The Kasuri family, the promise of Mahmud Ali Kasuri Welfare Trust Rs60m
LAHORE: The Kasuri family and Mahmud Ali Kasuri (MAK) Welfare Trust have pledged a combined Rs60 million to the Covid-19 crisis that hit the country. Of this amount, the Trust and the Kasuri family have contributed Rs20 million each to alleviate the difficulties faced by eligible individuals through Rs40 million, while Rs20 million was further donated by the Trust to the Prime Minister’s Coief-19 Relief Fund.
Rs40 million will be used to obtain and distribute important food items as ‘ration packages’ for decent individuals, especially workers who are paid daily. This ration package includes food supplies needed to help maintain a family of five for approximately one month. Activities will take place in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Mattresses starting April 13 (today).
MAK Welfare Trust Chairman Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and Co-Chair Mr. 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 Prime Minister’s Fund will make a small difference to the government’s efforts to combat this pandemic. “
Mahmud Ali Kasuri Welfare Trust has the privilege of partnering with the highly respected 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 Mattresses. Before distribution, supplies will be stored at designated campuses of Beaconhouse and Concordia Colleges.
Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, MAK Welfare Trust Protector and Founder of Beaconhouse, said that there is a culture of social responsibility embedded in Beaconhouse, the Trust’s main donor.
Mrs. Kasuri added: “Despite the initial impetus being 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. In the next stage; therefore, 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. “
Mahmud Ali Kasuri (MAK) Welfare Trust, founded in 1994, is an independent non-profit organization that works for the development and improvement of underserved communities. Its main trusts and donors, Beaconhouse, the Kasuri family, and Beaconhouse employees, consistently responded with meaningful contributions during the national crisis, including the 2005 earthquake that devastated northern Pakistan, the IDP crisis in 2009, and massive floods of residents in 2010 and 2014. New- recently, MAK Welfare Trust contributed Rs22 million for the construction of toilets and student classrooms in 48 government primary schools in the Gujranwala District. ***