Friday, December 12, 2014

Plan Bee Honey Makes a Great Christmas Gift

Very excited to share with all of you the purchase of the first production of Plan Bee honey produced by refugee women was from Marathon Oil Company for their Christmas gifts!!!


I was very honored to be a guest at the Marathon Oil Community Partners Reception when our Plan Bee honey was presented as a gift to 50 Non-profit organizations and other corporate partners. What an amazing way to help these refugee women beekeepers.


I was proud to represent the Hashoo Foundation USA and these women from the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services who worked very hard to produced this delicious honey.

Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Brochure


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Introducing “Plan Bee” Honey Produced by Refugee Women in Houston


Women Empowering through Honey Bee Farming Project "Plan Bee" in Houston

Hashoo Foundation USA is replicating in Houston its globally recognized Women Empowering through Honey Bee Farming Project - “Plan Bee”- in partnership with the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services refugee settlement. Both organizations are working together to build the capacity of 5 refugee women (3 women from Burma; 1 woman from Congo; and 1 woman from Nepal) by training them in honey bee farming and organizing them under the Plan Bee Houston Honey Business Group. Houston students helped raised the funds to provide the beehives, extractor, and production kits the refugee women needed to kick-start micro-enterprises to enable them earn a secondary income through the sale of honey. “Plan Bee” honey is extracted from wild flowers in Gay, Texas. This delicious honey is 100 percent pure and natural.


The refugee beekeepers conforming the Plan Bee Houston Honey Business Group have been blessed with favorable weather conditions and abundant honey production yields during their first honey harvest. While, the beekeepers continue to extract honey at the farm in Gay, Texas, Hashoo Foundation USA received the first order for Plan Bee honey. The preparations to fill this order are under way…


Cristal Montanez, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA, and Elena Penso, Marketing Consultant, celebrating this special moment as they place the Plan Bee labels on the jars filled with delicious honey.


Angelik (refugee from Congo) , Elena Penso (Marketing Consultant Hashoo Foundation USA) and Narayan Dhurali (Training & Production Coordinator Alliance for Multicultural Community Services) having fun as they cover the lids of the Plan Bee honey jars with beautiful bee design fabric and tie a bow to make the product very attractive...


Introducing “Plan Bee” honey produced by refugee women under the Plan Bee Houston Honey Business Group pilot model, a partnership between Hashoo Foundation USA and the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services.


Angelik stands very proud by her new product: “Plan Bee” honey.



Now, we are ready to deliver our first order of “Plan Bee” honey…


Hashoo Foundation USA and the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services helped build the capacity of the refugee women by training them in honey bee farming, organizing the women under the Plan Bee Houston Honey Business Group pilot model providing the beehives, extractor, and production kits needed to kick-start their honey micro-enterprise, developing the "Plan Bee" honey brand and linking the women to available markets.  It was team work and hard work, but it was worth every single minute.

The new "Plan Bee" honey enables the refugee women earn a secondary income to help improve their quality of life and increase their honey producing micro-enterprise.

We hope you love our "Plan Bee" honey as much as we do!!


Many thanks to our wonderful partners Chapelwood Foundation and Neighborhood Centers Seeds for Change, and our amazing team of students for making this project possible. Thanks to your trust and support, we are celebrating the achievement of this great milestone!! 
  • Klein Forest High School Pakistani-Indian Student Association (PISA) 
  • Xavier Educational Academy 
  • Lee High School Interact Club & ROTC 
  • Clements High School Interact 
  • Sharpstown International School Capstone International Program 
  • Rotaract Galleria 
  • And to all the partners and friends who made this project a reality for the new beekeepers: 
  • Talento Bilingue of Houston 
  • Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives & Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program 
  • Citizenship Month 
  • Chapelwood Foundation 
  • Seeds For Change 
  • Community College International Program (CCIP) 
  • Powerful Women International 
Together, we are empowering refugee women through honey bee farming. We are changing lives!

Challenges Affecting a Changing Society, Women, Poverty and Sustainable Enterprises


Hashoo Foundation is turning challenges into opportunities by promoting practical solutions to empower women by expanding employment opportunities to enable the women generate a stable source of income through the sale of high-quality honey. 


Hashoo Foundation's Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project "Plan Bee" promotes the following United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): 
- Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
- Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Huger
- Achieve Universal Primary Education

Together we are making a difference, we ara changing lives...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Join #GivingTuesday Movement, Together We Make a Difference!!



Join the Movement, Together We Make a Difference!! 

#GivingTuesday It’s a day to celebrate human kindness, compassion and generosity.

On this special day we want to say Thank You! None of Hashoo Foundation’s life-changing work to alleviate poverty and empower vulnerable communities would be possible without your support and generous contributions. 

