Death of son behind launch of charity, says UWT chief

    PESHAWAR: Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) Chairman Maulana Muhammad Idrees has said that the death of his son due to a lung-related disease made him think in 2000 about establishing the trust that is presently operating in 27 countries.

    During an interview with The News at the UWT office in Nowshera, he said the trust was working on 11 relief projects in the country including medical camps, tent villages, provision of dry ration, kitchen utensils, Eid gifts, fitrana, cooked food, winterization kits, sacrificial animals meat and reconstruction of houses and mosques.

    He said the trust established 10 permanent medical camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh where 200,000 people had been treated. Besides, he said, nine tent villages had also been established for flood IDPs in which 3,500 families had been accommodated. In these tent villages dry ration, kitchen sets, clean water, bedding sets and medical facilities are provided to the inmates.

    The UWT chief explained that kitchen utensils and hygiene kits among 10,000 families were also distributed while Eid gifs and fitrana worth Rs5 million had been distributed among the deserving persons.

    On Eidul Azha, the trust sacrificed 3,099 animals and the meat was distributed among IDPs and Afghan refugees, he said. “The most remarkable job the trust had done was the reconstruction of 60 houses in Wisalabad area of Nowshera which were washed away by July flooding. A total of 145 houses would be re-built,” Maulana Idrees said.

    He said reconstruction of a school costs the trust Rs230,000. In addition, the trust has also established Ummah Children Academy in Nowshera with a vision to expand it as an institute of academic excellence for 1,000 orphans from different parts of the country. The academy serves the orphans with free Islamic and modern education including IT, regular meals and accommodations

    Chairman (UWT) Maulana Muhammad Idrees

    Maulana Idrees, who hails from Swabi district, said the trust had over 200 volunteers in England where he migrated in 1984. The trust was registered in England in 2000. The UWT chief said that the trust was non-political and non-religious and believed in humanitarianism.

    Maulana Idrees added that some leaders of major religio-political parties offered him to start relief work under the platform of their parties but he politely declined the suggestion. He added that the trust was being run by a four-member board of trustees.

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