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Free IT courses to be expanded to other cities of Sindh in six months, says Tessori

By Our Correspondent
March 24, 2024
Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori speaks to media persons on March 21, 2024. — X/@KamranTessoriPk
Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori speaks to media persons on March 21, 2024. — X/@KamranTessoriPk

A leading non-profit has announced that it has developed a verified database of 200,000 bona fide impoverished families to make them beneficiaries of its mass charitable drive across the country.

Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori was briefed about the mass relief drive of the Saylani Welfare International Trust as he visited the non-profit’s makeshift market selling essential items at discounted rates at the Numiash intersection in the city.

Tessori announced on the occasion that a mass IT education programme being conducted at the Governor House in partnership with the Saylani Trust and other concerned non-governmental organisations and charities would be expanded to other cities of Sindh in the next six months.

The governor said the field of information technology was the instant source for transforming the destiny of Pakistan’s future generation in the shortest possible time.

He appreciated the mass welfare initiatives of the Saylani Trust and other charities to serve the needy people facing unbearable inflation. He also distributed food ration packages among deserving people.

Tessori said skyscrapers would be built in Karachi having 100 floors in partnership with the private sector.

Saylani Welfare Trust Chief Operating Officer Muhammad Ghazzal briefed the governor that his non-profit had registered a 100 per cent increase in the number of deserving families contacting it for financial and rations assistance compared to the last year.

He said that constant increases in inflation and utility bill costs had been pushing a massive number of middle- and low-income families in the country below the poverty line leaving them with no option but to contact the charities for financial assistance.

Ghazzal lamented that there had been no corresponding increase in the number of donors in the country who supported such charitable drives for needy families.

He informed the governor that in fact, the donation pool available to the bona fide charities, including Saylani Trust, for conducting assistance drives for such families had phenomenally decreased due to inflation.

He expressed gratitude to the concerned philanthropists and donors among the overseas Pakistani community who generously donated to the charitable initiatives of the Saylani Trust in response to the appeal by its chairman Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri.

Tessori was told that owing to unwavering support extended by its donors and supporters, the Saylani Trust in the current month of Ramazan was spending around Rs2 billion to serve needy families.

In addition to providing food rations, the non-profit has also been running a special assistance drive to enable the deprived families to earn their livelihoods by setting up small retail businesses.

The governor was briefed that the Saylani Trust had also been running a mass skill education drive to help a large number of students from low-income families learn different lucrative vocational skills through short courses to become self-employed in the shortest possible time.

The non-profit was running centres in Karachi, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta to conduct a mass IT learning programme, Tessori was told.

The Saylani Trust chief operating officer said the non-profit had also been working with the National Disaster Management Authority, Turkish government and other relevant relief agencies to provide food rations and essential items to oppressed Palestinians in Gaza for their survival.

He said the Saylani Welfare in the last month had dispatched relief items worth Rs60 million as part of its emergency assistance drive for the victims of Israeli aggression in Gaza.