TCF plans 5,000 houses for Pak quake-affected

DUBAI — The Citizens Foundation (TCF) has announced plans to construct 5,000 houses for earthquake victims in the devastated areas in Pakistan and is seeking financial assistance from the large Pakistani community residing in the UAE and overseas, interested in channelling aid through credible sources.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2005, 9:08 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:45 PM

At a presentation held in Dubai on Friday and attended by 400 people, largely Pakistanis, officials of TCF said: “A number of corporate companies have already pledged support to its project. But we hope that many more Pakistanis and other nationalities residing in the UAE will pledge their support to the cause.”

Mushtaq Chhapra, a member of TCF, said: “The devastation caused by the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan is of very high magnitude. As a result, TCF has already provided material and food relief to some 35,000 families in the first four to five weeks of the calamity.”

“Our next step is to rehabilitate the affectees, rebuild their homes and restore some remote villages and towns,” said Chhapra, pointing out that it is a big task and can be carried out with the help of the international Pakistani community.

“Around Rs2 billion is needed to build 5,000 houses using indigenous material and expertise and we need to generate the funds in order to complete the task in the next 24 months,” he disclosed.

He explained the rehabilitation strategy includes 18 remote villages identified by TCF in Kashmir and 12 to 13 villages in the North West Frontier Province devastated by the earthquake and needs to be reconstructed completely.

TCF has designed a novel idea offering a self-financing scheme to the victims to re-build their homes. But, help in terms of material, design and local expertise will be provided by the foundation, the official said.

TCF has partnered with Institute of Architects in Pakistan and is in touch with international experts to create indigenous designs using local material and locally available facilities, he added.

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