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NGO helps improve living conditions of rural communities - 2002-04-27

Saturday, 2002, April 27

The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS, P) the other day organized a daylong workshop on 'Improving the Living Conditions of Rural Communities in Sindh' at Ali Mohammed Ismail village, Khyber, Hyderabad District.
The Nazim and Naib Nazim of the district and other members of the local government, directors of the AKPBS, P and representatives of various other NGOs were among the 200 people who attended the programme, says a Press release here on Friday.
Representing the village, Mansoor Ali, secretary of the Village Development Association (VDA), appreciated the work of the AKPBS, P. He said, 'This will go a long way not only in improving the living conditions of individual households but also help beautify our village. Making us partners in their work they have shown us that we, the people, can improve our own living conditions.'
Javed Shah, Professor of NED University and Consultant for Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) said that the BACIP, recently introduced in rural Sindh, had been very effective in the Northern Areas where it had developed over 40 home-improvement products, over a period of five years, which were now being replicated throughout Pakistan.
Mansoor Ali Lalani, Manager Programmes, AKPBS, P informed the gathering that 'after observing our partnership here, villages in the vicinity have invited them to join hands with them and replicated the process there.'

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