ISLAMABAD: The International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO) in a ceremony on Saturday donated 2200 sewing machines among the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Punjab. The sewing machines were handed over by Aljourah Abdullah A Alarifi, wife of a Saudi ambassador in Pakistan.The ceremony was attended by AJK Social Welfare Minister Farzana Yaqoob, Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) Managing Director Abid Waheed Shiekh, and the IRRO Regional Director Abda Bin Atteen. A special delegate from Saudia Arabia also attended the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Aljourah lauded the efforts of the IIRO and said that these are the right steps for the empowerment of the women. She said that for the first time, the IIRO has initiated the sewing machine project to help women. She added that this project would enhance the financial status of the poor.Waheed appreciated the efforts of the IIRO on the distribution of the sewing machines. He said that the PBM should collaborate with the IIRO to eliminate poverty and enable the poor to live an honorable life.
He added that PBM is running 11 different projects to provide various social safety services to orphans, widows, disabled and other needy persons.Waheed said that PBM has established 168 vocational training centres for women empowerment and 157 national centres for the rehabilitation of child labour. Farzana Yaqoob appreciated the IIRO for distributing sewing machines among poor women.She said that Saudi Arabia has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times including the earthquake in 2005 and the floods of 2010 and 2011.She said that the AJK government has also established the women development centres to empower women. Earlier, the IIRO Regional Director
Atteen said that the relief activities are underway to help the Pakistani brothers and sisters. He said that Pakistan and Saudia Arabia have strong relations, adding that in all difficult times, the Saudi organisations would always help Pakistan.