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Infrastructure Development and Community Support
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Community Centres
Five community centers and libraries have been constructed and handed over to the community for management and use by the local population. More projects are planned for construction in the project areas depending on local requirement.

Community Bathrooms
It was felt that community bathrooms were required in the rural areas. Marafie Foundation therefore invested in construction of these bathrooms, and built 287 such facilities. These were located near public buildings. In order to ensure their proper maintenance such facilities are now being constructed adjacent to public buildings where the management of the building takes the responsibility for their operation. 260 more similar facilities are proposed for future construction.

Drinking water
Drinking water supply systems at Chutron, Bashey and Shigar were funded by the Foundation.

Central Heating System
Due to the extreme cold during the winters, the hospital at Skardu which has no heating system, becomes very cold. The Marafie Foundation contributed funds for a central heating system at District Hospital Skardu.

Hot springs, Chautron
Hot springs have been converted into covered baths with separate facilities for men and women in Chautron /Bashey.

Support to Government Institutions in the Health and Education Sector 
In order to complement and supplement the effort of the government in the health and education sectors, Marafie Foundation has continued to extend Funding for construction of additional classrooms in government schools, provision of equipment for labs, books for the libraries and salaries for additional staff as a temporary arrangement before the appointment of permanent staff.

Empowerment of Women
One of Marafie Foundation’s aims is to build capacity within the local community and empower women to take care of the affairs of the community.

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For this purpose the Foundation has undertaken various programs, which provide training and basic healthcare for women at the grassroots level.
* Midwifery training
* Vocational School
* Mother and Child Care Center
* Family Planning Association

Midwifery Training
Training of educated girls as midwives from the local population was a major breakthrough. Marafie Foundation arranged the training for midwives in Lady Dufferin Hospital in the 1996. This acted as a catalyst in removing the prejudice amongst women about nursing as a profession. After this, a large number of girls received training as midwives, female health visitors and nurses.
This has addressed to a great extent the women’s health care issues and has also resulted in women becoming earning members of society with an independent source of income.

Marafie vocational school & MCHC Center, Khaplu
A purpose built complex has been constructed at Khaplu for a vocational school for women where regular training is being given to women in sewing and cutting garments. The school presently is being run in collaboration with the Women’s Ministry local office and is benefiting the women in the area. As a result of the vocational training being imparted at the school, three trained women have started similar centers in their villages in Khaplu.

 This building also houses a mother and child care center and caters for the needs of the women for preliminary examination and advice for their own and the children’s treatment. Its capacity has been enhanced with the support of the local office of the Ministry for Women Affairs.

Family Planning Association
Free accommodation is provided to the Family Planning Association of Pakistan in the Marafie Hospital building. The intention is to facilitate the association, which is working for the betterment of society in the field of population control.

Job Opportunities for Women
The schools built by the Marafie Foundation in the remote areas of Baltistan have not only provided education to the girls on their doorsteps, but have also created job opportunities for women locally. Presently 108 female teachers and 5 female health

visitors/ midwives have been employed in the dispensaries and schools constructed by the Foundation. Economic independence empowers the women to play a more active role in society.

Aid on Humanitarian Grounds
The Foundation has provided assistance in emergencies to the local population who have suffered due to natural calamities or are displaced due to confrontation on the border. Destitute and poor requiring assistance are also helped by the Foundation on the advice of the local Ulma.

Future Plans
With a solid background of successful completion of a large number of projects Marafie Foundation intends to extend its coverage to the other neglected areas in Pakistan, and also to raise additional resources from international donors for these activities.

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Students who stayed at Marafie Hostel, Karachi came out with good academic results. A couple of examples are cited below:
 Mr. Ghulam Saidan hails from the village of Khaplu. After his schooling, he got admission for higher education in Karachi.
As he qualified for free hostel facilities at the Marafie Students Hostel, Karachi run by Marafie Foundation, he was admitted there. He completed the Intermediate Examination and Engineering Course, staying the whole period at the Hostel. He is now a qualified Industrial Electronics Engineer and working for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.
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 Dr. Ghulam Haider comes from the village of Chowar Ghanche. After his schooling he decided to go for further studies and was selected for admission at the Marafie Students Hostel. He enjoyed the free hostel facilities and came out with flying colors from college. Later, he completed post graduate studies at the Agha Khan University Hospital, Karachi. Now he is serving the community and at the same time preparing for his final FCPS examination. Marafie-Foundation-955
Earthquake, Pakistan
The October 2005 Earthquake in Kashmir was the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. The tremor killed more than 80,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands.Eight months after the catastrophe, some 3 million people still remain homeless.The Foundation joined forces again with DRI and F & P Trust to provide aid in the aftermath of this disaster.The Foundation’s well established links in Pakistan proved indispensable in facilitating the delivery of essential supplies and setting up distribution networks in inaccessible areas.

There was a constant flow of medicine and medical supplies from Kuwait and USA. A field hospital was set up to provide medical attention to those most in need.

A delegation from Marafie Foundation, Kuwait visited the quake affected areas in Mansehra and Balakot to assess the damage and loss. It is decided to build a new hospital in the affected areas after the re-settlement of the villagers.

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