NGO in Swat seeks
: A village welfare organisation in Swat Valley’s devastated
Matta tehsil has appealed to the donors and philanthropists for
donations to revive the body that had halted its activities for
three years during militancy.
Shah Alam Khan, chief of Arony Welfare Organisation (AWO),
named after a village in Matta, said in an appeal the
organisation was established in 1993 with an aim of developing
the area and solving people’s problems. He said the locals
formed it on self-help basis.
He said AWO educated the farmers of the area on modern ways of
farming and sent delegations abroad. The organisation, he
claimed, also provided seeds, plants, fertilisers, small
machines and equipments on concessional prices to boost their
produce. It also marketed the apples and other fruits produced
in Swat by holding exhibition at a grand hotel of
Alam Khan claimed they had not received aid from national or
foreign donors when situation in the valley was normal.
However, he said the militancy reversed all their achievements
and rendered them unable to resume their activities. He said
they had bankrupted financially. He demanded donations and
philanthropists to revive the organisation and resume their
welfare activities for the community.
Source: THE NEWS (May 18, 2010)