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Hoga Saaf Pakistan: A Great Initiative towards a Cleaner Society

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Cleanliness is one of the key requisites of our daily routines. Without having a clean, hygienic environment around you, you are more prone to infections and diseases, environmental degradation and a general social boycott.

Hoga Saaf Pakistan (HSP) is a social initiative by Reckitt Benckiser, in an attempt to achieve a cleaner and greener Pakistan. Its key message of ‘Safai Nisf Emaan hai’ takes us back to the basics as Hoga Saaf Pakistan aims to improve health and hygiene all across Pakistan and aid the government’s campaign of Clean Green Pakistan through a focus on three main strands:

Safe Sanitation

Sanitation is one of the major steps toward a clean surrounding. Safe sanitation ensures a good and healthy environment for humans and atmosphere alike. The most common place where this measure becomes vulnerable is the bathroom, and it is most frequently used as well. Products like Harpic are available widely in stores to ensure you get the level of hygiene your surroundings require.

Personal Hygiene

HSP aims to promote awareness among the masses about personal hygiene. It is compulsory to follow certain habits as shown in the picture for better health and clean mind & body. Not just this, it is also necessary to ensure proper hygiene practices using good quality products, like Dettol that provides an anti-bacterial solution for the purpose of perfect cleanliness.

Solid Waste Management

There are many cities and villages in Pakistan that lack the basic solid waste management system. This is due to utter negligence from the authorities’ side. HSP understands this and has tried its best to educate people on the risks attached to a lack of proper waste disposal, and what steps they as individuals can take on their own to cater to this problem. It is a need of the hour to help the masses be aware of what kind of health hazards they face if their waste management is not at optimal level.

Hoga Saaf Pakistan’s target is to take charge of hygiene and sanitation practices within the citizens of Pakistan in three areas:

Yourself

The most important aspect of cleaning oneself begins with ‘Handwashing’. Many diseases spread if hands are not washed with soap and clean running water.

Dettol provides a thorough and well-explained five steps procedure of hand washing:

  • Wet hands with clean warm running water
  • Apply a small amount of soap or 2 pumps of Dettol hand wash
  • Rub your palms together (away from the water)
  • Rub your fingers and thumbs and bits in between.
  • Rub your nails on your palms.
  • Rub the back of each hand.
  • Rinse with clean running water.

Your House

Germs are everywhere! From the floor to the tiny nooks and crannies of your house, these germs are not health-friendly and cause serious problems if not tackled. HSP initiative is all about creating awareness and providing means to ensure a clean environment for future generations, starting from one’s own household.

Your Neighborhood

We may see many people taking care of their houses, but these same people wouldn’t think twice before throwing rubbish outside their homes. Such practices are not just unethical but dangerous for a safe atmosphere. Hoga Saaf Pakistan has been trying its best to educate people on the etiquettes of non-littering and living acceptably in a social society without causing harm or discomfort to others or to the environment.  

This initiative if taken seriously by our Pakistani citizens, has the potential to bring forth a huge change in our surroundings. On an individual level and as a team, we need to make an effort on our own first to bring about a revolution when it comes to cleanliness. It wouldn’t hurt to add a few lessons on this in school curriculums and start them young on this agenda.

Contribute your part in the drive and let us know your views about the initiative in the comments’ section. We look forward to your opinions.

Written by: Shahrukh Gulnaz

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4 easy DIY masks you need to try with your girlfriends this Summer

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Summer 2019 is in full gear and if their is one thing all girls need – it’s to detox their skin in this sticky humid weather. Self care is essential to maintain glowing, acne-free skin. We’ve rounded up 5 Do-It-Yourself Face masks for you to try with your girlfriends this summer. Bask in the rich goodness of nutritious products working their magic, put on some music and RELAX!

  1. The Disprin Face Mask (YES, you read that right!)

Recommended to us by a friend, we were shocked at the results. If you want to achieve tighter skin and close down those pores, then apply this twice a week.

How to make it:

  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Disprin crushed
  • 1 tbsp Besan
  • 1 tbsp Yoghurt
  • Dash of Rose Water

Mix all ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply to clean face, wait ten minutes and re-apply another layer. Let it stay another ten minutes and then gently scrub it off with water.

2. Oatmeal and vinegar mask

This mask will do wonders for you if you have oily skin. Apply once a week.

How to make it:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • ¼ cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open up and remove and makeup. Pour the hot water onto your oatmeal and then combine it with honey. At the end, mix the vinegar and apply the mask while it is still warm. Rinse off after 15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.

3. Citrus avocado mask

Avocados are somewhat an underdog of the fruit family with so many benefits. This mask is great for evening out pigmentation and adding a glow to your face. Apply twice a week


How to make it:

  • ½ of an avocado, mashed
  • ½ of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

This mask is super refreshing and will leave your face feeling smooth and skin tones evened out. Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly to your face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes and moisturize with your daily face cream (preferably NIVEA)

4. Chocolate Coffee Mask

Made from antioxidant-rich cocoa, chocolate has become known for its heart-healthy benefits. These beans are loaded with polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, keeps the skin hydrated and maintains the skin’s elasticity.

How to make it:

  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Plain yogurt (enough to make a smooth paste)

Sounds appetizing right? But don’t stuff your face just yet! Combine all ingredients and spread your mixture evenly on your clean, dry face. Avoid your eyes, eyebrows, hairline and lips when you apply your mask and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing it off to reveal more beautiful skin.

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ART Alert!

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Escape Through Art II curated by Mahaa Malik. Featuring the brilliant artists from all over Pakistan!

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Weekly roundup

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Here’s all the latest scoop you need on what’s been happening around town and across the globe. (June 8th – June 16th)

1 – It’s more than just a game – Fans around the world are tensely hoping the weather stays clear during the most anticipated World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan and India 

2 – The newlyweds, Iman Ali and hubby Babar Bhatti are on their honeymoon in Istanbul 

3 – Photos of KP Minister of Information Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and his fellow officials sporting cat ears and whiskers went viral on Friday night after the social media team running the live broadcast on the official PTI KP Facebook page forgot to disable the cat filter

4 – Instagram accounts turn blue as people all around the world Standing in solidarity with the people of Sudan who are being forced to endure countless horrific atrocities

5 – North west turns 6!

6 – On Saturday, Notre Dame Cathedral held its first mass since the devastating fire that tore through the building two months ago on April 15.

7 – It has been seven years since the Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan passed away but his absence failed to fade away and his ghazals rule over many hearts even today

8 – Mawra Hocane met Rishi Kapoor in New York 

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