Rural areas of Sindh depict unbelievable poverty: Al-Khidmat

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Karachi: Vast areas in rural Sindh are facing extreme poverty but they are still out of the radar of NGOs, said Al-Khidmat Foundation Sindh chapter president Dr Syed Tabasum Jaffery addressing a press conference at local hotel on Monday.

He said millions of people do not get clean drinking water. Child malnutrition in poor villages is on the peak, while irrigation and agriculture sectors are shambles, not creating sufficient job opportunities. He said the government and philanthropists should give the plights of these poor people a serious focus and devise mechanisms for generating economic growth and poverty reduction.

He said they are working in whole Sindh province, but provision of clean water in Thar is their special focus. He said to supply poor people in rural areas clean water they have already installed 427 community pumps, 351 dug-wells, 16 water filter plants, one tube-well, 21 solar water pumps and 15 electric water pumps. He said a lot of more schemes in the sector of clean water are under way.

He said they are also running 2 hospitals, 6 medical centers, 14 clinics, 13 diagnostic centers, and running 40 ambulances. He said last year they conducted 46 free medical camps in very low income localities. He said they are constructing a free-of-cost mother and child care hospital in the Thar area.

He said they are also working in education, healthcare, disaster management, orphan care, community services and interest-free community based micro-finance sectors. He said they would further expand the circle of their activities and services. He appealed to the philanthropists to open their hearts and purses in this holy month so that more programs could be carried out to serve the poor masses.

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