Post floods Pakistan
The rushing waters receded with 1.7 million homes affecting 18 million peopleWHO
The post flood Pakistan emerged as an opportunity to recreate life and rehabilitate the millions who were left stranded by the worst flooding in the country’s history. Agricultural fields destroyed, transport infrastructure badly damaged, schools, hospitals and dispensaries converted to makeshift residences, power outages and an exponential inflation of prices made life miserable for the survivors.
UKIM with the support of its donors and commitment of volunteers stood the ground in Pakistan as she resiliently came out of the shock of Indus’ angst. The process of rebuilding not only provides salvation but a deeper sense of one’s purpose couple with self actualization provides the will and strength to proceed at speedier pace.
The rushing waters receded with 1.7 million homes affecting 18 million people. A year or two may provide the right direction but is by no means enough for rehabilitation. Much has been done but lots still is needed.
Construction of houses
UKIM undertook reconstruction of 180 houses as the first rehabilitation project in Pakistan. These houses were building at Peer Sabaq (Khyber Pakhtunkhawa), Muzaffar Garh (Punjab), Neelam Valley (Kashmir) and Thatta (Sindh). Alhamdolillah! These houses are now in the possession of their owners.
Construction of Mosques
The floods destroyed complete towns and villages and many a mosques were damaged. UKIM with the help of partner NGO rebuilt 7 mosques in Sindh, Southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.
UKIM initiated the reconstruction of schools drive to provide education to children of the flood affected areas. 6 schools were established at Muzaffargarh and Layyah (Punjab) which are imparting education to 1500 students.
Teachers’ capacity Building programe
Teachers are one of the initial role models of their pupils. To increase their capacity and to hone their skills UKIM arranged for the training of teachers in various schools of Khyber Pukhtunkhawa. These trainings have resulted in better comprehension between teachers and students and have also increased the formers productivity.
Aghosh orphanage established two years ago at Attock, is shaping the future of 230 children. The orphanage provides boarding and lodging in addition to quality Education. The children here are engaged in various co curricular activities in order to develop their personality in light of Islamic teachings of compassion, brotherhood and civic duty.
New Orphanage (Islamabad)
Agosh orphanage Islamabad, located on the Muree Expressway, is another facility which once complete will provide accommodation to 400 children. Land has been acquired and architectural blue prints have been finalized with construction to follow suit in 2012, Insha Allah.
Annual Eid Dinner with Inzimam ul Haq
UKIM hosted Inzimam ul Haq at the Annual Eid Dinner at Aghosh Orphanage, Attock. The cricketing legend and former captain of Pakistan was pleased to see the facility and described his experience as
“I thank Allah (SWT) for bringing me here; the time I spent with you has become precious by your company. Whatever I have witnessed here and the way things are running; I am not saying for the sake of it, I am saying it from the bottom of my heart and pray to Allah (SWT) to give them (the management) reward. The people around you (addressing the children) are giving you an opportunity to become outstanding individuals.”
Needy and Orphan Sponsorship
Orphan support programme is the vital social development initiative at UKIM. The programme looks after children who have lost their parents to natural calamity, fait or terrorism. The sponsored children are provided with sufficient stipends which cover their educational, clothing and other basic requirements.
Fitrana for Poor Students
Every year thousands of children are provided the joys of Eid, at selected institutions, with the fitrana donated to UKIM. The fitrana is distributed to keep the spirit of this obligation alive and followed to the fullest. These fitranas provide for new clothes, shoes and accessories.
Disabled Children Project
UKIM through Ghazali Education Trust has launched an exclusive project is initiated in rural settings for looking after special children often maltreated and ridiculed. 7 schools are provided customized resource rooms and teachers are trained to handle the needs of such children. In the next 5 years 350 such centres will be established, Insha Allah.
Vehicle for Special Children
A dedicated vehicle was also provided to facilitate transportation of the special children from their homes to school.
Diagnostic Centre Multan
Right prognosis is the first step in combating disease however, in Pakistan like many other under developed countries diagnostics are way out of reach for a majority of patients.
UKIM has established a State of the art diagnostic test facility at Multan to provide quality and subsidized diagnosis to the patients.
The Southern Punjab area has highest prevalence of hepatitis and 11 collection points are planned in the flood affected areas, especially for screening such cases.
UKIM with assistance of Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan operates a network of 60 ambulances in Pakistan. This is an exclusively Pakistan centric project. The ambulance service is provided in not only the major towns of the country but in remote areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Ziarat.
The main purpose of the fleet remains mobile medical camps in the rural areas where there is severe derth of medical facilities. However, these ambulances are not limited to camps and are actively employed in relief activities, transportation of patients in urban and sub-urban areas and during emergencies such as bomb explosions or blasts.
Thalassemia Children Sponsorship
UKIM provided assistance and sponsorship to thalassemia patients in collaboration with Omair Sana Foundation, a NGO working for “Thalassemia Free Pakistan”. The Mission not only facilitates transfusion but also provide patients, mostly children, with educational and social counselling for grooming them to be productive members of the society.
The concentric effort in eradicating blindness from poverty stricken southern Punjab UKIM organized two free eye surgery camps with the assistance of local partners. 1000 surgeries were carried out at the camps and the beneficiaries were all praise for the team on grounds as well as the donors which arranged for the activity to take place.
Many areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Khyber Pukhtunkhawa are experience scarcity of water. Taking responsibility, UKIM is continuing its water supply schemes in the region. In addition to wells and storage tanks boring is carried out and hand pumps are provided to the villagers for easy access to drinkable water.
In Pakistan it only takes a very meagre sum to help a desirous and hardworking individual to earn a living. Identifying such cases and providing them the opportunity to take-care of their families is the key phase in UKIM’s halal microfinance scheme.
Thus far thousands of individuals have benefited from this scheme and as they return their debts of zero mark-up, more individuals are inducted in the programme.
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