Meet The Team
BA St Joseph’s College, Karachi
“GoRead.pk began with the broad idea of bringing joy into children’s lives through story read-aloud sessions. Most children in Pakistan, particularly those in underprivileged communities are experiencing a childhood devoid of storytelling, a necessary ingredient for emotional well-being. And yet, we have literate caring adults all around us who would like to promote education. Hence, I decided to uberise the concept, and create a simple and scalable story read aloud programme, that would connect volunteers with children in underserved communities in their neighbourhoods.
When compassionate adults enter communities of underserved, often forgotten children, greet them warmly and settle in their midst to read them a story, an environment of comfort and trust is built. Children feel safe to voice their thoughts and ask questions. They need to feel heard and we must listen to them. In today’s world, traumatic, violent, non child-friendly news comes unfiltered into their lives every day, increasing their struggle against the harsh realities of day-to-day life.
When caring adults enter this scenario they cover them with an umbrella of care and compassion that nurtures their emotional well-being.
We envision a Pakistan where every child in every village and city grows up with memories of joyful story sessions.
We see classrooms and communities where inspiring
GoReaders engage with children, laughing and crying together over things that matter. Children learn the value of peace, tolerance, social responsibility and love; while improving their literacy, developing creativity and a love for reading and learning, one story at a time.
It’s time for reading to become our superpower!”
Community Liaison Officer, Lyari
- An energetic and inspirational young leader and Social Activist from Karachi, acknowledged by many institutes and stakeholders for his dedicated and valuable contribution in Positive Youth and Community Engagement
- CEO/founder of “Dreams of Youth welfare society” in Lyari, striving to bring peace through education, theatre, workshops, training programs, seminars and many other events
- Theatre artist, trainer and facilitator for 7 years
- Volunteer, Lyari say Yaari (Kiran Foundation)
- CO-Trainer, Azm-e-Naujawan
Farid Ul Hassan Usama
Program Administrator & Community Liaison Officer
Farid Ul Hassan holds a Masters in Social work from University of Karachi. He has been associated with GoRead.pk since October 2021. Farid served as a GoReader for Kahani Sawaari Program at Shah Faisal Colony and conducted 420+ read aloud story sessions with children in 25+ locations of the said community. For the past five years of his professional and volunteer experiences, Farid has undertaken multiple projects including multi-genre writing, editing and translation, quantitative research and inventory management. He has also conducted various sessions, seminars and workshops.
Kahaani Sawaari GoReader, Lyari
Noman Rafique, our star Kahani Sawari GoReader serves as a football coach and has actively participated as a volunteer at many Dreams of Youth Projects in Lyari. Noman came on board with us in 2022, and since then he has successfully conducted over 700 read-aloud sessions across 35 locations in Lyari.
Director- Fundraising & Programs
Erum Kazi comes with over 9+ years of experience in the development sector. She has extensive experience in designing and implementation of Programs, fundraising and communications. Erum holds a Bachelors in Marketing and Communications from Institute of Business Management.
With a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and having over two years of editorial experience at a publishing house, Hiba has honed her skills in content coordination, project management, and research. Presently, she contributes her expertise to GoRead.pk as a Programs Associate, providing essential backend support for program operations.
Creative Designer And Illustrator
Adan Shaikh is a Karachi-based illustrator and interdisciplinary artist. Adan Shaikh graduated from Indus Valley School Of Art And Architecture in 2022 with an overall distinction in Bachelor of Fine Arts. She majored in miniature painting and new media art. Here at GoRead.pk, she works as a creative designer and illustrator. Adan has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Adan has previously worked with UCL (University College of London), LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences), British Council and Orenda.
Board of Directors
Maha Rehman is a development professional with over 20 years of diverse, cross-sectoral experience in the non-profit sector as well as the corporate sector with her expertise in Monitoring & Evaluation, Research, Strategy and Organizational Development. Maha holds Board positions at Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore, NUR Foundation, NUR International University and GoRead.pk, Karachi, Pakistan. Maha is the co-founder, Senior Technical Advisor, Strategy, M&E expert at NUR Center for Research and Policy (NCRP), an entity of NUR Foundation and the technical research arm of Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan. She is also serving as Senior Technical Advisor to the Vice Chancellor’s Office at NUR International University (NIU). NIU is accredited by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and chartered by the Government of Punjab. Her areas of expertise are Health, Education, Integrated Community Development and women’s empowerment.
Abbas is CEO of Sayeed International, a company that has been offering coding and packaging solutions to the industry since 1991.
Rabia is currently working as Finance & Planning Manager, Engro Fertilizers Ltd.
Saadia Mirza is a Director at Lightstone Publishers Ltd. She has served as Senior Editor and Rights and Licensing Manager at Oxford University Press Pakistan for seven years. Saadia has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Carleton University, Canada.
Hassaan graduated from Imperial College, UK with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently working as Manager, Industrial Automation and Sales at Sayeed International.