Syed Ali

Ops Cashier

Pakistan, APEC

Inclusivity & respect

AL-MADAD RELIEF FUND FOR TEACHERS

Main aim of the charity

A student run welfare group which supports retired and on-job teachers of Royal Academy School by creating a network of students and teachers by enabling them with job and business opportunities as well as financial support to those who are unable to work. In essence, connecting people, improving lives.

How the employee got involved and why

HOW? During the first phase of COVID-19 in March 2019, I paid a cordial visit to my school Teachers, Yousuf Kamal (English) and Ms. Shahida Nighat (School Accountant). During my discussion with these two staff, I realised that most of the school staff of Royal Academy were facing critical conditions due to the challenges caused by the pandemic. Most of the Teachers were on unpaid leave and some of them had also lost their jobs. This compelled me to visit a few more of the School staff, including the retired Teachers who had taught me from Nursery till Matric during 1990’s period. It was during these visits and discussions, I made a realisation that most of the Teachers had no source of income to help them during this challenging time instead many of them were sole bread winners of the family and were also suffering from major health issues such as Dialysis, Heart, Cataract and Physical disability. WHY? What clicked me the most and still worries me are my Teacher, Yousuf Kamal’s words. I had asked him that why does he ride his bike to work in this age and especially post his heart surgery. He said “If I don’t ride this bike, how will I go to work? And if I don’t go to work, how will I run my house?” He was 65 years old and was still working to support his wife and daughter. This is the moment that I decided that I have to do something to help my Teachers and staff of Royal Academy School, who are retired, have lost their jobs and have no alternate source of income to fulfill their necessities. This welfare act was a small token of gratitude to all those Teachers who have contributed to my success and helped me become what I am today.

What work does the employee do for charity

A student run welfare group which supports retired and on-job teachers of Royal Academy School by creating a network of students and teachers by enabling them with job and business opportunities as well as financial support to those who are unable to work. In essence, connecting people, improving lives.

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