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12 May 2014 description

Since September 11, 2001, more than 30,000 civilians have been killed from terrorism and armed conflict in Pakistan. Many more have been severely injured and disabled while countless survivors and families now struggle as a result of their loss.

11 Sep 2012 description

Pakistan is slowly getting serious about education, and not before time. The country faces significant challenges; huge disparities in education opportunities—particularly for the rural poor and girls—poor quality education, low enrollment and completion rates, high drop-out rates and low levels of transition to secondary education. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a citizen-led household survey about learning outcomes, focusing not simply on whether children are going to schools but also what they are learning, is helping this change of outlook.

13 Jul 2011 description

July 12, 2011 | by Natalia Tariq

Last summer floods engulfed one-fifth of Pakistan, affecting almost 20 million of the country’s inhabitants. Immediately following the disaster, the Open Society Foundations provided food relief for those hit hardest. We are currently supporting community organization and rebuilding through help with land clearance, rehabilitation of water courses, water and sewerage rehabilitation, and distribution of seeds and fertilizer, among other things.

23 Jun 2011 description

June 23, 2011 | by Naseem Rizvi

06 Apr 2011 description

April 6, 2011 | by Faisal Bari

15 Mar 2011 description

by Faisal Bari

Recently I traveled to Pakistan to see some of the relief and reconstruction work that the Open Society Foundations have been supporting. What I saw came as a complete surprise.

I had the chance to visit a few villages in Charsadda district of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. Mohmand Agency, a district in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan where the army offensive on terror groups is continuing, starts just across the river.

The floods came in August 2010.

05 Nov 2010 description

November 5, 2010 | by Faisal Bari

"Hello, how are you?" I heard the sentence clearly. I had just entered a grade four classroom in Mardan, Pakistan, in a school that was running a co-educational English medium program in the middle of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa-a province that has been in the thick of the war against extremism and Talibanization.

I was not expecting the greeting. The children had gotten up when we walked in, chanted good mornings, and been asked to take their seats. Then I heard this tiny voice. I had just come in from the sun, so my eyes were still adjusting.

17 Aug 2010 description

NEW YORK- In response to unprecedented devastation and human suffering caused by the flooding in Pakistan, the Open Society Foundations today announced it would give an additional $5 million to its foundation there to respond to the humanitarian crisis.

"We need everyone to pitch in to the extent they can," said Absar Alam, country head of the Open Society Foundation in Pakistan - FOSI-Pakistan.