PPAF initiates School Safety Program

SIALKOT: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has initiated School Safety Program at Head Marala to create the awareness regarding preparedness for the disasters like earthquake, tornados and floods, in collaboration with Community Development Concern (CDC) here.
Senior Manager DPM Unit PPAF Muhammad Abid launched this awareness-raising program during a special ceremony held at Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Head Marala here Monday.

Addressing the participants, Muhammad Abid told that PPAF was trying to build the capacity of students and teachers to tackle the situation during any disaster. He disclosed that during earthquake in 2005 more than 35000 students had died and if they had the awareness death toll might be less.

He said the Head Marala area of Sialkot was prone to flood but unluckily in March 2011, the tornado had resulted in many causalities and injuries, besides, hugely damaging infrastructure there.

In second phase, the said awareness-raising program will also be expanded to the other parts of the country, he disclosed.

On this occasion, Executive Director of Community Development Concern (CDC) Mirza Abdul Shakoor briefed about the School Safety Program. He said that as many as eight schools are included in two union councils Head Marala and Pindi Khokhran of Sialkot district in the first phase.

Management Executive Ms. Sehrish Mumtaz, Executive Director CDC Mirza Abdul Shakoor, Incharge Principal Ms. Abida Khan, trainers Adil Badshah, Bilal Mushtaq , Abdul Majeed Butt (President Photo Journalists Association Sialkot District), senior journalists Zafar Malik, Abid Hussain Mehdi, Arif Mehmood Sheikh were present on this occasion.