BY RUTBA SHIVANI
Atlanta, GA: H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations & People Everywhere) was founded on October 11, 2012 by a group of friends that believe in the power of people. It became a youth-driven initiative comprised of volunteers whose passion for service inspired them to dedicate their time and expertise. Their philosophy is that various non-profit organizations would have a greater impact on humanity if they came together for similar causes. H.O.P.E.’s primary objective involved bringing together the local community by coordinating events that would provide access to and raise funds for these well-established, non-profit organizations.
The founders of H.O.P.E. envisioned an organization that implements local initiatives in order to achieve a global impact.
Munir Meghjani, Co-Founder and Executive Director, explains, “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. And that is what we hope to inspire…dreamers who become doers of good.”
Two of H.O.P.E.’s main focus areas, ambassadorship and strengthening the community, were grandly displayed at the 2nd Annual Garba Night: Dance to End World Poverty. Through the event, the H.O.P.E. team and attendees were able to represent the core values of hope, unity and community.
Nearly 600 people of different races, religions, ages and backgrounds came together to raise funds for the fight against global poverty.
Associate Director, Umer Rupani hopes that “attendees were able to connect with each other and share their love for dance and service while displaying their personal culture.”
Along with attendees, partner organizations were also present and able to further their causes. Namely, 50 Shades of Black, who recently partnered with Not Fair, Still Lovely, was fostering dialogue about sexuality and skin tone on the formation of identity. Nizar Gilani, former Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation for Southeast USA, commented, “Yet another successful event by H.O.P.E.! You all make us so proud; great cause, great arrangement. Keep it up and keep on igniting that spark of HOPE.”
2nd Annual Garba Night: Dance to End World Poverty raised close to $6,000, from which 100% of the profits will be donated to the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), USA for ongoing projects that improve the quality of life via tools of education within disadvantaged populations.