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Telenor Pakistan honors the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse

[Islamabad 20th November, 2008]: In collaboration with IHDF, Telenor Pakistan arranged a two day recreation activity for one hundred street children of Karachi at the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. The two day activity was arranged under Telenor Pakistans flagship initiative Meri Helpline functioning since August 2008.

The two day activity started on November 19. On the first day the street children rejoiced a day long picnic at Hawks Bay, a renowned picnic spot in Karachi. Employee volunteers on behalf of Telenor Pakistans Corporate Social Responsibility Team and President International Human Development Foundation (IHDF), Rana Asif Habib, accompanied the children to share these moments with them. Food and refreshments were provided at the beach side. Various games and recreational activities were arranged for the children. The aim was to reassure the street children of the continued support from Telenor Pakistan and IHDF.

The second day, the children were taken to Arts Council Hall, Karachi to attend a Pencil Sketch Exhibition of one hundred sketches on Street Children by Mohammad Irfan, a renowned pencil sketch artist. The sketches reflected various aspects of the road side life of street children and the hardships they have to suffer. A large number of people also visited the Arts Council to witness sketches on this unique topic.

Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Sindh, Nargis N.D Khan, President of IHDF, Rana Asif Habib and Telenor Pakistans Regional Director Sales and Distribution South1, Adnan Hasan and Director Sales and Service Mirza Sajid Baig were also present at the occasion. Commenting on the occasion, Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Sindh, Nargis N.D Khan said The street children, like our own kids, have equal rights over opportunities in life. That they have been deprived of the basic necessities in life puts a heavy responsibility on us as a nation. It brings me immense pleasure to see Telenor Pakistan joining hands with IHDF to introduce and sustain a project like Meri Helpline. Today was a wonderful opportunity for these street children to see the brighter side of their lives. We assure Telenor Pakistan of our full support for their expansion of Meri Helpline in other regions of Sindh.

President IHDF Asif Habib said, We will extend this exhibition to the entire province to create awareness in parents, media, social and educational institutions about the street children. We must work together to resolve the issue of over fifty thousand street children in Sindh. Domestic violence, which is the biggest issue of the run away children must be dealt with. We need to change behaviours. The exhibition has witnessed the attendance of visitors from various walks of life including the street children themselves..

Telenor Pakistans Head of Corporate Responsibility shared his views on the initiative saying, At Telenor Pakistan, Corporate Responsibility is fundamental. Meri Helpline is a project very dear to us. We have started with great passion and have already served several children under complaint categories of Missing Child, Health Problems, Psychological Issues, Legal Support, Child Arrests, Violence and Abuse and Shelter. Our two day activity at the World Day of Prevention of Child Abuse was a gesture from all of us at Telenor Pakistan to show that we are committed to provide the maximum that we can to help the street children.

The World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse aims to create a culture of prevention for children all around the world. The Meri Helpline? emergency call service, started by Telenor Pakistan in August this year, allows street children in crisis to dial a dedicated helpline and speak with trained IHDF staff to deal with any emergencies with street children.

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