Governments alone cannot meet SDGs. They need partnerships with citizens and community organizations to sustainably meet the goals. However, there is no platform in Pakistan where community organizations can mobilize volunteers to establish these partnerships. Milkar.com is a digital platform which connects students with volunteering opportunities in their community to achieve SDGs. Started in 2019, Milkar.com has become Pakistan’s largest independent youth volunteer platform. 8,462 volunteers are registered on Milkar, who have volunteer for over 6,000 hours with 149 NGOs in 354 community projects for the following SDGs: SDG 1 & 10 (working with micro-finance institutions), SDG 2 (running soup kitchens), SDG 3 (COVID mask distribution and medical camps), SDG 4 (teaching in orphan schools), SDG 13 (tree plantation drives, plastic waste collection).
SDG GOAL 1: No Poverty, SDG GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, SDG GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG GOAL 4: Quality Education, SDG GOAL 5: Gender Equality, SDG GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG GOAL 13: Climate Action, SDG GOAL 14: Life Below Water, SDG GOAL 15: Life on Land, SDG GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, SDG GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
The unprecedented floods triggered by monsoon rains since June 2022 have wreaked havoc in Sindh, Balochistan, South Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan. As a result, 81 districts have been officially declared calamity-hit. Millions have been impacted by the loss of lives, livelihoods and properties. At present, more than 33 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, as reported by NDMA. Some of the clips from MilKar relief efforts.
Partner Organization: Al Khidmat Foundation, Akhuwat, Allah Walay Trust, Million Smiles, IPAC Organization, Pakistan Citizen Alliance, Humans of Burewala, Shahid Afridi Foundation, The Citizens Foundation, Kashf Foundation, Seek Foundation, Ideas Foundation, Youth Impact, Indus Hospital, Nahfidu Foundation
Impact: More than 2000 volunteers participated in the flood relief activities across Pakistan.
Collaborated with the Government of Punjab, LUMS, Yale Medicine, and Stanford Health in order to distribute masks in places of worship. #LahoreWearsMasks campaign aimed to increase mask-wearing in society and it was the first of its kind campaign with zero cost from the government budget all supported by volunteers. #LahoreWearsMasks campaign aimed to increase mask-wearing in society. The most significant point of this campaign was “NORM”, which means habits or culture of any community. “N” stands for no-cost because it’s the first of its kind campaign with zero cost from the government budget, “O” for offering information with the pack of masks, “R” for reinforcement of mask-wearing and “M” stands for modelling through opinion leaders of society.
Partner Organization: Government of Punjab, LUMS, Yale Medicine, Stanford Health, Pakistan Post
Impact: Distributed 1.5 Million Masks to the areas where people were not using masks and normalizing the use of masks.
SDG GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, SDG GOAL 4: Quality Education, SDG GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG GOAL 13: Climate Action, SDG GOAL 14: Life Below Water, SDG GOAL 15: Life on Land
The program is designed to promote a sense of community service and social work in the youth of Pakistan and it also aligns with the HEC vision of non-credit hours practical learning and General Education (GE) including thematic studies.
One Credit Hour Program
Total Duration 16 Weeks
Total No of Tasks 7
Total No of Speaker Sessions 4
No of Students Enrolled 87
Partner Organization: WWF, Akhuwat Foundation, Allah Walay Trust, SOS Villages, MilKar
Impact: Students collected over +2000 re-usable clothes, +800 digital media awareness posts were made creating +1 Million Impressions, During Cleaning Drive +1600 plastic bottles 26 KG Card Board Paper 35 KG Plastic & 1 KG Aluminium collected, Students participated in earth hour to tackle urgent environmental issues. Served +10000 meals to the underprivileged people, Empowered local businesses to flourish the economy
Winter is a hard time of year for families in need, and when we all come together as a community to solve problems, wonderful things can happen. MilKar Volunteers hold the annual Winter Clothing Drive to help ensure that warm winter outerwear reaches those in need to stay warm in winter.
Partner Organization: Akhuwat Foundation
Impact: Developed and ran a TV campaign on National Televison. Collected & distributed clothes to over 20,000 families across Pakistan.
MilKar Volunteers monthly serve meals at Lahore’s largest Dastarkhawan, Allah Walay Trust with the mission to eliminate hunger in a mission to prevent Hunger in Pakistan by providing Food & Nutrition among the underprivileged people.
Partner Organization: Allah Walay Trust
Impact: More than 7200 meals served.
MilKar Volunteers organised a Blood Camp at Police Lines Headquarters. In a humane gesture of goodwill and compassion, personnel of the Lahore Police on Blood Donor Day donated blood to facilitate Thalassemia patients in the wake to promote safe blood donations. The custodians of human life engaged with social responsibilities as part of their duty.
Partner Organization: Sundas Foundation
Impact: One Hundred bottles of blood collected which helped save three hundred lives.
MilKar Volunteers initiated “MILKAR Book Reading Club”, with the sole purpose of developing reading habits of Orphan Children all across Pakistan.Virtual book reading sessions engage children of SOS Villages and the look of wonder and joy that these orphan children have on their faces after listening to the stories by MilKar Volunteers reading them out is a great sight indeed! MilKar across the nation is bringing in volunteers to spark orphan children in this very way.
Partner Organization: SOS Villages Pakistan
Impact: More than 900 orphan kids engaged in 18 SOS Villages Across Pakistan.
In Pakistan, over 7500 tons of waste is generated daily and only 21.2% of this is recycled. Proper waste management, sorting, and recycling mechanisms are essential to ensure a sustainable and clean future for our cities. For this reason MilKar volunteers organized a series of cleanup drives to make Pakistan Clean and Green.
Partner Organization: Seed Ventures
Impact: Awareness created about climate change among one thousand citizens of Lahore.
Sneak peak into International Women's Day Ride - Together We Ride 2022
Partner Organization: Critical Mass Lahore
Impact: Empowering females to ride on the roads of Lahore and raising awareness on climate change more than 500 citizens engaged.
Muhammad Hadi Saif, Head of MilKar Volunteers Program conducted an online orientation session with Milkar Ambassadors, ambassadors from across Pakistan were inducted in the 2022 Milkar’s Ambassador Drive.
Partner Organization: MilKar
Impact: 50 ambassadors inducted across Pakistan.