Blood Drive 2019

One bottle of blood can save three lives! The CSR department of DHA Suffa University aims to benefit not only the students of its college but the community as well. With this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indus Hospital and DHA Suffa University in February 2017. As per the MOU, a blood drive is conducted annually within the premises of DSU. The fifth annual blood drive was held on the 21st of February, 2019 at DSU, in the basketball court. A team of students from DSU set up a small bake sale through which they collected donations for the CSR department.

The event lasted for 8 hours (a full working day) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Great Spirit to help the society was shown by the students of DSU as a total of 264 students showed up to donate blood out of which 194 were able to donate healthy and use able blood. 187 male students donated blood, and 7 females.

The event was a huge success and contributed greatly to the society by granting them 194 bags of useful blood.

 

 

Interview Session – SINA

The Community Service and Sustainability Program (CSSP) at DHA Suffa University (DSU) is based on the theme of giving time or talent for the benefit of a community group (not for profit) that has a genuine need for service.  The CSSP is an action program that allows an individual to learn, serve, and transform their lives. While classroom teaching can help students learn about homelessness, extreme cases of poverty and societal problems, social service is the key enabler to make students learn more dynamically. This form of learning is essential for the success of a student’s professional growth. The CSSP plays an important role in invoking a sense of civic responsibility in an individual. To ensure that DSU’s vision of nation building is materialized, the university has made 60 hours of community service a mandatory requirement for undergraduate students of the Management Sciences Department.

In order to fulfil this requirement, the CSSP department at DSU has been providing the Management Sciences students with various platforms, and has collaborated with different organizations such as The Indus Hospital, The Citizen’s Foundation, Dar-ul-Sukun, etc.

As a part of one family, DSU wishes to engage its students in volunteering opportunities in SINA Health, Education and Welfare Trust. In this regard, DSU’s CSR department has been working with representatives from SINA, and it has been decided that social internship at SINA program will start from March.

Interviews for the social internship program at SINA were held on the 22nd February 2019 in the conference room DSU, by representatives of SINA. A total of 36 candidates were addressed in this session. The purpose of this session was to get an idea of the students who had signed up for the volunteering program. A brief of the organization, the nature of work and the flow of events was covered in this session.

CSR Orientation

On 12th February, 2019 the CSR department held its first orientation in the DSU Auditorium for the students of MS department (BBA 1, 2, 3 and 4). The primary purpose of this orientation was to provide detailed information to these students about the Community Service and Sustainability Program. This orientation brought together several organizations that have been CSR department’s partners since a long time. Representatives from several partnered organizations like, Darul Sukun, Indus Hospital, SINA, Robin Hood Army and student representatives for DHA Schools and DSU Community Academy. The following aspects were covered in the orientation:

  • To understand the importance of CSR activities.
  • To remind the students that they are responsible to complete 60 hours of mandatory community service before they graduate.
  • To help students choose which social internship they would like to opt for and to explain students the roles and responsibilities of the students and the CSR department.

During the orientation Brochures and enrolment forms were given out to all the students for information and registration respectively.

Stress Management Session

On February 1st, 2019 a representative of a renowned health center, Chugtai Labs visited DSU to conduct a seminar on Stress and its management. This session was held in the Executive Lecture Theare of DSU and the target audience for this session were the Head of Departments, directors and Faculty members nominated by departmental heads.   Dr. Tahira Shahid conducted this session, who is a physician by profession but a motivational speaker and a health awareness educator by profession.

The session proved to be very beneficial for the audience as it covered the topics of stress in daily life and its relation with the diet that one takes. Dr Tahira spoke about the impact of stress and diet on an individual’s health. She particularly emphasized on proposing ways to manage stress, addictions and to have a balanced diet. In relevance to these problem, a PR package was distributed amongst the audience that comprised of a comprehensive diet plan. The CSR department wishes to conduct such sessions for students and employees of DSU in order to make them aware and conscious.

JDC Old Age Home

JDC Foundation Pakistan is working as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit and charitable organization. It works under its own Memorandum of Articles of Association and leadership. Their mission is “to be the principal charitable organization of Pakistan, and be self-reliant and committed to supporting and alleviating human sufferings through providing educational, medical and community support, while acting in compliance with fundamental principles and humanitarian values of the JDC Welfare Organization.”

On 31st December 2018, CSR executive visited Old Age Home of Jafaria Disastrous Cell, and handed over garments and accessories donated by a DSU faculty member. The list of the donated items included shalwar kameez, night suits, ties, jackets, belts, shoes, caps etc. A detailed list along with the quantity of each item is attached.

 

Indus Hospital Fundraising for Children’s Cancer Hospital

Students of the Community Service Society (DSU-CSS) at DHA Suffa University volunteered at a carnival organized by the Psychosocial Department of Indus Hospital to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Hospital (CCH) on Saturday, 22nd December, 2018.

