IKF Press Release No.1, May 8th 2012

 

The Pukar Campaign, launched after the 2010 floods has positively impacted the lives of over 2 million of Pakistan’s neediest and most underprivileged citizens. Touching over 40 districts of Pakistan, from Gilgit-Baltistan to Sindh, Pukar has established a truly national footprint. Details of the program were released at a press briefing held earlier today at the Avari Hotel in Lahore. In his remarks Pukar’s principal flag bearer, Imran Khan emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in any organization that deals with public funds. He also presented to members of the press in attendance copies of audited reports compiled by an internationally reputable firm that verified the Imran Khan Foundation’s compliance with existing accounting standards in Pakistan. The IKF CEO Naseem ur-Rehman then made a presentation in which the utilization of funds were declared. In the area of Relief work, the campaign spent Rs. 9 CRORE on essential food items, medicines, temporary shelters and safe drinking water. The largest ever Seed Distribution Program by an NGO, worth 54 CRORE, rehabilitated the lives of over 140,000 farmers, touched the lives of a million people and restored 250,000 acres of farmland. The flagship program, that of Village Development and Reconstruction has, at a cost of Rs. 83 CRORE ensured that over 3500 homes in 14 districts are rebuilt to withstand floods. Along with the homes, village infrastructure (sewerage, drainage, street pavements, solar lighting, biogas, schools) is being developed as well to ensure that the lives of those who lost their homes are not just restored but transformed for the better. So far 1100 homes have been delivered and it is anticipated that by the August 2012 all the homes and their villages infrastructure projects will be complete. He also stated that in addition to the cash donations of Rs. 163 CRORE, donations in kind (shelters, food hampers, homes) conservatively worth Rs. 27 CRORE had been distributed as well. Once the Village Development Program is complete on August 31st 2012 it is anticipated that the Pukar Campaign will reach its conclusion

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