Islamabad, May 09, 2014 (PPI-OT): Dr. Hany El Banna, OBE, founder of Islamic Relief charity organization called on Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar at the Finance Ministry today to discuss charity work of the organization in Pakistan.
Dr. Hany informed the Finance Minister that the Islamic relief charity organization is working in over 30 countries and it promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and disease. He added that the organization also responds to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crisis.
He briefed the Finance Minister on Islamic Relief Pakistan’s Child Welfare Program (CWP) which has been carrying out One to One (OTO) Orphans Sponsorship Programme in both rural and urban areas of AJK and Pakistan. Currently 2,448 orphans are sponsored and around 900 orphans have already benefited from this programme since 1993.
He also informed that the Islamic relief’s on-going activities in Pakistan include; Islamic Microfinance; Interest-free financing; Provision of interest-free financial services to start small businesses; Enterprise Development Trainings; Business start-up grants and toolkits; Market linkages through exposure visits and exhibitions and strengthening community governance. Mr. Hany appreciated fairness and transparency introduced by the new government and said that the Finance Minister has a vision for charity work which will help global assistance to Pakistan.
The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the Government of Pakistan appreciates the noble work being done by Islamic Relief for humanity. He said that we will provide all support to charity work and contribute in useful and credible social safety programmes.
He added that social safety net is a priority area of the government which is aimed at poverty reduction. He informed that the Government is cutting on current expenditure through austerity measures and focusing on safety net programs and PSDP.
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