This was an excellent volunteering opportunity for DSU students.  Fifteen students of DSU will participate in Winter Carnival by Psychosocial Department Indus Hospital, on Saturday, 22nd December, 2018. This was an 8 hour volunteering activity, where students were required to set up game stalls, manage passes and assist the management. The total charity collected will be donated to the Indus Hospital for treatment of cancer patients.

CSR Internship Program at DHA Schools

The Community Service and Sustainability Program (CSSP) at DHA Suffa University (DSU) is based on the theme of giving time or talent for the benefit of a community group (not for profit) that has a genuine need for service.  The CSSP is an action program that allows an individual to learn, serve, and transform their lives. While classroom teaching can help students learn about homelessness, extreme cases of poverty and societal problems, social service is the key enabler to make students learn more dynamically. This form of learning is essential for the success of a student’s professional growth. The CSSP plays an important role in invoking a sense of civic responsibility in an individual. To ensure that DSU’s vision of nation building is materialized, the university has made 60 hours of community service a mandatory requirement for undergraduate students of the Management Sciences Department.

In order to fulfil this requirement, the CSSP department at DSU has been providing the Management Sciences students with various platforms, and has collaborated with different organizations such as The Indus Hospital, The Citizen’s Foundation, Dar-ul-Sukun, etc.

As a part of one family, DSU wishes to engage its students in volunteering opportunities in DHA Schools. In this regard, DSU’s CSR department has been working with DHA schools principals, and it was decided that a pilot CSR internship program will be launched in January.

Interviews for the winter social internship program at DHA Schools were held on 12th December 2018 in conference room DSU, by the principals of DHA Schools. A total of 20 candidates were interviewed, out of which 5 were selected for Tooba School and DA School each. Candidates were selected on the basis of their area of interest, English, Math, sports and arts. The volunteering program will start from 14th January till 30th January.

 

Gift Distribution to students of DSU Academy

DHA Suffa University’s CSR Department runs a five week literacy program by the name of “DSU Academy”.  The academy is run by Management Sciences students on DSU’s campus, and is attended by underprivileged primary school children from the neighboring slums of DHA Karachi.  Recently gifts were distributed to the DSU Academy students by student volunteers, courtesy of a silent donation received by the CSR Department.

DSU Academy

Students of the Management Sciences Department in collaboration with the CSR department initiated the DSU Community Academy in fall 2017. This program was a literacy elevation initiative aimed at enhancing basic English and Mathematics skills of underprivileged primary school children from the neighboring slums of DHA Karachi at the DHA Suffa University premises. The DSU community academy is run by student volunteers under the supervisor of DSU faculty volunteers and is fully funded by the university. This education initiative will continue as a regular activity at DSU.

The DSU community academy continued in Fall 2018 and was run by 15 volunteers from BBA 1, 2, and 3. The academy started on the 27th September and ended on the 23rd November and students that volunteered in the program earned a total of 18 community service hours. The volunteers were spilt in three groups and each group conducted a two hours session each week. The DSU academy focused on the core subjects of English and Mathematics and also aimed at inculcating an understanding of basic etiquettes among the children. Till date 25 children from the neighboring slum of Qayyumabad have been inducted into the DSU community academy.  This program will be continued in the following semester.

Acts of Kindness

  • Gift pack for student suffering from Cancer

A student of MS department semester 8, was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer stage 4 in July 2018. As a part of CSR activity a gift basket was sent at his residence on behalf of DHA Suffa University. The gifts included:

  • A get well soon card, signed by Vice Chancellor, Dean, ASO and CSR Director
  • Virtual Reality glasses (that will allow him to watch 3D movies while he is undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Car freshener/scent (since he loves driving)
  • Rubik’s cube and a puzzle game
  • Chocolates and chips

The student’s strength of character and faith during this challenging time in his life is commendable and inspiring. He was very grateful for the gift on behalf of the University. The CSR Department is grateful for the Universities continued support for such initiatives.

  • Groceries for widow of deceased electrician who used to work at DSU

On 20th November, 2018, Ms Farhat Umar and Ms Shaharbano Jafri, from the CSR department went to Orangi town at the residence of Mr. Nadeem, an electrician working at DSU who was shot few months ago, to deliver groceries and baby products (for his daughter). The grocery included fresh meat, vegetables, fruits with rice, wheat, pulses, spices, eggs, bread, milk and etc. The total donation funds collected from faculty and management were Rs.60, 000, of which Rs. 20,000 was given in cash and Rs. 20,000 was used for purchase of groceries delivered to them. For the month of December, VC has requested the wife and mother of Mr. Nadeem to visit the university, so he can meet them in person.  The remaining collected donation will be given to them at this time.