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January 1970

Telenor and SOS Join Hands to Help Earthquake Affected Children

Telenor and SOS Join Hands to Help Earthquake Affected Children
Islamabad: Friday, June 23, 2006: With its new community initiative, DUA, Telenor Pakistan is setting an example for the telecom industry to follow in terms of corporate social responsibility, said the State Minister of IT and Telecom, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, on the launch ceremony of a joint initiative between Telenor Pakistan and SOS Children Villages of Pakistan.

On behalf of the Government of Pakistan, Khakwani urged the other operators to step up their corporate social responsibility efforts as well, The Telecom sector is the fastest growing sector in Pakistan and more is expected from all involved in terms of giving back to the community. Khakwani also commended the untiring and matchless services by SOS Children Villages of providing homes and families to thousands of abandoned or orphaned children across Pakistan.

Giving details of the initiative, Telenor Pakistan CEO Tore Johnsen, said that the initiative, DUA, aimed at providing support for one hundred earthquake orphans, offering free communication services for the children to talk to their distant relatives in Azad Kashmir and NWFP, equipping SOS emergency Search and Rescue staff with free connections, and working with SOS Children Villages to raise funds for the innocent victims of the devastating earthquake last year. The Telenor Pakistan employees at all levels have committed to volunteer their services to support other ongoing activities as well.

Providing perspective on the company community involvement, Tore further said, This initiative is a natural offshoot of our earlier contribution of Rs. 65 million made to other relief efforts by International Red Cross and Presidents Earthquake Relief Fund in the earthquake-hit areas and in line with our new brand identity. Tore thanked the SOS management and the Telenor Pakistan employees for launching the initiative with such genuine passion.

Safia Awan, the Vice President of SOS Children's Villages of Pakistan, said on the occasion, We greatly appreciate the generous initiative taken by Telenor; it is the help of such socially responsible corporations and individuals, that enables SOS to care for the orphaned and abandoned children of our country. The genuine concern shown by the Telenor management and staff is heartwarming. She thanked all the SOS donors and supporters who have over the past thirty years helped provide thousands of children with a fair chance in life.

SOS Children's Villages is the largest private child welfare organization in Pakistan, with over forty projects nation-wide. SOS provides orphaned and abandoned children with security, a home, a family, education and all the necessities required for the children to become self-reliant, well adjusted and dependable citizens.

The Telenor group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communication services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 90 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.