, including IBA, Szabist , LUMS , KSBL , NUST , NUCES , IMS , BUITEMS and GIKI . [15]

Chamalang Beneficiary Education Program

On behalf of the Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (MJSF) Mr. Ali Raza Siddiqui, Director MJSF and Mr. Imran Haleem Shaikh, EVP JS Bank presented a check of PRK 15 million to Commander Southern Command, General Lt. Naseer Khan Janjua for Chamalang Beneficial Education Program (CBEP) in Quetta .

Chamalang Beneficiary Education Program (CBEP) is one of the largest social sector development programs in Baluchistan , being supervised by the Pakistan Army . The project started with qui secondaire excentrée initial year of 303 students of Kohlu District and Loralai in 2007 HAS grown appreciably to 3761 students from 23 districts of the province. The cost of boarding, tuition, books, uniforms and tuition fees in the school board.

Sustainability of this program is one of the most important dividends in this area of ​​the economy. This continuity is ensured by the active participation of development institutions and donor agencies.

MJSF sponsors young professionals for the European Academy of Diplomacy Program

In its first ever collaboration with the European Academy of Diplomacy, MJSF sponsored young professionals, selected from all over Pakistan for the European Academy of Diplomacy Summer Programs taking place in Warsaw, Poland. These two week long courses were for the school of fundamental diplomatic skills program and the school of advanced diplomatic skills program. The programs focus on diplomacy, public speaking, bilateral negotiations, fundamentals of leadership, diplomatic protocol, international business and working in multinational organizations. MJSF aims to invest in progressive learning programs such as these for the betterment of Pakistan.

Health

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation participates in making donations to the health sector through its Zakat Fund and is considered one of the largest donors in the world. Zakat Funds are used for the most underprivileged patients at these hospitals who can not afford healthcare. [16] It supports a lot of big hospitals like NICVD and Karachi National Hospital along with others. [17]

Health program at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar

MJSF Sponsors Students for the Global and Public Health Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. This is a four-week medical program held at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. This is the first year of this program. This program will help students to learn about the latest research being white Undertaken in the field of Improving Global and Public health, success of the Qatar health policies and how this nation in the Middle EastTransformed Itself into a modern city-state with excellent health facilities to cater to the needs of its citizens. [18] [19]

The Cardiovascular Foundation

The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has added 30 beds to its cardiac emergency ward. The cost of this project was Rs. 15 million. MJSF contributed Rs.11 million for the cause. [20]

Karachi National Hospital

The foundation built a fistula unit at the Karachi National Hospital in 2008 with many patients having been treated to date. Operating costs are estimated between Rs.350,000-380,000 per patient. All the deserving patients are treated with this reputable urologists and gynecologists of Pakistan. [16] Following are Some Other programs qui-have-been and served Contributed by Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation:

  • Patients’ Behbud Society for the Aga Khan University Hospital
  • The Medical Aid Foundation
  • Burhani Blood Bank and Thalessaemia Center [21]

Wheelchair distribution

MJSF has been on the forefront of addressing the issue of disability in Pakistan. Recently, it collaborated with the Walkabout Foundation to distribute customized wheelchairs. The Walkabout Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on funding research for a cure for paralysis. The project was facilitated by the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and United Nations (UN). [22]

Autism spectrum disorders

A seminar on Autism Awareness was organized in Lahore by the Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Center. Rukhsana Shah, CEO of ASDRC, has expressed gratitude to the MJSF for its financial and moral support, which has enabled the Center to offer financial services. Dr. Shazia Maqbool, Head of Developmental Paediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Lahore, was the keynote speaker. She is said to be a child for a year, but now the Unit is catering for 30,000 children annually. Dr. Fauzia Saleem, speech pathologist at the CMH Lahore, gave a detailed presentation on language, speech and communication disorders, especially among children with ASD. Ms. Maliha Latif of M / s Impact Psyche Consultants, gave a presentation on ADHD, while Ms. Asma Ahmed,

Vocational training

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation with the Public Private Partnership Unit of the Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh has opened a Vocational Center at the FIF School Mirwah Gorchani. [23]

Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation is committed to various foundations and is involved in the development of the community through different projects. Grants create a solution to the problem of poverty and are economically productive and sustainable. [16]

Acumen Fund

MJSF has a 5-year commitment to the Acumen Fund in Pakistan, which is an affiliate of the Acumen Fund, a leading global sustainable development organization. In Pakistan, the Kashf Foundation and Khuda ki Basti. [24] The Foundation has granted US $ 1 million to the Acumen Fund. [25] The Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture capital fund founded in 2001 to address the issue of global poverty by investing in goods and services. [26] [27]

Acumen Fund has been investing in Pakistan since 2001 in companies such as:

