The Coca-Cola Foundation and charity: water Partner to Bring Clean and Safe Water to Communities in Pakistan

charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe water to people around the world, has received support from The Coca-Cola Foundation to launch a transformative clean water project in the Balochistan province in Pakistan.

The project aims to support 372 new and rehabilitated community water points to ensure access to clean and safe water for more than 3,500 people. Balochistan is Pakistan’s most arid and water-starved province with challenges mounting after the catastrophic floods in 2022.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, known for its commitment to economic empowerment and environmental sustainability, is proud to support this project alongside charity: water. ‘We believe in the power of partnerships to connect local expertise with global sustainable best practices, so every drop of water goes farther, especially in regions where vulnerable communities have experienced climate-related water stress and are far removed from municipal services,’ said Saadia Madsbjerg, President of The Coca-Cola Fou

Working with local partner Muslim Aid, charity: water, and The Coca-Cola Foundation are committed to improving sustainable water access and sanitation in underserved communities in Balochistan, an arid province in Pakistan at risk of water scarcity.

The project will not only bring clean water closer to home for thousands of people but also contribute to community development and improved public health. ‘We are excited to launch this partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation,’ said Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water. ‘Together, we will make a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people in Pakistan by ensuring they have reliable access to one of life’s most essential resources – clean water.’

Local partner Muslim Aid will play a crucial role in rehabilitating and implementing community and government water systems and building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to manage the systems, ensuring they are sustainable and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Bibi, a woma
n from a community that will benefit from this project said: ‘We face severe water shortages in our village forcing us to travel 1.5 kilometers, taking 30-40 minutes, twice daily, to fetch water. Our storage capacity is inadequate, limiting our daily water usage.’ She went on to say that she hopes that the construction of a new water system will help in ‘improving their lives by providing clean water at their doorstep. This [water system] will be helpful in terms of health and education, and safeguarding our children.’

Clean water has the power to improve health and well-being, empower women and girls, open pathways to education, and spark economic growth. Yet, 703 million people around the world lack basic access; 78% of which live in rural communities. The burden of collecting water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend 200 million hours walking to collect water every day. The work is unpaid, laborious, and time-consuming – locking women and communities into a cycle of poverty
and poor health.

The project is part of charity: water’s ongoing commitment to providing clean and safe water to people in need around the world. With the support of partners like The Coca-Cola Foundation and its network of local partner organizations, charity: water continues to make strides toward achieving its mission.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Death anniversary of poet Obaidullah Aleem observed

The 26th death anniversary of the famous poet of modern Urdu Obaidullah Aleem was observed .

He was born on 12th June 1939 in Bhopal, British India. Obaidullah Aleem completed his post-graduation in Urdu from Karachi University.

Obaidullah Aleem was ranked among the best Ghazal writers of modern times.

He started his career with Radio Pakistan and later, he joined Pakistan Television as a producer.

His famous books of poetry are Chand Chehra Sitara Ankhhen, Veeran Saray Ka Diya and Nigar-e-Subah ke Ummed Main.

He died on this day in 1998 at the age of fifty-eight in Karachi.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Kyrgyz Govt making efforts to ensure safety of foreign nationals

Pakistan’s Ambassador Hassan Zaigham says Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan have assured that Kyrgyz government is making all-out efforts to ensure safety of all foreign nationals, including Pakistanis.

Talking to Radio Pakistan’s News Current Affairs Channel, he said Pakistani nationals are peaceful and are not responsible for any violence, but they were trapped in violence that erupted in the city.

He said that a mob of around one thousand people did not target any particular nationality holder. He said the mob targeted all foreign students including Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indians.

The Ambassador said that violence broke out due to some social media posts. Hassan Zaigham said the overall situation in Bishkek is under control now and there is no panic like situation.

He requested the people not to share the unconfirmed and false reports, circulating on the social media. He said that Pakistan’s Embassy has received about six hundred calls of the relatives of students.

he Ambassador said that an advisory has also been shared with students to stay indoor until the situation becomes normal. Hassan Zaigham said that with the help of Kyrgyz private airline, arrangements are being made for special flights from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Toronto-Bound Flight Makes Unexpected Return to Karachi After Four Hours

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Islamabad to Toronto had to turn back to Karachi due to a technical issue reported by the captain while flying over Russia on Friday.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, carrying 268 passengers, was supposed to depart from Islamabad at 2:15 pm but left an hour late, as per flight inquiry.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan explained that PIA flight PK-781 had to return to Karachi due to a technical issue.

The captain decided to turn back while the plane was flying over Russia, about four hours into the flight. The flight landed back in Karachi after 1 am on Saturday.

He stated that the issue with the aircraft was minor, but the captain opted to return rather than continue the lengthy journey over the Atlantic Ocean. According to sources, the aircraft, with registration number AP-BGZ, had previously experienced the same problem.

Abdullah Hafeez Khan added that the decision to return the aircraft to Karachi was based on better engineering facilities and spare pa
rt availability.

The authorities made the arrangements to receive the flight at Jinnah International Airport Karachi, and passengers were accommodated at the airport hotel. The flight is now set to depart for Toronto at 1 pm today (Saturday).

Source: Pro Pakistani

Interior Minister directs to streamline NADRA Center Services

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has said the government will continue to take steps to create further ease for the citizens for the issuance and renewal of National Identity Cards.

Talking to the NADRA officials during his visit to the NADRA Center in Lahore today, the Interior Minister directed to better manage the rush during the night shift.

He said that it is encouraging to see that the citizens’ work is being done promptly at the NADRA Center.

Source: Radio Pakistan