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Posted by on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Chicago, IL, January 2015 – Thaakat launches its newest campaign the L.O.V.E. campaign which stands for Love Over Violence Everywhere. This campaign is a part of the Break the Silence project which aims to shed light on the increasing instances of violence against women.

We at Thaakat, have chosen to SPEAK UP. Our L.O.V.E. Campaign encourages women to stand up for the respect that they deserve, while at the same time inspiring societies to esteem the women in their lives.

You can unite with us in SPEAKING UP by contributing a donation on the L.O.V.E. Campaign webpage: http://www.supportlocalstuff.com/loveoverviolence

Research has shown that 1 in 4 women around the world will be a victim of violent abuse in her lifetime.  Gender violence leads to an unhealthy society in which the success and progress of women is deterred. Due to the international stigma of speaking about gender-based violence, this worldwide challenge is known as the Silent Epidemic.

To help create a world where women and girls are safe from violence, Thaakat is raising awareness of violence against women by honoring the plight of women worldwide. We believe the best way to help end the violence is to provide education early on and to engage as allies in women’s economic and social empowerment.  Please visit us here to see how your donation will be helping.

When you donate to the L.O.V.E. Campaign, you will get to honor a loved woman in your life with a special card:

  1. With a donation of up to $50, the Valentines’ e-card will be sent to your recipient, please include the name and email of your intended recipient in an email to thaakat@gmail.com.

  2. With a donation of $51 or more, the actual Valentines’ card will be mailed to your recipient. Please include a note which includes the name, address and a note for your recipient.

    About Thaakat

    Thaakat Foundation was started by a group of students in the summer of 2007. With Facebook being our initial platform, Thaakat Foundation has grown rapidly, and in 2008 it became a 501(c)(3) government recognized not for profit organization.  Constant appreciation from our supporters and NGO partnerships continue to fuel our initiative towards social responsibility. Today, we have adopted global communities in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Pakistan.  We work with these communities on educational, healthcare and economical progress. Visit Global Projects > Current Projects for more information.

To partner with us on this effort or for more information please email ubawany@thaakat.org.

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What the Dream Bus Means to Konadu Basic School

Posted by on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Picture courtesy Austin Pruett

Picture courtesy Austin Pruett

In 2013 we adopted the community of Tanoboase, Ghana.  Here is where we found Righteous, or rather we found each other.

Righteous began his school with just two kids. Now he has over 100. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. Class starts at seven with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous and his staff teach the students to read and write English, learn basic math and geography, and provide a safe space for the children to play while their parents work. And all of this at no cost for the parents and students of the school.

Over the last year, our donors, our partners Liz Zweifler and Austin Pruett and everyone supporting us has brought this school to a place we never imagined in such short time.

– We have a complete 3 room schoolhouse, uniforms, supplies and books to meet the standards of the Ghana Educational Service

– Children receive lunch every day

– 5 Teachers were initially employed, we have hired 3 more just last month

– We started with less than 50 students, we now have 105

– Last month the community broke with YAWS disease. Your donations helped to vaccinate 118 adults and children and are also providing for treatment for those infected

So, what does thinew school buss school bus mean for our school?

– It has allowed for children from more than 6 communities to now attend the school. It had previously been limited to those in nearby distance

– It has allowed for access to the nearby stream. This is where people bath as well as gather drinking water. The bus is able to haul water to the school site for use

– It has allowed school to start on time. Previously, several trips in the small car were causing delays in the school schedule

This bus is doing more to progress the school than you know. We are 75% to our goal and just need your support to help us get there. The amount not yet paid off is being financed with hefty interest rates

What can you look forward to in 2015 at the Konadu Basic School?

– The launch of an agricultural venture to help provide vocational and employment opportunities for women in the community. This farm will include livestock farming as well as a small mushroom farm

– Proceeds from the farm will help us to sustain and grow the school

– The addition of more classrooms and a computer lab

– A complete soccer field

– Ongoing partnerships with surrounding communities and officials on education, healthcare and economic development

For a full background on the Konadu Basic School: Read Here

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Feed the Need 2014 Helps Projects Thrive

Posted by on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

For the last 5 yeofficial 2014 flyer chicagoars, Thaakat Foundation has been hosting an annual basketball tournament to help us support our projects through the end of the year. We have grown from 12 to 16 and now 18 teams participating in this yearly gathering of sports, food, fun and friendly competition–all in the name of making a difference. Many congratulations to our 1st place champions- PYP and 2nd place team- Warriors.

With overhead covered by generous sponsors, we have been able to put 100% of proceeds gathered from sponsorship, team registrations, raffles, food sales and auction items towards our adopted communities. To help you understand the impact you have been making, one team’s registration fees of $280 covers a full month of salaries at Fatama Maternity Center in Sierra Leone. Now multiply that by 18 teams.

Just last month the community we are supporting in Ghana broke with an almost extinct form of skin infection called the YAWS disease. (Often referred to as the forgotten disease because it has been eradicated completely from so many regions). The disease is rarely fatal; however, it can lead to chronic disfigurement and disability if not treated. Many of the children have been walking around with large skin lesions and painful aches due to the disease and the infection has been spreading person to person rapidly. YAWS can be treated with a single dose of a cheap and effective antibiotic: Benzathine Penicillin injection. Here is where you come in.

Thanks to you 118 people were given preventative vaccinations and those who are infected will be provided with treatment. These people would not have the treatment and resources they need without you.

Tournament participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers-you have helped to make a world of difference. We raised a record amount of approximately $12,000 at this years Feed the Need 2014 Tournament. This money will also be providing the below:

Konadu Basic School–Tanoboase, Ghana–105 students–8 teachers

– Salaries for our 8 teachers at the Konadu Basic School in Ghana for Nov-January

– Full payment for land needed to expand the Konadu Basic School for classrooms

– Starter funds needed to launch an agricultural venture to support the communities women and the school

Fatama Maternity Center–Blama Perri, Sierra Leone–Total Impact: 20,000 people

– Salaries for our nurse and 2 employees for Nov- January

– Complete tiling of our clinic to help aid in sanitation and disease prevention

– Additional supplies (diapers, blankets, mosquito repellents, infant nutritional supplements)

Thank you again to our kind sponsors for making this event possible: 

Al Bawadi Grill
Audio Visual Computer Specialists
Apex international
AtoZ Preschool
AYAN Productions- Photography Day 1
Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn, IL
City Express Travel
ComedySportz Chicago
Enterprise Rent A Car
Great American Bagel
I Dream of Falafel
Lettuce Entertain You
Murder Mystery Company
Mr. Halal Broast
NJS Logistics
Oakbrook Park District
SkyDeck Chicago
Sports Authority
Spyder Electronics
Shaikh Family & Shaby Navid
Studio SixFifteen- Photography Day 2
Wing Bros.
ZStar Network

Thank you to our Tournament leadership team:

Saad Bawany, Amani Memon, Ruhail Moffat, Farhan Ahmed, Nudrat Zoha, Azka Asif, Hina Khan, Maliha Siddiqui, Maha Anwar

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