World AIDS Day - 2020
We celebrated World AIDS Day to clarify the myths, break the taboo surrounding this disease. World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
International Youth Day - 2020
We celebrated Youth Week for the commemoration of the International Youth Day with young voices for young voices. Collective voices, collective efforts and collective ideas will lead us to a better and sustainable future. To celebrate the Youth Week, youth-led organizations which includes Institute for Social and Youth Development (ISYD), International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), MASHAL, Pakistan Advocacy Network (PAN) and The Road to Rights are joining hands to empower and strengthen the young people of our society The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
COVID-19 Response - Food Ration Distribution
Keeping in view current situation of lock-down and COVID-19 precautions, almost all the work is being implemented online be that classes, sessions, meetings, schools etc. Flare of MASHAL group has been distributing Food Ration packages to deserving communities from charity, pocket money and crowd funding.
We are Equal
This was an infrequent idea in context of Pakistan where the activity was planned to address the problems and negative behaviors of society faced by all genders; Men, Women, Trans and Intersex community. Unfortunately, they still suffer in every walk of life. The aim was to create an awareness and acceptance about the rights and responsibilities of all the genders so activity was designed in a way that representatives from each gender got an equal chance to speak on their rights, roles and their place in society along with the problems they face to develop solution that can affect policies. Living in a patriarchal society, majority of people have no idea about the sufferings of gender minorities in Pakistan. Mashal made an attempt to lay a hand on all those insightful issues regarding all genders which are not part of usual discussions.
Pakistan is going through tough times in terms of people’s freedom to practice their religions openly. They face many hurdles in their everyday life and wish to live a peaceful, thriving lifestyle. There were three sessions in a day. First session: Social activists from Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Hindu community were called in the Panel. They discuss the current position of minority groups in Lahore. They discussed the common things from every religion. They discussed the role of minority groups in the history. Second Session: It included the issues faced by the minority group residing in Pakistan and what steps should be taken on individual and policy level to reduce it. They discussed the issues faces by the people due to intolerance in the society. The told the young people from all the religions how they can support each other to promote peace along with questions and answers sessions Third Session: Visit to: 1- A Gurdawara 2- A Church 3- A Mosque 4- A Mandir
Independence Day in Orphanage
It was such a pleasant experience for Team Mashal to spend one day day with little gems. National Songs, National Anthem, games, promises and Coloring competition made them more energetic than before. Mashal encourages everyone to spend time and gift them anything you can on any occasion.
Mashal for Peace
Pakistan is going through tough times. Fighting a war against terrorism within the country along with standing firmly against other predators. In the current situation, the people of Pakistan want nothing to do with war. They face many hurdles in their everyday life and wish to live a peaceful, thriving lifestyle. We celebrated a Social Media Campaign to share positive thoughts of young people.
Fighting SMOG - Think Green Live Green
In Partnership with MABCOS we conducted an for Smog. One of the most recent and pressing issue of Pakistan is environment crises. Children should know what it is and how on micro level they can create an impact. The intervention had presentations, awareness walk, group activity, poem reciting and tree plantation activity. Students were very excited and promised to keep the environment clean and also promised to promote this message everywhere.
Learning Camp Swat
Laraib Abid and Annam Lodhi representing MASHAL, gave sessions in the leadership camp as speakers for Women Leadership camp cum excursion in Swat, Pakistan by Youth Development Society. Young girls from Sindh, KP, Punjab and Baluchistan were present. Interactive sessions, trips and cultural night made it a complete Package for the young people to travel and enjoy.
Mashal- Enlightening Society
Mashal Launched its campaign to tribute all those people who are busy in performing their duties and are away from their Families and friends even during EID. This journey starts with Traffic wardens who are not only away from their families but also stand all day under scorching sun even in Ramadan while fasting. This is to tell everyone that while you are going to your families and friends they are standing on the roads for you. This Token of appreciation is a tribute and a sign of Thanks from our side to them just some snacks, juices, Eid Cards and A Greet with smile. Mashals traveled 12 Signal/chowk across Lahore.