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Hazer Gul

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

Pakistan

Hazer Gul is eliminating the system of bonded labor in the cottage industry sector of Pakistan. Starting with the weaver community in Swat, Hazer is establishing rights awareness, collective power, education, and is integrating informal workers as key players in the economy. Rather than demonize the...

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Shoaib Sultan Khan

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2009

Pakistan

Shoaib is breaking the cycle of poverty in the rural communities of Pakistan. In 1982, he established the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (RSP), a citizen sector organization that targets poverty-stricken villages and engages their inhabitants in development programs, with a larger goal of involving...

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Arif Hasan

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2009

Pakistan

Arif Hasan is bridging the gap between citizens, development professionals and the government in Pakistan through the Urban Resource Center: A permanent infrastructure and framework for interaction between the three sectors. The Urban Resource Center acts as a platform where people of all economic...

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Raziq Fahim

Ashoka Fellow since May 2009

Pakistan

Raziq Fahim is identifying youth at-risk for recruitment by extremists in politically turbulent regions of Pakistan and teaching them ways to channel their feelings towards peace and community building.

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Tasneem Siddiqui

Ashoka Fellow since May 2009

Pakistan

Tasneem is granting access to cost-effective and efficient plots of land in Pakistan by introducing three new concepts into a traditional housing scheme. By creating a relationship with both the private sector and the government, his organization, Saiban, protects land rights of the poor and brings...

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Manzoor Mirani

Ashoka Fellow since May 2009

Pakistan

Manzoor Mirani is using journalism to preserve the culture of indigenous communities in Pakistan and protect and disseminate indigenous knowledge and important cultural practices.

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Abdul Qadir

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Pakistan

Abdul Qadir is bringing new solutions to the skyrocketing road accidents that injure, kill, and permanently disable tens of thousands of victims each year, many of them children. He is doing so by building a coalition of support to educate the public about road safety, improve emergency response...

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Aisha Mehnaz

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Pakistan

Dr. Aisha Mehnaz is combating child abuse—particularly sexual abuse, a hidden agenda in Pakistan—through education and advocacy, and by shifting the responsibility for children’s healthy development beyond the immediate family to include doctors, teachers, and others in the community.

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Arif Khan

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Pakistan

Arif Khan is empowering women artisans and craft makers in tribal Pakistan by leveraging their hand-made products to a marketable level and selling them under a label associated with high quality and authenticity.

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Nazir Ahmad Ghazi

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Pakistan

There are over 10 million gypsies living in Pakistan that face deep prejudice, hostility, and exploitation. Nazir Ghazi and his organization, Godh (meaning ‘lap of the mother’ in Urdu), provide education, health services, and job opportunities to the growing number of gypsy communities in urban...

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