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Norwegian Minister Visits Telenor Easypaisa Shops

The Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim visited a Telenor Pakistan easypaisa retail outlet at a local market today.

He was accompanied by Norwegian Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Kvile and Chief Strategy Officer & VP Corporate Affairs Telenor Pakistan Aamir Ibrahim. The minister is in Pakistan to see ongoing flood relief and rehabilitation activities. Norway has contributed 400 million Norwegian Kroners (USD67 million) for Pakistan’s flood affected.

Talking to the media the minister appreciated Telenor Pakistan’s contribution to the flood relief activities. “I am happy to see that Telenor is actively contributing to social causes in Pakistan. The Norwegian government and people of Norway will always stand beside our Pakistani friends in their hour of need.”

Telenor Pakistan’s Aamir Ibrahim speaking on the occasion said: “Branchless banking solutions like easypaisa can not only address the lack of financial inclusion in Pakistan but can also potentially help generate and disburse funds to the disaster affected people.”

Easypaisa, launched in October 2009, aims to offer financial inclusion to Pakistan’s population, a large majority of which is currently unserved. The recently launched easypaisa Donation Service was used to collect funds for the flood affected people.

Easypaisa is available in 700 locations across Pakistan. With 11,000 agents, 1 million transactions a month, and Rs 10 billion worth of transaction since launch, the service is helping to provide people with much needed financial services.


Ufone Making Tent Villages with recycled Flex for the Needy

Ufone recently set up tent villages in flood hit areas to help those in dire need of shelter.

The recent floods have left the nation at a standstill and even though a lot is being done some how the scenario on ground plus the stake holders suggest that it isn’t enough.

Keeping in view the immense need of shelter, Ufone has set up tent villages using re-cycled PVC flex which are taken off from hoardings and billboards after when a commercial campaign is expired.

So far villages have been put up in Charsadda, Sukkur and Multan and are catering to up to 300 people per tent village.

Mr. Akbar Khan Chief Marketing Officer Ufone said

Pakistan is in great need of support from the people and the corporate sector and Ufone as a socially responsible organization is trying its best to meet the requirements by providing basic needs starting from shelter. As the winter is slowly setting in the need for sturdy shelter is essential. Other than the organization a number of our employees have gone out of their way to help the affectees on a personal basis. It is time we all come together for the better of the nation.


PTCL Provides Free Vfones sets in Flood Hit Areas

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has said that under its corporate social responsibility, it has provided 500 Free Vfone telephone service sets at flood relief camps in Sindh and Balochistan in support for the flood affected people.

A PTCL statement said the IDPs living in relief camps could now make free unlimited local and national calls and stay in touch with rest of the community and their relatives.

Meanwhile, the PTCL General-Manager Consumer Services, Rizwan Ahmed Bhutto and Mushir Khan, the phone utility’s GM Coordination, during their visit of the IDPs camp at Lyari Poly Technical College; Mir Muhammad Baloch Road sympathized with the flood affected people there and conveyed best wishes from the management of PTCL.

They also said on the occasion that PTCL share the ordeal of the displaced people and committed to provide all assistance throughout the country.


Samsung Continues to Distribute Relief Goods

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is a proactive and caring company operating in Pakistan.

Recently a team from Samsung visited Muzaffargarh, which is among the areas facing the worst flood disasters in Pakistan.

Mr. Steve Han ,The Managing Director and the Senior Manager Mr. Injae Lee personally visited the displaced victims along with numerous Samsung employees to distribute more than 400 relief packs containing food and clothing items in the relief camps, besides personally interacting with the unfortunate flood victims.

The Managing Director of Samsung Pakistan, Mr. Steve Han said; “It is really painful to see such a large number of Pakistanis, facing such a massive disaster, where they have lost their homes, livelihood, properties, valuables and lives. Samsung is fully committed to help in the revival of a normal healthy life for these fellow citizens.”

During this visit the Samsung team personally ensured the fair distribution of 2 truck loads of relief goods.

The DCO of Muzaffargarh briefed them about the extent of devastation in the area.

About 2.1 million people among the total population of 3.5 million living in and around Muzaffargarh have been affected by the floods. 50% of the road Infrastructure, 80% of schools and 90% of health centers in the district are either destroyed or severely damaged.

This team from Samsung, which also included Mr. Zeshan Qureshi- Head of Mobile Phones, Ms. Rabiya Siddiqui-PR Manager and Mr. Zahid Saeed- Head of HR and Admin later visited some surrounding areas like Baseera and Shershah, where the level of devastation has been more than 75%. The recent floods have caused a severe disaster for people all over Pakistan.

Earlier, Samsung has been regularly distributing flood relief packs, each containing essential items like; Cooking Oil 2.5 kg, Flour 10 kg, Sugar 3 kg, Rice 5 kg, Gram 1 kg, Pulses 1 kg, Tea 0.5 kg, Sherbet Bottle 1.5 liter, Clothing for Man/ Woman and 1 Pack of Dry Milk.


