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Community Help Community Brings Gomal University Students to Islamabad

Dera Ismail Khan, November 6, 2015 – More than 30 students from Gomal University of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province met with officials from local NGO Community Help Community (CHC) and American diplomats at U.S. Embassy Islamabad’s Information Resource Center on November 3.  The group discussed ways in which Pakistani youth can engage in community service and volunteer work and contribute to improvement in their local communities. The session was one of five discussions organized by Community Help Community in partnership with NGOs SHARP, IWS and Serve.

Senator and CEO Rubina Khalid and Joint Secretary Speaker’s Chamber National Assembly welcomed the students at the National Institute of Cultural Studies to discuss interfaith harmony, tolerance, and volunteerism.

Students discussed German-Pakistani relations and cooperation with First Secretary Dr. Dan Tidten from the German Embassy.

During a session held at UNDP Pakistan where Mr. Neil Buhne UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative in ‎Pakistan and Ms. Sonia Atallah Lead Coordinator of the upcoming National Human Development Report 2015, UNDP Pakistan discussed about the Sustainable Development Goals and invited the youth to participate in the Report which will highlight the Youth as a critical force for human development of the country.

  Finally, CHC arranged a session with philanthropist, politician, and entrepreneur Mr. Waqar Khan.  Mr Khan presented each of the students a certificate for their participation in the program.

CHC’s founder and CEO Mr. Muhammad Ejaz developed the program with Gomal University Vice Chancelor Maj. Gen (R) Hamid Shafique to bring awareness to a select group of Bachelor and Masters level students regarding a number of issues such as health, human rights, volunteerism, the UN and diplomatic systems, and raise awareness of the contribution and efforts of various partners in the development of Pakistan.  Mr. Ejaz said “This visit was the first of its kind and will increase the motivation of Pakistani youth to further engage in society and work to bring about positive change in their communities.”

U.S. Embassy Islamabad Counselor for Public Affairs Christina Tomlinson spoke at the U.S. event saying “Volunteering is a powerful force for change, a powerful force for good.  Volunteering brings benefits to the community and also to the individuals who volunteer.  In Pakistan, volunteerism presents a tremendous opportunity.”

Established in 2014, CHC, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to promoting local capacity-building initiatives across Pakistan.  For more information, visit: http://chcworld.org/ or www.facebook.com/chcworld

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Caption:  Students from Gomal University  at U.S. Embassy 7 at UNDP Islamabad with Mr. Neil Buhne

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Caption:   Students from Gomal University at National Institute of cultural studies NICS & at German Embassy Islamabad,

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