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President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Inaugurates P&G READ School in Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, December 4, 2006 — Procter & Gamble's partnership with READ Foundation to establish the first seismic-compliant school in Gojra, Muzaffarabad, was highly appreciated by H.E. Raja Zulqarnain Khan, president of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, as he inaugurated the 53-classroom school at a formal ceremony today.
The first school under the P&G READ partnership has been established for boys and girls ages 4 to 16 in Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The school has a capacity of more than 800 students and has 82 faculty members.

"In addition to the financial assistance being provided for these seismic-compliant schools, P&G employees have been personally involved in the project,” said Syed Qaisar Shareef, country manager, P&G Pakistan. “We have had a work team of more than 30 people working for the past two weeks to decorate the classrooms of this school. Additionally, P&G employees have been involved with READ Foundation since the time of site selection. We are thankful to His Excellency Raja Zulqarnain Khan, president of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, for being present here to inaugurate the first school of the P&G READ partnership.”

Under its partnership with READ Foundation, P&G Pakistan is donating cash and providing support to READ for building some of its schools. Total money pledged for this project by P&G so far is approximately Rs 1 crore (U.S. $160,000).

“P&G and READ Foundation's partnership in building sustainable, seismic-compliant schools in the earthquake area has been established under a project titled, ‘Safe Schooling for Building Future,'” said Mehmood Ahmad, Chairman of the READ Foundation. “The schools will be run by existing READ staff, and they will take care of running the schools and fund their ongoing expenses. We are privileged by the fact that His Excellency Raja Zulqarnain Khan, president of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, has presided over the inauguration of our school today.”

P&G Pakistan will participate in this rebuilding effort not just by donating money and monitoring progress, but by actively involving its employees throughout the project as it has while decorating the classrooms of the first school. Moreover, P&G also provided teaching aids and educational material for the school through TALEEM, a Karachi-based education material and services provider.
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