OIC delivers fully-serviced village to flood victims in Pakistan

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has delivered one hundred housing units, a school, a health center and a mosque to the people of the D. G. Khan village in Multan, Punjab Province, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The handover ceremony was held for the D. G. Khan villagers, affected by the disastrous floods that hit Pakistan in the summer of 2010, in the presence of OIC representatives, the Pakistani government, and officials from the OIC Member States.

The project was launched at the directions of the OIC Secretary General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who had announced OIC pledges at the Donors' Conference for the benefit of the victims of the Pakistan floods in July 2010.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation thanked Cameron, whose permanent representative to the OIC, Ambassador Tijani, handed over the keys to the villagers, for contributing the largest share towards the financing of the project. Guyana was also thanked for its contribution in the building of the village. The OIC also paid tribute to Pakistan for providing facilities to the OIC to complete the project.

The D. G. Khan village project had been planned by the OIC in collaboration with the Youth Parliament of Pakistan. It received donations from the staff of the OIC General Secretariat and other OIC organs who contributed a day’s pay for the project, in a symbolic gesture by the Organisation demonstrating sympathy and solidarity with Pakistan in its ordeal.

In this context, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation intends to provide a similar project within three months, including 125 housing units, a school, a health center and a mosque for the benefit of the Dado villager in Punjab province.