We collaborate with local changemakers in developing countries to address animal, environmental and social welfare concerns and provide them with the means and methodology for impactful and sustainable solutions.
Our Current Projects
Join Hands has been invited by The Global Schoolhouse Initiative (GSI) to develop a humane education subject stream for their K-8 curriculum, focusing on care and compassion towards animals. It is a remarkable opportunity to share the importance of empathy and recognizing the sentience of all livings beings with children who may not experience it themselves.
Join Hands is currently working with the GSI team on the development of lesson plans for a humane education subject stream for their K-8 curriculum, focusing on care and compassion towards animals. It is a remarkable opportunity to share the importance of empathy and recognizing the sentience of all livings beings with children who may not experience it themselves.
GSI created their innovative, sustainable, FREE program to help at risk children thrive in the midst of their daily struggles. They have already launched Schoolhouses in Mexico and Uganda, and have future Schoolhouses in development for Columbia and Rohingya. To learn more about their exemplary work, please visit them at The Global Schoolhouse Initiative.
“For children at risk, education can be the most precious gift imaginable. It can give them the strength to cope with their daily struggle for food, shelter, and safety, and the imagination to dream of a better future. But right now, far too many children are being denied education — and hope. Peace education and resilience training can help children cope, and act as a fortress against violence. Allowing children to learn mental and emotional skills necessary to become leaders — and future peacemakers.”
~ The Global Schoolhouse Initiative
Wildlife In Captivity
Today, many countries still lack the basic constitutional foundations that reflect the humane treatment of animals, or have outdated and inadequate provisions. This is particularly often the case with captive wild animal facilities such as wildlife rescue centres and zoos. Despite the common claim that these facilities are beneficial, the educational or local conservation benefits are often lacking or non-existent.
The past decade has seen numerous issues arise pertaining to the state of the animals, facilities and operations at the Karachi Zoo. These issues have inspired numerous private citizens, animal welfare activists, animal and conservation professionals and even government officials to call for change. The traditional zoo model is one that is struggling and failing throughout Pakistan, and indeed throughout the world.
In September 2019, Join Hands and the KMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding and began a collaboration for a modern new vision for Karachi Zoo. The goal: a regional model that showcases what is unique to Karachi and southern Pakistan.
Our team (a collection of esteemed zoological experts and internationally renowned veterinarians) was set to be in Pakistan in March 2020 to conduct a comprehensive Assessment Review of the Karachi Zoo and its affiliated parks, facilitated by the KMC and zoo management. The results of this baseline research study would speak to accurate challenges and potential opportunities based on the evidence collected, act as a monitoring and evaluation tool, and ensure the undertakings of a final Master Plan are guided by the realities on the ground.
However, in light of the global impact of COVID-19, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the visit of our team to allow all parties involved in the project to focus on risk management for health, safety and mobility.
In the meantime, our team is actively involved in ongoing communications with local governments in Pakistan to facilitate the remote continuity of our assessment activities.
“Pakistan is a rich culture with a diverse range of plant and animal species and there is great opportunity to support regional conservationism in a sustainable way that also upholds international standards for animal welfare and operations. Join Hands hopes to facilitate planning efforts towards upholding those standards while promoting local conservation, and admires the willingness of the KMC and Karachi Zoo management to consider embarking upon a new direction for the future of the zoo. “
~ Sabrina Sehbai, Director
After two years of hard work by a team of people all over the world, we have launched Caring For Life Education in Pakistan in partnership with the Sindh Education Foundation!
In February, 2020, trainers for the program gathered together in Karachi for the program launch event and the week-long training workshops. They were joined by CFL Master Trainer Kerenza Vlastou and Dr. Bill Samuels, who is heading the scientific evaluation of the program.
This incredible humane education curriculum is being delivered in 50 SEF Assisted primary schools in the Sindh province and will grow each year during the 3-year pilot.
Caring For Life is a globally recognized foundation course in Learning to Live Together, based on the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO’s) Four Pillars of Education. Each pillar underpins a facet of UNESCO’s vision of compulsory school education and lifelong learning achieved post-school. CFL is a broad discipline that encompasses all forms of education relating to social welfare and citizenship, animal welfare and environmental issues. It is an ongoing process that recognises the interdependence of all living things.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us achieve launching this amazing curriculum! It is a ground-breaking program that will contribute to a more compassionate and empathic society by teaching children about care and respect for all living beings.”
~ Sabrina Sehbai, Director
Projects In Development
With the support and partnership of animal welfare and legal experts we are hoping to provide realistic and effective consultation on animal welfare laws in Pakistan. Our partners are able to assist with the implementation and monitoring of changes, in cooperation with governmental, legal and local authority bodies.
In ongoing collaboration with veterinarians in the United States, Europe and Asia, we are developing a template rural animal hospital program to provide working animals and their owners with medical services and education. The goal for a hospital would be to create jobs for trades people in rural areas by educating them in various skills, creating jobs for veterinarians and animal care workers to become experts and ambassadors in their respective communities, providing veterinary services and education to poor owners of working animals to assist with their economic growth and opportunity, and providing education to rural communities about coexistence with animals.
Wildlife / Conservation
Through collaborations with conservation and rescue focused charities and veterinarians, we are supporting the rescue and rehoming efforts for various wildlife in need. Whether these animals exist in public or private captive wildlife facilities or are victims to wildlife trade, we work to facilitate assisting these animals find new homes by navigating the complex web of relocation, education and conservation.
Dog Population & Rabies Management
In collaboration with world renowned rabies organizations and animal welfare organizations, we are developing applicable and sustainable solutions for dog population and rabies management in developing countries. The proven success and scientific approach of our partners ensures measurable results, and the methodology is cost effective and efficient.
Our success is entirely dependent upon the partnerships we share with these incredible organizations.
We encourage you to learn more about the remarkable work that they do and how you can support them in their efforts.