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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

IR USA Staff Update from Pakistan

Islamic Relief USA staff-member Abdulghafoor Mahboob is currently visiting field offices and project sites in Pakistan with a team of colleagues. He shared his experiences with the rest of the staff on July 15 in an e-mail message. You will find excerpts below:

Alhamdulillah, the Islamic Relief team from USA has completed the first day of our trip to Pakistan. We had a chance to meet with the Country Director of the Islamic Relief Pakistan office, and met with different department heads.

Mash'Allah, they have been working very hard to implement different project in the best way possible.

Later in the afternoon, we had a chance to meet with two orphans sponsored by donors from the US. Seeing them personally and getting a chance to know the kind of impact Islamic Relief makes on the lives of these orphans was heartwarming. I wish you all were there to listen to the prayers of an orphan's mother to all of you and to the donors so you could see how you are saving lives and bringing smiles.

We also visited two businesses which are receiving Islamic microfinance loans from Islamic Relief. I found out that Islamic Relief was the first organization to give out interest-free loans in all of Pakistan.

Insh'Allah, tomorrow we will be going to Bagh in Kashmir to see our US-funded projects and will be there for two days.

On July 18, if the situation permits, we will be going to Mardan to see our emergency work for internally displaced persons and the ailing host communities in the Swat Valley region.

Just to let you know, the Mercy Center in Mardan has been praised by highest officials of the UN and they are looking into making the Mercy Center part of future emergencies.

I have a lot more to say but insh'Allah the team will give all of you an update when we come back. Keep the team in your prayers.

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