The Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV) has distributed 7,600 food baskets in Kashmir and Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. The baskets included milk, margarine, rice, flour, dates, lentils and sugar.
In October 2005, a deadly earthquake devastated much of the region, and reconstruction efforts remain underway.
Since SPAPEV began its operations in Pakistan, the organization has constructed 4,000 prefabricated houses for displaced families and announced plans to build 3,000 prefabricated houses and 20 schools in Kashmir. It has also provided relief aid including 230,000 blankets, 150,000 quilts, 12,500 winterized tents, 100,000 food packets, medicine, stoves, sugar, cooking oil, rice, flour bags, and thousands of polypropylene sheets.
SPAPEV is supervised by Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz. It operates under the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
After the deadly 2005 earthquake devastated regions of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia was the single largest donor to relief efforts with aid in excess of $573 million.
This past week, Saudi Arabia also donated 250 tons of dates to the impoverished in Pakistan and Kashmir.