Thursday, 21 May 2009

A Private Effort Worth Commending and Supporting

- Community kitchen up and running
- Number of IDPs being served two meals a day increased to 1200
- Five year boy found with the help of one of our volunteers
- Identified four more schools that house 600 IDPs who are notbeing served by anyone so far

Registration Process of the IDPs

Volunteers taking food to the schools

Volunteer Nasir fitting electric cooler in the school

Volunteer Afzaal with the missing boy

Lunch being prepared in the Community Kitchen

Our community kitchen for IDPs was set up on May 15, 2009 and the first meal prepared intime for lunch. An additional 400 IDPs came tothe area and were accommodated in the sameschools. The kitchen is now serving 1200 people in a total of eight schools at each meal.The meals are taken to the schools with thehelp of local volunteers and distributed in amanner so as to uphold the dignity of the IDPs and not hurt their pride.

At dinner time, however, an additional 500people were served as new IDPs arrived.These newly arrived IDPs were on the roadside with nowhere to go. They could not beaccommodated in the schools and weredirected on to the larger camps afterserving them dinner. The volunteer teamworked extra hard to prepare the additional meals, working till 3 in themorning.

A five year old boy disappeared the daybefore. He wandered out of the school’scompound and never returned. Themother of the child left her 9 other childrenand wandered around the streets to lookfor him but in vain. Volunteer Afzaal Bajwa contacted the local police and had announcements made in mosques of nearby neighborhoods. A family hadf ound the boy and taken him home.When they heard the announcements,they brought the child back.The electric water cooler has been greatly appreciated by the IDPs. If we are able to raise additional funds, it would really help the IDPs if we could install similar coolers in all schools. An additional four schools in a nearbyneighborhood have been identified byour volunteers, where there are 600IDPs from Swat. These men, womenand children are living unnoticed and un-served so far.

There are thousands of people who need similar support on immediate basis in Mardan.Their basic and most urgent needs are food, drinking water and appropriate shelter. Wewould like to extend our community kitchen services to the 600 people that we haveidentified today, with the hope that we will have enough friends helping us in making itpossible.

To contact for participation:
Call on: 92-343-5799910

Mobilink family reaches out to the IDPs!

This is the latest Mobilink Update: on the Relief efforts for Swat IDPs. I personally recommend it as highly reliable and effective. This effort is open to all Mobilink Employees, all Mobilink Customers and anyone anywhere who wants to contribute.

This effort is verified by the blog admin.


Beginning on May 15, the Mobilink family led by the efforts of the Security teams has united to provide relief for over 500 destitute families. Our security teams have reached the furthest villages of Parmuli Village, Mir Ali Village, Ghulama and Sang Swabi, bordering Buner. This is indeed an achievement that requires a special acknowledgement to the efforts of our brave security team members who have reached locations where at present there is no other NGO or government assistance.

The spirit of giving is very much alive at Mobilink. However, lot more needs to be done still. As the influx of IDPs increases with every passing day, Mobilink continues to play a vital role in providing aid and support to a large number of families. The number of Displaced People has reached 1.4 million recently displaced from the Swat region join a further 550,000 Pakistanis uprooted by fighting since last August, boosting the total number to 2.1 million making this a number more daunting than the affectees of the earthquake in 2005. We need to multiply our efforts if we are to make an impact in the lives of these Pakistanis.

Collection Summary to Date:

Through HR Fund for salary contributions (voluntary based on the employees' consent) - Rs. 2,000,000

Through Collection Points set up nationwide:

Central Region:
Cash: Approx. Rs. 400,000
40 cartons of food, 50 kg sugar, 5 x 20 kg wheat,

North Region:
Cash: Approx. Rs. 500,000

South Region:
Cash: Approx. Rs. 50,000

If you have not contributed yet or would like to help more, you can donate in any of the following ways:

· Through our nationwide collection camps managed by the Security team are located at the following addresses, these are open to any member of public who wants to contribute.

- Karachi NTO Building, near Nursery Stop, Shahrah e Faisal
- Lahore Mobilink House, 5 P Gulberg II Lahore
- Islamabad Mobilink House, 1-A Kohistan Road, F-8 Markaz
- Faisalabad Building # 1298/B, People Colony Near Saleemi Chowk Satyana Road
- Multan Mobilink House, 60 Bridge Lane, LMQ Road Near Kutchery Road
- Quetta Global Center Opposite Police Line Gulistan Road, Quetta.
- Sukkur Mobilink Office near Islamic Science College, Minara Road
- Peshawar Mobilink House, near Shiraz Gathering, University Road

· Through Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers

Arshad Hamid 0301-8561769
Syed Jamal Pasha 0300-8155678

Humayun Majeed Janjua 0300-8433797

Kamran Ahmed Ansari 0300-8281316

· Through the Mobilink Salary Relief URL, (only for employees) which will remain active until the end of June 2009. Please commit as much as possible as these funds are being made available by HR and Finance for use immediately even though deductions will be processed at the end of the month to your salary account at the end of the month.

Lets once again look deep into our hearts and pockets and continue reaching out to those who require our help in reshaping their lives for the better. Remember, for those who have nothing, not even shoes on their feet, every rupee counts.