Dear AKUAANA Family:
During these unprecedented times that have engulfed the entire globe, we have entered an ever-changing phase of reality which shall continue to impact all aspects of our lives.
Many of you must already be fighting in the front-lines by taking care of your patients in these trying times. And some of you have been leading from the front within the domains of public health, policy making, social welfare and entrepreneurship. Our alma mater in Pakistan is also leading by example under its dynamic leadership.
Hailing from Pakistan and living in our adopted homeland of USA, our responsibilities are manifold. The needs are acute and the demands are inestimable. We have a sacred duty to rise up and address these challenges head on, together! At AKUAANA, we have identified the following platforms through which donations can be made:
1. AKU Foundation
• Regular donations can be made at AKU Foundation
• For Zakat donations, please donate at The i-Care Foundation (Choose “The Patients Behbud Society for AKUH” and add “COVID-19 Testing” as free text.)
2. Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America [APPNA]
Whereas AKU Foundation is helping with COVID-19 testing kits in Pakistan, APPNA is primarily helping with food pantries across USA as well as other relief efforts in Pakistan including providing PPE gear to the healthcare workers.
On behalf of the Executive Council of AKUAANA, I would like to urge all of you to support these relief efforts to the best of your abilities. Your donations will be of paramount importance in ensuring that all critical relief efforts continue, and that, as the demand grows, the capacity to help also does. All charitable donations will be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
If you or anyone else you know, within AKUAANA family, is in need of help, please immediately inform us so that we can pool resources to help.
Keep working hard and stay safe. You all remain in our prayers and thoughts!
Faisal H. Cheema, AKU ’2000 | President, AKUAANA
Secretary: Haresh Kumar, AKU ’03 | Treasurer: Tauseef-ur-Rehman, AKU ’07 | Immediate Past President: Namirah Jamshed, AKU ’96