Monthly Archives: October 2010

ZAFCO Aiding Pakistan Flood Victims, through IKFR Fund

DUBAI, UAE, October 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the unprecedented flood disaster that devastated Pakistan, ZAFCO through its chosen charitable institution – Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund donated more than AED 30,000 enough to feed approximately 250 affected victims of the massive floods for 30 days.

Imran Khan a sports super star – former Pakistan Cricket Captain turned into a philanthropist, humanitarian, Chairman of the Board of Shaukat Khanum Hospital (the only charity based cancer hospital of its kind in Pakistan), an ex member of the Parliament and leader of the political party Pakistan Tehrik – e – Insaf, launched the fund after the floods, which as per the UN has affected more and caused more devastation in Pakistan than the Asian Quake, Haiti Quake and the Tsunami combined.

The ceremonial donation hand – over was held at ZAFCO’s Corporate Office in Jebel Ali Free Zone. Mr. Gopiraj KV, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Aftab Khan, VP for Marketing of ZAFCO handed over the donation to Mr. Ali Zaidi, President of Imran Khan Foundation, a US based registered NON Profit Charity.

In his remarks, Mr. Gopiraj KV called for compassion on the immense devastation and appreciated the work IKF is doing to provide relief to the flood victims.

“Aside from our endeavor to participate in activities promoting the environment and efforts towards a green community, ZAFCO is very much committed in the pursuit of social service. We will continue to develop and strengthen our humanitarian assistance programs at ZAFCO”, he added.

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Imran Khan sends 2,000 bags of seeds to AJK flood victims

ISLAMABAD: A consignment of 2,000 bags of wheat seeds was dispatched to AJK on Saturday for the flood-hit farmers by Pukaar of the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Foundation (MKRF) and the Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund (IKRF). Imran Khan, while seeing off the convoy of 10 trucks carrying seeds, announced that a scheme had been launched to provide wheat seeds to every province without any discrimination for flood-hit farmers owning 25 acres of land. The scheme will cost Rs600 million and benefit 200,000 affected farm families.

Under the scheme, certified and good quality seeds will be made available to farmers for 150,000 acres of land. He said that houses, micro credit and health facilities were also being made available to flood-affected people by the MKRF and IKRF. In this connection, Imran said, six villages rehabilitated in Noshera district of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa would be inaugurated next month. Speaking on the occasion, a Dubai-based Pakistani businessman, Salim Murad, hailed efforts being made by MKRF and IKRF for relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit people.

Later students of Islamabad and Rawalpindi donated their pocket money to MKRF and IKRF flood victims. The donations included Rs400,000 each from Preparatory School and SLS, Rs200,000 from Head Start, Rs100,000 from students of Beacon House, Satellite Town, Beacon House Margalla and Foundation School, and Rs50,000 from students of Roots Public School Islamabad, Islamabad College of Arts and ICAS. Imran lauded donations of students. Salim Murad presented a cheque for Rs20,000,000, 100 generators and five houses each costing Rs8 million for orphans.

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Imran Khan addressing youth on Flood Releif works of IKRF Oct. 24th,2010

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Imran Khan ki Pukaar raises over a £105k for the flood victims of Pakistan in collaboration with MKRF in UK

 

(London Oct 10) – Imran Khan Flood Relief (IKFR) UK held a very successful charity dinner on October 9 2010 at the Coliseum Suite in East London. The dinner was sold out with more than 600 guests attending. Key sponsors were Lahore Kebab House (Mohammad Siddique) and MKRF (GEO).

