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Share Your Knowledge, Skills & Expertise - August 21, 2007
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For the last few years, it seems that number and frequency of calamities around the world is on the rise. Unfortunately, the most impacted from these ever increasing natural disasters, are the poor living in their mud-homes, which collapse during earthquakes, cyclones, etc.  Since Hidaya Foundation (
www.hidayatrust.org) is involved in providing disaster relief on an on-going basis, we are always interested in finding alternative ways to speed up the re-habilitation process for those who have lost their homes, while ensuring the safety and durability of the new construction and repairs.

With limited budget and unfavorable conditions, Hidaya Foundation tries to address the needs of thousands of deserving people. In doing so, we attempt to balance utilizing modern technology and machines with centuries old proven construction techniques to maximize the output and build environmentally sound structures with local materials. Besides reconstruction of homes destroyed by natural disasters, Hidaya intends to utilize similar processes and techniques to construct simple school structures in remote villages to offer educational opportunities to children.

Hidaya is very much interested in working with professionals in the field of alternate energy sources for homes, alternate construction methods, materials, and technologies who would be willing to help and guide us with their knowledge and experience in these areas.  While we are aware of materials and techniques, such as: bricks made from compression of natural soils used without cement; lime plaster on walls and roofs; latex and synthetic elastomeric paint to strengthen the walls and roofs for durability; corrugated plastic roof sheets instead of hazardous asbestos or corrugated metal sheets which make small rooms extremely hot; the use of solar ovens, solar fans, solar lighting and solar pumps in remote areas, we can use help from the wide Hidaya audience with related expertise.

During the next twelve months Hidaya intends to start 20 schools and help people build over 200 homes.  Won’t you share with us - your expertise and your experience - to help build educational facilities for the children in poor communities and build homes for the homeless? While we always welcome donations and financial support, we strongly believe your sharing of best practices with us is also sort of charity and Sadaqah (charity) on your part.

Kindly contact us at mail@hidaya.org and tell us how you can help us.

Waseem Baloch
Office: (408) 244-3282
Toll free: (866) 244-3292
E-mail: mail@hidaya.org

Hidaya Foundation is a US based non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization, with Tax ID # 77-0502583. Its mission is to implement charitable projects in economically depressed areas of the world.


Sitara-e-Isaar Awarded to Hidaya Foundation

The sister organization of Hidaya Trust, Hidaya Foundation was awarded Sitara-i-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice) by the Government of Pakistan, in recognition of the results-oriented relief efforts of both the organizations during the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. It was awarded during a special ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC.

In Keeping with our commitment to the communities in which Hidaya Trust operates, it hires its work force as an equal opportunity employer.  It means that employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and not on race, color, status in the society, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed and marital status.