First Lady of Turkey donates electric wheel chairs, incubators to PRC for deserving people

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First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan talks to a disabled lady during electric wheelchairs distribution ceremony at PRC NHQ. PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi and others are also present on the occasion.

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ISLAMABAD: The First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan on Thursday gifted 20 electric wheel chairs and 10 incubators to Pakistan Red Crescent which were distributed by her among the deserving people during a ceremony at PRC National Headquarters here.

Addressing the ceremony, First Lady of Turkey said that she is very thankful for the love and sentiments of Pakistani people for their Turkish brethren.  She said that Pakistan, Turkey have strong relations and with the passage of time these relations will be further strengthened. She lauded the humanitarian efforts of PRC, TRC and their joint collaboration in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable. She said that the wheelchairs and incubators donated by TIKA, a Turkish Relief Agency is an effort to support our Pakistani brethrens who deserves to be care and look after.

The first lady said that she salutes the courage of the disabled men, women and children who never let these fears to overpower them and they deserve our special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society.

Speaking at the occasion, PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said that It is a great a pleasure for him and his entire team to welcome The First Lady of Turkey and scintillating and enviable history and bond between people of Pakistan and Turkey dates back to many centuries. “During disasters or any emergency in our country, Turkish people have always responded and reciprocated with fervor and zeal.

Dr Elahi said that in 2005, when Pakistan was hit by the devastating earthquake, it was Turkey’s Prime Minister who reciprocated the same gesture and reached Pakistan with relief goods and teams.The volunteers of Pakistan Red Crescent along with the teams of Turkish Red Crescent were able to reach far flung areas including snow clad mountainous areas and same sentiments and brotherhood was also seen during the 2010 super floods relief and recovery operations.

Saeed Elahi said that  The Disaster Management and Logistic Center, largest in Asia was built by TRC is an exemplary display of long lasting friendship and relation grown stronger over years, which was inaugurated by none other than Mrs. Erdogan herself in 2009. He expressed his delight and profound gratitude to The First Lady for donating electric wheelchairs and incubators among the disabled.

He also thanked to Tikka for their support that would help in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable.

In the welcome address, PRC General Secretary Ghulam Muhammad Awan said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy a friendship which has lasted for decades. This friendship has been tried and tested many times. Both nations have been together to support each other when disaster has struck either countries. He said that Pakistan Red Crescent and the Turkish Red Crescent have been together in the toughest situation caused by natural disasters and the needs of social development, where both our organizations have stood shoulder to shoulder. We have always moved forward to achieve our goals and targets.

At the end of event, Dr. Saeed Elahi presented shield and gift to The First Lady while the First Lady distributed the wheelchairs among the disabled persons and personally went to each disabled and communicated with them.

Women empowerment key to prosperous society, says First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain

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Awards medal to Red Crescent Football Championship winners, distributes wheelchairs among special women

ISLAMABAD: First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain said that participation of girls in sports activities is key to a healthier society and stress the needs for more participation for women empowerment and a prosperous society.

The First Lady said this while addressing a function in connection with International Girl Child Day at President House organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Women Forum.

The first lady lauded the services of the women in different fields of life and bringing laurels for the country. She assured her full support to Red Crescent Women Forum in its activities aim at women empowerment.

The First lady also appreciated the efforts of the women who were the worst victims of EQ 2005 but fought with courage and never let these fears to overpower them. She said that these women deserve special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society.

 

PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi on the occasion said that this year the PRC Women Forum in connection with International Girl Child Day organised a Girls Football Tournament to catch the spirit of sportsmen ship and provide them an opportunity to display their potential. 

He said the Pakistan Red Crescent Women’s Forum will address the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of  disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare 
needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to early warnings could not be able to reach women while they are at home.

Former Pakistani Women Football Captain Sana Mehmood and Amber Rasheed also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the First Lady distributed shields among women participants besides distribution of wheelchairs among disabled women. The ceremony was attended by representatives of International and national NGOs, students and female volunteers of the PRC.

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PRC, UNICEF join hands for Maternal Newborn and Child Health

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Islamabad, 26 October 2016: Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) and UNICEF signed an MoU to jointly work in seven areas that include including Disaster Risk Reduction, Education and School Safety, Use of U-Report for advocacy and accountability by giving youth and citizens a tool to communicate their needs and experience, cash transfers for humanitarian and development work, Mines Risk Education, Water & Sanitation, Maternal Newborn and Child Health.

The MoU signing ceremony took place at Pakistan Red Crescent National Headquarters Islamabad. Secretary General PRC Ghulam Muhammad Awan signed the MoU on behalf of PRC while UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Ms. Angela Kearney signed MoU on behalf of UNICEF. PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi, Members of PRC Managing Board Dr Jamal Nasir, Mumtaz Haider, UNICEF Partnership Officer Jamila Sikandar Khan and PRC National Media & Communication Coordinator Khalid Bin Majeed were also present at this occasion.

Speaking at the occasion Chairman PRC Dr Saeed Elahi said that the strategic alliance with UNICEF not only allows us to strengthen each other’s capacity to prepare for an emergency but also helps provide effective response and early recovery to ensure that rights of every child and woman are upheld during a humanitarian crisis.

UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Ms. Angela Kearney said that together, the UNICEF and the PRC hold great potential to more effectively address many of the humanitarian challenges faced by the most vulnerable populations in the country, children and young people in particular.

President AJK assured full support to Red Crescent in humanitarian activities

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President Azad Jammu & Kashmir Sardar Masood Abdullah while appreciating the humanitarian activities of Pakistan Red Crescent said that PRC is serving the humanity in an exceptional manner by acting upon its 7 humanitarian principles. PRC work is admirable, the living standards of Kashmiri people has improved to a great extent through PRC humanitarian programs.

The President AJK expressed this while meeting with Pakistan Red Crescent Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi, PRC Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan and PRC National Media and Communication Coordinator Khalid Bin Majeed at Kashmir House Islamabad.

On the occasion, PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Ealhi passed on good wishes to President AJK Masood Abdullah on assuming charge as President AJK and briefed him about the ongoing humanitarian activities of PRC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. President AJK lauded the efforts of PRC and assured his full support for its humanitarian activities.

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