Monday, December 28, 2009

Pakistani Children volunteering for safe planet

Naila Zeb- Climate Project Connector shares exciting pictures of children who are volunteering for a safe planet.

Safe planet is the right of our children for their future. They have no other place to live in, except this planet which is under the severe impacts of global climate crisis. No matter, the impacts of climate change are visible and widely observed now, however children will be more impacted in coming years if immediate actions are not taken to control greenhouse gases emission and to protect our planet from global warming.

Pakistan Red Crescent Society celebrate International Volunteers Day in PRCS National Headquarter Islamabad (Pakistan). One of the exciting part of this celebration was the role of children from Army Public School Rawalpindi who are raising their voices for a safer planet. Children voices come with the slogan "Volunteering for our Planet". Of course it matters a lot! Thanks to PRCS Pakistan and their volunteers.

Climate Project Connectors is proud to have Naila Zeb, Muhammad Iqbal, Gohar and Amjad Ali as part of this campaign.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Connectors Spotlight- Saad Yousaf

Saad Yousaf is a young, experienced trainer in development sector. He lives in Abbottabad- a city of education, blessed with natural beauty in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Saad completed his studies in International Relations and also received gold medal in BCS. He has eleven years of diverse experience in the field of Advocacy, Social Mobilization, Good Governance, Alternate and Renewable Energy and Organizational Development. He has spent a lot of time in conducting research, assessment studies, strategic planning and projects designing. A most challenging but exciting job of his career was the baseline study that he successfully conducted in more than 700 villages of 4 different districts.

One of the achievements of Saad is development of automated software that organizes field data into an efficient and effective knowledge management and learning system. This software helps in presenting a large pool of data in organizational friendly manner with various analytical reports needed for all tiers of management and donors. This software is practiced by Sungi Development Foundation, which is a leading NGO of Pakistan. Saad has also experience of networking, liaison and reporting to number of donors including Oxfam Novib, UNDP, CIDA, Canadian Hunger Foundation, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy etc. Saad has established his own consultancy firm “Alternate Solution” and has provided consultancy services to various development actors including bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors.

Saad has recently joined “Climate Project Connectors”- a voluntary campaign of dedicated volunteers in Pakistan, which strive to create awareness on catastrophe of Climate Change and seeking appropriate solutions. Saad was one of the participants in a national level Connectors Training Workshop, recently held in Mansehra (Pakistan). He is now a CONNECTOR of this campaign in Pakistan and contributing in global Climate Change campaign, led by The Climate Project- an organization founded by Al Gore (the ex-president of the US). As a Climate Project Connector, Saad has planned number of activities to create awareness on climate change in Pakistan. He recently established Future Concern, a CSO focusing on different issues, including climate change and global warming. Saad will be starting a research, community meetings and mass media campaign on climate crisis. His plans also include developing an annual climate change atlas using GIS techniques, aforestation and create models demonstrating green house gas emissions. Saad is looking forward to contribute his best efforts in helping communities and local organizations to deal with the challenges of climate crisis.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Connectors Spotlight- Naila Zeb

Naila Zeb belongs to the beautiful Northern Areas of Pakistan. Naila joined Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) as a volunteer and now she is working as Psycho-social Support Program Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (Pakistan Delegation). She did her internship at National Headquarter PRCS and won the 1st National Youth Camp best participant award. Naila also represented Pakistan as Youth reprehensive in Italy in June 2009. Currently Naila is working for the internally displaced persons of Swat conflict in NWFP. Naila likes reading books and enjoy her world with a circle of nice friends. She loves hiking, gardening and enjoys nature.

Naila joined Climate Project Connectors campaign in Pakistan, recently in October 2009 after attending The Climate Project (TCP) Australia’ Connectors Training Programme in Mansehra (Pakistan). Naila is now an active CONNECTOR of the campaign and dedicated to engage youth for creating awareness on climate change. She has started mobilizing her friends, family members and young volunteers of PRCS on clean environment. Naila is planning to train more then 100 volunteers at the upcoming National Youth Camp in February 2010 and want to contribute her due role for behavioural change among society members towards a safe environment.