To mark the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan, SACHET organized a full day funfair for women, girls and children at SCDP (SACHET Community Development Program) Gagri located on Japan road Sihala district Islamabad on 16th August 2016. The main objective for organizing the event was to celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan by engaging local community members especially women, girls and children of Gagri and surrounding villages. The event also aimed at sharing the progress and services of SACHET offered at SCDP Gagri such as health services, vocational training including domestic tailoring and beautician courses etc and to generate local support from communities for the long term sustainability of services at SCDP Gagri. SACHET’s team, both at SCDP Gagri and Head Office level jointly organized the event.
Various segments were planned for the event including stalls of embroidery, handicrafts and food items, bridal makeup competition, speeches, tablos, national songs and naat competition among the students of craft centre, beautician training centre and students of local schools. A huge number of women and children of Gagri and adjacent villages participated in the event. Local notables including Mrs. Farah Naz (Principal F.G Model Girls High School Gagri), Mrs. Salma (Principal Ali Model School Gagri), Ms. Safeena (lady Councilor), Dr. Ishrat (In charge Medical officer SCDP Pinyali), Mr. Muhammad Saghir Abbasi (Social Activist), Chaudhry Nasir (Vice Chairman Local Council Gagri), Chaudhry Amir (Councilor) and Qari Zubair (Imam Masjid Gagri), were also present in the event. Security was ensured by formally informing SHO of Police Station Sihala, who deputed appropriate number of policemen at the facility.
The event formally started at 9:00am and was opened for the public to visit the stalls. Visitors took interest in stalls like mehndi design, kid’s garments, handicrafts food, soft drinks etc. Individual segments such as bridal makeup competition, speeches, tablos, national songs and naat competition among the students started at 11:00 am and witnessed by around 150 community members. Performances of the competitors were judged by selected community representatives. Awards for the best performance in each category were awarded to the students at the end of the event.
Winners of singing, speech and tablo competition were awarded with trophies and runners up were appreciated with medals. There was first, second and third prize for the best stalls as well as for bridal makeup contest.
After the prize distribution ceremony, guests visited the facility of SCDP Gagri and appreciated the continued efforts of SACHET Pakistan for the last seventeen years. The notables including Mr. Muhammad Saghir Abbasi, Chaudry Nasir and Chaudry Amir showed their commitment to support SCDP Gagri for the up-gradation of existing services and appreciated the efforts of SACHET team.
Jashn-e-Azadi fun fair 2016 was marked as a successful event and gave a positive message to the local community of Gagri. It was made possible because of the untiring efforts of SACHET Team especially Dr. Kanwal Riaz, Mr. Hamid Zaman, Mr. Jacob Samuel, Ms. Saira Bano, Ms. Tahira Jabeen, Mr. Muhammad Rizwan, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz, Ms. Bilquis Bibi, Mr. Waqas Ahmed, Ms. Saima Bashir, Ms. Chaman Malik and all volunteers and well wishers.