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Bayat Foundation Launches Hearing Aid Mission

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(Last Updated On: October 22, 2014)

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The Bayat Foundation has launched the hearing aid mission for the first time in Afghanistan distributing hearing aids to 500 deaf and/or hard-hearing people, mostly children.

The initiative was launched Tuesday for the first time in the country with the cooperation of Starkey hearing aid foundation.

The most exciting event for five hundred deaf people, mostly children, was attended by the chairman of Bayat Foundation Engineer Ehsanollah Bayat, head of Starkey foundation Bill Austin, executive director of Bayat Foundation Mrs. Fatima Laya Bayat, acting minister of public health Suraya Dalil, acting minister of labors, social affairs, martyrs and disabled, Amena Afzali and officials from government, Bayat Foundation, AWCC and Ariana Television.

At the event, acting minister Amena Afzali welcomed the assistance to disabled children as a valuable gift to the humanitarian, saying the people of Afghanistan are facing poverty and are unable to afford hearing devices.

She called on the government to have a special attention to the disabled citizens.

In his speech to the participants, the founder of Bayat Foundation Engineer Ehsanollah Bayat said that unfortunately, the disabled Afghans have been marginalized and have received less attention.

“The Bayat Foundation by the initiative of Mrs. Fatima Laya Bayat and with the cooperation of Starkey foundation has started for the first time assisting the deaf children. Bayat Foundation is committed to help those who have been marginalized in the country,” Engineer Ehsanollah Bayat noted.

Head of Starkey, Bill Austin, said at the event that they were committed to help deaf and/or hard-hearing people worldwide.

“Despite the security threats, we all came here to help the disabled people of Afghanistan,” Austin declared.

Bayat Foundation is one of the leading charitable organizations in Afghanistan, assisting destitute families throughout the country.

It has built dozens of orphanages, schools, hospitals, dormitories, religious places and educational centers in least developed areas of Afghanistan.

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Locusts attack along India-Pakistan border threatening food security

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There has been an increased risk along both sides of the India-Pakistan border, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Friday.

FAO, in its Friday release, warned, “Despite control operations, recent heavy rains have created ideal conditions for the pest’s reproduction in several countries. Young juveniles will become voracious adults in June just as farmers begin to harvest, compounding an already bleak food security situation.”

Reports indicate that India has reached out to Pakistan to counter a locust invasion which threatens to destroy crops and undermine food security in the south and southwest Asia already threatened by the COVID19 pandemic.

According to Indian news outlets, swarms of desert locusts swept Jaipur on Monday as the insect onslaught spread wider to parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh; while Gujarat and Punjab have warned their farmers of locust attacks.

This is the second round of locust attack in India, the first one having occurred during December-February.

Locust attacks in 12 countries, including Pakistan, Iran, and ten nations in Africa, have damaged crops over millions of hectares.

The World Bank has set up a $500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East combat the impact of locusts.

It is noteworthy that the Locusts can destroy standing crops and devastate livelihoods of people – The desert locust is considered the most destructive migratory pest in the world and a single swarm covering 1 square kilometer can contain up to 80 million locusts.

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UN appeals financial aid for vulnerable countries

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A UN report says that humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives in over 60 most affected countries amid the spread of COVID-19.

According to the report, the updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls, in particular.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock has warned of a significant rise in conflict, hunger, and poverty, as well as looming famine, unless action is taken now.

He has said, “If we do not support the poorest people – especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups – as they battle the pandemic and impacts of the global recession, we will all be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would prove even more painful, and much more expensive, for everyone.”

The report writes, “The updated plan builds on an earlier appeal made by the UN Secretary-General in late March which called for $2 billion.”

In a video message, urging donors to step up support to stop the pandemic from circling back around the globe, António Guterres says, “Humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative; it is a practical necessity to combat the virus.”

He highlights, “If COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the poorest places, we are all at risk.”

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Bayat Foundation aid distribution continues – Nangarhar

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The Bayat Foundation distributed food to a number of needy families in eastern Nangarhar province as it continues its assistance amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Officials at the foundation underlined that the donations were mostly distributed to those affected by the restriction on movements.

Thanking the Bayat Foundation, aid receivers call on other capable bodies and businessmen out there to step up and take the hand of the poor.

People in Nangarhar are facing financial difficulties due to the restriction on movements aimed to prevent the COVID19 outbreak in the province.

That in perspective, the Bayat Foundation stepped in keeping up with the distribution of foodstuff to a number of families in need in the province.

Local officials in Nangarhar and those who received the donations thanked the Bayat Foundation noting that other bodies as such, should also help the needy.

They added that the aid distributed by the Bayat Foundation was delivered directly to the people in a transparent manner.

The Bayat Foundation has begun the process of distributing aid to the needy since the restrictions on movements have been imposed as part of the government’s preventive measures to help stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in Afghanistan.

To this date, the aid has been distributed to a large number of people in need in several provinces.

According to officials at the foundation, the aid distribution will continue wider.

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