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Hafsa Arif – Charitable with Purpose

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Tell us about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and what do you do?

I am a Pakistani national. I will turn 19 on the 25th of September. I have recently completed my A levels and now I will be taking admission in L.L.B Honors.

What was your reason behind founding Wawa Gul Trust?

My inspiration got a clear direction by going through my grand father and my fathers accomplishments as philanthropists. I wanted the legacy of my grand father to continue,therefore I came up with the idea of WWGT to help the destitute. Wawa gul, which means appealing flower was the title given to my grand father by the underprivileged.

What are WWGT’s goals? What is it that you aim to accomplish?

WWGT has a significant role to play in improving the status of the poverty-stricken, beside the government. WWGT is established to support disadvantaged people in the local communities in which we operate. Our objective is to deliver a fair and accountable system based on individual needs and circumstances. We want to develop a culture of sustainable and responsible charitable giving, ensuring the rights of both the donor and beneficiary. We aim is to provide quality education,healthy lifestyle and to help the underprivileged with their basic needs so the smile that was once doomed in darkness is brought back on their faces.

Could you tell us about some of the work you have done with WWGT?

Our sincere efforts have been directed to the following projects: To provide value based education for all, to provide clothes and food to needy and poor people and to provide child sponsorship facilities.

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What is it that you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?

The greatest accomplishment of WWGT up to date is the the sponsorship of several orphan girls, whose education expenses are given by WWGT.

What are some challenges you have faced so far in your work, and how are you overcoming them?

Being a teenager, I faced criticism and discouragement due to the prevalence of fraudulent activities in our society, but I firmly believe that the winner stands alone. So I started off by donating my clothes and shoes to those without a dime. Now, I have gained the trust of many individuals from Pakistan and overseas who are willing to associate with Wawa Gul Trust. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

What advice do you have to other teenagers trying to make a change?

I would like to tell the youth whose agenda is to bring change to the world we are living in that they should contribute for the welfare of their society.They should be the voice of good in the community.They should view issues and problems from multiple perspectives, angles and vantage points. We can’t change the direction of the wind but we can adjust the sails to reach our destination.