Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Dubai teen wins scholarship after building wells in Afghanistan villages  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 11/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Aqil through a heart-warming project called ?one well 700 lives? won a scholarship to an ivy league college thanks to a contest run by just falafel.

at the surface of it not much distinguishes teenager aqil rashid from others his age born and brought up in dubai.his grandfather moved to the uae from pakistan in the early 70s and ran a shop on shaikh zayed road — general trading. aqil now completely immersed in the uae culture calls himself a “non-local local” switching seamlessly from americanised english to ‘haan-ji’-pepperd urdu. t-shirt wearing aqil says it used to drive his grandfather crazy when he would bury his chin and nose into the neck of round-neck tees “but then i started wearing v-necks so it wasn’t a problem.”

born and brought up in dubai aqil who turns 18 today says he doesn’t drink coffee but started styling his hair back when he was seven. behind all that chatter it’s not difficult to assess that what makes him stand out is his attitude; not the kind you would attribute to teenagers. in a tedx talk he speaks of “empathy” and “heightened sense of awareness”. as if that’s not unusual enough aqil through a heart-warming project called ‘one well 700 lives’ won a scholarship to an ivy league college thanks to a contest run by uae-based company just falafel.

the contest was called help us help you and was largely enabled by social media. aqil rashid thanks to his two-minute long video submissions on why he deserves it and what he’s done was declared the winner. the clips can be watched on youtube.

aqil a 15-year-old back then dedicated much of his time collecting funds and channelising them to build drinking water wells in remote villages in afghanistan. he found out about the need through a friend of his father crucial to his heightened sense of awareness of the plight of children who don’t get clean water in afghanistan and pakistan. he credits his father and mother with instilling in him the right values and the necessity to consider the plight of others less privileged.

he was able to make a trip to chitral in north pakistan and teach young school children. on his facebook page called ‘1 well 700 lives’ he writes: “people there were facing similar challenges. these are the photos of the month-long trip i took along with three of my friends. we taught students of grades 3 4 5 and 6 for a week at the al nasir school visited umeed e noor (a centre for special needs children) in islamabad as well as experienced the living conditions of afghan refugees in islamabad. this was all possible thanks to the enormous support of the hashoo foundation.”

aqil has documented the progress of this project and its origins. he plans to have his education and college degree help his goal o provide clean drinking water in afghanistan which is why “i want a nice clean record kinda thingie” he says.

nivriti?khaleejtimes.com


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 May 24 2015 - RAK Properties grants contract for USD2.72b Mina Al ArabMENAFN
(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi-based RAK Properties said that it has granted a construction contract to begin implementing phase 1 of its lifestyle marina at Mina Al Arab, Arabian Business reported.The lifestyle ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- Al Mansouri expresses satisfaction at findings of report on e-government transitionEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri has expressed satisfaction at the results of the final report on transition to m-Government, which showed the ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed attend wedding reception hosted by Al MansouriEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- Saif bin Zayed honors five ADP staff members with Employment Excellence MedalsEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has granted five Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) staff members the ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- Dastardly attack that deserves to be condemned: paperEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) A UAE paper has said that there are few words that can describe the sick and seditious nature of the suicide bomb attack on a Saudi mosque on Friday. A lone ...

 May 24 2015 - Umm Al Qaiwain Ruler offers condolences to Kuwaiti Emir on the death of Al-KharafiEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has sent a cable of condolence to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- ADNOC hosts Middle East's largest energy R&D summitEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, today welcomed over 1,500 research and industry professionals for the Abu Dhabi International Research and Development ...

 May 24 2015 - UAE- SKSH-RAK discusses CT pattern approach in diffuse lung diseasesEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in Ras al-Khaimah, SKSH-RAK, is to organise the second Imaging Conference on Monday with the attendance of a number of ...

 May 24 2015 - A celebration marking Africa Day takes place in Abu DhabiQEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) A number of diplomats from different African communities have celebrated Africa Day in Abu Dhabi in the presence of many officials from the GCC and the ...

 May 24 2015 - Dubai Duty Free GK Village officially opens at Binotong in the PhilippinesEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Dubai Duty Free, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the Dubai Duty Free Foundation, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based poverty ...

more...


 






Google

Internatinal Property Show

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help