Unconditional Relief Assistance from WFP Covid-19 Affected Areas in Balochistan

Press Release
LASBELA: In this problematic and challenging time of Covid 19, World Food Program (WFP) has launched a massive package to provide relief to 4’741 affected families of District Lasbela, Balochistan. Through “unconditional relief assistance” for this initiative WFP has partnered with TARAQEE Foundation which is actively helping marginalized segments in the Balochistan region.
In this context, Taraqee Foundation arranged a ceremony to highlight the initiative of cash distribution among the daily wagers and food-insecure people of 6 union councils of Lasbela at Circuit House, Uthal, Balouchistan. A 15-member delegation of media persons from Karachi visited to learn the details of this project. Renowned environmentalist and social activist Mr. Faiz Kakar, PFUJ senior leader Mr. Shazada Zulfiqar, Taraqee Foundation Project Manager Mr. Essa Saleem, Sardar Qurban Gharsheen, and other prominent personalities from Quetta also attended the event.

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While briefing Mr. Amjad Rasheed, CEO, TARAQEE Foundation told that in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, TF has been providing relief to underprivileged segments of society countrywide adding that a total sum of 22 crores rupees is being disbursed among 4,741 families through the monthly installment of 7500 Rupees per household through World Food Program. TF also plays an active role to reach out to affected people in disasters and natural calamities. The major population lives below the poverty line. Therefore, TF aims to provide economic support to the most vulnerable and poor households and to revive or maintain some level of economic activity, developing resilience, and also combat the COVID pandemic in an effective manner.
To a question CEO, TARAQEE Foundation explained that WFP is striving in pandemic COVID to provide relief to the extremely vulnerable people (daily wagers/jobless) in areas identified as hotspots through VAM assessments. After assessment and thorough verifications, names of deserving candidates are included in lists adding that whereby the cash is being distributed through proper banking mechanism and bio-metric system verification. The entire process is implemented in close coordination and consultation with Provincial District Disaster Management Authorities.
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