HARRISON, N.Y. - The PepsiCo Foundation provided a $700,000 grant to the American Pakistan Foundation this week to help develop a year-long flood recovery and rehabilitation program for the region, the company said. The grant is part of a larger company commitment to disaster relief in Pakistan that has totaled $1,000,000.
"The floods last year left severe and serious challenges for Pakistan, and we hope that this multi-faceted approach to recovery and rehabilitation will assist communities that are still recovering from this disaster," said Umran Beba, PepsiCo president of the Asia-Pacific region. "PepsiCo Foundation, the American Pakistan Foundation and all of the humanitarian agencies involved, are working closely together to build programs that are helpful, impactful and sustainable over the long-term."
The grant has supported the APF to work with non-government organizations in Pakistan to leverage their expertise in addressing some of the country's most significant recovery challenges after last year's torrential rains and mass flooding. These efforts have focused on improving the infrastructure of damaged schools, supporting livelihoods through livestock programs, and building water and irrigation micro-infrastructure.
"The American Pakistan Foundation's grant from PepsiCo Foundation has enabled us to address immediate needs in re-building Pakistan after the floods last year," said Awais Khan, CEO of the APF. "PepsiCo Foundation's support at a time of immense need is a testament to their commitment to Pakistan, and APF is proud to work with our partners to further our mission of supporting Pakistan's long-term development."
Established in 1962, PepsiCo Foundation is the philanthropic anchor of PepsiCo, responsible for providing charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations.
The APF seeks to effectively catalyze long term economic development and social change in Pakistan by engaging the Pakistani-American Diaspora and building partnerships with key stakeholders in Pakistan.
E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .
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