Earthquake in Pakistan
On October 08, 2005 at around 8.50 am an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale hit the towns and villages in the northern areas of Pakistan. This was the worst earthquake in the history of Pakistan.
Due to the fact that the seismic activity occurred so close to the surface of the earth the damage inflicted by the quake was colossal and entire villages/towns were wiped out in a matter of minutes. The quake is estimated to have killed more than 41,000 people. Millions remain homeless and without any form of shelter in the mountainous areas of northern Pakistan.
The rescue teams from all over the world are working closely with the local agencies to bring relief and medical aid to the affected population. To date more than PKR 4 billion and 650 million Dollars have been donated by governments both national and international, local/international organizations and individuals.
Keeping in view the corporate responsibility, Roche Pakistan Limited contributed to the President’s Relief Fund and medicines for the quake affected victims. Employees of Roche Pakistan also rose to the occasion and donated funds, which has been utilized to procure 54 tents for the people living in calamity stricken areas without any form of shelter in extreme weather conditions.
Role of Roche in the rehabilitation of the earthquake affected areas of Pakistan
Roche as part of their corporate social responsibility has embarked on the construction of a school for the earthquake affected children in collaboration with The Citizens Foundation (TCF). TCF is engaged in various welfare-based projects, in the field of promoting and imparting quality education by constructing and managing educational institutions in Pakistan.
A decision was made by Roche to donate towards building a Primary School in Hilkot, district Mansera. Hilkot, is a small village with a population of about 3,500 people and lies only 42.8 km from the epicentre of the catastrophic earthquake of October 08, 2005. The earthquake resulted in serious destruction of this area, devastating schools, houses and several shops. Around thirty people died and several persons were injured.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Roche and TCF in which it was agreed that Roche would donate for the construction of a Primary School in Hilkot. This primary school will be a seismically designed, purpose-built building with a capacity for 180 students, with all essential facilities like six classrooms, art room, library, administration block, play area, etc.
In the first academic year, the primary school section will admit students up to Class II. With each successive year the student strength will increase to reach the maximum enrollment capacity of the campus. The school will be known as TCF School - Roche Campus and is hoped to be fully operational in 2007. Roche’s commitment to support the education program has been sincerely appreciated by TCF.
Update on TCF primary school - Roche campus in Hilkot, Mansehra
Roche joined hands with TCF to build a school in Hilkot, Mansehra for the victims affected by the earthquake in Pakistan. Construction of the school has started but had to be temporarily halted due to landslides, intermittent rain and snowfall. The harsh spell which continued from December 2006 till March 2007, resulted in shortage of skilled labour & hindrance in transportation of construction material. However the weather conditions have now improved and construction work is in full swing.
The ordering of furniture and initial supplies for the school as well as uniforms and books for its students have also commenced so that these are available well in time before the classes begin. The process of recruitment of qualified female faculty has also been started in order to ensure that the faculty is in place before the summer break, during which time pre-service teachers training shall take place. For its all-female faculty, TCF will purchase a school van in order to provide the benefit of free pick and drop facility.