Thank you for honoring me with the opportunity to serve as your President for the second time. APPNA Alliance is incredibly dear to my heart not only because of the incredible bonds that I have formed, but the important causes the organization has championed thus far. As a group we have been able to uplift the disadvantaged and in turn our spirits as well.
This year I would like to call your attention to the cause of youth empowerment. More than a third of Pakistan’s population is 15 years of age or younger.[I] These young hopefuls, as well as those struggling similarly around the world, need our consideration. To explore the possibilities, at 2014’s summer Alliance meeting, our theme will be Lighting the Way for Future Generations.
Consider that families who cannot afford basic needs put their children to work rather than focusing on education, basic health and a better future for their children. Can you believe as of 2011, 28% of children of primary school age are out of school in Pakistan?[Ii] APPNA Alliance has the privilege and means to help. This year we hope to aid organizations that may assist orphanages,fund scholarships, donate school supplies, provide winter clothingor even ensure there is clean water available. The list is endless as is the space in our hearts for the children and families who need our help.
In addition, I am looking forward to sharing the upcoming issue of Alliance Magazine. It was an exciting opportunity to be involved in the initial launch back in 2010. With your help, let’s make this year’s issue even more memorable. We ask that you get creative and submit ideas of what you would like to see in this issue. The magazine is a wonderful way to generate buzz for the organization’s events and highlight the people who donate their time and wisdom to promoting the ideals of this honorable organization.
It is my pleasure to represent you as President in 2014. I look forward to building on the momentum of past presidents whose work has been integral to the success of every dollar raised and mind enlightened. With your support, I seek to “light the way” to your hopes for underprivileged children everywhere and the future generation of APPNA Alliance.
President, APPNA Alliance 2014