The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund has initiated School Safety Programme in Head Marala to create awareness regarding preparedness to cope with natural disasters like earthquake, tornados and floods, in active collaboration with Community Development Concern.

PPAF official Muhammad Abid launched the programme, during a special ceremony held at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School Head Marala. Addressing the participants, he said that PPAF was trying to build the capacity of students and teachers to tackle situation in any disaster. He disclosed that during earthquake in 2005, more than 35,000 students had died if they had this awareness death rate might have been less.

He revealed that the Head Marala area of Sialkot was prone to flood but unluckily in March 2011, the tornado had resulted many causalities and injuries, besides, hugely damaging infrastructures in this area.

In the second phase, the program will also be expanded to the other parts of the country, he disclosed. On this occasion, Executive Director of Community Development Concern Mirza Abdul Shakoor briefed about the School Safety Program.

He revealed that eight schools are included in two union councils Head Marala and Pindi Khokharan of Sialkot district in the first phase.

Management Executive Sehrish Mumtaz, Executive Director CDC Mirza Abdul Shakoor, Incharge Principal Abida Khan, trainers Adil Badshah, Bilal Mushtaq and Abdul Majeed Butt were also present.