Monday, September 21, 2009

Lost Chance of International Honour

Loses chance to receive UN honour, thanks to his name

Special Correspondent

Immigration officials at Delhi ‘botch’ up Shaik Khasim Shareef’s trip to Mexico to receive the award

GUNTUR: His name kept him away from an international honour -- the only Indian youth entry to win an award at the United Nations Millennium Goals from among 600 participants, thanks to the immigration officials who detained him in New Delhi.

Narsaraopet-based Friends To Support Organisation was chosen by the United Nations for an international honour -- World Youth Summit Award Runner-up in ‘Fight Hunger, Poverty and Disease’ category to receive the award at Monterry in Mexico between September 2 and 5.

On receiving communication from the hosts, founder of the organisation Shaik Khasim Shareef, working as web designer in Hyderabad, got the Mexican visa and boarded an Air India flight at Hyderabad for Mexico via New Delhi after proper immigration check at 8.10 p.m. on August 31.

A change of flight was needed at New Delhi as direct flights were not available to Mexico.

At New Delhi, he was cleared at the Immigration check and luggage put on board the flight scheduled to leave for Mexico via Chicago at 12.05 a.m. on September 1.

But just before boarding the plane some officials stopped him for a check allegedly going by his name.

After checking his papers, he was denied entry into the plane saying he needed a transit visa of the U.S. as the plane touched Chicago airport though he would continue in the same aircraft.

This came as a surprise to him as the hosts had clearly communicated to him that no transit visa was needed.

He had even enquired at the Mexican Consulate at New Delhi while getting his visa to confirm that he did not need a U.S. transit visa.

To petition President

“The behaviour of the airline staff towards me was only due to my name. They did not allow me to go into airport and put me on a Hyderabad flight only after 24 hours of waiting in the lounge without my passport,” Mr. Shareef told The Hindu.

“I propose to represent this matter to the President of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the top officials of the airlines,” he added.


Mr. Shareef said he was detained despite his plea to verify his identity from employers/host organisers and about the Friends To Support Organisation running website for providing contact information of voluntary blood donors on the Internet.

He was escorted to the luggage area of the aircraft by four gun-toting security officials to identify his luggage which was deplaned.

The flight got delayed by one hour and left for Chicago without Mr. Shareef.

When contacted the organisers apologised for the incident, but could not do anything.

A chance to let genuine voice be heard by people from all over the world on voluntary blood donation awareness using Internet, was lost.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What do U think ..?

Dear friends . ......,
I am uday , 19, a third year student . As we flip through the history of friends2support , we can realize that we used to have a student branch for our organization , but it has been disintegrated. I firmly believe we need to have a student wing which should add a new dimension and bring in young blood into our organization.
As an initiation i would be happy to collect and unite all the students working for the organization already create a firm base. We can then also bring in our friends who are students in various institutes all across the nation and even abroad .
For e.g . I hail from guntur , but i have friends who are interested to join hands with such non-profit organizations as ours hailing from various places ranging from , hyderabad to dubai . Its only an idea but if everyone takes a step together , then we can realized a student branch pretty shortly .
I await suggestions from u all , friends .


Friday, May 8, 2009

United Nations World Youth Summit Award for

Friends 2 Support is WSYA Runner-up 2009 and only winner from India in any category

Guntur-based Friends To Support Organisation (F2S) maintaining an online database of voluntary blood donors through the website, has received yet another United Nations award for its work on improving the awareness on health issues in the society using Internet. This award will be presented to Mr. Sk.K. Shareef, one of the founders of the organisation at Monterrey, in Mexico during the United Nations Global Forum on ICT and Development and WSA Winners Celebrations from September 2 to 4, 2009.

The F2S has been adjudged runner-up in Category 1: Fight Hunger, Poverty & Disease! and is the only Indian entry to win an award this year from among 600 entries screened by the 20-member United Nations awards committee. The winners' list is available on , website. The organisers have invited Mr. Shareef to Mexico at their expense to receive the award and be part of their celebrations.

The had won the United Nations Development Project and Department of Information Technology-sponsored `Manthan Award - 2007' a National Award for using digital information for development of society. We were also shortlisted among the top 12 entrants for the NASSCOM Award the second annual flagship event of NASSCOM Foundation held on 15 February 2008 at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. The NASSCOM Foundation Forum was held in conjunction with the NASSCOM Leadership Forum aiming to provide a platform for the key innovators and leaders who had impacted social development in the country.  

