Will traditional non-profits let tech into their programs? ​

Today I happened to have one of my most difficult meetings. Convincing any one from the traditional non-profit sector (especially leaders past the age of 50) in Pakistan especially those who have worked for decades with rural communities and urban slums that technology could assist their jobs and make it easier for them to reach their beneficiaries in a more efficient, engaging or scalable way is really tough. Very few are excited about the potential to test or pilot something new but majority feel very uneasy.

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Jaya Rajwani
Tech girls transforming Lyari

These talented computer engineers have set out to change their city with an android app called Wannaping. The app builds a community around the city’s various issues and alerts government and non-government authorities as well as media channels so that problems can be resolved efficiently.

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Jaya Rajwani
“Jinnah Girls” breaking the silence

Meet 8-year-old Wajeeh Asif. He loves dancing like Shahrukh Khan, running around his classroom much to his teacher’s dismay and melting into his mother’s arms when she comes to pick him up everyday from school. Wajeeh is like any other excited boy except he’s a slow learner and has a severe speech impediment.

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Jaya Rajwani