Getting children back into school
Brothers Faisal (left, 6 yrs) and Amir (right, 7 yrs) below at their recently rehabilitated primary school in Muzaffargarh, Sindh.
Their school was under water for more than a month during the flood, and has just been rehabilitated by Save the Children, who reinstalled electrics, toilets, safe drinking water, as well as repairing, cleaning, and repainting the building. Some 10,000 other schools have been damaged or destroyed in the floods, which is why the UK government is putting £10 million into projects by Save the Children, Plan International, and Hands to repair 1,500 schools and provide 200 temporary facilities where schools have been destroyed.
Faisal said: “Our school was closed for one and a half months. Water was above the window ledge. My brother and I rushed home to our mother and father, and we all had to move away to a safer area for two months, where we stayed with relatives and other people. Some of our friends went to stay in camps, and lived in tents. The school is better now than it was before.”
Find out more about the UK government's response to the Pakistan floods at www.dfid.gov.uk/pakistan-floods-six-months
Image: DFID/Vicki Francis
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