Mobilink, Pakistan’s cellular service provider which is a part of Orascom Telecom Holding has been recognised by the OICCI as the “top donor” amongst its member companies for relief efforts for Pakistani flood victims.
The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) that represents 185 foreign companies, has highlighted Mobilink’s contribution of Rs 236 million being one of the largest private sector relief initiatives in the country followed by Unilever at Rs 128 million.
Mobilink’s Contribution in Flood Relief: A significant portion of Mobilink’s contribution is in the form of pre-fabricated sheets worth Rs 140 million that have been donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP) to establish over 400 basic health units. The shelters are easy to assemble, transport and store as per requirements. Made of durable material, they are not only useful during the current relief efforts but are a long term donation for future use as schools and dispensaries in coming months and years particularly in areas where rehabilitation will be a slow and lengthy process. Mobilink has also put to use discarded panaflexes and billboard skins to pack relief items. The bags the company is using can hold up to 10 kilos, and are waterproof and of long-term use to aid recipients. Channeled through the Mobilink Foundation, more than 100,000 flood victims have benefited through these efforts. Total contributions made by the members of the OICCI towards flood relief stand at over Rs 1.69 billion. Other top donors include British Petroleum, Johnson and Johnson and Coca Cola Pakistan.