Local businessman receives award in recognition of charity work in Pakistan
Posted on 23 Jul 2014
A successful local businessman has received an award for his outstanding charity services to his native country of Pakistan.
Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group and founder of the Emaan Foundation, received the award from Othman Moqbel, chief executive officer of the Human Appeal charity.
Nas teamed up with Human Appeal in September 2010, when he set himself a target of £120,000, to help rebuild an entire village for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, following devastating floods.
Othman Moqbel, chief executive officer of the Human Appeal charity, said;
“This award is just one way for Human Appeal to say thank-you to Nas and all those who joined him in his fund raising efforts.
“His charitable work is a wonderful example of how people can work together to help those who are suffering hardship though natural disaster or conflict all over the world.
“Nas has focused on one of the key areas where we need to raise funds - shelter. Providing adequate shelter is one of the key priorities for Human Appeal.”
With £112,000 of the fundraising target already achieved, money raised to date has not only contributed towards providing life-saving aid, but it has also helped towards building a village, consisting of 60 homes, which has been named the Emaan Village. In addition to this, a deep tube well has been installed providing clean water and livestock making the village self sufficient. Bio gas plants have resolved the problem of energy shortages in the area providing electricity to various houses.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed when I found out I was receiving the award. I am extremely grateful and honoured, but I’m also extremely grateful to all of the very kind and generous people who have contributed to the charity. We are only £8,000 away from achieving our fundraising goal.”
Fundraising to date has been achieved through various events including dinner dances, car raffles, golfing events and a clothing and book recycling initiative.
The md’s next goal is to raise enough money to fund the construction of a new health centre, as a result of the people currently having to travel hundreds of miles for treatment.
“A real community is growing and the Emaan Village now has its own school, which is an absolutely fantastic achievement when you compare it to the complete devastation these people were faced with four years ago,” said Nas.
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