A local businessman who has reached a £120,000 fundraising target he set more than four and a half years ago to help the flood-stricken victims of Pakistan, has launched a second appeal on a recent visit to his native land.
Devoting his spare time to fundraising for the appeal has paid off for Pakistan born, Nas Khan, managing director of north east-based Jennings Motor Group and founder of registered charity, The Emaan Foundation, with the grand target total of £120,000 having now been raised.
Nas Khan, said; “I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed that we have reached the fundraising target and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and donated to the charity and appeal, from family, friends and work colleagues to local businesses, schools and colleges, the support and generosity has been absolutely incredible.”
Working in conjunction with international aid organisation, Human Appeal, to date, money raised has contributed towards the purchase of life-saving water purifiers, which were distributed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster in 2010, and the construction of a brand new village, which has been named ‘The Emaan Village’for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab.
Nas regularly travels to Pakistan with representatives from Human Appeal International, to see the progress and the people he has helped in the new village.
Nas added: “A real community is developing in the village, which is lovely to see considering the sheer devastation following the floods more than four years ago.”
In addition to constructing a total of 60 homes, there is also livestock and a deep tube well providing clean water has been installed to make the village self-sufficient.
Not resting on his laurels, Mr Khan, has set himself another goal – to further improve the lives of people in The Emaan Village by raising funds to build a health centre.
Nas went on to say; “Currently people in the village are having to travel hundreds of miles to receive medical treatment, having a health centre on site will not only be convenient, but it will also offer peace of mind to residents.”
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