Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Rizq involved: a campaign by LUMS students

Begun by three LUMS sophomores, Rizq makes utilization of surplus sustenance by gathering it from family units and occasions, for example, weddings and parties and disseminates it to those in need

Ever considered the dissimilarity between the measure of sustenance that is squandered in eateries, dhabas and even at our wedding functions, and the measure of destitute individuals who go to bed hungry? All things considered, Rizq did, and broadly so.

A little crusade, began by three Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) sophomores — Huzaifa Ahmed, Musa Aamir and Qasim Javaid — very nearly a year back, Rizq plans to make utilization of surplus sustenance by gathering it from family units and occasions, for example, weddings and gatherings and appropriating it to those in need.

Conversing with TNS, Co-originator Huzaifa Ahmed clarifies that Rizq was made as a mindfulness crusade to battle nourishment wastage as well as to advance solid dietary propensities in denied zones of Lahore.

At the point when gotten some information about the inspiration driving such an activity, Qasim Javaid says, "We saw the need in the group. There is a reasonable dissimilarity between the measure of sustenance that is squandered and the quantity of individuals who go to bed hungry on the grounds that they don't have anything to eat.

"We needed to make a fitting dispersion channel to adjust this out," he includes.

The magnificence of Rizq, whose motto is 'Offer Food, Feed Happiness,' is that its work is very basic. In any case, such zones in the city are recognized that contain a high number of nourishment shaky family units. These zones have a tendency to be ghettos and towns. Next, sustenance drives are promoted on Rizq's official Facebook page and site keeping in mind the end goal to urge individuals to contact them on the off chance that they have any additional or remaining nourishment things from gatherings or generally to give.

Rizq, rather than get ready new sustenance, concentrates on conveying to a solid utilize the surplus nourishment. To cite Musa Aamir, "Envision if the nourishment, rather than being squandered, is given over to the individuals who truly require it, what number of assets would be spared that were beforehand going to be utilized to get ready crisp sustenance!"

In the course of recent months, Rizq has figured out how to assemble no less than 35-40 volunteers, all understudies from diverse colleges, to bail do their activities which incorporate iftar drives and nourishment circulation battles in different areas. To date, Rizq has pandered to an expected 2,500-3,000 individuals.

Everything considered, the reaction from individuals to give surplus sustenance or their time to Rizq has been overpowering. Not just have the families reached the battle individuals additionally significant organizations and NGOs, for example, Kashmir Oil and Youth Connotation have communicated a yearning to work together with Rizq. ""The measure of backing we've been getting is our greatest inspiration," says Ahmed.

Sustenance wastage by eateries and families is a major issue, much all the more so in the event that you consider the way that there is a fundamentally huge measure of individuals in the nation that is in honest to goodness need of nourishment. Considering this and the straightforwardness and accomplishment of the Rizq programs, it makes one wonder why have other individuals not endeavored to begin comparable activities? Absence of interest absolutely doesn't appear to be an element on the off chance that you consider the positive criticism the Rizq has gotten as such. Ahmed recommends that "possibly individuals don't know how to execute such a thought."

As per Musa Aamir, "It's not on account of we couldn't care less. Maybe, it is on the grounds that we mind a lot of and in minding a lot of we attempt to concoct fantastic, complex thoughts with which we can help individuals however we wind up neglecting the basic thoughts."

Javaid offers an option perspective, recommending that the individuals regard the nourishment wastage issue as somewhat moment, without comprehension the size of the issue.

The originators have huge arrangements for the eventual fate of Rizq. They have as of now concocted energizing and creative routines to expand the effort and effect of the system. Some of these thoughts incorporate teaming up with eateries, marriage and dinner corridors, making a Rizq sustenance truck and Rizq portable application, contracting paid volunteers to incentivise them and leading nourishment drives, at a bigger scale and all the more routinely.

Nonetheless, they additionally recognize that as understudies, they confront a plenty of imperatives as far as their extension arranges. As Ahmed puts it, "One noteworthy issue is the time imperative." Aamir adds to it, "With scholastics and additional curricular exercises, it turns out to be truly hard for the laborers to stay centered."

Different issues remain the absence of labor, funds and storerooms. In any case, they are not surrendering at any point in the near future as they plan to proceed with the venture after they graduate, notwithstanding calling attention to that the Rizq mission is outlined in a manner that the volunteers can do it autonomously too.

The authors really trust it will be simpler to manage the battle after graduation, as they will have the capacity to give it their full consideration and register it as an association so they can continue adding to the crusade. By then, they seek the backing after the battle should have expanded.

In the last examination, Rizq is the ideal case of a little activity with an enormous effect. It can possibly develop into a something that can help battle the issue of sustenance wastage in Lahore and in the end, in Pakistan in gene