ISLAMABAD: Under the umbrella of its Employee Volunteer Program, ‘A New Hope’, Zong’s volunteers visited children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Autism Research Centre, Islamabad.
ASD is a developmental condition that is marked by social and communication difficulties and repetitive, inflexible patterns of behaviour.
Zong’s employees participated in various group activities, modelled positive social interaction and encouraged the children to have fun. For children with ASD, isolation is often a lifelong thing, which leaves them more vulnerable to an extent. Using the language of art, New Hope volunteers gave the children a chance to express their feelings. The activities were carefully crafted for these children to comprehend and bring joy and happiness.
The volunteers adhered to improving emotional and mental health by spending time with them as well as giving them a chance to communicate and step out of their isolation. Spreading the magic and joy, the volunteers surprised the children with gifts, which left them in awe.