|DUBAI: The Pakistan Professionals Wing (PPW) has supported around 1,296 students in the last 5 years. Of these, 425 were given financial assistance last year to continue their education. Besides, financial support was extended to 250 families with the help of generous contributions of community members in Dubai.This was stated by the outgoing chairman of PPW, Munir Mahmood, while addressing the body’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai, on Friday. The AGM also selected Waqas Elahi as new chairman and its new executive committee members.
In his address, Mahmood appreciated the role of various committees engaged in numerous activities for the benefit of community members among which are professionals like bankers, engineers, doctors among others.
“In 2011, we had spent around Dhs1.65 million to support deserving students from the community who were unable to pay their tuition fees. Also, a huge portion was spent on renovating a number of schools.
“As education is our top priority, we extended our support to even more students and community schools in 2012, when the amount spent exceeded Dhs2.3 million,” he added.
He said the PPW had organised various programmes in 2012, ranging from teacher training to competitions among students on various topics as well as support to the Medical Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) through funding and donating equipment and medicines for deserving patients.
“This year, which will see us celebrating our silver jubilee, we are planning to organise a series of events for the community throughout the year,” Mahmood added.
Arif Naqvi, founder and also Group CEO of Abraaj Capital, delivered a keynote speech on “Benefits to a community and country at-large from social welfare work and corporate social responsibility”.
Naqvi is also head of Aman Foundation, an NGO engaged in different social sectors in Karachi, whose avowed aim is to transform lives of underprivileged classes of society besides providing state-of-the-art facilities in education and healthcare fields.
He shed light on the various aspects of Aman Foundation, which was launched in 2008, and presented the body as a model for a successful CSR initiative to benefit the community.
He emphasised that on NGO had to be run with transparency and accountability, which then only could be of benefit to the community and country.
Naqvi offered PPW’s support to deserving students from community schools in the UAE who wished to pursue vocational training in Aman’s Karachi-based institute.