  • Kashf, a leading microfinance organization based in Punjab province
  • Saiban, a low-income housing development organization with housing communities in Karachi and Lahore
  • Micro Drip, a drip irrigation solution company working with the poorest farmers in the Thar Desert in Sindh Province
Pakistan Fellows Program

MJSF believes that the path to a better society comes from investing in its leaders. In doing icts to share Contributing to a better Pakistan, JS Bank and Acumen Fund are the sponsors of this single pioneer and innovative program. [28] The Acumen fund Pakistan Fellows Program is designed to bring together 20 leaders at a one-year leadership development program for people who are leaders at social change initiative from different regions, sectors and socio-economic background critical social problem. The foundation has approved a grant of $ 500,000 for this initiative. [29]

Acumen Fund and MJSF Host Conference Selection for Pakistan Fellows Program

Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, held a selection conference on 30 November 2012 in Karachi as part of the process to identify the inaugural class of Pakistan Fellows. In partnership with JS Bank, MJSF and the Edmond de Rothschild Group , we are working to develop the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

This is a new generation of Pakistani leaders who see opportunities where others see only challenges. The year-long program consists of four multiday seminars and two collaborative projects – a regional trip and an innovation conference. The seminars will give Fellows access to world-class speakers, trainers, and mentors Fellows to deepen their skills in leadership, social change, and innovation. The Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to Pakistan to broaden their understanding of social change models. The innovation conference is meant to be a chance for their new skills, their platform to showcase their projects to a larger community of leaders.

MJSF and JS Bank believe that the path to a better society comes from investing in its leaders. Keeping in view the enthusiasm shown by the number of excellent applications received, it shows the hunger and desire among the many talented people of this nation to seek ways to improve the prevailing conditions and challenge the existing status quo. Pakistan Fellows Program will pave the road to a brighter future of this country by providing the tools and the knowledge required to develop the new generation of Pakistani leaders. [30]

Kashf Microfinance Bank

MJSF has invested in Kashf Holdings, the parent company of Kashf Microfinance Bank with co-investors Grameen Foundation , Acumen Fund and Amar Foundation. The Foundation holds 4.6% stake in Kashf Holdings. [26] Kashf Microfinance Bank is an affiliate of Kashf, Pakistan’s second largest microfinance organization which has over 300,000 women as microfinance borrowers. Kashf operates throughout Punjab province. [26]

Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Art Gallery inaugurated at the Alliance Francaise Karachi

JS Group, under its charitable arm Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation inaugurated an Art Gallery at the Alliance Française, Karachi to promote Art and Culture within Pakistan. They express interest to continue supporting initiatives and the private sector contribution to the betterment of the country through art.

Disaster relief

Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation has made some extensive contributions to humanitarian relief. [31]

Relief work with Pakistan Air Force and Army

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake mostly affected the regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, AJ & K and Punjab killing more than 250 people and injuring over 2,000 . Considering the destructive consequences of the earthquake, MJSF distributed over 200 family size tents & 900 high thermal blankets to the victims. The Pakistan Army organized a relief distribution ceremony in the Daggar District Council Hall, Buner. The opportunity was graced by Col. SaifUllah, Commanding Unit 3SP, Commissioner Buner and District Tehsil NazimBuner. Mr. Khawar Kayani, JS Bank Regional North Head, represented Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation. Considering the destructive impact of the earthquake,

IDP Campaign 2014

In 2014, MJSF joined forces with the Alumni Association of National Security Workshops (AAN) to raise funds for internally displaced persons in Pakistan due to the Zarb-e-Azb operation. [32] At a fundraiser, held in July 2014, MJSF announced that they would donate Rs. 10 million towards IDPs. [32]

Flood Relief Campaign 2012

Sindh province was one of the worst affected floods in 2012. Essentially, every year, Southern Sindh is most vulnerable to torrential rains and floods, however, this year; Northern Sindh and Balochistan were comparatively more affected. Reportedly, more than 5 million people were affected. MJSF launched its relief initiative in September 2012 mobilizing two teams of doctors, paramedics and volunteers. The initiative spanned over two provinces and five districts including Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore of Sindh and Jaffarabad, Nasirabad of Balochistan. In one month, the teams reached out to approximately 32,000, Malaria, Gastroenteritis, skin and eye diseases.

Flood Relief Campaign 2011

In 2011, Pakistan was hit by unprecedented monsoon rains and floods. Across the country and the scale of the crisis is exceptional, affecting the lives of millions of people, people living in the community and livelihoods, and forcing people to flee from their homes. The floods caused considerable damage; An estimated 5.3 million people were affected with 1.5 million homes damaged. [33] The consequences of the floods, including diarrhea, malaria and water borne diseases. The province of Sindh was hard hit, with 22 out of 23 districts of Sindh badly affected. More than 70% of the homes in villages and 30% in urban areas of Badin and Mirpurkhas caved in, while the district lost 70% of its crops. [34][35] There was a need to minimize the damage caused by the lack of basic healthcare and amenities.

