Enough in the Media Enough Peace Rally
Enough at a Hamden Middle School for UN DAY
2010 – Petit Award
May 18, 2010 – ENOUGH Concert To Benefit Planned Pakistani Orphanage A plot of land in Pakistan is currently sitting quietly, unused up to this point. But, if some local students reach their goals, it will be transformed into a orphanage in the country's capital. Students from Cheshire High School and founding members of the fundraising and awareness group ENOUGH are holding a benefit concert later this month, with the proceeds going to help create an orphanage in Islamabad, Pakistan. The "Orphanage for Opportunity" project was undertaken by members of ENOUGH and the concert, scheduled for May 23 at Cheshire Park, is a way to jump start their fundraising efforts. Since the group’s inception last year, it has held peace rallies, hosted speakers, and helped raise awareness about world issues. The group even rallied at Town Hall to support the education budget last month. ENOUGH is an acronym for education, necessity, opportunity, understanding, giving, and helping. and all of the group's projects seemingly encompass the acronym. Mansoor Alam, a junior at CHS, said the concert is the starting point for the "Orphanage for Opportunity" project, and admitted that it was a big task to undertake. Yet, the group, Alam believes, is prepared. "It might sound ridiculous, but we already have a lot in place," the 16-year-old said. "We are going to Pakistan this summer to get the management team put in place." Alam, and fellow ENOUGH member Hasher Nisar, 16, will be going to the capital of Pakistan this summer, soon after school lets out in June. For more than a month, the two young men will spend time developing the plan on-site in Islamabad. Initially, Nisar had planned to spend some time this summer living at an orphanage, experiencing life in one of the poorest areas in the
world. Instead, the focus was changed to building an orphanage, and relatives in Pakistan donated land to ENOUGH's cause. "We're just small town kids trying to help other kids around the world," explained Shayna Zanker, 17, co-president of ENOUGH. "People may doubt what we can do and they may doubt that we can be successful, but we're going to impact so many lives, it will be huge." Alam said that, thus far, the group has raised over $10,000 in just a few weeks, not bad for a local group created and run by high school students. One of the performers scheduled for the concert is rapper Immortal Technique, who is no stranger to benefit concerts, having recently helped raise money in Kabul, Afghanistan. Zanker said that students around the school are excited because they know of his music and know their ticket purchase is going to a good cause. "In Hebrew, we call it a mitzvah, or helping out and doing a good deed; that's what this show is," Zanker said. "Everyone buying a ticket is making a huge difference." Alam said that he and Nisar would be paying their own way to Pakistan this summer and not using any of the ENOUGH money to support their research trip. They have already set up contacts with different cultural ministries in Pakistan, and Nisar said he has friends and family overseas who are willing to help with their project. "It sounds crazy to say it, but I know we can accomplish this, I don't doubt we can do it," Nisar said. "People in Pakistan are amazed at how involved (students) are. The Western powers are blamed for their problems over there and we want to show them that we do care." Alam said that these types of projects would help the ultimate goal of world peace. The children who will live in the orphanage created by students from America will remember the gesture 15 or 20 years from now. Over time, these acts of goodwill and kind gestures will spread and new generations will learn to exist together and love one another, Alam believes. "When everyone grows up, they can make a big difference, too," he said. "With memories of what people have done, we can achieve world peace." Nisar noted that people might understand that poverty exists around the world, but they don't know what it means. He said that people here will be shown to appreciate what they have. "This is like building a bridge of hope. We are doing a good deed and, before you know it, it become contagious," Zanker added. "They will be helping us, too, whether they realize it or not." Additionally, ENOUGH member Abuzer Rafey, 17, is going to spend a month this summer in Afghanistan volunteering at a make-shift hospital where civilians are treated for war-related injuries. He plans to document his experiences in Afghanistan to share here in the United States. He said you "never know who influences who" but Americans helping out in other parts of the world only increases the country's positive perception and "shows that we can help out and don't just try to kill you." "We can show them that we have values and morals and that Americans aren't bad," Rafey said. "I want to improve the perception of the United States over there, while improving the Middle Eastern perception here." "Hip Hop for Racial Harmony" takes place on May 23 at Cheshire Park, with the opening act starting at 6 p.m. Shuttle buses to Cheshire park will be available at CHS and Chapman
Elementary School. To buy tickets, for more information, or to make a donation, visit the Web site www.enoughadvocacy.org. http://www.cheshireherald.com/node/2555 July 18, 2010 – Mansoor Alam - Deradicalization Conference Session II Speaker IV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut0Umaafcgs&feature=player_embedded Mansoor Alam and Hasher Nisar with Dr. Bernard Lafayette
September 2010 – ENOUGH Experiences As a senior at CHS, Mansoor Alam has accomplished many things, beginning with the founding of Enough during the 2009-2010 school year. Alam created Enough as a result of experiences he has had as a Muslim. He had had “enough” of .ignorance, and wants to prevent discrimination at Cheshire High School and beyond. Enough, which stands for Education Necessity Opportunity Understanding Giving Helping, has rapidly become a national organization.
