Qureshi Donates ATP ACES Grant To Pakistan Flood Appeal
by Robert Davis|
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi’s Foundation and the ATP Aces For Charity grant programme teamed up together this week to donate $10,000 to support the United Nations Development Programme’s flood recovery activities in Pakistan.
Qureshi announced the donation on a visit to Mazdoor Village in the district of Thatta, southern Pakistan. The village was completely destroyed by the floods of 2010, since which UNDP has been supporting the reconstruction of 198 houses, installation of solar powered street lights, rehabilitation of communication infrastructure, and livelihoods and vocational training for females.
“I am deeply impressed by the resilience and self-help spirit of the community,” said Qureshi at a community meeting sponsored by the UNDP. This is the second donation through tennis. Previously, World No. 1 doubles pairing the Bryan brothers contributed $10,000, through which nine houses were built in Bagho Teweno in the Dadu District.
UNDP is working across 22 affected districts by restoring livelihoods through job creation, repairing basic community infrastructures, and helping to get public services running again.
Qureshi was accompanied by the UNDP Pakistan Country Director Toshihiro Tanaka and other officials from the UN development agency.
“Restoring livelihoods and hope of the people from the devastation of the floods requires concerted efforts of everyone for a sustained period,” announced Tanaka. “We are grateful to the ATP World Tour and Aisam (Qureshi) for his support to the people affected by the floods and for being a role model for every one of us.”