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Muslim Aid and Poverty Eradication Initiative distributed clothes and shoes to internally displaced children in District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province in Pakistan

Muslim Aid and Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) successfully implemented a one-month project entitled ‘Conflict Victim Support Programme’ from 28 January 2013. The purpose of the project was to distribute winter clothes and shoes to 2500 internally displaced children. These children are enrolled in 8 formal and 19 non-formal schools established and run by Muslim Aid in Jalozai IDPs camp, district Nowshera. The family members of the children were also given winter clothes. As a result, a total of 11,000 individuals benefitted.

Muslim Aid facilitated the distribution and also financed the logistical and administrative cost including the transportation cost for the delivery of the items to schools. In addition, Muslim Aid sponsored the distribution ceremony. The distribution took place during three consecutive days 19 – 21 February. The distribution event on 19 February started with the recitation of few verses from the Holy Quran followed by Naat recited by two students. The Project Coordinator of Muslim Aid welcomed the guests and expressed his gratitude to PEI for the provision of in-kind support to internally displaced children. The PEI representative encouraged children to continue their studies and be punctual in order to get good education.

The happiness and humanitarian relief gained through this distribution can be understood by the words of 11 year old boy Esa Jan studying in 5th class. He said,’’ We are thankful to Muslim Aid and PEI for providing these materials to us. Before this I always felt shy and depressed in front of my classmates due to old clothes and uniform. Most of the time I remained absent but from now onwards, I will be punctual and proactive in class’’

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