Perhaps his greatest memory related to Enough was when the club was recognized by, and when he had the chance to meet Hilary Clinton. “I loved hearing her talk about Enough; then people recognized me without me having to introduce myself,” Alam says. Alam and the other seniors in the club plan on taking Enough to college. According to Alam, the members are amazing. With passion and motivation, they can do even more each year. He is proud of what the group has achieved and he knows that Enough will continue at CHS when he leaves for college. “Enough has great leaders, and we are more than 100 members strong,” comments Alam. “People say that these are things a kid can’t do, but we make it happen.” In college, Alam plans to study international politics and would like to go to Pakistan in the future. The major Enough project currently in the works is a concert in the spring benefiting Orphange of Opportunity. To learn more about Enough, visit www.enoughadvocacy.org. https://sites.google.com/a/cheshire.k12.ct.us/chsrampage/features/clubs-1/enough
September 7, 2010 – Clinton and State Department Acknowledge Enough
http://www.enoughadvocacy.org/2011/01/right-to-left-support/ September 22, 2010 â€“ Teenâ€™s nonprofit tackles big issues CHESHIRE - There are a few things you cannot legally do at age 17. Signing the papers for your own nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting world peace and humanitarian efforts is one of them. Mansoor Alam will turn 18 next summer, so until then his mother will continue to put her signature on financial paperwork for ENOUGH, the advocacy group Alam began at Cheshire High School. The group started as a school club last year, but Alam wanted more independence for the group and to avoid the need to ask the school's permission to run certain events. An ENOUGH chapter remains at the school, but the group started as a nonprofit in December of last year. Alam said the group is seeking nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service. "We felt like we needed more freedom," he said. "As time progressed we saw what we needed to do with it and where we could go with it." Alam is executive director of ENOUGH and has two officers who are also students at Cheshire High School, Hasher Nisar and Ray Noonan. The group's title is an acronym that stands for Education, Necessity, Opportunity, Understanding, Giving and Helping. Alam said this is the approach he takes when addressing world issues such as Palestine and Israel. "That's kind of our formula for addressing these different things," he said.
Nisar said he was originally interested in ENOUGH because he wanted to learn more about conflicts in the Middle East. After a few meetings of the group at school, he found the scope of ENOUGH expanding to other issues. "The group changed into something else. It wasn't just about peace in the Middle East, it was about other things as well," he said, one of which is harmony between religions. T-shirts made by the group show the word "ENOUGH" spelled out in the symbols of the world's religions. "Religion should be put aside," Nisar said. "We need to work together." Nisar now heads the group's outreach efforts and is working to promote ENOUGH chapters in other high schools. Improving the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is a key goal for Alam. His father is Pakistani while his mother, Aisha, is Irish-American, and the entire family is Muslim. Aisha Alam said she and her husband are proud of the work their son has done. As Muslims, Aisha Alam said she sees the need for improved relations between followers of that religion and others. On ENOUGH's website, www.enoughadvocacy.org, Mansoor Alam has addressed topics such as the proposed mosque near ground zero and the planned Quran burning by a Florida pastor. "Teachers never really work to address any of these issues," Mansoor Alam said, for fear of appearing biased toward or against a religion. ENOUGH has taken positions on those two issues, among others. Mansoor Alam said he's felt discrimination through jokes and attitudes from other students at Cheshire High School, and part of his motivation in founding ENOUGH was a desire to give a voice to others in that same situation. Mansoor Alam is planning a conference on race relations in November, and is working to sign up speakers for the daylong event to take place in Hartford. "That will be our first big forum with the community," he said. Thus far, the group's largest event was a hip-hop concert fundraiser at Bartlem Park in March. Mansoor Alam said the approximately $6,000 raised was intended to help build an orphanage in Pakistan, but flooding in that country is a more pressing need and the money went to relief efforts. Several hip-hop artists performed, including Immortal Technique, Diabolic and Offramp. "One of the hardest things was convincing them how serious we were, because we're just kids," Mansoor Alam said. Mansoor Alam has plans for a bigger, "better organized" concert in the spring to benefit the fund to rebuild the orphanage. He said Hasidic Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu and the Somali Muslim rapper K'Naan have agreed to perform at a concert venue, possibly in Hartford. The choice of artists is intentional, according to Mansoor Alam. On Tuesday, Mansoor Alam turned down an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City - he couldn't miss another day of school, particularly after missing classes Friday for a roundtable discussion on flooding in Pakistan with U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-5th District, in Hartford. Mansoor Alam said he speaks before political action committees in Washington occasionally, and was mentioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a dinner he attended on Sept. 7. "All of a sudden I heard, â€˜A 17-year old boy from Connecticut is here,' and I thought, â€˜Oh, that's me,'" Mansoor Alam said. His college plans include double-majoring in political science and physics. Mansoor Alam said he'll continue ENOUGH chapters at whatever college he attends.
