Saudi group to build schools in Kashmir

August 6, 2008

The Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims has announced plans to build 20 schools in Kashmir. The $1.5 million project will replace temporary tents currently being used as schools.

The Saudi charity organization also has plans to construct 3,000 prefabricated houses in Kashmir in addition to mosques and health care facilities.

Last month, SPAPEV completed construction of 4,000 prefabricated houses for families displaced by the October 2005 earthquake.

SPAPEV is supervised by Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz. It operates under the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Since SPAPEV began its operations in Pakistan, the organization has provided significant relief aid, including 230,000 blankets, 150,000 quilts, 12,500 winterized tents, 100,000 food packets, medicine, stoves, sugar, cooking oil, rice, flour bags, and thousands of polypropylene sheets.

It has provided $2 million each to UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP), and $700,000 to the READ Foundation. It has also handed over relief aid worth millions to international organizations such as the International Islamic Relief Organization.

After the deadly 2005 earthquake devastated regions of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia was the single largest donor to relief efforts with aid in excess of $573 million.