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MGYW Pakistan Celebrates National Events

MGYW (Merit Grant For Young Women) of Pakistan organized an event on September 12th on the occasion of August 14th Independence Day of Pakistan and July 4th Independence Day of USA (where MGYW was founded) which was held at Marriott Hotel Karachi organized by MGYW Office Holders and Volunteers. Quite a few MGYW scholars and their parents showed up. Young students expressed their appreciation for their country with interesting speeches and poems. The program concluded with national anthem recital by all participants. The event was full of fun and joy with all together - it was a wonderful program. Special transportation arrangements were made to facilitate kids and families. The program concluded with refreshments. A big round of applause to Shazia Hussain, Anum Rehman, Swaleha Khan, Kashish Khan, Mashoora Hussain, and others for bringing together MGYW scholars from all nooks and corners of Karachi to celebrate with pride.
Reported by Anum Rehman; posted by Jason Chau

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Nagar Fort School

MGYW donated ten computers to Nagar Fort School (NFS). They are now properly installed for use by students. There is a computer instructor to coach students to take full advantage of computers in the remotely located NFS. Most households lack computers.

Nagar Fort School

MGYW provides supports Nagar Fort School, KPK for education of girls from low income families. The school just opened while keeping physical distance and following other safety guidelines. The children were provided with
Eid ul Adha gifts due to generosity of MGYW donors. MGYW is grateful to all the donors who continue to provide well needed support to needy children.

Haripur Education Project

MGYW is facilitating education of about 180 girls (beginning 2020) from the Haripur District of Hazara Division

in KPK Province of Pakistan by sponsoring the transportation expenses of these girls from their village homes to Haripur high school.

The students are transported via Suzuki vans from Ratta Banna and Karwala Villages to the Bagra Government Girls High School located at a distance of around eight kilometers. MGYW has staffed a coordinator in the villages who follows up on performance of students and overseas tutoring from trained and qualified teachers for all girls enrolled in the MGYW Haripur Project. This has resulted in significant improvement in girls performance. MGYW has also provided uniforms for all girls. Recently, four girls who were academic position holders in their classes were provided school bags and notebooks in a small safe event to control spread of COVID-19.

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MGYW-Sponsored Computer Lab at Nagar Fort School

Pakistani American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) sponsored setup of computer lab at Nagar Fort School, Chitral, KPK. This lab will strive to reduce the "digital divide" which lowers economic opportunities for children at Nagar Fort School from low-income families.

MGYW Annual Banquet 2019

On August 4, 2019, Pakistani-American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) held a successful annual banquet. The program included overview of MGYW’s almost one dozen projects throughout Pakistan. This year MGYW presented empowerment award to Irvine City Councilwoman Farrah Khan for her brilliant public service. She is the first Pakistani American woman to get elected as council member of a major city. She was presented the award by the Deputy Consul General of Pakistan Shoaib Sarwar and last year’s empowerment award recipient Dr. Shamim Ibrahim. The inspirational keynote address at the banquet was delivered by Dr. Sana U. Khan. Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj and Consul Sarwar also made brief presentations about importance of education in positively impacting underprivileged young women, especially in Paksitan.
Since 2000, MGYW has been successfully providing sustained educational opportunities to thousands of young women belonging to impoverished families in urban and rural areas of Pakistan. MGYW works with several reputable non-profit schools & local activists with an impressive network of about 24,000 students.  It also invests in schools’ infrastructure projects & supports operational needs. So far MGYW has supported education directly or indirectly of over 10,000 girls – many girls have graduated & are now gainfully employed as well as positively influencing their families. MGYW has been commended repeatedly for “its exemplary work in the field of female education and social uplifting in Pakistan”.
The program included musical performance by Imtiaz Khan. The Board Members that made the program a huge success included Tasneem Afzal , Abida Ahmed,  Bilquis Haider, Dr. Bina Kamdar,  Dr. Farhana Mohamed , Zeenat Jandga, and Zille Huma Zaman . MGYW’s special thanks to young Adam Jandga for opening the program with Qirat.

MGYW Annual Banquet 2018

Pakistani-American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) held a successful annual banquet. The program included overview  of MGYW’s almost one dozen projects in Pakistan, free raffles, and awards to three exceptional women from Southern California for their brilliant contribution to education, community service, and humanitarian welfare.

