Owais Khan, Deputy CEO of Human Appeal, visited Pakistan, to review programmes and projects run or supported by Human Appeal and its field office in Islamabad that last year touched the lives of 324,734 people in Pakistan.
Human Appeal has been successfully supporting humanitarian projects in Pakistan since its establishment 16 years ago. The scope of work recently increased massively with a large humanitarian drive following the devastating floods of 2022. The work in Pakistan is a varied mix of humanitarian response projects as well as long term development programmes. Including sustainable farming, schooling, small business assistance and health and hygiene.
One of the first stops on the visit was the Aminah Learning and Protection Centre in Lahore, a drop-in centre that provides free warm meals, medical assistance and education to hundreds of street children. The work carried out at the Aminah centre is vital for supporting vulnerable children and families out of poverty through tackling food scarcity and providing basic education and vocational training. The centre also runs programmes specifically designed for young women. They are offered free beautician and sewing courses to give them marketable skills to work and support themselves and their families.
Human Appeal Deputy CEO Owais Khan was accompanied by Iqrar Ul Hassan a well-known ARY TV news presenter who is also Human Appeal Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador. Welcoming the visitors was Daud Saqlain, Human Appeal Pakistan’s country office director. The delegation spent the day talking with the children at the centre, hearing about what they had learned and their hopes for the future.