Scouts organise Golden Night to cheer up Swat flood victims

October 5, 2010 19:42

Young persons performing for the Swati audience. Photo - Fazal Khaliq

Swat, Pakistan: The Swat Scouts Open Group won the hearts of the flood-stricken Swati people by arranging a cultural night in the Auditorium of Khpal Kor Foundation. The event was also attended by a large number of people including several Army officers.

The majority of the scouts are the orphans of Khpal Kor Foundation. They performed folk-songs, folk dances, national songs and skits refreshing the gloomy and burdened hearts of the audience. Their live performance helped people forget their miseries. The programme included skits targeting extremism and militancy which drew huge applause from the audience.

Swat Scouts Open group is a model group that has secured 12 gold medals for its activities. It also runs an orphanage of the high-standards where more than 200 souls are getting standard education with boarding facilities free of cost.

Ehsanullah Khan, an elder and social activist, jubilantly said, “I really feel young to see the live performance, the folk songs and dances. I feel proud of the youngsters of Swat, I feel we will bring ‘spring back’ Swat once again.”

Appreciating the performance of the young scouts of Swat Scouts Open Group he said, “It is an exhilarating experience for me, May Allah help and guide all the youngsters in right direction like the ones we see today on this stage.”

He also praised the role of the Pakistani army, adding: “This all became possible because of our soldiers. If they were not here during the flood, 5,000 tourists would have been washed away by the flood in Kalam valley.”

Amjad Ali Sahab, a poet and journalist expressing his joy, said, “This is a very exciting moment to experience after a long time since the flood hit our beautiful valley. It is really reviving a new hope of life in us. It’s going to leave an indelible mark on my memory.”

The chief guest of the ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saeed, told the audience it was a pleasure and a matter of immense satisfaction to see so many smiles, laughters and happiness on the faces of the flood-hit people. “I salute their untiring efforts of running an orphanage. It reminds us that we have so many motivated and devoted individuals who have spent their lives in the noble cause of humanity and sacrificed their comforts for the livelihood of orphans and underprivileged children of the beautiful valley of Swat.”

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