POST CONVENTION REPORTS:
The first convention of Petarians was held at Cadet College Petaro on 24-26 December 2004. This was truly an amazing event. Over 400 Petarians registered and turned up at the Convention – though many of them could only attend the sessions on Saturday alone. They came from far and wide – from the Americas, UK, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and from all over Pakistan. Some of the key highlights:
Cadet College Petaro is to Petarians what Eton was to Percy Bysshe Shelley and Sindh Madressatul Islam was to Quaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah. After all, it is their home away from home – a place where they spent their most memorable years. CCP is the institution which instilled confidence and discipline in each one of them. In more ways than one, it made them.
Within this short span of life, the Foundation has already made substantial progress in demonstrating its viability as an NGO geared towards the service of Pakistan, Petaro and Petarians. It has successfully completed a number of projects, and a number of activities are on-going.
under the theme “Petarians for Pakistan” was held at Cadet College Petaro on 24-26 Dec 2004. Over 450 Petarians participated. Over Rs. 30 lacs donation collected.
Six scholarships were given to cadets during 2004-2005, ten scholarships were given to cadets during 2005-2006 and fifteen in 2006-2007. This will be continued in years to come.
One ex-cadet was given scholarship for a period of 4 years for his studies at LUMHS, Jamshoro. A second ex-cadet is studying at NED University while a third one was sponsored by us at Bahria University for his MBA.
The first Interactive Workshop was held at Islamabad for all teachers of CCP on 24-31 July 2005, managed by The Konsultants, Lahore (http://www.thekonsultants.com/). Further training programs shall be organized with the objective to improve the quality of education at CCP with better trained teaching staff.
The Petarian Foundation employed the services of Berlitz Language Center at Karachi (http://www.berlitz.com/ to bring all the CCP teachers to a mark of excellence in their English language skills. The English language teaching program was started in the summer of 2006 at Petaro with nearly 30 teachers in participation. The summer program was intense while it will continue on weekends for the next 2 years.
CCP Teachers sent to Aga Khan Training Center, Karachi for special skills training in summer of 2006.
Cadet College Petaro has been provided a complete automation solution using state of the art technology with computers, software, wireless and cable networking, broadband, WiFi.
Lower level employees of CCP are sponsored by Petarian Foundation to go for Hajj. Each year, one employee is selected. Mr. Mohsin Ali Shah who works as a bearer at the Cadets Mess was sponsored by Petarian Foundation to go for Hajj during 2006. Subsequent recipients of this benefit were Mr. Dheen Muhammad Khaskheli s/o Gul Muhammad, Bearer, Cadets’ Mess in 2007, and Mr. Muhammad Baksh Kachelo, Senior Clerk, Examination Branch in 2008.
Funded by the CCP class of 1964-1969, Petarian Foundation donated a world class Squash Court to Cadet College Petaro. The squash court has been named after Ghiasuddin Sidiqi, kit no. 964/Qasim who was the largest donor for this project, and who expired a few months before its inauguration.
Petarian Foundation provided complete equipment (model planes, flight simulator, spare parts, etc) to the Aeromodelling Club at Cadet College Petaro so that the cadets would have a better opportunity to learn.
Petarian Foundation joined hands with Abdalian Association, Petarian Association, CHAEF, Kawish Welfare Trust and SARID to run projects for relief and rehabilitation of affected population in Sindh, Punjab and KP.
A Relief Camp was established at the Govt. High School no.2, GT Road Peshawar to assist the IDPs jointly with the Abdalian Association.
Immediate Relief and Medical Camp for Earthquake affected population at Rerah, Bagh, AJK during Oct-Nov 2005. The Petarian Foundation distributed over 1500 tents, 4000 blankets and quilts, food rations, clothes, and other relief goods to the affected population in Bagh district, AJK after conducting field surveys of actual damage and destruction in the mountain villages. An average of 5 doctors remained on duty during the first 4 weeks of emergency (including one lady doctor) to provide primary medical relief. We also operated a field ambulance to transport secondary and tertiary patients with referrals to the larger hospitals in Bagh.
Six Basic Health Units / Forward Health Posts were reconstructed by the Foundation in Bagh district, AJK at Rerah, Lohar Bela, Seri Gala, Seri Pehi, Samni and Sarbuland. The Foundation also provided services of 2-3 fulltime doctors for a period of 10 months who also supervised a medical staff of nearly 20 people at these clinics. These clinics were built and run under an agreement with the District Health Officer, Bagh, AJK.
As a part of the rehabilitation of the earthquake affectees, the Petarian Foundation took over the Sarbuland Village project from Brig. Naeem Sadiq during its early phase, and continued its development and management for over two and a half years until March 2008. The village was built on virgin land with 98 homes in the first phase and 76 homes in the second. Of these, 65 were allotted to widows in the first phase. The village was occupied by over 800 residents in the first phase. The village provided all facilities such as school for 200 children, basic heathcare unit, vocational training center for women, roads, electricity, water and sewage systems, sanitation services, security services, round the clock maintenance, gas cookers, sewing machines, etc. A total staff of nearly 70 people were employed including teachers, doctors, medical staff, electricians, plumbers, labourers, security guards, sanitation staff and administration staff to manage the day to day affairs of the village. Most of these were local people from Bagh. The total donations received and spent on this project (mostly in kind) exceeded US$ 2 million.
The Petarian Foundation has distributed Zakat to needy persons, primarily within the Petarian community. It has also assisted a number of members of the Petarian community in various ways for their welfare. For the sake of privacy, the people who have benefited from these schemes are not named.
The Petarian Foundation has been reporting its activities through its periodic newsletter – “The Capital Petarian”.