Youth Inclusion Program
A graduate of the State University of New York with a bachelor’s in forensic science, Zariq Siddiqui serves as nutrition products sales director at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., in Chicago. Outside of work, Zariq Siddiqui contributes to several charitable organizations, such as Heifer International.
Heifer International recently launched the East Africa Youth Inclusion Program, a new initiative that aims to help youth in Uganda and Tanzania start businesses or find employment in the agricultural and dairy industries. Created in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, the $19 million project will likely be especially beneficial to youth who live near the growing dairy hubs.
Heifer International already operates a 600-member dairy and livestock farmers’ cooperative as part of its East African Dairy Development project. The cooperative has helped local farmers improve their dairy practices and get higher prices for their milk through their collective negotiating power.
As a result of this growth, young people have been finding jobs as delivery drivers to take milk to local dairy cooperatives. In turn, the economy has seen a ripple effect, with roadside shops opening to provide food and beverages to cooperative workers and drivers. With the new East Africa Youth Inclusion Program, Heifer International and Mastercard hope to continue this growth in the local dairy and agricultural industry and help position these young people for a brighter future.
Zariq Siddiqui is an experienced senior sales executive who currently directs nutrition product sales at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, Illinois. Outside of the professional environment, Zariq Siddiqui contributes to multiple charities including the international non-profit Unbound Child Sponsorship.
Formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound works with people of all faiths to provide essential services for individuals living in poverty all over the world. It primarily focuses on the young, the elderly, and the families that support them.
In addition to accepting donations directly, Unbound supports a number of innovative ways to give at work. Through its employer matching program, Unbound donors can as much as double or triple their overall gifts by soliciting matching commitments from the companies that utilize them.
Unbound accepts contributions via payroll deduction as part of the Combined Federal Campaign, a government initiative that strives to make charitable giving easier. Unbound also participates in multi-individual state employee giving campaigns, as well as multiple employer-sponsored programs of the United Way.
A graduate of the State University of New York with a bachelor’s in forensic science, Zariq Siddiqui serves as nutrition products sales director at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. Outside of his leadership role at the company, Zariq Siddiqui contributes to numerous organizations, including Heifer International, which operates a milk donation program for children in Tanzania.
Heifer International encourages donors to contribute to the health of children in Tanzania through its milk distribution program. The organization sources milk through its East Africa Dairy Development project and packages it into 8-ounce containers for distribution throughout the 200-day school year in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands.
By donating, individuals can be part of a project that contributes to the nutrition of some 10,000 children. The milk distributed to the children provides a vital source of calcium and protein as well as vitamins A, B2, and B12. Contributions also promote the sustainability of the farmers who participate in the East Africa Dairy Development project.
National Women Build Week
As the sales director for Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a global health care company with $22 billion in annual revenue, Zariq Siddiqui oversees sales operations, analytics, and training. He joined the company in 1999 and has held positions including senior manager of sales operations and strategy and nutrition products district sales manager. Outside of work, Zariq Siddiqui supports charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity.
A global organization that builds houses throughout the United States and abroad, Habitat for Humanity holds events such as National Women Build Week. Partnering with Lowe’s, which provides volunteers and close to $2 million in support, the program invites women to donate their time and abilities in helping families work toward independence through safe, affordable housing. The event takes place in the week leading up to Mother’s Day and strives to highlight some of the home-ownership challenges women face. In its previous nine years of operation, the event has seen more than 98,000 women from all 50 states participate.
Zariq Siddiqui serves as the director of sales for Abbot Laboratories, where he oversees procedures for sales including training, analytics, and operations. Beyond his responsibilities with the company, Zariq Siddiqui supports Unbound, formerly known as Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a nonprofit organization benefiting families in poverty.
Unbound invites sponsors to witness firsthand the results of their contributions through its Awareness Trips program. Sponsorship funds help families in an assortment of ways, from providing food and clean water to covering expenses for school supplies and home repairs. Awareness Trips are designed to highlight the benefits of an Unbound sponsorship and bring the importance of assisting those in poverty into sharper focus. Additionally, sponsors have the opportunity to meet the individuals who directly benefit from their support.
Options for Awareness Trips include six locations: Mexico, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Trip prices vary according to location, and costs cover meals, lodging, and most in-country transportation. However, airfare expenses are not included. Travel also requires a valid passport, travel medical insurance, and up-to-date immunizations.
For more information on Unbound Awareness Trips, please visit www.unbound.org/BottomMenu/Trips.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
A graduate of the State University of New York, Zariq Siddiqui works as senior manager of sales operation and strategy at the nutrition products division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc., in Chicago. Aside from his work responsibilities, Zariq Siddiqui donates to several charities, including United Way.
Established in 1932, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago helps people get access to healthcare and education. It also seeks to give aid to the unemployed and hungry. It does this by connecting people through advocating and volunteering opportunities.
In 2011, the chapter created a 10-year plan called Live United 2020. This plan focuses on community needs and on education, financial stability, and health, as well as on basic needs, including food, safety, and shelter. In May 2017, the chapter announced that thanks to thousands of donors, board members, and volunteers, it surpassed the goals four years ahead of the deadline it had set.
-60,223 middle school students expected to graduate
-577,121 people became connected to a primary care physician
* 5 million people in crisis received help
Born in Pakistan and raised in Canada, Zariq Siddiqui attended the College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. Zariq Siddiqui currently serves as a senior sales manager at Abbott Laboratories Inc., an international health care company which recently introduced two nutrition drinks that can help patients’ recovery from surgical procedures.
Over 48 million surgical procedures are performed annually in the U.S., and a number of organizations, incuding the American College of Surgeons, have developed guidelines addressing the importance of immunonutrition to the recovery process. When consumed by the patient prior to and following their procedure, nutrients that boost the immune system like protein and omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce infections following surgery, resulting in a faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, and lower costs.
Additionally, it’s been reported that consuming carbohydrates approximately 2-hours before surgery reduces anxiety, insulin resistance, nausea and pain following the procedure, and the time spent in the hospital.