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.
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
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.
PediaSure Grow & Gain
Zariq Siddiqui serves as the senior manager of sales operations and strategy at Abbott Laboratories, Inc. Zariq Siddiqui is responsible for sales in Abbott’s Pediatric Nutrition Products Division, which produces PediaSure Grow & Gain, a nutritional supplement shake to help children grow.
The PediaSure shake comes in banana, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and berry flavors and includes 25 essential vitamins and minerals and seven grams of protein. The shake may be purchased in a ready-to-drink bottle or as a powdered mix.
While both the PediaSure bottled shake and the powdered mix contain 240 calories, there are marked differences in the products that affect how they can be used. The bottled shake may be taken as a supplemental source of nutrition or used as a child’s sole nutritional source if recommended by a doctor.
Because the powdered mix has higher levels of nutrients, it is intended for use as a supplement only. Children should drink no more than one (ages 1 to 3), two (ages 4 to 8), or three (ages 9 to 13) of the powdered-mix shakes per day.
PediaSure is not intended for infants under the age of 1. Parents should consult with their medical professional before providing the shake to children under 2 years old.
Abisko National Park
As senior sales manager of operations and strategy at the Nutrition Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, Zariq Siddiqui is in charge of full-cycle sales operations. Outside of work, Zariq Siddiqui enjoys traveling and has visited Sweden.
One of the popular tourist destinations in Sweden is Abisko National Park. Having an area spanning 77 square kilometers, the park is within the Arctic Circle. It is also inside the auroral oval, an area where there is a greater chance of experiencing the Northern Lights.
Inside the park hovers Mt. Njullá where the Aurora Sky Station is situated. The station was chosen by travel magazine Lonely Planet as the best location in the world to witness the Northern Lights. In summer the area experiences 24-hour daylight which goes on for several weeks. Aside from natural lights displays, the area is also well-known for its Nordic wildlife and great natural beauty. It is Sweden’s driest area as well, allowing for a long hiking season.
Around 100 kilometers to the east is the municipality of Kiruna, which has regular flights to Stockholm. From Kiruna, the park can be reached by taxi, bus, or train.