Islamabad: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered food packs to students of Mansehra Higher Secondary School. The school was reconstructed by USAID as part of its Pakistan Reconstruction Program (PRP) under which 77 health and education buildings were rebuilt after the devastating 2005 earthquake in Bagh district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Mansehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Vice-Principal of the school, Muhammad Naseem Khan, thanked USAID for constructing an earthquake-resistant and spacious school.
“It is because of this remarkable and spacious building that enrolment has jumped from 450 students to more than 1000 students and our school still has a capacity to accommodate 400 more,” said Naseem. General Secretary of the school’s parent-teachers council, Javaid Kabeer praised USAID for the speedy reconstruction of the building.
“We were pleasantly surprised when this multi-story school building spanning over 84,000 square feet was completed in just 18 months.” Javaid said.
The 61 schools built under the USAID Program serve 18,000 students from 556 villages. The schools have a total of 658 classrooms, 121 laboratories and a library in every school. All the schools were fully furnished with funds provided by USAID.
USAID started its post-earthquake reconstruction program in Pakistan in 2006 after identification by Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) of the buildings which were most needed.
This included 34 schools in Mansehra, 27 schools, 15 health units and a 50-bed hospital in Bagh district of AJK. All of these facilities were completed last year and are now serving their communities.
USAID is also constructing 7 faculties of education buildings in different provinces, a 133-bed hospital in Sindh, a state-of-the-art gynaecology ward at Karachi’s Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and rehabilitating several flood-affected schools in Sindh and Balochistan.