What is this WSYA Award?: Young People act on United Nations Millennium Goals using Internet Content. The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is the global contest for online or mobile initiatives to raise awareness and help resolve the most pressing global issues. The World Summit Youth Award showcases the project as one by young developers and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together on the efforts of reaching the Millennium Development Goals!

The rewards are global recognition within the United Nations, invitations to the WSYA Winners events in Mexico and networking contacts on a global scale. Those who rely on the web for creating culture, overcoming gender inequality, lack of education and access to clean water or to address hunger, poverty, disease and environmental degradation, were asked to take part in this contest.

The winners will showcase their projects to government and business leaders, representatives of civil society and the international community. All the 612 projects were evaluated in a three-round judging process by an international jury of 20 experts in the fields of youth engagement, new media and social entrepreneurship. 

The Winners were:


  • - "Lil' MDGs: Kids making Changes" by Dylan Mahalingam (13) and Pooja Dharan (11), USA
  • - "Remote Patient Monitoring System" by Tanwani Ajay Kumar (22), Pakistan
  • - "Mobile Doctor" by Andreas Jakl (27), Austria

 Also among the Top 5 are the Runner-Ups...

- "mPedigree" by Ashifi Gogo (28), Ghana

- "Friendstosupport Organisation" by Shaik Shareef (28), India

"Runner-up means that we determine your project as another outstanding entry in the WSYA 2009 and would therefore like to give you the opportunity to take part in the WSYA Events in Monterey, Mexico from September 2 to 4, 2009," said the organisers.

Together with the local host organisation, Indigo Brainmedia, we are organizing a series of interesting workshops, conferences and networking events, where you will have a chance to showcase your project, meet other WSYA participants as well as some of the jurors, and participate in the sessions of the WSA Winners Conference as well as the UN GAID Global Forum.

Winners in Other categories:


  • - "Everything on HIV and AIDS in Iran" by Morteza Moshir Sinaei (23), Iran
  • - "Alternatives: Findin New Possibilities for Youth" by Sanjeev Raj Neupane (25), Nepal
  • - "Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development" by Crystal Kigoni (30), Kenya

The Runner-Ups in this category are...

- "Youthinfo" by Antoaneta Ivanova (30), Macedonia

- "Shilpa Sayura Project" by Dhanajaya Subash (26), Sri Lanka

Category 3: POWER 2 WOMEN!

  • - "Dokhtiran: e-Magazine on Women's Rights" by Gholamzadeh Hamid Reza (27), Iran
  • - "The Sisters 4 Peace Network" by Sejal Hathi (17), USA
  • - "Empower Women and Meet Millennium Challenges" by George Onyango (29), Kenya

The Power 2 Women Runner-Up is...

- "Yemeni Feminist Activists" by Amal Al-Ashtal (23), Yemen


  • - "Roots & Routes TV" by Aileen Wessely (22), Germany
  • - "Savvy Chavvy" by Christy McAleese (26), Great Britain
  • - "The Extraordinaries" by Jacob Colker (25), USA

Another three Runner-Ups (equaly graded) are...

- "Strengthening Networks in Turkey :Young Human Network" by Basak Saral (28), Turkey

- "Youth Culture Portal HC.LV" by Deniss Fedotovs (30), Latvia

- "Facebook Application 'Intercultural'"  by Stephan Hamberger (21), Austria

Category 5: GO GREEN!

  • - "Sewer Tourism" by Andrew Mutua (19), Kenya
  • - "Greenlighted" by Vladimir Dubovskiy (22), USA
  • - "Guardian of Eden" by Ricardo Quirante Martinez (21), Netherlands

The three Runner-Ups (equaly graded) in this category are...

 - "Effects of Climate Change on the Environment" by Abe Fergusson (18), Trinidad & Tobago

- "MRP Green Project" by Jessie James Marcellones (22), Philippines

- "Green Bulgaria" by Julian Kuntorov (14), Bulgaria

Team Friends To Support
Good team work, active public participation has blessed the organisation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cycle Rally by School students in Guntur

Thirty two students of Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer took out a 12 k.m. Cycle Rally on Guntur main roads on Thursday evening starting from Syamala Nagar Second Lane at 4.30 p.m.

The school students --17 girls and 15 boys -- carried flags of and distributed pamphlets in Telugu and English requesting the people enroute to register themselves on the website so that they can donate to any one who needed blood in emergencies. They shouted slogans `Donate Blood Save Lives’; `Raktha Daanam Cheyyandi - Moodu Jeevithalunu rakshinchandi’.

