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.

Seminar on “Lead and Succeed”, conducted by Ms. Daniya Hassan

A seminar on “Lead and Succeed”, was conducted by Ms. Daniya Hassan for the students of BBA 1, 2 and 3 in the ELT on 8 November, 2018. Being a founder of “Fun to Learn”, Ms. Daniya spoke to the students about the leadership and social entrepreneurship campaign she has launched in Karachi, and how young students can become change agents. Her talk was especially relevant for those students who are currently running the CSR initiative of DSU Academy that provides academic support to less privileged students.

Signing of MOU with Darul-Sakoon

DHA Suffa University and Dar-ul-Sakoon (House of Peace) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 8, 2018. Dar-ul Sakoon is a non-profit organization that assists underprivileged physically and mentally challenged people in Karachi. Though DSU students have been participating in activities at Dar-ul-Sakoon, this agreement will provide a permanent platform for students to volunteer regularly to complete their 60 hour community service requirement in the Management Sciences.

DSU Academy Activities

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 October 2018 and was run by 15 volunteers from BBA 1, 2, and 3. The volunteers were spilt in three groups and each group conducted a two hours session each week. The DSU academy focuses on the core subjects of English and Mathematics and also aims 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

 

McDonald’s Trip

DHA Suffa University’s CSR Department runs a five-week literacy program by the name of “DSU Academy”. Organized for underprivileged primary school children from the neighboring slums of DHA Karachi at the DHA Suffa University premises. A trip was arranged for DSU Academy students to McDonald’s, courtesy of a silent donation received by the CSR Department. A magic show along with happy meals was arranged for each child. It was a different and eventful experience that both the children and DHA Suffa University’s volunteers thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Tree Drive

Tree plantation and maintenance of 150 trees on DHA Suffa premises and in adjoining areas. In order to achieve this goal, the below activities are being executed:

  • Mapping out where trees will be planted and what types of trees will be planted
  • Get permission from Town Planning and Building control to plant tree
  • Dig pit holes, add insecticide, manure and sweet earth
  • Add drip irrigation
  • Oversee the tree plantation of 150 trees
  • Ensure trees are properly maintained post tree drive
  • Organize 60 student volunteers for the day of the event and a group of 12 students throughout the semester to take care of the plant’s drip irrigation system, under the supervision of the CSR Department

Awareness session

Prior to the plantation drive, the CSR department organized an awareness session to educate students on the importance of planting trees on October 23, 2018, which was led by Ms. Asma Nabih at DHA Horticulture. Ms. Asma Nasib is a Biotechnologist & Lab-Incharge at Plant Tissue Culture & Research Lab under Pakistan Defence Housing Authority, Karachi. She has over 17 years of hands on experience on Plant Tissue Culture Technology. For the last 8 years, she has been working as a Lab-Incharge at Plant Tissue Culture & Research Lab under Pakistan Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.

Ms. Asma discussed the importance of planting trees and explained how best to maintain them.

 

 

Art Installments

In order to educate students and faculty about types of trees a cubic art installation was set up in the university. This was made as a part of awareness campaign so more people would know about trees that can be planted to make Pakistan greener.

A brief description of the innovative tree plantation marketing campaign to educate students on Climate Change is below:

  1. The Stop Sign Installation:

The marketing campaign’ starts off with the stop sign installation.  Eight futuristic photos are symbolically put             on stop signs to make students stop to think of what the world will become if Climate change issues persist                   and worsen.  This installation is kept in a main hall, where the photos are illuminated with book lights in the                 backdrop of a dimly lit hall.

  1. Tree Plantation Signage:  At the end of hall, before well-lit the main student activity area, DHA Suffa University’s tree plantation signage is displayed.  This again is symbolic, and leaves students with a choice to make a difference and fight back against Climate change by participating in the Tree Plantation Drive by planting trees on campus.
  2. The Cube Installation: After a call for action to positively change the world, an eight foot tall cube installation has been constructed.  The idea of this installation is to show students how beautiful the world can become if they try to make a positive change and fight against Climate change.  Beautiful bright photos of local trees, flowers and fruit are on each side of the cube along with soul searching quotations from famous poets including Khalil Gibran, and Hafiz. The structure is eight feet tall, and is made of four cubes (2 feet by 2 feet), that are stacked one on top of the other, and accentuated with floor lights.
  3. A backdrop has also been constructed in the student activity area. A portion of the backdrop has been left blank for students to write their suggestions for environmental conservation.

Please note:  All the wood used to make the installations was recycled.  This was done to encourage sustainable practices amongst students.