City-based NGO Sarhad launches ‘Pune For Kashmir project’News — By The Desk on April 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM
Times of India: City-based NGO Sarhad on Saturday announced the Pune For Kashmir’ project aimed to step up socio-cultural-educational exchange between Pune and Kashmir.
Addressing a news conference here, Sanjay Nahar, founder-president, Sarhad, said as part of the project, city youth and professionals will teach and work for peace in Kashmir while Kashmiri students pursuing their higher education in Pune will live as paying guests with local families instead of living in hostels.
Nahar said, “The idea behind this people-to-people initiative is to bring about an increased understanding of each other. While Pune’s educated professionals will be put in touch with various NGOs working for different causes in Kashmir, Kashmiri students, who come to Pune after Std X, will live with families as paying guests.”
He further added that the project sought to involve professionals from various fields, ranging from management professionals to computer technicians, sports teachers, coaches, art teachers and doctors. “It’s a time-bound project and we hope it will pick up momentum and become a movement over the next five years,” he added.
Sarhad has been working for the uplift of terrorist-affected Kashmiri citizens and children for over 18 years. Their prominent initiative is to bring terrorism-affected Kashmiri children to study in a peaceful environment in the city.