As soon as Mr Khan arrived, Ms. Durdana (ex BBC presenter) started the event by inviting Allama Hafiz Mohammad Jamshed for Talawat Quran Pak.  Atif Chaudhary, a key member of the IKFR events team gave an overview of the situation in Pakistan and the objectives of the dinner which were to raise funds for the flood victims.  Next came Ms Rabia Zia (IKFR UK) who acknowledged & thanked all the guests, including the sponsors, the raffle prize donors (Khwaja Imtiaz, Zameer Haider, Moni Das) & the donors for the auction (Arfan Akram, Nabeel Mussarat, Rashid Sultan) as well as the IKFR UK dinner team. Ms Zia provided an update on the funds collected so far by IKFR UK which total £ 657000.  After dinner, Mr. Imran Khan & Ms Zia met with individual guests to thank them for their support and participation.
Mr Khan then took the stage and gave an overview of what IKFR is doing in the short, medium and long term for the flood victims in Pakistan.  At present IKFR has provided immediate relief by sending trucks full of food and medicine to 35,000 families.  Also 55,000 families have been helped through medical relief centers that have setup.  IKFR is also providing seeds to 200,000 farmers in time for the next harvest.  This will prevent food shortages next year.
Mr Khan then went on to describe the model villages that IKFR is building which include houses, proper sewerage, water and electric supply lines, roads, a medical centre, a community centre, a school and other amenities as well as seed and livestock for the families. IKFR plans to build approximately 100 of these model villages based on impartial selection through a ballot.  A village can comprise of 200 to 1200 homes depending on the size of the community. An average home costs approximately PKR 125,000 to 150,000 (£1500). However this cost will vary across provinces.  Thus a village will cost approximately £500,000. IKFR will also provide zero percent micro financing so that people can re-build their lives.  Imran Khan also said that IKFR is committed to keeping the administration’s costs at a minimal which are at 0-1 % at present and will be kept at this mark.  Mr Khan explained that people all over the world can participate in this effort by ‘adopting a village’ as part of the reconstruction / rehabilitation phase. IKFR is also working with Google Pakistan to avail the technology that will enable people to see the progress of each village.
Mr Khan explained that the Government of Pakistan has been ineffective as it has not been able to cope with the current scale of the disaster and even until now the Government does not seem to know what is required across Pakistan for the flood victims. IKFR has used the advice of the Disaster relief agencies to formulate the medium and long term plans. Mr Khan described the governance structure of IKFR including the Board members and said that we are using Ferguson’s for auditing the IKFR accounts.

The speech was followed by a short Q&A, and an auction in which Mr Khan participated fully.  The evening ended with a raffle and entertainment by artist Qasim.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who made this event a success starting with Atif Chaudhary, Zaid Ansari, Rizwan Chand, Asim Khan, Khurram Naeem, Faisal Khwaja, Sobia Zia, Kashif Chaudhary, Yaseen Ilyaas, Sadia Afghan, Muhammad Qasim, Arfan Akram, Yaseen Shah, Shazaib, Saleem, Faraz Anjum, Mr Akram, Ahmad Raza, Ali, Furqan, Ibrahim Dar for photgraphs and Latif Qureshi for the video.   We would also like to thank the media and journalists for their coverage including all the security volunteers.

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Ansaar – Imran Khan Foundation

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Imran Khan describing the problem environment being tackled by the IKF in association with the MKRF. Planning and describing what is needed to effectively come up with creative solutions to the plight of the flood affectees.

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Four Million Dollars and counting.

We had set a donation collection target for Sept 30th 2010 at $4 million.

On Sept 28th 2010, we were short of $4 million by approx $300,000, although we had over achieved all our previously set goals.

I am humbled and pleased to announce that once again, by the grace of GOD we have achieved our targets…in fact over shot it.

As of close of day Sept 30, 2010 the total funds collected by the Imran Khan Foundation US stood at an astonishing: $4,025,627.00

In the last two days , we collected approximately $55,000 through various small on line credit card donations and checks/wire transfer that were sent to IKF Bank Account.

HOWEVER, THERE WAS A DONATION MADE OF $250,000 FROM A SINGLE DONOR ON SEPT 30TH 2010 WHICH PROPELLED US PAST OUR TARGET.

We thank you all for spreading the word, organizing fundraisers, collecting donations, motivating people, donating your money, your time and your energies for this worthy cause.

Let’s keep the ball rolling.

Can we collect another million to this and hit $5 million by Oct 31st 2010?

Ali H Zaidi
President
Imran Khan Foundation
+9715 0505 6263

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