US Ambassador Cameron Munter on Wednesday announced $100,000 to fulfill needs of SOS Village Quetta which comprises five houses and is host to 70 orphans. The amount will be spent on setting up two more houses in the village.
While addressing children at the village, the US ambassador said that the US and Pakistan have common values especially when it comes to helping the poor and needy. “The US is ready to support organisations engaged in assisting orphans and other needy people,” he said, adding that US sponsored English language courses are being taught in different parts of the country and will soon be brought to Balochistan as well. “Language plays a vital role in getting two countries closer,” he said.
Earlier, chairperson SOS and former senator Roshan Kurshid Barucha during her speech requested for donation. She said around 40,000 to 50,000 orphans need support but due to a lack of resources only a limited number of them are being given help.
Munter visits Balochistan quite frequently and has also announced to set up a fully functioning American Consulate in Quetta which will look after US sponsored development projects in the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.
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