Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates $700,000

Published: August 26, 2010
A flood victim begs for food at a relief camp. PHOTO: AFP

A flood victim begs for food at a relief camp. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $700,000 for flood victims in Pakistan on Thursday.

It is the largest amount donated by an individual for the victims of the floods. This donation was made in response to an appeal made by Syed Tazeem-ur-Rehman Hejazi, country director British Asian Worldwide Association. The appeal was made on August 16 and the response received on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010.

Mohammad Balal Abbasi, Global Chief Executive BAWA and Tazeem Hejazi have sent a letter of thanks on behalf of People of Pakistan to Bill Gates and Melinda Gates for their generosity.

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  • shy
    Aug 26, 2010 - 6:59PM

    great peoples n their donation for humanity.Recommend

  • Fawzia
    Aug 26, 2010 - 7:39PM

    This is inaccurate. George Soros and his Open Society Foundation has donated $5 million for relief efforts. This will be administered via the foundation in Pakistan to support Pakistani civil society relief efforts. Recommend

  • Ahmed Atta
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:18PM

    Saudi King donated 20 million Riyals making him the largest single donor, followed by the Crown Prince with 10 million Riyals, making him the second highest individual donorRecommend

  • John Donne
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:50PM

    It amazes me, the generosity of Americans. The nation, no wonder, is blessed with prosperity unparalleled in the world. The generous and helpful ones, others who aren’t so, pale into insignificance in comparison to the vast majority of such wonderful souls. God bless America.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 26, 2010 - 9:04PM

    Thanks Bill and Melinda Foundation for donating $700,000/- for the floods relief. I hope these examples would also be followed by some from the Royal Linage in the Middle East. It is a known fact that there are many individuals in these countries who can also contribute a lot. One must not forget that we also need lot of technical expertise to rebuild our infrastructure which has either been totally destroyed or damaged due to these floods. I hope this time all work will be done according to modern technology of 21st Century. Once again thanks to Bill & Melinda Foundation for their kind gesture and show of solidarity with the people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • MD
    Aug 26, 2010 - 10:03PM

    Thank you Mr.Bill Gates, you have got the true spirit of Islam even though you aren’t won. Recommend

  • Mubeen Haider
    Aug 26, 2010 - 10:08PM

    Thanksssss “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”Recommend

  • Hassan Khan
    Aug 26, 2010 - 11:37PM

    Thanks both tusi great ho! i hope you give more cus our loss is colossal.Recommend

  • Arsalaan Haleem
    Aug 27, 2010 - 12:00AM

    God bless the couple, and their organisation.Recommend

  • xyz
    Aug 27, 2010 - 12:09AM

    700k for bill gates is literally a few dollars to the common folk. He is given more to other causes, but its something.Recommend

  • Hasan Aamir
    Aug 27, 2010 - 12:11AM


  • Sameer
    Aug 27, 2010 - 3:24AM

    Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Gates. Please don’t be disappointed at the professional beggars asking for more or those calling your contribution peanuts and all. Some people in our country have become thankless and have a victim mentality, which leads them to be rude and obnoxious. They are too busy Facebooking and sitting on their computers belittling those who are actually doing something about this crisis.Recommend

  • uzma
    Aug 27, 2010 - 4:42AM

    God bless the generous couple, n we hope that donation reaches the poor flood victims of pakistan instead of “theives”.Recommend

  • omer
    Aug 27, 2010 - 5:09AM

    if our leaders become honest we aint need any donations.
    we will start donating others.
    but first leaders have to became honest
    zardari have more then 3 billion dollar
    sharif brothers have more then 2 billion dollar
    thats not there own money thats the money of poor nationRecommend

  • Rahim Bhawani
    Aug 27, 2010 - 1:35PM

    This is called humanity free from bias of religion and any groups.This is what true Islam is but what to say non muslim is ready to understand but we muslims are not ready to understand.Recommend

  • Naveed Shakur
    Aug 27, 2010 - 2:39PM

    Thank you, Bill and Melinda; now its our responsibility to check that the aid is distributed to flood victims not in PPP’s Politicians.Recommend

