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  1. Conducted two (2) surveys of Sindhi community in North America that formulated the basis for formulation of SANA.
  2. Successfully organized campaign and secured approval of SANA by-laws from Sindhi community through voting.
  1. The first "SANA Newsletter" issued in January 1985.
  2. First General Body meeting successfully held in Washington DC area in August 198, formally approving SANA by-laws and the election of the SANA Executive Council.
  3. The SANA logo designed by Mr. Abdul Fatah Halepoto.
  4. The decision to publish regular SANA newsletter "SANGAT" implemented and first issue distributed.
  5. The first SANA Membership directory containing addresses and telephone numbers of members issued.
  6. Achieved surplus (Excess of Contributions vs. Expenses) amounting to $ 1,116.34.
  7. Establishment of four Committees: Membership Committee, Social and Cultural Committee, Publication Committee, and Fund Raising Committee.
  8. Received first set of formal donations to SANA (Anwar Memon, Javaid Laghari, Ali Nawaz Memon, Khalid Hashmani, Altaf Memon, and Sajjad Akhund).
  9. Achieved the goal of 50 family and individual memberships on November 1, 1985.
  10. Instituted an enhanced Membership help to advance the SANA objectives as stated in the by-laws.
  1. SANA Executive Council issued a major press statement on the worsening situations in Sindh, where Sindhis were targets of violence perpetuated by the hooligans from Mohajir ethnic group. The statement was published all Sindhi newspapers and other Pakistani English and Urdu newspapers.
  2. Organized a campaign to contact members of the US Congress and Executive Branch to appraise them on the plight of Sindhis in some urban areas of Sindh and appeal to support return of the democratic rule in Pakistan. SANA received messages of support including a letter from Senator Lugar (Chair of Foreign Relations Committee), who promised to include return of democracy in any US aid bill for Pakistan.
  3. Successfully conducted annual SANA elections.
  4. The second General Body meeting held in Naigara Falls/Buffalo, New York in July 1986.
  5. Achieved surplus (Excess of Contributions vs. Expenses) amounting to $ 1,998.46.
  1. A SANA team chaired by Dr. Mufti provided assistance to the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in the planning of a computer center at the university.
  2. Annual General Body Meeting (GMB) held in Pittsburgh in July 1987. Highlights included keynote address by Dr. Aftab Kazi, picnic, and with Sindhi sham starring Gope Chandar, son of legendary Sindhi singer Master Chandur. Received $ 2,500 in donation pledges at the meeting.
  3. Spearheaded by SANA member Ali Raza Memon, SANA launched a "Books Donation" campaign to donate books on Sindh and books in Sindhi language to the Metropolitan Toronto library.
  4. SANA conducted a comprehensive "Needs and Priorities" survey of its membership to focus on the programs based on what members want. Programs received most support were SANA Newsletter "SANGAT", SANA Membership Directory, and SANA annual General Body Meetings.
  1. SANA incorporated as "Not For Profit" corporation in the state of New York on March 2, 1988 with the help of SANA Legal Advisor Mr. Anwar M. Shaikh.
  2. Annual General Body Meeting (GMB) held in New York in June 1988. Highlights included keynote speeches by Hafiz Pirzado, Professor Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Khalid Laghari, and Makhdoom Khaliqulzaman, picnic, and Adabi Mahfil. Received more than $ 5,000 in donation pledges at the meeting.
  3. SANA provided seed funding for starting of a scholarly publication called Sindh Journal of Asian and African Affairs with focus on Sindh. Three issues of the journals were published in 1988 and 1989.
  4. SANA provided seed funding to start a Sindhi magazine from New York called "SANEH". The initiative is spearheaded by Aijaz Sindhi
  5. SANA approved formation of a Medical Chapter within SANA as proposed by Dr. Aijaz Turk. The chapter was later named as Sindhi Medical Association of North America (SMANA)
  6. SANA and Sindhi Doctors Association in UK established contacts and pledged to send delegation to annual meetings/conventions of each other. SANA appeals to Sindhis of Europe to form a SANA-like organization in Europe. The efforts by Sindhi-Europeans led to the formation of Sindhi Association of UK and Europe (SAUKE).
