NUST’s idea of ‘Own a Village’ aims to revive shelter, livelihood for flood-hit people

Islamabad: The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) faculty and students are working on the “Own a Village” concept to revitalize the livelihoods and shelters of flood-affected people.

NUST’s “Own a Village” concept must be focused on the revitalization of livelihoods, shelter and community services based on needs-based assessment by involving the community and local government.

Some of the important aspects in this regard are the provision of seeds, fertilizers, insecticide sprays, farming equipment/tools, tractors, livestock, etc.

NUST’s focus will be on revitalizing community services, including repair and maintenance of schools, health facilities, mosques, water supply (wells and hand pumps), sewerage, mud roads, etc. In addition to providing goods and rations, NUST’s main objective is to provide rehabilitation and provide reconstruction assistance in flood-affected areas.

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The university is already carrying out its flood relief efforts with full zeal in all affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and South Punjab.

The university has so far distributed more than 3,000 ration bags to over 2,500 afflicted families in and around Quetta, Sukkur, Naushahro Feroze, Badin, Sanghar, Dadu, Thatta, Sibbi, Swat, Ghizer, Dera Ghazi Khan, Risalpur and Nowshera.

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Heavy rains and flooding have caused severe damage to life and property across the country.

In the midst of this dangerous crisis, NUST students, faculty, staff and alumni are joining the national effort and vigorously contributing to this noble cause. Additionally, the inspiring generosity of the NUST Alumni Fraternity is second to none. Another footprint of empathy and compassion left by the NUST alumnus and owner of Pure Foods, upon recognizing the need for pure water in flood-affected areas, provided 20,000 bottles of mineral water (6 liters each).

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NUST opened a special bank account to receive flood donations. Funds can be sent to account title: NUST Flood Relief Fund Account Number: 2292 7917 3412 01 IBAN: PK82 HABB 0022 9279 1734 1201 Bank: HBL, H-12 Branch.

For donations in kind, aid supplies, especially for the winter (e.g. scarves, blankets, tents, etc.) and food (e.g. flour, rice, ghee, legumes, sugar, tea, milk, etc.) can be given to relief camps established at Gate #1 & 2 of NUST Campus, Sector H-12, Islamabad.

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