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SANA to build 100 homes in flood-hit areas in Sindh
Washington D.C. (Press Release)

The Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Sindh based non-profit Ali Hasan Mangi Memorial Trust (AHMMT) to build 100 low-cost homes in the flood-affected areas in Sindh.

SANA President Dr. Maqbool Halepota and AHMMT’s Project Manager Ramz Ali have entered into an agreement on behalf of both organizations. Under the MoU, which outlines the division of financial and operational responsibilities between both organizations, SANA will provide Rs. 10 million for the construction of homes while AHMMT will carry out community outreach and prepare beneficiaries to contribute their share. The project is estimated to be completed by June 30, 2023.  SANA Vice President Asghar Pathan represented SANA during the MoU signing and project launching ceremony, held at AHMMT’s Community Center in Village Khairo Dero, District Larkano, Sindh.

“The scale of the disaster is huge and unless the government, international organizations and non-profits come together and pool their resources and expertise to take up the responsibility, Sindh will not be rebuilt and people will continue to be shelterless,” Dr. Halepoto said in a statement.

AHMMT, which helped over 50,000 people in 250 villages during flood relief in August-September 2022, has already assisted over 700 families to build homes as part of their reconstruction project and have several others at various stages of construction.

“What is most essential is getting people to participate in the reconstruction process and they are more than willing to do so,” AHMMT’s Ramz Ali said in a statement. “Our approach is to use local materials, simple and functional construction that is sturdy and site supervision to ensure timely completion.”

SANA General Secretary Mushtaq Rajpar said that SANA aims to sign similar agreements with other non-profits to build more homes in flood affected in Sindh. In total, SANA plans to build 140 homes.

Earlier, in collaboration with J.S. Bank, SANA had supported free medical camps in the worst affected areas of Sindh and had distributed food among displaced people.