Projects Abroad has established a programme in Pakistan in collaboration with James Caan
Projects Abroad has established a programme in Pakistan in collaboration with James Caan, BBC "Dragon's Den" star and a leading member of the million-strong UK Pakistani community. James Caan says:
"I believe that there is great potential benefit, both in the UK and in Pakistan, from young people from the UK doing some voluntary work in Pakistan. They will see it is a great developing country and not at all like its sometimes threatening image. If young people from families of Pakistani origin join this programme, it will help to bridge the psychological and knowledge gap between these young people and their heritage.
"I am particularly pleased to be working with the long-established volunteering organisation, Projects Abroad, who are running this programme. They intend to work initially with volunteers interested in helping out at schools with teaching and care projects in the Lahore area. Volunteering with a professional organisation with global experience, like Projects Abroad, guarantees structured work and good support and monitoring, expert briefing and inductions, and proper arrangements for accommodation, food and insurance. This should all be reassuring to the families of potential young volunteers back home in the UK. Although there are no fixed volunteering periods, we expect most volunteers to spend at least a month in Pakistan, hopefully rather longer in many cases."
James Caan will be explaining the Pakistan programme to various audiences over the coming months. On 5th February, he had the opportunity to discuss it with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Mohammedmian Soomro who was very supportive.