Atlas Corps celebrates its 15th anniversary! It is time to celebrate the achievements of our amazing network of over 1,100 leaders from 110 countries and share stories on the global impact of our Alumni, Fellows, and Scholars.
Today we speak with our Atlas Corps Alum Qaisar (Class 21, Pakistan), who was recently appointed as a member of the National Youth Council headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Qaisar currently works as the Executive Director at WANG Balochistan, a nonprofit organization striving for peace building, youth engagement, women empowerment and well-educated society where the potential of the youth are harnessed, rights protected and every child to get access to basic education.
Thank you, Qaisar, for contributing to the community’s sustainable development in Pakistan through WANG Balochistan, and congratulations on your appointment. We appreciate learning about your sustainable development work and your personal and professional growth. We wish you the best with this impactful work!
Name: Qaisar Roonjha
Home Country: Pakistan
Current Organization: WANG Balochistan
Role at current organization: Executive Director
Social Issues that you have worked with: Quality education, Gender equality, Sustainable cities and communities, Peace, justice, and strong institutions and Partnerships for the goals.
Tell us about projects you have worked on?
I am responsible for the leadership of the organization. I design programs, build networks and help my team in implementing projects. We have worked on several projects focusing on Education, Youth Development, Girls Education, Reproductive Health, Sports, and Peacebuilding.
Why is it important for you to work with girl education and sustainable development projects?
I feel like a social change maker; it’s my responsibility to contribute to the community’s sustainable development. Without considering the issues, I am working on important developmental goals that can be achieved. To uplift the communities, young people need to play their role actively. During the time like these, it’s important to find the solution of the problems that yet do not exist, but understanding the dynamics and reaching out to communities help one to predict what future might look like.
How has Atlas Corps contributed to your professional and personal accomplishments?
Atlas Corps provided me an opportunity to see the change from a wider and bigger perspective and learn technical skills for creating sustainable social change. It provided me the opportunity to meet like-minded people who are eager to create change, I got a platform to learn, network, and share field experiences and get mentorship.
What is your favorite Atlas Corps memory?
Getting an award for smile of the year during the closing ceremony.
What advice do you have for applicants and current Fellows?
While you enjoy the present condition of being a fellow – do not forget to think about the future, how this opportunity could become a life-changing one. The time flies too fast, but it’s on us to maximize learnings, create networks, build friendships, and nourish ideas at the right moment in the right environment. If you are applying, be true to yourself, show your skills, be confident and express how your contribution could create a change that is for everyone.
What message would you like to send to individuals who support Atlas Corps?
Thank you for all of your support to the Atlas Corps. You have been a great motivation for fellows like me who were new to this country; you opened your arms, your hearts, and your homes to welcome us and gave us an environment of safety, growth, and love. I thank everyone for making this fellowship a life-changing one for so many of us.
Celebrate 15 years of global impact with Atlas Corps! Join us on July 14 to recognize this milestone anniversary and partner with our community of 1,100 social change leaders from 110 countries. Support Atlas Corps and empower our global community of changemakers who possess the training, skills, and network to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Will you make your #GlobalImpact with Atlas Corps?
Photos from the personal archive of Qaisar Roonjha