Sukkur: School children, their parents, teachers and community members from Sukkur, Khairpur, and Jacobabad gathered at a School in Sukkur for a day packed with fun-filled activities, as part of a community funfair hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to press release, the daylong fair was aimed at promoting education and the role of women in the wellbeing of society, while also highlighting United States assistance for the people of Sindh.USAID has helped improve access to education through the Sind Basic Education Program (SBEP) which is constructing up to 106 schools across Northern Sindh, a number of which are already operational.
Meanwhile, USAID’s Municipal Services Program is helping improve clean water supply and waste management systems while also promoting awareness on sanitation and hygiene for improved health and wellbeing. The Maternal and Child Health program has trained a number of healthcare workers.
Chief Guest, Mr. Ali Raza Ansari, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sukkur said, “We are extremely thankful to the people of the United States for supporting the people of Sindh, especially through education and health of women, that will ultimately benefit our society as a whole. The Government of Sindh is proud to partner with USAID on all these activities.”
“I had a lot of fun today with my family and made new friends,” said young Fatima, an 8 year-old student from Khairpur. Gulnaz Baloch, a mother of three children from Jacobabad, said, “People in our community are highly grateful to the United States government for its support on education, health and clean water.”
The funfair was part of series of similar events hosted by USAID across the country. It featured various engaging activities for families, including tableaus, stand-up comedy, and cultural performances, puppet shows with a focus on children’s education, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by the community.
Children were particularly excited to participate in competitions including singing, drawing and poetry, which also aimed to serve as a confidence building exercise.