DR. FOUZIA SAEED-who was in Islamabad, Pakistan at the time of the earthquake-is an expert in social development issues. She has worked throughout Pakistan with national and international organizations, the United Nations and civil society groups.
NetAid: Speaking as someone close to the disaster, what are the greatest challenges to delivering aid to areas affected by the earthquake?
Dr. Saeed: The rural inhabitants of the hills in Pakistan have a tradition of living far away from one another, not like the plains where houses are clustered together in villages.
After almost half a century of warfare and hardships, the educational system in Afghanistan is in complete disarray. There are not enough schools or teachers, and enrollment, particularly for girls, is staggeringly low.
NetAid, in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation, recently announced a new Afghanistan initiative that will help reconstruct that country's ailing educational system. The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., with the support of The Rob Lloyd Family and Cisco Systems, works with Afghan communities to train teachers, rehabilitate schools, and put children in school. These services are vital in Afghanistan, where years of war and hardship have deprived most children of access to basic education.
New York, NY - NetAid is channeling donations to two humanitarian agencies with extensive experience of working with Afghan refugees in Northwest Pakistan. Both agencies have stepped up their operations to respond to the latest humanitarian crisis to strike the people of Afghanistan and have partnered with NetAid to provide the public with an opportunity to get involved.