In a bid to create avenues of employment for persons with disabilities, NOWPDP has signed a MoU with Shell which would enable Shell franchisees (retailers) to hire persons with disabilities as retail site forecourt staff by creating better employment opportunities for them. The main focus of such initiatives is to help foster an enabling environment for these new hires by engaging all stakeholders in sensitizing trainings to help build better work ethos amongst the forecourt staff.

NOWPDP is a leading NGO that works with persons with disabilities to promote the creation of an inclusive society. It not only upholds the rights of disabled persons, but also provides them with a common platform to come together and become agents of social change. The organisation is engaged in areas of mobility, skills development, and capacity building of such individuals through various programs.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. Mazhar-ud-Deen, General Manager – Retail, Shell Pakistan Limited said: “At Shell we wish to create an environment of inclusiveness at our retail forecourts in which people with diverse backgrounds and abilities can live up to their potential and develop. Through this programme we wish to bring together remarkable people and economically empower them to positively contribute to the society.”

Mr. Amin Hashwani, President, NOWPDP, remarked: “NOWPDP has been working continuously to support persons with disabilities and one of our leading priorities is to enable these individuals to be self-sufficient. We hope that the recently signed MoU will set precedence in the petroleum sector and we’re extremely happy to be a part of this project.”

The pilot project is slated to be rolled out across 10 retail forecourt sites in Karachi and will be gradually expanded to other cities across Pakistan.