CDRS has had a great start in 2013. My team and I have been very busy with operations, new collaborations and expanded missions and have been coordinating with media partners and friends who are helping CDRS with more and better ways to inform our loyal supporters about our mission and reach new supporters who had never heard of us before. CDRS has formed strategic partnerships to assist the efforts of great impementing organizations such as UM Healthcare, Hisaar Foundation, Rashidabad and Saba Trust Home for Girls. These four organizations are doing amazing work and CDRS will be working together with them on new and exising projects and using our contacts and networks to help ensure they’ll be able continue their important and noble missions.
CDRS has formed partnerships with The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of The UK and UK Medical Aid for Pakistan. They contributed £6,000 (about $9,500) each to our Swat Mother and Child Health Center in the first quarter of 2013, and CDRS will begin implementing new projects with each of these esteemed organizations. And a Big Thanks goes out to to The British Pakistan Foundation, United Pakistan UK and Anwar Akhtar of www.thesamosa.co.uk for all their support with contacts and opportunities to promote our mission to potential supporters in the UK.
We have completed our seventh consecutive successful independent audit and have begun working on new partnerships with The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and The Pakistan Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority to build a new hospital in old Balakot. Each is providing $500,000 for the hospital construction towards the cost of $1.5 million. CDRS is currently working on grant proposals with large donors to raise the additional $500,000 needed for this important project, which will specialize in expert Mother & Child Health for hundreds of thousands of citizens in areas of Mansehra and all of Kohistan. The hospital which was provided in pre-fab structures after the earthquake was washed away in the 2010 great flood, and the people of Balakot urgently need a new facility.
CDRS has also begun accelerating its volunteer program in 2013. Students Chapters of CDRS are being formed in several cities around the World, and the CDRS Student Chapter of Sindh Medical College (SMC) has nearly completed the first phase of its efforts to digitize all the data from our patient registers for their joint research project with CDRS. The SMC students are also arranging a second field trip to our Mother & Child Health Center in Swat and a trip is also being planned with the Allama Iqbal medical students. CDRS is also unveiling a new charitable tourism initiative with The Pakistan Tourism and Development Corporation and The KPK government so doctors, medical students and volunteers and their families can visit beautiful places like Khagan Valley, enjoying the sights and attractions while also providing healthcare services to the people living there. We’ll begin in Khagan Valley and expand from there.
Other Important CDRS News: The 2012 CDRS Annual Report will be posted before April 1st and will include operational outcomes, statistics, photos and audit report.Magnus Communications of Karachi has just produced a promotional film for CDRS free of cost which will be released by before April 1st.Digital HeadQuarters of Karachi is developing the new CDRS website and e-store, to be unveiled before the end of April
Interflow Communications has just released the new CDRS Logo design, as well as the new CDRS YOUTH logo.CDRS has signed a partnership deal with KKZ in Malaysia to bring “21st Century Skilled Worker” trainings to Pakistan, then help find jobs for those who pass the 6 point program and receive an internationally recognized certificate that they have mastered the skills necessary for entrepreneurial and management success whether they open a business or pursue a career in their village, country or in the World marketplace. My Son Tim and will be visiting Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Princeton NJ, New York, NY, Boston MA, Pittsburgh PA, San Francisco CA, Los Angeles CA and other places from March 22 to May 7 to meet directly with supporters and fine organizations such as The American Pakistan Foundation and several chapters of The Pakistani Student Associations and brief them on all the hard work we’ve been doing and exciting new projects we’ve started. We’ll also play some music after the presentation. Singer and CDRS supporter Quratulain Balouch will be joining us at some of the events.
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