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Globalization Final paper

Globalization Final paper - Nakul Shah Honors Globalization...

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Nakul Shah Honors Globalization & Social Movements Final Paper Strength, courage, vitality. To someone that speaks the Pakistani language of Urdu, the word thaakat means all of this and more. Thaakat is moral and mental power, giving strength and encouragement unto another. In the summer 2007 a group of South Asian college students in Chicago, led by their pioneer Uzma Pawany created an organization that would bring thaakat to disadvantaged areas of the world. The Thaakat Foundation was soon established as a non-profit, non-political, non-religious charitable organization that focuses on South Asian nations. The organization moved to New Jersey when Uzma Pawany married a native of the state, and brought her organization with her. A Rutgers University student, Syed I. Zaidi, now the Co-Vice president of the Rutgers chapter spoke with us about everything Thaakat has done within the Rutgers New Brunswick community and abroad. As Uzma Pawany completed her college career, she felt that she had an obligation to help those less fortunate than herself. After joining the Red Cross, she felt that she had the responsibility to start her own organization, one that can be more focused on a particular region. As Thaakat gained strength and supporters, with hard work and commitment by its members, it became a 501 C3 recognized non-profit organization. It was at this point that Thaakat began to grow into the transnational movement it is becoming to this day. Although Thaakat focuses on charitable work in South Asia, in no way does it discourage help from those of other backgrounds. There is simply a central focus on South Asia; an area that Thaakat feels is in desperate need of humanitarian effort.
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