Qubee Donates Funds Rs. 3.5 m to Flood Victims

Qubee, WiMax broadband internet provider in Pakistan , has donated Rs. 3.5 million to support relief efforts and rehabilitation of flood victims in Pakistan .

CEO Qubee Mubashir Naqvi, while stressing the need of the hour said this is the social responsibility of each corporate entity to come forward for the relief efforts for 20 million displaced flood victims. He said Qubee and its employees will never leave the people of Pakistan alone in such trying and testing times. We are committed and standing shoulder to shoulder with the nation to provide all out support to flood victims.

Qubee’s employees have also donated Part of their salaries for the relief efforts while ration and dry food items etc are also being distributed among the people in flood affected areas and relief camps all across Pakistan.


Motorola Foundation has donated US$50,000 for Flood

The Motorola Foundation has donated US$50,000 to CARE (www.care.org) and pledged an additional US$50,000 to match Motorola employee donations to CARE For Pakistani Flood victums.

“Our sympathies are extended to the people affected by these natural disasters” said Karen Tandy, senior vice president, public affairs, Motorola. “This donation is an example of Motorola’s continued commitment to humanitarian relief throughout the world.”

Other than the donation from Motorola Foundation, employees in Pakistan have also contributed meaningfully towards relief activities for flood survivors.

Motorola Pakistan has supplied food and other staple items including medicines worth US$14,600 through rescue teams in different areas of Punjab and Khayber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.


PTA Contributes Rs. 201 Million for Flood Relief Fund

Dr. Mohammed Yaseen Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), presented cheque of Rs. 201.43 million to the Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani for the “Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2010 for the Assistance of Flood Affected People”, established for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affected people.

The amount included Rs. 200 million contribution by PTA, Rs. 0.65 million of one day salary donated by PTA employees and Rs.0.78 million collected through 1234 SMS service. Chairman PTA along with Secretary Cabinet, Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary presented cheques for donation during a meeting with the Prime Minister.

PTA is also engaged with the telecom operators for the prompt restoration of telecom networks in flood-stricken areas. It has started 1234 Service to collect donations through SMS. Subscribers can send SMS by writing “Fund” to 1234 and each SMS would contribute Rs 10 to the fund.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani urged the Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to ensure the reconstruction of telecommunication infrastructure in the flood-hit areas to strengthen the relief activities.

The Prime Minister appreciated the gesture of PTA employees who contributed one day’s salary to help their distressed brethren in flood-hit areas.

The Chairman PTA apprised the Prime Minister of the damage caused to telecom infrastructure in flood affected areas and also various ways devised by PTA for early reconstruction of the network.


TSF Offers Free Phones Calls in Flood Hit Areas

The telecoms emergency aid charity, Telecoms sans Frontieres (TSF) says that it has now set up eight centres in Pakistan to assist aid agencies with communications services and help stranded locals phone relatives to assure them of their situation.

The eight mobile teams, equipped with satellite and GSM phones, are based in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda and plan to operate for at least a month. The teams are composed of one man and one woman to allow both men and women to make a call.

3 Social Organizers were also recruited to inform the population of the service in the areas surrounding the operations so that a maximum number of people affected are aware of the service and given a chance to call.

Within two days (20-23 August), 945 families were offered a free call (23% of international calls) in schools or camps and shelters along the roads.

For many people, the call provided by TSF is the first call since the outbreak of the disaster. Many victims have lost their mobile phone or are in places with no electricity to recharge or simply have no money to buy credit.

If needs are covered in the respective districts, teams will operate in other flood-affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These operations could last up to one month to offer the chance to as many families as possible to make calls, give news and ask for dedicated assistance.


Zong Giving free Handsets SIMs & EDGE Dongles to International Organization for helping Flood

Zong has given free handsets, SIMs & EDGE Dongles to International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide free phone service to flood victims to get vital information, seek help and access relief services offered by the government and other aid agencies.

IOM is using these handsets and SIMs to establish free calling booths at the relief camps in flood affected areas of the country. On its part ZONG will not be charging these calls, in flood affected areas so that people can get in touch with their families in other parts of the country.

Each phone has a pre-paid SIM card with 800 free minutes a day for at least two months. Collectively, the hundred phones can make slightly over a million calls.

Expressing his views Salman Wassay, Head of Marketing, ZONG said, “We understand that our country has been struck by an unprecedented calamity and it is our duty as a caring corporate citizen to help our brethren in this hour of need. We will do our utmost to provide relief to the flood affected people of Pakistan in whatever way we can.”

ZONG has also given a free group SMS package to IOM which they will use to disseminate information to the flood affectees using the database that is maintained by them.

IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners. IOM has agreed to coordinate the Emergency Shelter Cluster of relief agencies responding to the worst floods that have hit Pakistan in its history, following a request from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator.

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