Students well-wisher and a mathematics teacher Swarna Kumar flagged off the rally from Syamalanagar and the students returned to the same spot at 6.30 p.m. Making stops at Collectorate Junction, Brodipet 14/4 junction, Sankar Vilas Junction, Lakshmipuram Mother Teresa Statue junction and a NTR Stadium in Brundavan Gardens before winding their way back to Syamalanagar via Gujjannagundla.

The students said their final examinations were over, so they did not want to waste their time by just going round without purpose and took up this cause to spread awareness among people on need for voluntary blood donation. Students led by Saketh, Chaitra, Rachana, Abhishek, and others began the cycle journey from Pattabhipuram Rythu Bazar on the Ring Road, came into Brodipet 14th Lane and pedaled their way upto Sankar Vilas Junction and stopped at a couple of places to distribute pamphlets to bystanders.

Scarcity of voluntary blood donors is a common phenomenon in India with someone requiring blood every two seconds.

Spreading awareness on need for donating blood voluntarily and to have a comprehensive `Registry’ of Blood Donors is of prime importance today, said the friends2support volunteers.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friends To Support Organisation

Friends To Support Organisation - Our friendship is 3 years old
-- A people's movement.

Come Join in the Cause to universalize FREE Blood Donors' Information

Launch of All-India F2S Bike Rally-2009
Somajiguda Press Club, Hyderabad, Saturday, March 21, 2009

Scarcity of voluntary blood donors is a common phenomenon in India with someone requiring blood every two seconds. Spreading awareness on need for donating blood voluntarily and to have a comprehensive `Registry' of Blood Donors is of prime importance today.

Secrecy with regard to contact information of Voluntary Blood Donors is doing a disservice to the humanity. To overcome this lacuna, we friends began this journey from Narsaraopet in Guntur district on November 14, 2005, by creating a website with a countrywide voluntary donors' search facility.

To list out names, contact information of willing donors in all 17 blood groups (including sub-groups) State-District and City wise, we organised several awareness programmes in various cities and towns of India with F2S volunteers actively campaigning. A journey with a motley crowd of 200 on the day of launch, we are more than 50,000 friends spread all over country ready to donate blood anytime/anywhere (in authorised blood banks only) during an emergency or a scheduled operation. Reliable information is our motto.

We have chosen to launch this all-India Bike Rally-2009 in Hyderabad is known for its spirit to help and large number of enthusiastic youth ready to take the plunge when called upon. To take this movement to every nook and corner of OUR country about 50 youth embarked on a Bike Rally on Saturday, March 21, carrying the flags and pamphlets of to make people understand utility of this `Free Information Service'.

Beginning their journey at Somajiguda Press Club, they fanned out into the colonies and busy junctions to spread the awareness on voluntary blood donation. This movement will be replicated in other parts of the country also in a phased manner with week-ends used for this purpose. Youth will begin their journey on Saturday mornings from heart of a major city and go to a nearby district headquarters or town to spread the message there and return to starting point on Sunday evenings, as part of their social commitment.

Guntur 10K Walk was the first major awareness programme organised in Guntur city on November 25, 2006, followed by a Signature Campaign launched by Women's Cricket Celebrity Mitali Raj at Somajiguda Press Club in Hyderabad on May 26, 2007. Same year in another 10K Walk was organised in Vijayawada on August 15, 2007. Bangalore volunteer group organised a programme at one of the major exhibitions by setting up a stall.

A documentary film `Pranadatha' in English and Telugu was produced in Guntur and put on the YouTube for everyone to understand the way in which the website could be used. A mega release function with live coverage from Radio and TV channels gave a boost. A Toll-free Telephonic Helpline 1051 was set up in Andhra Pradesh for two years and we are in the process of setting up an All-India telephonic helpline and Service on SMS platform very soon.

Indian Hockey Team Captain Mukesh Kumar and some film personalities were part of a 5K Walk on Necklace Road on November 11, 2007, in Hyderabad. We completed 3 years on November 14, 2008 and as part of that organised essay, elocution and painting competitions for college students on Acharya Nagarjuna University campus. Several awareness programmes for MBA, Pharmacy and Engineering students were organised on college campuses with active participation of students from East, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Khammam, Prakasam and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Pune volunteers held a candle-light campaign and Creation of Friedns To Support banner on a Football ground with Rangoli. Special Cards were designed to help people maintain a personal record of their blood group and contact information of their friends/relative with same blood group on the reverse side. Come Let us Register on and help save three lives by donating once.

All major blood banks in the country today use to contact voluntary donors. As per the feedback we have received so far, 20,000 donations have been made by 50,000 registered donors saving that many lives.

Team Friends To Support Organisation

Sk. Shareef