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In Memoriam Jennifer Ali

by C:F Team on 1st March, 2013 at 10:16 AM CEST

The Challenge:Future community faces a tragic loss this week.  We lost one of our peers, Jennifer Ali.  Earlier this week, Jennifer died suddenly in a traffic accident while in Dubai.  She was struck while walking and passed instantly.  Jennifer was someone who inspired the work of many, who helped her friends up when they were down, and who was infinitely generous with her time and energy. Her close friend Hina writes, “How to describe a young person full of energy, social activist, trainer, a person who is always ready to help people? Sometimes we don’t find words to describe such beautiful young souls and here we were with one, Jennifer Ali.”

It is rare to find a young person who is so dedicated not just to doing something remarkable with her own life, but who makes it a priority to help others recognize their value and helps them find their feet so they can find the strength to do something remarkable of their own.  Hina Hazrat remembers: “Her affiliation with Challenge Future was very strong.  She is C:F Alumni from Pakistan, Y4Y finalist and devoted member of the C:F community. She was creative, innovative and such an optimistic person we will remember forever.” 

There has been an outpouring from the community who are in shock with the loss of such a bright, young friend.  Jennifer was brave and stood up for others and tackled the challenges not everyone was willing to address, especially with issues around mental health.  Jennifer taught us that it is okay to ask for help, to need help.  She was a coach, a friend, a mentor, a roommate, a colleague, a youth who truly challenged the status quo in order to shape a brighter, more inclusive future for everyone. This week, we remember Jennifer with heavy hearts, shock, and sadness.  But also with the joy of knowing that in her too short life she was able to bring so much value into this world.  

These are just some of the ways Jennifer stays alive, through our memories of her, and the lessons she taught us along the way.  C:F Chapter Network President Damla Aktan writes from Turkey:  “Sitting on the table in the C:F classroom in IEDC Bled, “Jennifer Ali” was the first name that I saw on my table right next to my name, my chair,“ Jennifer Ali-Pakistan”… Then the first “Hello”s, “How are You’s”, getting to know eachothers… and then for days, working together, sharing dreams, hopes, fears throughout the workshops… seeing how a unique person can create a difference in many lives where most people today think that it is the hardest thing to do, or just don’t care about. She was the only one who realized that I was crying once due to a special reason. Turning to me softly and gently, she touched my arm and whispered : “Come on Damla, after listening your story, I feel that you are like a small, tiny, little butterfly which is ready to fly with a huge heart that can change the whole world of each human you touch; keep strong and don’t let anyone drop your smile”… Jennifer, sleep in peace girl; I am sure that there is a better place for wonderful people with a big heart and soul just as you do…Create your earth on heaven just as you created a heaven on earth… I love you and I will always will”

Faisal Imtiaz remembers from Pakistan: “Last year when I was nominated for C:F Summit 2012 she was the first to guide me. She was a coach by instinct.  I have a great respect for her in my heart.”Natalia Shulga writes from Russia: “I was a Jennifer’s roommate at CF Summit in 2012. She amazed me by her shining eyes and confidence in her future. She wanted to protect women’s rights in Pakistan and had a great vision of it. She was very generous and positive. Evening talks with her were inspiring and always left me in good mood. I lived with her just a few days, but can’t forget her beautiful smile. She is one of the best people that I have ever met. I will never forget Jennifer, such a hearty person.”

Syed Mehmood Kazmi writes from Pakistan: “I never met Jennifer Ali but we were very good friends through social media. She was always very supportive and kind to me. I saw our conversations where she gave me wonderful ideas and solutions about different problems. She said that we have to fight for our rights. If we struggle, we will get a good fruit.” Bistra Kumbaroska from Macedonia remembers: “She was a progressive lady, in so many ways. A lady that has the courage to talk about suicide prevention and integration of eunuchs on all TV stations around Pakistan and at the same time do small steps to change the lives of the people around her. Humble, smart, full of warmth, devotion and patience, she invested herself in everything she did, as well as in the challenge:future community. She was a brand! When we met for the first time, she told me: "I never dreamed of meeting you in person. But brave ladies always meet. Because they need to give strength to one another."  Jenny, no matter how sad I feel, I will be always grateful and proud for knowing you. I hope we will be strong like you and continue and celebrate your projects and causes. You will be missed at CF Summit 2013. and 2014. and 2015. And many more years ahead. Missed and remembered.

Jodi Mansour writes from Palestine, “I met Jennifer in the Change course in UK, she is amazing, full of life, Can't forget best times together. She planned to work in Dubai and when I told her that I hate my job, she advised me to follow her and not to worry about financial issues.”   "When I recall the memories of my 21st birthday, which occurred in Bled during the Summit, I also recall to a wonderful memory with Jenifer. She altogether with Hina took me on a walk by the lake and made me make a birthday wish, something I hadn't done for years," Stefan adds.

