Environmental Up-gradation- Outdoor Camps, Walks & Training

Wednesday June 15 2011

Counrtywide walks and outdoor youth camps in support and promotion of Environmental Up-gradation are innitiated last week (picture are attached herewith). This series of campaigns is started from the beautiful, Queen of Mountains Murree near Islamabad. Mr. Muhammad Shafique the Chairman Wesapk Welfare Trust (WWT) addressed the participants and highlighted the importance restoration and upgradation of healthy invironment. The words of Mr. Shafique introduced a new spark and enthusiasm in participants towards love for nature and healthy environment. Among over 200 participants of the opening walk there were invited Mr. Mr. Sajjad Khan from Sawabi (KPKP), Mr. Rizwan from Attock (KPKP), Mr. Munir Ahmed from Oghi Mansehra (KPKP), Mr. Mehtab from Azad Kashmir, Ms. Zahra from Rawalpindi, Mr. Raqeeb from Rawalpindi, Mr. Imran from Islamabad, representatives of Red Crecent Islamabad Chapter and Mr. Waqar Abbasi City President (CP) Murree. The walk went very well and received notable attrection. This 2 hours walk ended at the address of commitment and resolution from Mr. Waqar Abbasi CP Murree. He add in his inspiring address the positive results of this series of counrtywide walks to enhance environmental conditions in targeted areas. The schedule for the upcoming walks and youth outdoor camps in Ayoubia, Nathialgali, Thandiani, Naran, Shogran, Malamjabba, Sawat were reannounced at the end. The way this campaign is planned it would humbly contribute a good deal towards the achievement of one of the MDG’s (Environment) set by the United Nations. God willing this campain accomplish its targeted objectives. WWT has made a comprehensive plan to contribute towards environmental up-gradation through walks, outdoor camps and campaigns. WWT has involved its volunteers and local populations in successful execution of its activities to achieve its targeted objectives. It has chalked out a program under which walks are being carried out in targeted towns and cities and effective points. These walks start with a inspiring addresses which we can as "nut shell training" and end at motivational closing and commitment oaths for contributions towards environmental enhancement. WWT calls the volunteers of the targeted areas before the date scheduled for their town. Volunteers under the supervision of WWT's employees or board members get the details for the walk and its ingredients. They are instructed to mobilize civil society in the targeted area for the set day to participate in the walk. These walks are carefully planned which consist of three very effective segments till the walk in certain area come to an end. These walks are the first in their nature because these are scheduled to cover the whole country. In these walks one can observe a short comprehensive training, inspiring education and a campaign for stopping cutting down of trees and planting more trees. Commitments are taken from participants to become active enough to produce notable results in a given time frame. Owing to these features walks in support to Environment are innovative in their nature. At the end of this series of walks there would be sufficient evidences of results, hence even at the very beginning of this set of activities there can be visualized an increased motivation among local masses and volunteers to contribute towards environmental up-gradation. Desirable results are expected to appear through this time consuming activity. The costs of this series of activities in support to environmental up-gradation is estimated Rs. 1.5 million which is being arranged comfortably through contribution making mechanism within WWT members. No problem is arising regarding expenses occur on these walks. WWT is very much hopeful to achieve targeted outcomes from this project, which is light in cost, smooth in execution, technical in it penetration in local masses and sustainable in its nature.