Letâ€™s Provide Homes & Water to Our Brethren in Humanity in Baluchistan: Iqbal Day Baluchistan Benefit Event Diligently Arranged by Helping Hand & Community Organizersâ€™
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee giving Congressional Certificate of Appreciation to Abdullah Elasmar of Helping Hand USA, with all the Other Salient Community Organizers… Pictures by ILyas Hasan Choudry
Houston, Texas: â€œThe massive earthquakes of 7.8 & 7.2 Richter Scale that hit Baluchistan, Pakistan, has made more than 8,000 families homeless and affected around 300,000â€: Informed ILyas Hasan Choudry, Director of Programs for Helping Hand For Relief & Development (HHRD). It is among the top ten NGOs of USA according to Charity Navigator.
ILyas was speaking at a Special Iqbal Day Program, arranged at Tempura Restaurant in Sugar Land, Texas; by HHRD with assistance from several Community Organizersâ€™, like Dr. Asaf Qadeer, Masrur Javed Khan, Saeed Sheikh, Dr. Amin Karim, Dr. Yaqoob Sheikh, Tahir Javed, Afzal Janjua, Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Zaki Mirza, Khalid Kazi, Mariam Issa, Reverend Afzal Firdous, Tahir Bhatti, Maaz Adil, Abdullah Elasmar, Ayub Hagi-Mohamed, and many others.
Guest in Chiefs for the evening were Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Consul General of Pakistan in Houston Honorable Afzaal Mahmood & his wife. Both of them encouraged everyone to contribute both in the society in USA and Pakistan.
This program had two segments: One was the fundraising event for the short-&-long-term recuperation projects for humanity in dire needs in Awaran, Baluchistan; and second part was Iqbal Day Program, where local enthusiasts & researchers of Sir Muhammad Allama Iqbalâ€™s poetry and thought-process presented short papers.
On the appeals of Abdullah Elasmar, Masrur Javed Khan, Dr. Asaf Qadeer, and Tahir Javed, people donated most generously towards $850 per Furnished Home and $1,500 per Water Project. HHRD is making at least 300 homes, and do 15 Water Projects. At this underwritten event, 40 Chambai Style Local Family Values & Customs Homes and 5 water projects got sponsored.
ILyas informed that Emergency Response Program (ERP) Team of HHRD has spent twenty five days and more than $200,000 towards the immediate relief at 11 locations in Awaran and Kech, providing clean water, food, medicines, healthcare services, hygiene items, and the special Eidul Adha Qurbani & Children Fun Activities Program, assisting around 90,000 persons.
Overall goal of HHRD from the whole of USA is to raise funds for at least 300 Homes and 15 Water Projects worth $280,000. With end of year as well coming, those who have pledged hopefully will fulfill their pledges; while others interested in contributing their Sadaqae-Jariah & Tax Deductible Donations, they can contact ILyas Hasan Choudry at 832.275.0786 or visit https://www.hhrd.org/donate.aspx?proid=7; or can mail donations Checks in the name of Helping Hand USA to: 5822 Catherwood Lane, Houston, Texas 77084.
â€œWe would like to Pray that May Allah SWT Bless each and every one of the 125+ persons, who came out to Tempura tonight, to support the people of Awaran, Baluchistan, Pakistan; who are continuing to suffer from the aftermath of the two massive earthquakes of late September 2013:â€ Added ILyas.