SPO (Strengthening Participatory Organization), a leading Pakistani NGO, marked its 25th anniversary celebrations at the National Library Auditorium, Islamabad on 21st February 2019. President Dr. Arif Alvi, as the chief guest of this silver jubilee event, appreciated the contribution by SPO in reaching out to poor and disadvantaged people living in remote areas of 75 districts in all 4 provinces over the past quarter century . He urged SPO to also explore the scope for its activism in critical sectors such as balanced population growth, climate change and improved healthcare.
The simple but colorful event was attended by parliamentarians, provincial legislators, government officials, senior diplomats, civil society activists, grassroots community women representatives, academics and media specialists. President Alvi said he was happy to learn of SPO’s efforts to improve governance, equity, social justice and peace.
Chairperson SPO, Senator (r) Javed Jabbar presented an overview of SPO’s vision and its evolution. These were gleaned from 25 years of SPO’s work serving the people while working with them on diverse social development themes in all the four provinces of Pakistan. Co-Vice Chairperson SPO Ms. Arifa Mazhar also shared her views with participants, with particular reference to the empowerment of women residing in rural areas.
President Dr. Arif Alvi gave away a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Member SPO Board of Directors Syed Abid Rizvi in recognition of his dedicated work and longstanding commitment to SPO ideals. Chief Executive SPO Mr. Saleem Malik thanked the guests for gracing the occasion. Earlier, three village women community representatives and one male Christian from the four provinces shared their respective inspiring stories on their work in partnership with SPO under different initiatives over the years.