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05 Nov 2007 description

Ockenden International works in Afghan refugee camps in northern Pakistan, working on education projects with the communities there. We provide teacher training, and help set up and maintain primary schools within the Afghan refugee camps. We work to help prepare Afghan refugees for return to Afghanistan, by ensuring that the schools conform to Afghan curriculum, and linking returning refugees with training, education and job opportunities in Afghanistan.

29 May 2006 description

Pakistan sustained the heaviest death toll and destruction in its 58-year history after a powerful earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale ripped through the north of the country and Pakistani-administered Kashmir on 8 October last year. More than 80,000 people were killed and over 100,000 were injured while nearly 4 million people were rendered homeless just weeks before the start of the bitter Himalayan winter.

01 Feb 2006 description

The earthquake that struck northwest Pakistan and Kashmir on 8 October 2005 had a devastating effect on most people living in the region. 87,000 people died and an estimated 3 million were displaced. Daily updates from the media and the many appeals by charities for people to make a contribution to the relief effort, have led many people to imagine how those who have been affected are coping and how best to offer them assistance.

Those who were displaced are in remote locations that are difficult to access. The basics that are required to survive are in short supply.

21 Dec 2005 description

On 8 October 200,5 an earthquake devastated parts of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. In Pakistan it is estimated that more than 87,000 people have died, with many more injured and displaced; the death toll is likely to increase.

08 Dec 2005 description

Balekot -- 7 December

The road through the mountains was only briefly blocked and is now open. The destruction increases the closer you get, as Balekot was the epicentre of the earthquake. Completely flattened, with large displaced communities living in tents from both Balekot and the surrounding area. Some come to Balekot briefly to find relatives and others come for help.

Children from the primary school that was destroyed are now being taught by an ex-grocer whose business was demolished. Only their teacher was killed.

10 Oct 2005 description

Over the weekend, the world was rocked by the news of a large earthquake in Pakistan. Early estimates put the loss of life at over 20,000 people; it is believed that the majority of those that have lost their lives are children.

23 Jun 2005 description

Ockenden International is very concerned about the threat to Afghan refugee education in Pakistan.

Education is a human right and it is the responsibility of international institutions and the government of Pakistan to ensure that sufficient education opportunities exist and that children enjoy some protection.

In a recent census, just over 3 million Afghans were recorded as living in Pakistan, a higher number than previously thought.

23 Jun 2005 description

Ockenden International is very concerned about the threat to Afghan refugee education in Pakistan.

Education is a human right and it is the responsibility of international institutions and the government of Pakistan to ensure that sufficient education opportunities exist and that children enjoy some protection.

In a recent census, just over 3 million Afghans were recorded as living in Pakistan, a higher number than previously thought.

31 May 2005 description

By Atle Hetland

Afghan refugee education is in greater crisis this year than ever before. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reduced education budgets in refugee camps in Pakistan by around 40 percent. This is far above the proportion of refugees expected to return home from the camps. We estimate these will be 150,000 out of a projected total estimate of 400,000 returnees from the country.

These massive cuts will lead to reduced education quality and could lead to antisocial and extremist activities, demonstrations and breakdown of the social fabric in the camps.

29 Jul 2004 description

Refugees in Pakistan have raised serious concerns about the impending closure of refugee camps.

08 Oct 2001 description

"The situation continues to be very changeable and we are having to adopt a flexible approach to our on-going work as well as the emergency relief," says James Beale, Ockenden International's Chief Executive.