Sports goods sent for displaced children

    Sunday, May 31, 2009
    The News (Jang Group of Papers)

    In order to provide recreational facilities to the displaced children, Ummah Welfare Trust, a UK based NGO, has started setting up a play land at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Mardan.

    According to a press release issued here Saturday, the organisation’s Rawalpindi based office has dispatched two trucks loaded with sports goods for both indoor and outdoor games to the organiser of the Sheikh Shehzad Town Camp in Mardan.

    The main objective behind setting up the play land on 4 kanals of land is to bring down the impact of war and displacement from the minds of innocent children. The trust aims at providing an opportunity to the displaced children to continue with their studies and extracurricular activities like they were having in their native areas before the military operation in Malakand Division.

    Meanwhile, the trust has also established a sewing centre at the Sheikh Shehzad Town Camp. The centre has started functioning and around 200 female IDPs of Malakand Division are being provided training by skilled staff. The UWT has supplied 40 sewing machines for the purpose.

    The trust has also set up temporary schools within the camps to provide education to the internally displaced children. The NWFP government and district administration has lauded the vision of UWT Chairman Muhammad Idrees for serving the internally displaced persons in this hour of need.

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