Khadim Hussain Chief Executive GRACE Association was invited by Mobility International USA to participate in a two weeks US/Pakistan: Disability Leadership Exchange Program to Eugene Oregon during May 14 - 28, 2013.
Mr. Hussain participated in the program with a dynamic group of men and women professionals with and without disabilities from throughout Pakistan. The delegation included twenty professionals working in fields related to policy and legislation, education, employment, health, disaster relief, emergency response, gender inclusion, advocacy, youth leadership and community development.
The program helped improve knowledge and building leadership skills to strengthen organizations working to empower people with disabilities in Pakistan. The opportunities provided were good to develop new ideas and plans to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in civil society and political leadership; and the program definitely promoted mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States of America and Pakistan. Many American people had a different view before meeting the delegates but after discussion they learned that Pakistanis are same people as others and they have same understanding, respect for others. The delegates also learned about American Disability Act, and implementation of the act in letter and spirits that type of culture and commitment is yet invisible in Pakistan
During the 14-day program, the delegates had opportunities to experience of physical exercise at Gym, biking, enjoyed the visit to Oregon Coast. The delegates met with U.S. professionals with and without disabilities, including disability rights advocates, educators, community service providers, government officials and international development specialists. All of them were eager to share their expertise and experiences with the delegates. All program activities, workshops and site visits were interactive, practical, and "hands-on" with an opportunity for individual participation and group interaction.
Mr. Hussain appreciates the enthusiasm in the service of human beings especially for people with disabilities and professional expertise and commitments in their jobs.
GRACE endeavours to empower and improve the quality of life of the marginalized and vulnerable communities in the least developed parts of Pakistan through welfare, participatory research and development, capacity building, promotion of best practices and partnership building, advocacy, and by launching sustainable and replicable innovative projects.