“Only a life lived for others is worth living” (Albert Einstein)
There are so many prominent volunteers name all around me but let me share my own story. I remember that I was quite active in volunteer work since my childhood as I took part in construction of Masjid, laid the foundation of library in my village, planted trees etc. All these activities used to give me immense pleasure and motivation. When I came to university (2002), I joined a volunteer network of young scientists in 2004 (Sciforum) and elected as president in 2006 on the basis of my active volunteer work. I also laid the foundation of Asia’s first National Young Academy entitled “National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan” in 2009 and presently there are more than 500 volunteer team members who are working day and night to promote education, health, science and technology in the country. Beside national, I became part of Islamic World Young Scientists Academy (IYSA), Global Young Academy (GYA) and many others and serving in these organizations on volunteer basis.
On the basis of my volunteer services for society and outstanding contribution in sciences, I became young scientist member of World Economic Forum (WEF), IAP and recently, World Science Forum. All these are very prestigious forums in the world and I am very delighted that I am part of these forums in young age. I was invited in more than 20 countries to give scientific and innovation related talks. This success is mainly due to volunteer work and services.
(As a volunteer in a medical camp, near Hafizabad)
Volunteer services help you to learn, network and experience unique things which other people cannot experience.
“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another” (Thomas Jefferson)
Volunteers can get better chance of both learning and earning, and they also earn lot of respect in the society. In addition, they also get peace of mind, motivation and satisfaction, which is the biggest reward of volunteer work. I can openly say that success of any country also largely depends on the active volunteers they have. From the last year, I am thinking to write a book on volunteers and their role in the uplift of society. I do hope to start work on it soon.
It was always in my mind that Pakistan is a leading country regarding volunteer work and volunteers but it is not the case as we are far behind compared to many other countries. According to recent “Global Giving Index” report (2015) which was prepared by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pakistan was ranked at 94th position among a total of 140 countries, while Myanmar, US and New Zealand topped the list. The global giving index is based on your participation in last few months in
- Helping a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?
- Donating money to a charity?
- Volunteering your time to an organization
Pakistan was ranked at 107th position on the basis of volunteering time to an organization and Myanmar topped it followed by Sri-Lanka and Liberia. So, over 100 countries are ahead of us in volunteer work. As about 60% population of Pakistan is under the age of 30 so we have to develop a culture of volunteerism among our youth, so they can play an active role to bring peace and prosperity in the country.
Please promise to yourself that you will volunteer your time at least once a year. By doing so, you will see a positive change in your life and in the life of people around you.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands-one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” (Audrey Hepburn)
President NAYS Pakistan