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Pakistan Red Crescent Society and TERADATA Join hands to Provide Educational Support to the Children of Swat

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Thursday, December 31, 2009, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and TERADATA lay the foundation of partnership in the pursuit of alleviating the miseries of the people of Swat. An MOU was signed here at the National Headquarters PRCS, ensuring the Educational Support to the Children of Swat.

While addressing the representatives of media the Secretary General PRCS Muhammad Ilyas Khan said; the project aims to convene the educational support to 2,500 children of primary schools. Support will be provided in five different locations i.e. Kanju, Migora, Bandai in district Swat, Tamer Gara in district Dir and Pir Baba in district Buner. He further added that; Project implementation strategy would ensure beneficiaries participation in all stages of the project cycle. The sense of ownership will be created in the community through participation and dialogue.

Commenting on the initiative the Managing Director of TERADATA Mr. Khuram Rahat said that; People living in and around Swat Valley are facing tough economic choices. Many people were being forced to sell household goods, jewelry or any other belongings to survive. "Soon they will have nothing left to sell".

People have lost their livelihoods because of the damage caused to infrastructure by over two months of fierce fighting. At this hour of crisis these people have no money to meet the educational needs of their children hence TERADATA feels satiated to intervene in much needed area.

About Pakistan Red Crescent Society:

Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a humanitarian organization, dedicated to improving lives of vulnerable segments of the society. The core areas of the work, in line with the overall strategy of PRCS, are Disaster Management, Health Care and promotion of Humanitarian Values supported by an ongoing process of Organizational Development. The main activities of the Society are providing assistance during and after disasters, both natural and man made, primary health and welfare services for the less privileged and marginalized people. In last four years PRCS has provided relief assistance to over 4.5 million people and our contribution is about PKR 10 billion, with support of our movement partners. PRCS' National Headquarters is in Islamabad with regional branches in all four provinces, AJK, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. PRCS coordinates its field operations in over 85 districts through regional branches, managed by dedicated teams of staff and volunteers.