A further effort was put within the working on media and information literacy for the community of Lyari by starting a six month project with support of Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) named “Haal Hawaal”. This Program aspired increased opportunities and incentives to engage young and creative people from Lyari for social benefit and benign behaviors.
The core idea was again to provide constant reinforcement of positive news influencing mindsets of common youth and individuals to step out of violence mindset and unite as a community. The process of this program was very simple where 25 youth from Lyari being trained on media literacy, citizen journalism and highlighting community stories that are both informational and inspirational.
Participants got the opportunity to learn about Photojournalism, Story & News Writing, The participants directed to snap and shoot their community issues and weekly photo-walks and exhibitions were arranged for community. The street issues and positive stories identified through the photo walks and field learning complied in a form of newsletter.
The final publication took place through blogs and a short magazine distributed within notable community spaces of Lyari; providing access to information for the common individuals.
In 2017, Mehrdar Art & Production joined hands in a multi organization program in partnership with DAI and US Aid, by the name of Azme Naujawan. The organization branched out to new communities with a primary Youth Center in Ibrahim Hyderi. The program involved training local community youth in principles of Social Responsibility, Media Literacy, Community Leadership, Innovative Ideas, Political & Democratic Structures, Campaigning, Campaigning Tools and Civic Action.
The mediums used were not only interpersonal skills training but also training in Visual Art, Music, Theater and Global Culture. After the entire training module of 52 hours is complete, the youth are then given the task to execute social action projects to uplift and contribute to their communities. Azme Naujawan in 3 years of its working has established 7 community center in 6 districts of Karachi, facilitating more than 5170 youth producing 1034 social action projects and campaigns.
Mehrdar Art & Production is the only organization from the entire consortium to produce 72 result oriented social action projects and sustain 12 of them in 3 years to be successfully converted into CBOs. These projects range from education and awareness to media and information literacy to visual arts.
Mehrdar Art and Production was also responsible for highlighting many of these stories through documentaries all over Karachi – and in the process have also managed to formulate 2 direct youth committees in Nawabad, Lyari and Ibrahim Hyderi.