For now, he's working to spread ENOUGH to high schools. Mansoor Alam said there are chapters starting at Southington, Hamden and Pomperaug high schools in Connecticut as well as schools in Florida and California - the result of contacts made at national conferences. Mansoor Alam said he'd like to do humanitarian work overseas, although "most of what I want to do requires me to be 18." He said that work is the best way to better global race relations. "I think there's great room to improve our image," he said. "If you show them that you car, all race is irrelevant." http://www.myrecordjournal.com/cheshire/article_ff89221a-c6c4-11df-9263-001cc4c03286.html October -Enough Scarf Solidarity Demonstration
December â€“ Enough Local Benefit Concert
Bahai speakers from Yale
Mansoor Alam receives the Superintendent Award
Enough at the Peace Walk
Mansoor at the State Department
July 21, 2011 – Pakistani-American Teenager Inspires Others to Make a Difference Washington — “To be young, to be a kid, is never, ever an excuse to say that I can’t do something big, I can’t do something good for this world,” says Mansoor Alam, who is nearly 18 and recently finished secondary school in Connecticut. Two years ago, he started a group called Enough, which stands for Education, Necessity, Opportunity, Understanding, Giving, Helping. (See the Enough Foundation’s website.) The group’s original goal was modest: to improve relations between minority and nonminority students at his school. Growing up as a Muslim in a community with few minorities was “a little bit rough,” said Alam, whose father was born in Pakistan and whose mother is of Irish descent. When he was younger, attending middle school, he said he sometimes suffered from taunts from classmates. He thought that some African-American students at his school seemed to suffer from a feeling of being “outsiders” as well. “I thought there really was a need to bring students together and do something positive,” Alam said. So he launched a series of after-school lectures that encouraged students to ask questions about religion, race and ethnicity that they would be too afraid to ask in class. The project, he said, sparked curiosity among his peers. After about a year, Enough began to focus on humanitarian work for countries struggling economically or battered by natural disasters. To get started, a student designed an Enough logo to be printed on shirts donated by a sympathetic businessman for the group to sell. The students put together events that were fun and profitable and raised thousands of dollars for the victims of
the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2010 floods in Pakistan. (See the Enough Foundation’s blog.) Today, Enough has more than 1,000 members in secondary schools in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. The group has been recognized for its work by authorities at local, state and national levels and hopes to soon get its tax-exempt status as a nonprofit charitable organization. The students who volunteer to work with Enough, Alam said, “are not there for their résumés — they’re really passionate. ... They really want to make a true difference.” And in the process, he said, they’re gaining critical leadership skills. PROJECT PAKISTAN Most recently, Enough has started to focus on helping underprivileged children in Pakistan get an education. Why Pakistan? Enough includes a number of students of Pakistani ethnicity, so they have some knowledge of the problems the country is facing, he said. According to Alam, there is a humanitarian crisis in Pakistan, and his group wants to help. “We really want to get past the politics,” he said. Enough is launching “Project Pakistan” to build a school in Pakistan that will connect its student body to American students via technology. Enough already has a small plot of land in a town north of Islamabad on which to build, a donation of the father of one of the students. The group hopes to have Ibtida, a nonprofit organization in Pakistan devoted to providing quality education to poor rural children, run the school. Enough also hopes to enlist the help of Possibilities Pakistan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting Pakistani students into universities. “Project Pakistan” is a big undertaking, but Alam is confident a school in Pakistan linked electronically to classrooms in the United States will work. “When a child reaches out to another child, all the differences seem to dissipate — the religion, the ethnicity, the background, the language,” Alam said. But Alam won’t be a child much longer. This fall he enters Wesleyan University to major in economics and pursue a certificate in international relations. He plans to expand Enough’s membership to the college level and perhaps even make a career of running Enough as a nonprofit charitable organization. Alam has a message to other teenagers with similar ambitions: “The thing about running an organization is people see your successes, but they don’t see your failures. You’re going to fail over and over and over again, but you’ve got to keep on moving,” he said. “With a little bit of luck, a little bit of hard work, you know you will get that idea to blossom and turn into something great.” “There’s no course you can take in high school to learn how to do stuff like this; it really just comes from talking with others and through experience,” he said. http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2011/07/20110721084000enaj0.6584741.html#a xzz1TXxkvQyf