I have been Zoya Baji for way longer than I was Ms. I came out of the experience having gained way more than I could ever hope to impart, that? What were some of the hurdles, if any, that you faced during your volunteering?ZA: Living in Karachi, everyone is aware of the security situation and lack thereof.AT&T Phone is next-generation digital home phone service like you’ve never heard before.It delivers great sound quality, reliability, and, with over 20 features, allows you to control how and when you communicate.Particularly on Saturdays, starting from 9 am to 2 pm., Rahbar volunteers reach a designated location to be picked up by TCF vans ( TCF providesthe logistical support).Some of these TCF campuses are relatively far off so it takes a long commute.
It has always been a really beautiful association and at a certain point it matters the most because it is just about the kids and me, the expectations they have of me are a duty that I personally owe to them.It was part of our curriculum that we were to complete a certain number of hours doing community service’.I remember going to an institute that focused on the rehabilitation of the blind and deaf.I do have a lot of people in my life who voice their concerns with what activities I choose to partake in during the weekends.An individual woman, that too commuting to and fro from ‘volatile’ areas is reasonable cause for genuine concern, but you have to realize that I am a big advocate of self-sufficiency.Upon reaching at the designated location, volunteers are briefed by a coordinator who then assigns you a certain class to take care of.One thing that I find duly impressive is how TCF manages to vest our interests. Once you are associated with such programme you realize your importance in some people’s life as a person who has to act responsibly, as these people will look up to you as a role model.This exercise again, was based around having the patients ‘informed’ about the due processes, educating them, And building their confidence.Most recently, I have become part of the ‘Rahbar’ programme, initiated by The Citizen’s Foundation.A database, or a directory of sorts that could expedite this entire process for people at large would be a real blessing. It is extremely important that you are considerate of them, their backgrounds, their limited knowledge or anything pertaining to their circumstantial situations. Punctuality, personal conduct, all of which is covered in what we call in our line of work as Best Practices – they all need to be adhered to. Even if there’s something inherently wrong with you and you can’t seem to behave yourself, you best be on your best behavior when you go and volunteer!If they were to regulate and notify the public of the demands of the NGO’s, a massive gap will be effectively bridged. Just because you’re volunteering, please do not underestimate the role that you are stepping into. You are influencing someone’s life – the life of an impressionable teenager, who is counting on your modeled behavior to someday emulate and address his or her concerns.