Kasuris promised Rs60m to overcome the pandemic
Islamabad: The Kasuri Family and Mahmud Ali Kasuri (MAK) Welfare Trust have promised a combined Rs60 million contribution to the COVID-19 emergency in Pakistan.
Of the total donation, Rs40 million will be used to obtain and distribute important food items as ‘ration packages’ for eligible individuals – especially daily wage workers – while the remaining Rs. 20 million will be donated to the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The ration package includes the food supply needed to help maintain family 5 for about a month. Activities will take place in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Mattresses starting today (Monday).
MAK Welfare Trust Chairman Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and Co-Chair Nassir Kasuri said, “Since 1994, the Trust has been secretly involved in various welfare and education projects for the underserved without seeking publicity. We are now launching the ‘Har Qadam Pakistan Kay Saath’ campaign to support daily wage workers during these testing periods. We also hope that our contribution to the PM Fund will make a small difference to the government’s efforts to combat this pandemic. “
Mahmud Ali Kasuri Welfare Trust has partnered with the Akhuwat organization and will use an extensive grassroots network in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to ensure that rations are distributed only to the most appropriate families, while MAK Trust will independently manage screening and distribution in Kasur. Before distribution, supplies will be stored at designated campuses of Beaconhouse and Concordia Colleges.
Speaking about this initiative, MAK Welfare Trust’s protector and Beaconhouse Founder Nasreen Kasuri said, “This is a time when we all need to get together and support government efforts. Although the initial impetus was personally funded, many of our employees and students also expressed a desire to play a role but were unable to manage the procurement and distribution of their own rations. Therefore, at a later stage, we hope to create a path for the Beaconhouse community and others to contribute to this initiative voluntarily. This will enable the Trust to expand its reach beyond our initial promise. “
MAK Welfare Trust has made significant contributions during the national crisis including the 2005 earthquake, the 2009 IDP crisis, and the massive floods of 2010 and 2014. Recently, the Trust contributed Rs. 22 million for the construction of student toilets and classrooms in 48 government primary schools in the Gujranwala district.
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