WHAT'S UP WITH CHAYN?
A monthly email with all that’s happening in the Chayn universe. p.s. Chayn چین is an Urdu word and it means ‘solace / peace of mind’.
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Snap Counsellors won an award at D&AD Impact 2016 where Rajshekar Patil travelled to New York to pick up the ‘Graphite Pencil’ for Snap Counsellors. It was also featured in the awesome Ad Age India, Campaign India, Campaign brief Asia, Economic Times’ Brand Equity and CenMag [Creative Economy News]. Catch the scoop in Afsa’s blogpost. FYI: We’re looking for counselling partners in other countries & languages, so get in touch at email@example.com!
We’re excited to announce that we’re semi-finalist in the Social Innovators category in the WIRED’s Audi USA Innovation awards. We’ll find out in November if we win at the inaugural WIRED Audi Innovation Awards ceremony.
One of our volunteer, Dina took over ChaynHQ tweeted for a day and covered #RefugeesSummit.
Pakistan has finally closed the loophole with the Honor Killings Bill. Find out with Amina’s post why this means justice for women like Qandeel and others.
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Chayn Italia is delivering a free course in collaboration with Naples’ Federico II° University and Una Stanza Tutta Per Se’ women’s aid center: sign up to learn more about domestic violence and how to tackle it (in Italian with English translation - starting 14th November 2016). You can find out more detail here.
On Thursday 29th September, we hosted our first Tech Vs Abuse workshop with Snook at Newspeak House where we worked with survivors to create solutions for the problems that victims and survivors have with technology. The next phase of the TechVsAbuse project will be a workshop with frontline practitioners on 14th October.
Ammal PK is busy behind the scenes in its launch with their first workshop [Late October] in Lahore on ‘How to get Hired.’
Chayn India is currently finishing off the content for ‘Forced Marriages’ and ‘Sexual Health’ guides, all set to live soon!
Paula has been working on The Good Friend’ Handbook’ and is nearly set to go for beta testing!
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Hera gave a talk on her journey with Chayn along with 4 other inspiration social entrepreneurs at a ‘Tech4Good’ event hosted by Coadec and Techhub at Google Campus London on 27th September. You can catch up with a glimpse of the event here.
Gul talked about how Chayn is using technology to empower women against domestic violence at 23 Code Street Show and Tell event.
Chiara (Executive Team, Chayn Italia) was at #AWIDForum [Association for Women's Rights in Development Forum] in Brazil and has blogged about her first day here.
Seerat Fatima took part in Pakistan’s first ever female only comedy lineup - The Auratnak Show. Join if you’re around Lahore and would like to keep updated with the dates for their next show.
Alex Mathews wrote about his inspiration for Maya in Hidden Pockets.
Dina wrote a beautiful post on “Home in the eyes of a Syrian girl.” It was featured in Medium’s Editors’ Pick on ‘stories worth talking about.’
Volunteer of the month
Every month we choose a few volunteers that have gone above and beyond. They get a special mention and lots of love! For September, these people were the chosen ones:
Gul Rasool for representing us at 23 Code Street’ Show and Tell event. You can connect with her on
Sam Carroll for her awesome work in helping TechVsAbuse project present their findings for their workshop with survivors.
Fatima A. Athar for all her hardwork and effort in preparing the launch for Ammal PK with the first workshop set for Late October 2016.
< CALL FOR HELP >
Wordpress developers especially those with localisation experience. We want to translate Chayn Pakistan website into local languages such as Urdu, Punjabi and Pashto!
Writers! We’ve got many stories to tell about the work Chayn is doing and we’re short of wordsmiths.
Communicators and social media! Want to use your talents to help our work?
Farsi, Dari, Pashto, and Greek speakers - we need you to translate our Soul Medicine course!
Urdu writers - Chayn Pakistan will be going through a transformation to add content in Nastaliq/Urdu script. Want to help?
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