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October 13, 2010

MKRF, Imran Khan raise £105k for flood victims


October 13, 2010

LONDON: Imran Khan Flood Relief (IKFR), UK, held a very successful charity dinner here in East London in conjunction with Geo Television and Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman society.
The dinner was sold out with more than 600 guests attending. Imran Khan gave an overview of what IKFR was doing in the short, medium and long term for the flood victims in Pakistan. At present, the 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 been set up. The IKFR is also providing seeds to 200,000 farmers in time for the next harvest. This will prevent food shortages next year.
Imran 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 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 administrationís costs at a minimal which are at 0-1 % at present and will be kept at this mark. Khan explained that people all over the world can participate in this effort by ‘adopting a village’ as part of the†reconstruction/rehabilitation phase. The 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. The IKFR has used the advice of the disaster relief agencies to formulate the medium and long term plans. Khan described the governance structure of the 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 Khan participated fully. The evening ended with a raffle and entertainment by artist Qasim. Ms Rabia Zia (IKFR UK) who acknowledged & thanked all the guests, including the sponsors, the raffle prize donors as well as the IKFR UK dinner team.

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