My Name is Waseem Iqbal working as executive Director at AAs. Let me introduce our journey with all of you.
Despite all the various kinds of evils surrounding our society from all four sides, what makes this world a beautiful place? According to us, it’s ‘hope’. It’s ‘hope’ that whispers in our ears during testing times that good days are ahead.
‘AAs’ means hope, was established to create a child-friendly world for every child. A child-friendly world where children have access to each and every resource to ensure their survival, development, protection and participation.
The seven founder members of the organization met in the year 2003. They entered the same college from different walks of life, having different struggles in their childhood and adolescents’ age to pursue M.A. in Social work.
During their educational journey, they were put in the same group for an internship and were asked to organize different activities in urban and rural communities. They came across lots of children from underserved communities and realized they shares the similar experiences of various difficulties and lack of guidance. They organized different activities like skit plays, awareness campaigns on education, sanitation and drug addiction. All these activities were appreciated and they realized the power of co-creation. The first idea of creating an organization came in the year 2004 and in 2005 this idea converted into reality in a form of AAs.
AAs is on the mission of creating Child Friendly World and we believe that Child development and protection could not be achieved by only working with children but this should be a comprehensive approach to include each and every stakeholder to address different cross-cutting issues affecting child development. AAs has adopted its 5Ps model.
The 5Ps model of AAs contains, Protection of every child from any kind of abuse, Prevention by engaging all the direct and indirect stakeholders by sensitizing and capacity building programmes for creating child-friendly atmospheres, People’s Participation to ensure the participation of every stakeholder i.e., children, parents, child care institutions, Police and other line departments to ensure their participation for creating child-friendly spaces, Partnership in terms of knowledge and resource partner with the likeminded organization and Propagate the child rights issues at different forums to influence decision-makers to develop child-friendly policies and laws in the country.
AAs always explore partnerships and projects interventions in a way by which we can achieve all of our 5Ps for creating a child-friendly world. We have not limited ourselves only to financial partnerships with our supporters, but always open our doors for knowledge and resource partnerships.
This year in 2023, AAs is completing its 18 years of journey in which we have touched more than 300000 children by imparting training on child abuse, directly working with more than 10000 families for family based alternative care, supported more than 10000 children in need of care and protection, rescued more than 2000 children from beggary and child labor, trained more than 5000 officials from police department, women and child development department and representatives of child care institutions. More than 2000 drivers’ community for ensuring child friendly transport.