  • Aug 27, 2010 - 10:52PM

    It is amazing how we are constantly cribbing about the aid the world is giving us, like for example, why did Haiti receive more aid? or why the world was more generous towards Srilanka or many other disaster struck areas. Why can’t we just be thankful to the countries who are selflessly donating and people who are opening their wallets for helping our nation. It’s a shame that we are so ungrateful,everyone is trying to help us no one has an agenda and no one is enjoying this. If only we think with an open mind, everyone is just trying to help.
    Thanks to all the foreigners, and to all their countries who have helped us so generously, as a citizen of this country i have nothing but the utmost respect for all the countries and people of the world who have come together to help us through this difficult time.

    God Bless You All. Recommend

  • Yusaf Khan
    Aug 28, 2010 - 12:17AM

    Thank you Bill and Melinda Gates. Thank you Mr. Soros and thank you to all the people all over the world who in these tough economic times are helping a country thousands of miles away. I will never forget and hope Pakistanis too will never forget your generosity. God bless all of you.Recommend

  • Huzefa
    Aug 28, 2010 - 12:20AM

    Isn’t this the foundation where they are trying to get all the world’s top billionaires to give half their wealth? 700,000$ doesn’t seem so much in that respect, but its something. Maybe the FBR should come up with some scheme to help the flood victims by processing black money without penalty.Recommend

  • Dadi
    Aug 28, 2010 - 4:49AM

    ThanK you Mr & Mrs Gates for you generosity. People of Pakistan are indebted to you for this help in our greatest hour of need. Our very best wishes to you. Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Aug 28, 2010 - 4:54AM

    Please somebody tell this government that Pakistani people alone can handle this catastrophe, you just develop some credibility. More aid has arrived from across the border then generated by the people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saad Jamil
    Aug 28, 2010 - 3:22PM

    Thanks, but we expect the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’, the largest foundation in the world, to do much more! Mr. Gates, please find some time top personally visit these affected areas.Recommend

  • Copper
    Aug 28, 2010 - 4:16PM

    Surprised to see quotes as “Peanuts”. Our nation begs for aid and as if its not enough to shame us, we scorn the giving hands, disgusting Recommend

  • Ben
    Aug 29, 2010 - 12:43AM

    Asif Zardari and Benazir Bhutto Foundation donated 60 million dollars, Gilani donated half of his corrupt ministers, Qaim Ali Shah donated the real CM. The list goes on and on and on. Nawaz Sharif has already transferred his Mayfair apartment to relief fund.

    This should have been natural series of news but alas!Recommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 1:09AM

    Its me, Tazim Hejazi, who made this appeal to Mr. Bill Gates and other people around the globe. Actually I think I am doing my duty as a great national cause. The person who commited as peanuts, I feel sorry to read such silly commits. A cent or a single penny means a lot to me when I beg for my nation. Yes I am begger, but I beg for my people, not for my self. And listen man Iam not of those who just sit around compu and “ply” on facebpook. I will go out to every house, shop, institution and every where to collect fund for these suffered mothers, sisters, elders and kids of me, after month of Ramadhan, insha Allah!
    I beg you all to pray for my nation, my beloved motherland, PLEASE PLEASE!!!!Recommend

  • Lamia Al Sari
    Aug 29, 2010 - 12:18PM

    Calling the donation of the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation “peanuts” is so typical of some of my Pakistani friends. Please be thankful for all donations by non-Muslims. At this time Pakistan can’t afford to be a “chooser” .
    All Pakistanis who are safe and dry in their homes, should come together and donate one-fifth of their assets as one-fifth of the country is submerged under water.


    A concerned non-Pakistani.Recommend

  • sana
    Aug 31, 2010 - 1:36AM

    big round ov applause to them for helping our pakistanis,, our president is not doing as muchh as they are doing ,,, i suggest u please why dont a single country takes the responsibilty of one village and reconstruct for their living,, its a healty suggestion we can work on this if we want toRecommend

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