MGYW's Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Since 2000, MGYW (Pakistani American Forum - Merit Grants for Young Women) has been successfully providing sustained educational opportunities to thousands of young women belonging to impoverished families in urban and rural areas of Pakistan. In addition to individual incentive grants, MGYW has entered into MOUs with several promising NGOs to collaborate on variety of educational and vocational training projects. All this has been made possible with sustained monetary support mostly from the U.S. donors. To show their appreciation, the MGYW Board Members recently organized an exclusive “Donor Appreciation Luncheon” to honor their long-term donors at a scenic restaurant in Newport Beach, California.
The program included welcome and brief introduction of MGYW mission by  the MGYW President, Dr. Bina Kamdar. She then introduced  MGYW Board Members, Tasneem Afzal (Vice President), Abida Ahmed, Sufia Altaf, Bilquis Haider (Secretary), Dr. Farhana Mohamed (Global Chair), Zeenat Jandga (Marketing), and Zille Huma Zaman (Treasurer); Board Members Shaista Khan &  Iram Iqbal were unable to attend the event.  This followed with Board Members introducing select projects  managed by MGYW throughout Pakistan such as Hamida Shaukat Ali Foundation Girls High School, Haripur Education & Transportation, Sagri District Graduation Incentive Grants, Karachi Gift Pack, PFOWA (Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association) Scholarships, Individual Student Scholarships, HOPE Schools,  Midwifery Program Grants, and support to Society for Educational Welfare (SEW) students. It was also mentioned that the projects are routinely visited by the Board Members at their own expense. The program was very well received by the honored guests. The MGYW Board is profoundly grateful to the generous donors  and volunteers for enabling positive long-lasting changes to lives of thousands of under-privileged girls and their families residing throughout Pakistan.

MGYW Annual Banquet

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Recently the Board Members of Pakistani American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) hosted MGYW's 2017 fundraiser in a local hotel. Dr. Sana Kamdar emceed the event with Adam Jandga reciting from the Holy Quran. This followed with introduction of the new MGYW officeholders for 2017-2018. The program included speeches by the Consul General of Pakistan Abdul Jabbar Memon and Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Walnut. Dr. Sana Khan made a powerful powerpoint presentation on women's status as defined in Islam; later, he also conducted MGYW fundraising with

Dr. Bina Kamdar. Nine MGYW projects were introduced by MGYW Board Members: Tasneem Afzal, Sufia Altaf, Iram Iqbal, Bilquis Haider, Farhana Mohamed, Shaista Khan (could not attend), Zeenat Jandga, Zille Huma Zaman and Bina Kamdar (presented a video). Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari, founder of IDSP of Pakistan, highlighted activities of her organization, which focuses on community development. This year MGYW introduced Women's Achievement Awards with Manaal Jafrey-Razaque and Professor (Dr.) Suraiya Rasheed being the recipients of first youth and women's achievement awards, respectively. The program also included Karoaki music and raffle prizes. MGYW is grateful to its volunteers Sana Kamdar, Fiza, Aena, and Zara Nadeem, Farhan Kamdar, and Osman Mohamed.

 

(Report prepared by Farhana Mohamed; Photography by Jason Haider Studio)

President: 

Vice President: 

Secretary: 

Treasurer: 

Director of Marketing: 

Director of Sales: 

Chairperson Global Operations: 

Bina Kamdar (Past President: Zille Huma Zaman)     Tasneem Afzal (Past Vice President: Bina Kamdar)
Bilquis Haider/Tasneem Afzal
Zille Huma/Farhana Mohamed
Zeenat Jandga
Shaista Khan
Farhana Mohamed

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With great pleasure, the MGYW Board announces

the nomination and approval of the following office bearers for 2017-18:

The Pakistani American Forum - Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW)’s 1016 annual fundraising banquet was held recently in Southern California. The program was emceed by Dr. Sana Kamdar, a young emerging leader. The program started with Quranic Recitation by Sadia Khan. Next the Guest of Honor, Artesia Mayor ProTem Ali Sajjad Taj, summarized achievements of MGYW through the years and presented a certificate of recognition for "its exemplary work in the field of female education". The Chief Guests, Pakistan Consul General Jabbar Memon and Dr. Shehla Memon also graced the occasion. During his speech, Consul General Memon commended the role of an organization like MGYW playing a positive role in providing educational opportunities for underprivileged young women of Pakistan and by filling the gap left due to limited government resources. He also mentioned that school education is now the responsibility of the provincial governments, who are making great efforts for more children to attend schools.

 

This followed with the welcome and introduction of two new MGYW Board Members, Dr. Tahira Akram & Zeenat Jangda, and youth coordinator Sadaf Lakhia.The MGYW mission, background, and selected projects were introduced by the Board Members including Tasneem Afzal, Sufia Altaf, Iram Iqbal, Dr. Bina Kamdar, Dr. Farhana Mohamed, and Zille Huma Zaman; Board Member Shaista Khan was unable to attend the event. The projects included setup of the Science Laboratory at Hamida Shaukat Ali Girls School, Haripur Education & Transportation, Sagri District Graduation Incentive, Karachi Gift Pack, PFOWA (Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association) Student Scholarships, and Society for Educational Welfare (SEW) Grants. In the entertainment segment, Hanif Noormohamed & the LA Supremes Band enthralled the guests with enchanting vocal performances by Hanif Noormohamed & Azra Malik, with Suresh Kumar on tabla. The program was highly successful due to the efforts put forth by all Board Members. The Board is profoundly grateful to the event sponsors, generous donors, and volunteers.

