Bradford charity supports Imran Khan’s battle against poverty … reports Asian Lite News
A Bradford charity that played a key role in supporting the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan’s philanthropic work is stepping up its efforts to tackle poverty.
The PTI party led by Imran Khan has pledged to create 10 million jobs, with a focus on building skills through providing technical, vocational and educational training.
Now QED Foundation, which helped the former international cricket captain to set up Namal College in Mianwali, has set itself the target of enabling 100,000 poor people to earn a living and support their families. It is appealing to British Pakistanis to play a part by donating money to pay for needy men and women to access places on vocational training courses.
‘One-off gifts and handouts can help people survive an immediate crisis but they won’t lift the most disadvantaged members of society out of the vicious cycle of poverty and lack of opportunity for good,’ says QED Foundation chief executive Dr Mohammed Ali OBE. ‘So we are offering them the opportunity to gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, together with support to find jobs or set up businesses and social enterprises.
‘Around 60% of Pakistan’s population lives below the poverty line. Yet the average cost of a vocational training course in industrial sectors such as construction, hair and beauty or information technology is just £200. We have set up Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation to bridge that gap and transform lives.’
In 2005 Dr Ali encouraged a reluctant Imran Khan to become chancellor of Bradford University.
‘I refused initially, but he was persistent and persuasive,’ says the new prime minister. ‘I am glad he was. The role was a landmark one in my life. It was also a position that assisted my work in establishing the Namal College in Pakistan. As someone committed to the power of education to transform lives, and society at large, I am indebted to QED Foundation for this opportunity.’
The charity has been working to strengthen the links between the UK and Pakistan and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities since 1990. Previous fundraising initiatives have equipped a resource centre at Chhachh Public School and College and provided beds for Hazro Hospital in Attock district.
To find out more about how you can help Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation visit www.pasfoundationuk.org