A Bradford father-of-three who helped build a well for struggling flood-hit families in Pakistan is appealing for funds to buy equipment for a hospital in the same village.
Muqaddus Khan, 27, of Undercliffe, who has raised £125,000 for the Human Relief Foundation (HRF) locally since he became the charity’s fundraising team leader, travelled to Pakistan to distribute food to families in the village of Waisa, close to Attock, in September, before returning on October 5.
During his visit he distributed enough food to feed 500 people and now wants to raise £3,000 to pay for eye equipment at a hospital nearby, which is operated by the Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation.
As part of his visit, he also recorded details of orphans that need support from the charity in order to be fed and clothed and visited orphans already being helped by members of the charity, who give donations of £35 a month.
Mr Khan said: “I felt like I needed to see for myself the desperate situations people are living in. Most of the workers in the village are farmers or truck drivers. Very few of them earn enough money to look after their families. After we had given out all of the food I was approached by many poor people asking us for help. That is why I plan on continuing to fundraise.”
Speaking about the cash needed for the eye equipment, he said: “If we raised this money and bought the equipment then the money currently being spent on it could go towards other things in the hospital.”
HRF built and began operating Isakhel Hospital in 2010 after floods left thousands in need of medical assistance. It costs £5,000 a month to run.
To donate to the appeal, visit justgiving.com/ muqaddus-khan.