  7. SANA membership approved expansion of the Executive Council. SANA successfully conducted bi-annual SANA elections.
  8. In the aftermath of violence against Sindhis in Karachi and Hyderabad, a session of several North American Sindhis was organized by Dr. Mithal Vakassi in St. Louis, Missouri. The session was also attended by Hafeez Pirzado and Dr. Suleiman Shaikh. This effort raised $ 20,000 for the purchase of ambulances to help Sindhi victims of ethnic violence and to support to Roshan Tara School system. The largest donation i($ 3,600) was provided by Dr. Askar Qalbani for freeships at the Roshan Tara Schools.
  1. Annual General Body Meeting (GMB) held in St. Louis, Missouri in July 1989. Highlights included historic musical performance by Abida Parveen and a brainstorming session on the issues faced by Sindh and Sindhis. Received more than $ 17,000 in donations.
  2. SANA West Coast Chapter published a special issue called "The Indus". The Editorial Board consisted of Irshad Kazi, Sani Panhwar, Saleem Ursani, and Ashraf Memon.
  3. Mr. Adam Laghari, a SANA member who permanently returned to Sindh in 1988 started "Sangat World" magazine in Sindh with public circulation. Additional editorial board members included Dr. Altaf Memon, Dr. Mahmood Iqbal Diplai, Mahtab Mahboob, Hafeez Qureshi, and Umran Laghari. Other support members included Araz Mohammad Shaikh and Dr. Nazhat Barakzai from Abu Dhabi and Hari Motvani from India.
  4. SANA membership approved to create a LIFE MEMBERSHIP category with fees of $ 1,000. All life membership fees received will be set aside for opening of a permanent SANA office. Achieved surplus (Excess of Contributions vs. Expenses) amounting to $ 8,754.00.
  5. A SANA Student Award Committee formed to recognize Sindhi students and scientists. The committee was chaired by Dr. Badar Shaikh (Maryland). Other Committee members included Dr. Altaf Memon and Dr. Aftab Kazi.
  6. The fist issue of an upgraded version of SANGAT was issued in October 1989. The new Publication Committee consisted of Dr. Altaf Memon, Dr. Feroz Ahmed, and Dr. Razak Memon.
  7. SANA supported formation of the Australian Sindhi Association (ASA). SANA appealed to its members to generously donate towards the first ASA project for making a documentary on the sufferings of Sindhis due to recent ethnic violence in Karachi and Hyderabad called "The Blood of Indus".
  8. Dr. Aftab Kazi represented SANA at the 25th Silver Jubilee meeting of Sindhi Association of Metropolitan Chicago on April 22, 1989. He presented a paper on Sindhis in Sindh and Overseas Sindhis
  1. Annual General Body Meeting (GMB) held in Washington, DC, in July 1990. Highlights included keynote addresses by Rasool Bux Palejo, Abdullah Shah, Veena Shiringi and others. The main star at musical program was Jiji Zarina Baloch. Received more than $ 11,000 in donations.
  2. The Australian Sindhi Association (ASA) proposed to SANA to initiate formation of a federation (world congress) of all Sindhi organizations that have similar objectives and goals as SANA and ASA.
  3. SANA in cooperation with the New York branch of the People's Party of Pakistan held a demonstration in New York against MQM directed violence against Sindhis in Karachi and Hyderabad.
  4. The first quarterly magazine "SHAFA" by Sindhi Medical Associatiuon of North America (SMANA) issued under editorship of Dr. Mahmood Qalbani. Othe members of the Editorial Board included Dr. Husna Shaikh, Dr. Shabir Shaikh, and Dr. Mithal Vakassi.
  5. SANA approved a proposal of Iqbal Tareen on creating awareness about Sindhi Rights among Policy making and other institutions in the USA.
  6. In order to ensure openness and democratic traditions, SANA Executive Council adapted a Vote/voice Communicating Form (VCF) tool to record comments and votes of EC and AC members on agenda items.
  7. Successfully conducted bi-annual SANA elections, which were heavily contested and elected many new members to the Executive Council.
  8. Several SANA delegations met members of Congress, and officials of Amnesty International, US State department, and Asia Watch group to brief them on the plight of Sindhis and do advocacy for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan.
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