Ibrahim Ather is a man of many talents. He is trained to be a physical therapist and worked in AO Clinic for a few years before joining Pizza Hut, a sister organization of Hassan Trust. He rose within the ranks to the post of Assistant Manager over a period of 2 years before he was offered to be the manager at the Hassan Trust.
He travels to work everyday from Surjani Town – this takes him an hour to an hour and a half each way! He tied the knot this August and is looking forward to leading a happy and long life with his wife.
Professor Salim fights for the rights of disabled people. He is in-charge of education at the Pilot Project and the Food Kitchen, delivering lessons on languages, disability sensitization, computer literacy and soft skills to reintegrate people with disabilities into society.
Alongside working at the Hassan Trust, he is also the General Secretary at the Pakistan Association of the Blind and retired in August from his post at Jinnah College, Karachi as a lecturer.
Salim Qasim Olia with his white cane (which is actually black!)
He is a father to 9 very successful children with one son running his own business in Dubai and others completing their university degrees. He was blinded at the age of 9 when he was hit by a stone on the head.
He’s passionate about moving Pakistan from seeing people with disabilities as mere objects of pity to productive and independent members of society. He sees the Pilot Project as one of the few examples of workplaces that are inclusive and truly empowering to people with disabilities.
Alongside being the head trainer at the Pilot Project, Abdul Jabbar Khan is passionate about cricket. He’s played and promoted cricket for the Blind most of his adult life and funnily, a cricket ball injury is also why he is now permanently blind. He is now 46 years old and has lived most of his life in Karachi.
He learnt cane-knitting at the Pakistan Association of the Blind in 1990 and joined the Pilot Project at its inception in February 2014.
Abdul Jabbar Khan is usually spotted smiling in the workshop but wipes it off immediately for posed photos!
Jabbar is married to a very talented Blind woman who knows her way around the kitchen and makes perfectly round chappatis. They have 7 children including monozygotic twin sons, and a young girl who is studying to be a doctor.
The manager at Hassan Trust is Ibrahim and the operations are overlooked by the Trustee, Saba.
Our kitchen team is supervised by Humair and Saima, and Imran Chef (from Pizza Hut, Pakistan) consults to refine recipes for taste and nutrition.
(left to right) Ibrahim Ather, Saima, Imran Chef, Saba and Humair
The whole team works together to produce delicious meals!
The cane furniture workshop team has people of all abilities. Currently, a majority of our team is visually impaired and learnt how to weave cane from scratch! Since this picture was taken, we’ve included women into the team too.
Our head trainer is Jabbar Ahmed (front-centre) and his assistant trainer is Azmat (in the striped shirt).
Photo of the team