Hashoo Foundation USA Distributes Bears and Blankets to Runaway and Homeless Kids
Houston, December 31, 2007 -- The Hashoo Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to education, economic empowerment and poverty alleviation, in partnership with Good Bears of the World and Bear Hugs, distributed Bears and Blankets to runaway and homeless kids at Covenant House Texas. The Covenant House International is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless and runaway youth.
Houston is a very generous and giving community and Hashoo Foundation recognizes its responsibility to give back to the Houston community by supporting programs such as the Covenant House special Bed & Blanket drive to provide runaway youth a safe place to lay their heads far from the dangers of the streets and the cold of the winter. Today, the last day of the year 2007, the Hashoo Foundation Youth Ambassador Team distributed Bears and Blankets to these youth. Last October, the Hashoo Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to the City of Houston Mayor Bill White’s “Expectation Graduation” Program destined to “Reach Out to Drop Outs”. Under the Expectation Graduation program, the city of Houston and HISD have provided a variety of innovative campaigns that have been successful in getting students to return to school with the support needed to keep them there.
“We believe underprivileged youth have the right to respect and unconditional love. Blankets will keep these youth warm and hugging their Bear will remind them how much we care”, said Annie Rupani, Hashoo Foundation Youth Ambassador Representative.
Natasha Jamal, Hashoo Foundation Youth Ambassador Representative, explained “the main objectives of Hashoo Foundation USA are to mobilize financial and technical support for Child Education Support Program (CESP for out-of-school children) and Umeed-e-Noor Center of Excellence for education and therapy for children with special needs as we raise awareness and promote intercultural understanding and through the Youth Ambassador Program.”
According to Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA, “Hashoo Foundation USA is looking forward to establishing partnerships with NGOs and professional organizations to promote best practices, capitalize on talent and support development initiatives in Pakistan”. The organization is expanding globally and is in the process of opening an office in the United Kingdom.
In the picture from left to right: Carolyn Garrard, Public Relations Specialist Covent House Texas, Annie Rupani, Hashoo Foundation Youth Ambassador, Natasha Jamal, Hashoo Foundation Youth Ambassador, Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Hashoo Foundation Executive Director, and Rita Arocha, International Volunteer.
Note: Pictures of the youth receiving their Bear and Blanket cannot be published to protect the identity of the runaway and homeless.
About The Hashoo Foundation:
The Hashoo Foundation embodies the tradition of service to humanity that has run in the Hashwani family for the last six generations. Originally created in 1988 as a registered Trust under the leadership of Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani, the Hashoo Foundation has now evolved into a development NGO, focusing on economic self-sustenance and poverty alleviation. The Hashoo Foundation is certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) for good internal governance, transparent financial management and effective programme delivery.
Chaired by Sarah Hashwani, the Hashoo Foundation strives to support marginalized communities in improving their social, economic, health and education status through a participatory approach.
For more information contact:
Cristal Montañéz Baylor
Hashoo Foundation, USA
Two Allen Center
1200 Smith Street Suite 2355
Houston, TX 77002
Mobile: +1 (713) 483-4990
Fax: +1 (713) 759-0112
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