A local businessman’s dream to help save and rebuild lives following the floods in Pakistan last summer is starting to become a reality.
Nas Khan, originally from Pakistan, and managing director of Jennings Motor Group, which operates Ford, Mazda and SEAT dealerships across the region, recently visited the flood stricken areas of Pakistan on a two-day trip, which was organised by the respected aid organisation, Human Appeal International.
Whilst on the trip, Nas, who launched an appeal to raise £120,000 through ‘The Emaan Foundation’ last September with the aim to build a village in Rahim Yar Khan, witnessed at first hand the daily challenges children and families are facing in the aftermath of the floods in Pakistan.
On his arrival, he was greeted by thousands of Pakistani people who congregated for a specially co-ordinated ceremony and to thank him for his continued support and commitment towards raising funds to help rebuild lives following the devastating humanitarian disaster which struck in July of last year.
Over the course of the trip, Nas was shown temporary accommodation which the majority of people are currently living in, prior to visiting the area of Rahim Yar Khan, where he aims to build an entire new village consisting of 60 homes, a deep tube well to provide clean water and livestock.
Successfully raising £60,000 of the £120,000 target has enabled work to start on site in Rahim Yar Khan, which has been named, ‘The Emaan Village’ after Nas’s Emaan Foundation charity.
Nas was then given a tour of three of the new homes which have been completed and are ready for occupation.
The most poignant part of the trip was when he was asked to hand over the new homes to the families, which included one woman who sadly lost her husband in the floods and has a family of seven daughters to provide for.
Nas said; “It was a very emotional trip for me and a memory that will stay etched on my mind. It’s heartbreaking to see the number of people who have been affected by the disaster, but it is also absolutely overwhelming to see what has been achieved in The Emaan Village and it’s all thanks to the kind support and generosity from the people of the North East.”
Seeing the progress on site and having welcomed the first three families into their new homes, has made Nas even more determined to reach the £120,000 goal so he can help more people in Pakistan.
He added; “Seeing the new village and taking part in the key hand over ceremony, was an absolute honour. It has made me even more determined to achieve the target so we can welcome more people into new homes and complete the village in the near future.”
Funds were further boosted recently when a charity dinner took place at Hotel Tall Trees in Yarm. The event, which was a huge success with more than 100 guests attending and more than £4000 being raised on the night, was organised to give people an update about fundraising and work-in-progress on site in Pakistan.
Chief Executive Officer of Human Appeal International, Othman Moqbel, gave a presentation and guests took part in a charity auction.
Other on-going fundraising activities include, the Emaan Foundation Ka Raffle. Tickets are priced at £50 and only 300 have been printed with one lucky winner walking away with a brand new Ford Ka worth more than £9000.
A Spring Dinner Dance is also scheduled to take place on Friday 8th April at the Sporting Lodge in Stainton Village, Middlesbrough, with Motown Tribute Act, starring Scott Bench Taylor. Tickets cost £25.