British-born boxing legend Amir Khan has visited Islamic Relief projects in Pakistan.
“I am an avid supporter of Islamic Relief’s work around the world,” said Khan at a press conference in Islamabad “and it is great to have the opportunity to see the work being done in Pakistan in particular.
“My parents come from Pakistan so I have a personal connection to the country and a real interest in the work Islamic Relief is doing. I am looking forward to seeing how Islamic Relief is working with people to make a positive difference in their lives.”
On 24 December, the boxer visited two villages in Pakistan’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). In the Nowshera district, Khan saw for himself how Islamic Relief is making a real difference to some of the country’s poorest communities.
In Jalozai, he visited a basic health centre that is providing treatment to some of the 1.6 million people displaced by conflict and insecurity in Pakistan. Services at the centre include medical services as well as ambulances and trauma counselling.
At Banda Sheikh Ismail, he saw the impact of Islamic Relief’s One Safe Village programme, which ensures that local people benefit from an integrated range of Islamic Relief support – from health and education to investment in agriculture and clean water facilities.
Dr Fayaz Ahmad, Country Director of Islamic Relief Pakistan, said: “We are pleased that Amir Khan continues to support Islamic Relief’s work around the world. Given his close connection to Pakistan, we welcomed the opportunity to show him the difference that we are making in vulnerable communities.”
Khan visited Islamic Relief projects in 2010, as we helped communities to rebuild following the worst floods in Pakistan’s history.
The former two-time world champion has also recently hosted a fundraising dinner in his hometown, Bolton, UK, which raised £83,000 for our Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
Islamic Relief has been working in Pakistan since 1992, and established our country office in 1994.