The primary area of ​​focus of the MJSF is to provide food, water and medicine to all those affected. [36] [37] The Foundation mobilized its fleet of ambulances over a stretch of 45 days, 100 people, including general physicians, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, lady health wards covering 94 Union Councils in 10 Districts of Sindh. The relief effort catered to the needs of 70,000 patients. The team operated from abandoned schools, sheds and open areas at times. Including medical facilitations, the team distributed 7-days ration bags to around 3,000 families (6 persons per family), equivalent to approximately 365,000 meals.

Phase I To extend care and the support to the families displaced due to the recent flood in Sindh MJSF and JS Bank feels out icts health team comprenant doctors, para-medical staff, dispensers and helpers along with ict fleet of ambulances and food rations for more than 3,000 families, to provide assistance to the affected. [38] To date, medical attention to 10,229 patients along with food rations, were provided to an estimated 17,500 people in the affected areas which should last for a period of 8-10 days. The areas that were covered in the initial phase of September 3 , 2012 included Badin , Mirpurkhas , Thatta, Mohammed Khan Tando , Tando Allahyar andMithi and the next phase will cover the areas of Sanghar , Nawabshah , Dadu and Khairpur districts. [36] [39] [40] [41]

Phase II MJSF and JS Bank supported the distribution of medicines and medically treated 22,134 patients from districts of Badin, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Dadu and Khairpur districts as part of their Phase 2 of the flood relief campaign. The areas that were covered in phase 1 included Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar and Mithi. [42]

Phase III MJSF and JS Bank supported the distribution of medicines and medically treated 25,976 patients from 14 October 2011 to 28 October 2011 in the districts of Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thar, Tando Muhammad Khan and Tando Allahyar. [43] [44]

United Nations (UN), Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh (PDMA), International Organization for Migration (IOM), JS Bank and MJSF held a joint conference at Mohatta Palace Museum Coordinated strategies to address the humanitarian needs of flood hit communities. [45] [46]

Flood Relief Campaign 2010

MJSF has been included in the country. After certifying that it would be an impacted flood, food would be delivered within 24 hours. [31] MJSF had initially set up camps in Southern Punjab (Rajanpur District) and Upper Sindh (Kashmore, Shikarpur, Khairpur districts) which provided shelter, food aid, water and healthcare to approximately 10,000 people. [47] The Sehwan Sharif Refugee Camp was established on September 30, 2010. The need had risen from the mass exodus of people from the flooded areas. [48] They were also providing mobile medical services (doctors in a van) that went to camps in Central Sindh and had built a major mobile medical service in ThattaDistrict and were also providing medical care in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces. [49]

2008 Swat IDP Conflict

In October 2008, following the operation by the Pakistani Army to flush out the extremes of the country’s population was evacuated. [50] [51]

MJSF’s response was immediate. The Foundation provides a wide range of food aid and aids in the development of food and non-food items. M & JS Foundation supported the following areas:

  1. Logistics
  2. Health
  3. Food Aid
  4. Rehabilitation

While the foundation of this relief effort is at the end of 2008, hundreds of thousands of IDPs still live in camps with the United Nations. [50] [52]

2005 earthquake

On October 8, 2005, the Himalayas were severely jolted by a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale ( USGS ). The devastation was widespread in the mountainous area of ​​Pakistan. Spearheading the domestic support and immediately mobilized, the Foundation was one of the organizations that provided rescue , relief and rehabilitation to the distressed by mobilizing itself within 4 days of the disaster. [50]

It had a focused approach and provided support in the following key areas:

  1. Immediate relief operations
  2. Rapid rebuilding of peoples livelihoods
  3. Focus on most vulnerable and socially disadvantaged groups, such as children, women, disabled and the elderly
  4. Encourages engagement of the private sector and civil society and fundraising for various relief organizations [53]

Awards and achievements

UAE minister appreciates Vice Chairman MJSF for his remarkable contribution to philanthropy

Ali Raza Siddiqui, Co-Chairman JS Group & Vice Chairman Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui, received a grant from Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE for his distinguished contribution to philanthropy at the annual award Organization at a local hotel in Dubai. He was recognized for his contribution to the dignity and life of individuals, families and communities through his philanthropic initiatives in the areas of education, disaster relief, healthcare and social enterprise.

Karachi Biennale 2017

Mahvash J. Siddiqui is the Patron in Chief [54] for the Pakistan chapter of the internationally acclaimed Biennial Foundation . The Karachi Biennial (KB ) is a visionary platform that focuses on innovation, excellence, and criticality in the pursuit of a wide public audience. Its discursive interventions aim to cross pollinate ideas and explore meaning and truth across disciplines and contexts.

The Karachi Biennale has a strong partnership with Goethe Institute , British Council and Alliance Francaise . This network extends to universities and cultural institutions in the country and abroad.

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