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June 8, 2006

PRCS kicks off reconstruction activities in quake-hit areas


June 8, 2006

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Tuesday kicked off reconstruction activities in the earthquake affected areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a spokesman, as a first step, the PRCS in collaboration with Glasgow The Caring City International Relief and Development Organisation laid down the foundation stone ceremony of Government Boys High School Saran, district Muzaffarabad.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Pakistan Red Crescent Society Director Operations Muhammad Ilyas said that PRCS has started reconstruction activities in the affected areas and will play a promising role in the challenging construction phase. He said that the PRCS in 2006 plans to rebuild two degree colleges, two high schools, three middle schools, four primary school, vocational centres at Chakoti and Chanari.

He said that similar projects would be carried out in the affected areas of NWFP. Ilyas Khan said that the PCRS is very thankful to Glasgow The Caring Society for their support and contribution in reviving the educational activities in the affected areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Glasgow The Caring City Chief Executive Neil Galiberth said that he feel immense pleasure to see smile on the faces of the students. He said that the courage and bravery showed after the disaster depicts that Pakistani are a brave nation and ready to face any challenge.

He said that his organization wants to revive the educational activities in the area, and this is the first sep that was taken in collaboration with the PRCS. He said Glasgow The Caring City would continue to support PRCS to revive the educational activities.

Headmaster of the School Raja Muhammad Jameel thanked PRCS and Glasgow The Caring City for their support and help. Later Neil distributed school uniform and jackets among the students.

The PRCS has so far provided 500 trucks loaded with relief good to the victims and provided shelter and

relief to 9623 families. Besides that 31 schools, 46 mosques were provided tentage while 167 marriages with dowry were conducted, 252 widows were being given special package and 10,000 litre portable water is being provided to the residents. The PRCS vocational, technical and computer centres are functioning in Chakoti.

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