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Engro Foundation celebrates “Unsung heroes” of Pakistan

“Engro has announced the winners of the digital competition – Unsung Heroes of Pakistan, acknowledging the efforts of individuals who are impacting life of marginalized communities in the spheres of education, health and livelihoods”

Karachi, February 7, 2013:Engro Foundation, the CSR arm of Engro Corporation Limited, has announced the winners of the digital competition Unsung Heroes of Pakistan. The objective of this competition was to recognize the efforts of Pakistani individuals and institutions that continue to impact life for the under-privileged in the sphere of education, health and livelihoods.
 
First prize worth of Rs. 100,000 was announced for Karachi Vocational Training Centre (KVTC), an institution working since 1991 to provide rehabilitation and gainful employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged youth and adults of Pakistan. Through KVTC, Robina is able to rehabilitate and find gainful employment for at least 20 intellectually disabled people each year.
 
Second prize worth Rs. 60,000 was announced for Patients’ Welfare Association (PWA), the largest non-political, non-governmental student run organization of Pakistan. Three young medical students of Dow Medical College, posted in Gynecology Unit II of Civil Hospital Karachi, initiated the project in 1979. Since then, PWA has been providing selfless services to the destitute patients of Civil Hospital, completely free of charge. PWA has since established a blood bank, which is the largest single outlet blood bank in Pakistan with an output of 250 blood bags a day and more than 90,000 blood bags a year. In addition, PWA has 275 registered thalassemics, providing them with regular blood transfusions and medications. PWA’s drug bank provides medication to every single admitted patient of Civil Hospital free of cost. Other departments include Diagnostic Lab, T.B and general follow-up clinics.
 
Third prize worth Rs. 40,000 was bagged by Garage School and Dream Foundation Trust
 
The Garage School was formed in November 1999 by Mrs. Shabina Mustafa, wife of Flt. Lt. Syed Safi Mustafa (Shaheed, Sitara-e-Jurrat), who was missing-believed-killed in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The basic aim of The Garage School is to provide quality education and health care to the underprivileged people of Neelam Colony and Shah Rasool Colony, to turn them into responsible, productive citizens of the society. The school currently has 224 students. Morning students are given formal education in all subjects, from Pre- nursery to grade VI, preparing them for joining of Higher Education and progress in their careers.
 
Humaira of Dream Foundation established a school at Mouch Goth when she was just in Grade 6. With the support of her friends, she started the project by collecting discarded paper, erasers, sharpeners and pencils in bins and by paying forward their daily knowledge to younger children.
 
The Dream Model Street School currently has a staff of 22 teachers, aged between 13 and 24, who work for free and are active donors of the foundation itself
 
The winners of the competition were selected based on the scope of their social work; level of impact, number of beneficiaries and the ability to replicate the program amongst other key considerations.
 
For more information, please contact:
Saima Saleem saima.saleem@xenithpr.com at Xenith Public Relations, Tel: 0300-2968278
Shamikh Ahmed sazaidi@engro.com at Engro Corp, Cell: 0302-8175133