Heifer International’s Milk Distribution Program in Tanzania

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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.

Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

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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.

Unbound Awareness Trips Put Sponsorship Contributions into Focus

 

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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’s 10-Year Plan

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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

Unbound Lifts Single-Mother Family in Colombia Out of Poverty

 

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Senior sales manager at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Zariq Siddiqui is in charge of pediatric sales at one of the world’s leading nutrition companies. A philanthropic man, Zariq Siddiqui supports Unbound, an organization formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, that provides families in need across the world with sponsorship from donors to help them move out of poverty.

To celebrate the 2017 International Women’s Day, Unbound published a story about one of its beneficiaries: Beatriz, a mother of two living in Cali, Colombia.

Beatriz grew up in a small mud-thatched home together with her parents and six siblings. Despite lacking electricity all her childhood, she was able to graduate high school and get employed in a dress-making business. She got married at 26, and later gave birth to two children, Juan and Luisa. When her husband abandoned them, she found it difficult to provide for her family on the little money she earned selling homemade sandals.

Thankfully, a friend told her about Unbound. She went to their office, registered, and one month later, her son Juan got a sponsor. Since then, the organization has been a blessing to her life. Not only did the financial assistance help Beatriz pay for her son’s school uniform and supplies, she was able to save more to provide for her daughter as well.

Besides financial assistance, Beatriz became part of a community of Unbound-sponsored mothers with whom she could share her experiences, fears, and burdens. Here, she found a solid support group to lean on when the struggles of raising two children as a single mother weighed her down.

Heifer International Assists in Recovery Following Quake in Ecuador

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A pharmaceutical sales executive, Zariq Siddiqui has worked as senior manager of sales operations and strategy at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago since 1999. Alongside his professional activities, Zariq Siddiqui supports Heifer International, a nonprofit that oversees a variety of assistance services worldwide.

Heifer International has been hard at work in Ecuador recently assisting those affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the country on April 16, 2016. The quake, which was followed by hundreds of aftershocks, destroyed buildings, homes, and infrastructure and caused the deaths of more than 500 people.

The Heifer team on the ground in the country focused on building community shelters for the many Ecuadorians who were left without a home. The group also has worked to distribute water, food, and health products such as vitamins, bug repellent, and antibiotics.

Heifer International is in need of a variety items and asking for donations to support its efforts. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.heifer.org.

Unbound’s Nine Pillars of Change

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Zariq Siddiqui is the senior manager of sales operation and strategy at Abbott Laboratories Inc.’s Nutrition Products Division. Aside from his responsibilities in the global company’s nutrition product sales, Zariq Siddiqui is a philanthropist who has donated significantly to Unbound and its fight against poverty in 20 countries worldwide.

Unbound is a global nonprofit that helps marginalized communities by bringing them together to work on innovative income generating activities. It is through these activities that the organization manages to change the lives of the communities for the better.

Unbound fosters change in the community through nine pillars:

Economic self-sufficiency – The families on Unbound’s support roll depend on the organization and their own income to meet their needs. The organization supports these activities so that the families gradually move away from material support to rely on their own income-creating activities.

Mutual support – The member families are encouraged to form support groups to help each other grow and to support each other in their economic activities.

Capacity building – The Unbound program is centered on the idea that families can be supported to become independent, self-sustaining units, not dependent on handouts and material donations.

Devolved decision-making – The supported families are given decision-making responsibilities in a supportive environment with internal checks and balances.

Empowerment – Marginalized groups are accorded an environment to enhance unity, justice, and equality. This is done by addressing social imbalances to foster non-violent change that is long-term.

Goal orientation – Unbound fosters a support environment where individual families have clearly defined goals and are accorded realistic opportunities to attain those goals.

Learning culture – Sponsored families define the actions they wish to take to achieve self-reliance, measure their outcomes, and use the results to continuously improve their economic livelihoods.

Sustainability – Unbound inculcates a sense of self-reliance in the sponsored families so that in the end, the families themselves manage different elements of the programs. Eventually, the entire community is empowered enough to develop programs independently.

Worldwide – The supported families are encouraged to view empowerment globally and to play a part in uplifting the lives of their neighbors.