As you participate in #GivingTuesday, we hope you choose to make your tax-deductible gift to Hashoo Foundation. 

Thank you again for helping Hashoo Foundation alleviate poverty and change lives. 


Hashoo Foundation is a progressive and dynamic non-profit organization, leading the way in human development and poverty alleviation by implementing viable economic development, educational and capacity-building programs in Pakistan since 1988.The Foundation is also focused on the needs of special children and provides care and support services to the less privileged and vulnerable members of society 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

'Eid Gift Packs' Distribution Among Children to Flood in Jehlum

Employee volunteerism is a core value of Hashoo Foundation's Culture of Excellence and employees are strongly encouraged to develop a humanitarian spirit. The Foundation carried out a special relief activity in which employees distributed 'Eid Gift Packs' in flood relief camps in Jehlum.  


    

The 'Eid Gift Packs' were donated by Dr Zeba Vanek and distributed among children of village Shanti Nagar, District Jehlum. Each gift pack included essential food, clothing and household items.

      

Hashoo Foundation's management is committed to help flood victims in time of need and has been actively engaged in relief activities throughout the country. 

Hashoo Foundation's management is committed to help flood victims in time of need and has been actively engaged in relief activities throughout the country. Employee volunteerism is a core value of Hashoo Foundation's Culture of Excellence and employees are strongly encouraged to develop a humanitarian spirit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hashoo Foundation Implements New Honey Bee Farming Project in Leepa Neelam Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)

Honey bee farming has undoubtedly been the flagship program of Hashoo Foundation. This program empowers women with the necessary knowledge, skills and a platform from which they can now sell their honey and generate a sustainable income.

The Hashoo Foundation is also empowering and training men in honey bee farming. The newest program was implemented in the valleys of Leepa and Neelam in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), a collaborative effort between the Hashoo Foundation and Pakistan Army. 

Group picture & distribution of bee hives and production kits (2)
Group picture & distribution of beehives and production kits 
This venture was challenging for both partners due to the cultural and gender constraints of the region. Seventy five (75) underprivileged local men were selected and trained in honey bee keeping. One hundred and fifty beehives (150) and production kits were allocated to this group. 

Frame making Dudhnial Neelum
Frame making Dudhnial Neelum
Major General, Mr. Faheem ul Aziz, appreciated the role Hashoo Foundation had in uplifting the economic status of the residents in AJK. He further shed light upon the positive impact he had noticed within the district and encouraged the trained beekeepers to become role models for their communities; especially the next generation.

Training Session Jamghar Neelum
Training session Jamghar Neelum
Hashoo Foundation continues helping individuals develop sustainable livelihoods for their families and their communities.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hashoo Foundation and Rotary Sharing Knowledge and Increasing Literacy Levels in Pakistan



Hashoo Foundation and Rotary conducted a prestigious Rotary Books Distribution Ceremony on Thursday, September 25, 2014, to honour the free distribution of the books donated by “Rotary Books for the World and The Second Wind Foundation.” The teachers from various schools received their approved books from the Rotary Books Club, Islamabad.

Mr Sulaiman Dhanani, Chief Financial Officer and Director Operations Hashoo Foundation and Ms Nafeesa Khattak, Member National Assembly, Governor Rotary Club, Islamabad distributing the books to Muhammad Arshad, Principal Rise International School, Islamabad at Umeed-e-Noor, Islamabad
The partnership between Rotary, Hashoo Foundation and various educational institutions aims to create a linkage between the development sector and academia for the cognitive and social growth of students that ultimately contributes in economic growth and stability of the country. The event also acknowledged Rotary and the Foundation’s role in uplifting the literacy standards of the youth by providing free access to the books ranging from primary up to higher educational levels.


The event was graced by notable individuals and professionals that included: Nafeesa Khattak, Member National Assembly and Governor Rotary Club Islamabad; Abdul Mannan President Rotary Club Rawalpindi; Col. M. Sadiq Projects Director HF; Sulaiman Dhanani Chief Financial Officer and Director Operations Hashoo Foundation; and Ishfaq Ahmed, Director Finance/Admin Hashoo Foundation.


The event highlights were inspirational speeches from teachers whose lives are transformed by the project. Muhammad Arshad, Principal Rise International School, Islamabad, explained how the free books allocated to their schools empowered the students to have a free access to quality reading and meet the educational needs of today. This was followed by distribution of the Rotary books.


Ms. Nafeesa Khattak reiterated the importance reading books and how can they actually reduce depression in individual. She said that despite being married early in her life, books have been her best teacher, which ultimately helped her be more qualified. She appreciated Rotary and Hashoo Foundation's ongoing efforts for providing such a valuable content to those who cannot afford to read.

Thousands of books are being distributed to educational institutions all over the country.


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