Olga Toloknova writes from Russia: “I remember her especially when we seated in the room in the hotel in our first day of meeting, she shared with her experience in life, and she was so open, so inspired, she told how she changed her life for fighting women rights in Pakistan. I was listening her and been insrired by her brave, strength of mind and her confidence in that she was doing! She is a real example to follow!”  Apoorva Jain remembers from India: “A girl who felt for all sections for society, she was one who had created a HEAVEN ON EARTH for those who were in need.  A woman who fought for dignity of women and always said 'Life is a Precious gift of god, Cherish it.’  My hands still tremble to write this, I am unable to believe that she is no more with us.  She wanted to live a beautiful and good life making difference to the lives of others and she did. I remember, in March last year when we met first at Challenge Future Summit; her energy, vibrancy in her nature and warmth in her hugs had won all hearts including mine.  Listening about those girls working in Heaven on Earth, her journey and her efforts for her country- made us connect instantly as we were friends forever. I am just reminded of these last words of Joseph Campbell: 'A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.' This is what Jennifer did always throughout her life by saving lives and spreading smiles.”

Sayanee Basu writes from Singapore: “You were a lively spirit igniting everyone hearts that you met. I remember always striking up a conversation with during the C:F Summit barely a year ago. Once for some reason, you noticed from a far that my eyes were twitching and the next break you were there applying Japanese Reiki and saying your words of assurance and comfort. May your fun and daring spirit live on amidst the youths of the world. We will miss you terribly and that in itself means we must carry forward your good work and spread it to other lives.”

Jennifer’s close friend Hina Hazrat pulled this paragraph from Jennifer’s blog, to illustrate what dedication Jennifer had to her work.  “Service to mankind is so ingrained in her blood that she chose to leave her Banking career and start her Non Profit Organization and founded an organization to prevent ‘Suicide’ in Pakistan as well as initiated her Project called ‘ Heaven on Earth’ which is ranking TOP 4 worldwide.” Throughtout our memories there are stories of how Jennifer motivated, guided, and encouraged us.  She taught us to be strong, to let our hearts guide us, to chase our dreams, and to take care of ourselves.  These lessons and the vision you had for the world, we will treasure, and work toward in her honour.

The Challenge:Future community sends heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.  

Rest in peace Jennifer.  :(

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Damla Aktan

Damla Aktan | Action team | CF Chapters

we will miss you a lot Jennifer, rest in peace...and lighten the place wherever you are with your shining spirit...

1st March, 2013 @ 12:14 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Many more words are to be said and many more projects in her memory are yet to come. This kind of events make us sad and bond us stronger. Jennifer, thousands of youth hearts will remember you!

1st March, 2013 @ 4:09 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Its sad when you come to know that person who was saving life of many in real, is not with us. . this is the time when I feel that god's way is cruel.. but when I remember your life and dream for other's life, I become speechless.. Thank you so much for making me realize the value of life and teaching valuable lessons of life, . I will miss you always .. I wish your soul rest in peace Jennifer .. YOur dreams and discussions for people and society r still alive in my mind and always will be..

1st March, 2013 @ 4:13 PM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Dear Jennifer, there was too much energy, emphaty and love around you to vanish, so I believe that there must be a space where this is still alive.

And maybe because of this faith, the passion, vision and determination will always be named after one person, and that is simply you, Jennifer Ali.

1st March, 2013 @ 4:30 PM CEST

amira assad

amira assad

I remember your project presentation from last year's summit, and even though I don't recall what the idea of the project was, I do remember clearly how passionate you were about it. You spoke with fervor and determination and the fire in your eyes entranced the whole room.
I also remember the cultural evening , when you put nice smelling henna on our hands, I remember how proud you were of your culture and how happy you were to share it with us.
I am sad to see you leave but I am very happy to have met you. You were a beautiful soul and you will be really missed.

1st March, 2013 @ 11:20 PM CEST

richard henry

richard henry

That is so sad. :(

2nd March, 2013 @ 2:18 AM CEST

Valentina Alekseyeva

Valentina Alekseyeva

I just can't believe it!
I remeber her life optimism, shiny smile, and energy to fight injustice. Her projects were so inspiring and influenced a lot of lives. She helped thousands of people to live better.
She was so young, but she left such an imprint that a lot of people can't leave for the whole life! And I am sure her deeds will be continued.

2nd March, 2013 @ 8:59 AM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

I never met her but I read her articles and she was really full or resources and so much knowledge.

2nd March, 2013 @ 8:15 PM CEST

sahril kasim

sahril kasim

Rest in Peace Jennifer,, 0:)

2nd March, 2013 @ 9:33 PM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

such a shocking incident. Rest in peace Jenni!

3rd March, 2013 @ 3:30 PM CEST

wajahat ali

wajahat ali

Rest in Peace . .

10th March, 2013 @ 9:12 AM CEST

Abdullah Tahir

Abdullah Tahir

Loosing a person like Jennifer is a irrecoverable loss for the world....as the world is in need of humane people like Jennifer the most... You will be highly missed Jennifer :(

10th March, 2013 @ 12:29 PM CEST

Neo Parvez

Neo Parvez

A thousand times we needed you
A thousand times we cried
If friends alone could have saved you
You never would have died
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two twinkling eyes closed to rest
GOD lightens our heart to prove
HE only took the best


MISS YOU.........

11th March, 2013 @ 12:05 PM CEST

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