Dawn of a new Fife...

4010025 SSFF flood appeal 'L - R: Marlyn Livingstone MSP, Gordon Brown MP, Anas Sarwar MP - at the launch of the appeal for victims of the Pakistan Flood - at the Atrium, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy
4010025 SSFF flood appeal 'L - R: Marlyn Livingstone MSP, Gordon Brown MP, Anas Sarwar MP - at the launch of the appeal for victims of the Pakistan Flood - at the Atrium, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy

FIFERS have helped create a village called Fife in Pakistan.

Fifty houses, forming Fife Village, have been built in Pana, in the Punjab region of the country which was hit by the worst floods in 80 years last summer.

The village has been built as part of a project by the Ucare Foundation to help begin the task of rebuilding Pakistan’s infrastructure following the devastating floods in July 2010.

Last October, Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown launched an appeal for Fifers to help fundraise for the Fife Village at Adam Smith College as part of Pakistan Flood: Scotland Response.

College launch

He was joined by Glasgow MP, Anas Sarwar at the launch.

Since then, Ucare Foundation have successfully completed the housing for their Pakistan Flood Disaster, having built a total of 760 houses for flood victims.

Of those houses 315 were built in Punjab, including the 50 in Pana which create Fife Village, and a further 265 with the name Glasgow Village which have been built in Muzzafargarh, previously known as the villages of Garibabad and Habibabad.

Two mosques and a primary school were also built.

The Foundation have also built housing in Sindh Province, Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir and in Khyber Pkhton Khawand.

But the foundation have not just been helping by building houses.

They also distributed food and household items, including kitchen utensils, blankets, clothes and toys in the aftermath of the flooding.

Flood aid

Medicines worth £5m were also delivered from Europe to Pakistan for the flood victims.

The floods which hit Pakistan last July displaced 14 million people and left 60,000 sq. miles of country under water, wiping out towns and villages, destroying crops and creating a desperate food shortage.

Mr Brown told the Press this week: “I am pleased at the levels of support and progress being made to assist many of the families caught up in the aftermath of the floods. In particular I would want to thank all the people in Fife who have given money and worked to raise money to assist those caught up in this disaster.”