 

Reported by: Farhana Mohamed
Photos Courtesy: Jason Chauder

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The Pakistani American Forum - Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) recently held its annual fundraising banquet in Southern California. The program was emceed by young lawyer Madiha Shahabuddin. The program started with acknowledgement of event sponsors (Pakistan Link, Safeer-e-Pakistan, Infinity Care, and Islamic Relief USA), generous donors, Board Members, and volunteers for their support. The Quranic recitation was conducted by Mohammad Rafay. This was followed by introduction of Councilman Ali Sajjad Taj, City of Artesia, by MGYW Board President Zille Huma Zaman. Councilman Taj delivered inspiring address about importance of educating underprivileged young women of Pakistan. He also urged guests to donate generously. Prominent community activist Mahomed Akbar Khan was introduced by Emcee who read Certificate of Recognition presented to MGYW on behalf of the U.S. Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39). Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sana U. Khan, an accomplished Radiologist and a philanthropist, was introduced by Board Member Tasneem Afzal. Dr. Khan, who had returned from performing Umra a day ago, elaborated how image of book on MGYW logo connected to importance of education. Dr. Sana Khan mentioned that the first word that was revealed on Prophet Mohammad (Peace be Upon Him) was “Iqra” (read). While importance of education is not gender specific in Islam, he correlated the crucial role educated mothers play in upbringing and providing education to their children. 


These succinct speeches were followed by Dr. Farhana Mohamed’s presentation highlighting MGYW’s accomplishments and new projects undertaken during the preceding year. Some of the significant projects included Karachi Grants, Haripur Transportation, Pindi/Sagri District Graduation Incentive, Karachi Gift Pack, Hamida Shaukat Girls School, Kot Shera, Punjab, and collaboration with PFOWA. In addition, she mentioned MGYW partnership with distinguished NGOs, which benefited girls belonging to low-income families throughout Pakistan.

 

The fundraising segment was conducted by Shaista Khan, assisted by Board Members. She motivated the guests to make generous donations toward various MGYW projects. 

 

The musical entertainment was lead by Ashraf Ali who emceed the segment as well as presented a popular national song on stage accompanied by Dr. Sana Khan and MGYW Board. Throughout the event, talented Arshad & Shazia Ali enchanted the audience with popular songs & oldies. The program was memorable in all aspects and the MGYW Board Members who put tremendous effort included Tasneem Afzal, Sufia Altaf, Iram Iqbal, Bina Kamdar (Vice President), Shaista Khan, Farhana Mohamed, and Zille Huma Zaman (President).

 

Report prepared by: Farhana Mohamed Photography Courtesy: Shazia Ali & Ashraf Ali

PFOWA Annual Awards Ceremony 

A memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association (PFOWA), Islamabad and Pakistani American Forum/Merit Grants for Young Women (MGYW) in Los Angeles on 5th September 2014. Since one of the main activities of PFOWA is to promote education by supporting the deserving students of the low-income Foreign Office families, the idea to establish an institutional link between the two organizations was proposed by Mrs Iffat Tasawar Khan in 2013. The MOU was signed after approval by the MGYW Board of Directors and Mrs. Najia Ahmed, President PFOWA. Under the MOU, MGYW now provides 21 annual scholarships to PFOWA.


Recently, PFOWA held an elegant prize and awards distribution ceremony at the Foreign Office, Islamabad, where the deserving qualified female students belonging to the low-income employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were handed out scholarship awards (including MGYW) by the Minister of State for Education Mr.Baleegh-ur-Rehman, in the presence of Foreign Secretary Mr.Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary. The ceremony also included performances by various students and national songs. Parents of the students and officers of the Foreign Office attended the event. The officebearers of PFOWA deserve commendation, especially Najia Ahmed & Lyla Gardezi, for holding a successful dignified event. The Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (former Consul General of Pakistan in Los Angeles) Tasawar Khan & Iffat Tasawar Khan (architect of MGYW/PFOWA MOU) also graced the occasion. It is hoped that the arrangements agreed between MGYW and PFOWA will go a long way in realizing their cherished objective of supporting and promoting education amongst the underprivileged young women of Pakistan.

Karachi Gift Pack Ceremony Held at Second Partner School 

The Karachi Gift Pack Project was initiated in 2011 and is one such project geared to encourage low-income families to provide education to their young daughters. Each gift pack is meticulously prepared and customized to fulfill girls’ basic needs such as school uniform, school bag, note books, stationery, toiletries, water bottle, and lunch box. All girls are required to complete annual renewal form and academic progress report for becoming eligible to receive the gift packs. There are now two partner schools in this project located in the low-income Federal Capital Area and Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, respectively. Recently, the Karachi Gift Pack Ceremony of 2015 was held at both schools. This photo album illustrates the ceremony held at the Government Boys & Girls Primary School Peoples Program, Liaquatabad Town. Hefty gift packs containing annual school supplies and items of personal use were distributed to about 50 young girls and boys belonging to impoverished families. The program was organized by the School Principal Mrs.Abida Begum and her team. The event was attended by MGYW Pakistan office bearers, parents and other respectable guests from different walks of life. The attendees enjoyed the interesting but meaningful tableaus presented by students.

 

MGYW’s Partner School is a High Performer - 2015 

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