Socio-Tech Startup launched to channel philanthropic giving towards Sustainable Development Goals through Crowdfunding-PR

At Preston University Islamabad in a seminar organized by USAID/Pakistan Alumni Association in partnership with United Nation Volunteers, Preston University and PakistanOurHome – a TIC-NUST Islamabad based startup, Pakistan’s first indigenous crowdfunding platform was launched, which aims to help impact startups and charities and social projects focused on sustainable development goals, raise funds and leverage volunteers.

Resident Coordinator United Nations and Resident Representative UNDP Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Senator Mian Ateeq Sheikh, Mr. Aktar Uddin Program Officer United Nation Volunteers, Mr. Suhail Awan Founder PakistanOurHome and Ms. Sana Khalid CEO Minerva were guest speakers and it was attended by USAID Officials, Youth Leaders, NGOs, CSOs, Academicians and students. The Seminar was organized to highlight importance of youth volunteerism in peace and sustainable development and speakers including Resident Coordinator United Nations, Senators and other experts emphasized that youth are critical thinkers, change makers, communicators, leader and innovators and with use of innovative technologies they can better contribute towards achievement of peace and development goals of Pakistan.

On the occasion – a Pakistani Kickstarter and first indigenous crowdfunding platform was officially launched. Responsible Giving, Volunteer Match and Safe Charity are it’s key features and it is focused on channeling philanthropic and volunteer resources towards impact startups and sustainable development goals. It is important to note here that this is world’s first startup focused on channeling philanthropic and volunteer resources towards SDGs and also it is Pakistan’s first volunteer match portal. It will help minimize resource gap for achievement of global goals.

Mr. Suhail Awan, Founder of PakistanOurHome also highlighted that Pakistanis give an annual charity of Rs. 650 billion and his startup provides a platform to individual philanthropists in Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora to do safe charity by donating to the vetted charities of their choice in their native areas.

He highlighted that this technology solution is developed in multiple languages with a vision to replicate in other countries as well. Mr. Awan requested the support of Government of Pakistan and development partners to take this initiative to next level for lasting impact at national and international level.

Launch of this socio-tech startup in presence of highest officials of United Nations and other development partners of Government of Pakistan is a good news for startup echo system in Pakistan as well as for Technology Incubation Center at NUST, which produced several world recognized success stories in recent past as well.

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