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Help provide a brighter tomorrow for earthquake-affected youth in Pakistan!

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On October 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of Pakistan destroying villages and towns, killing over 75,000 people, and leaving several million persons homeless.

From May 2009 to March 2010, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development and our local partner Humanity Hope (HH) are building a new $300,000 high school for 650 boys in the village of Shamdhara in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. Since the original high school was destroyed in the devastating October 2005 earthquake, the boys have been studying in tents set up on the site. The new campus will consist of two buildings with 5 classrooms each, a third with an examination hall and laboratory and a fourth with administrative offices. All structures will be earthquake resistant.

The project will utilize local construction firms and employ skilled and unskilled residents in the area, which will help to create and sustain jobs and benefit the weak local economy.

From September 2007 to September 2008, Mercy-USA and HH built a similar high school campus for girls. This new school has an enrollment of over 400 girls from Shamdhara and several surrounding villages. Please scroll down for pictures and more details on the construction of the girls' high school.

Reconstruction of an Earthquake-Damaged Girls' High School in NWFP, Pakistan

From September 2007 to September 2008, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development and its local partner Humanity Hope built a new high school for girls in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. The original high school was severely damaged in the devastating October 2005 earthquake.

The new high school, located in the village of Shamdhara in the Mansehra District of NWFP, has an enrollment of over 400 girls from this village and several surrounding villages. The campus consists of two buildings with 5 classrooms each, a third with an examination hall and laboratory, and a fourth with administrative offices (the only original structure assessed to be still useable after the devastating earthquake). All three new structures are earthquake resistant, utilizing a light steel design.

The school was formally inaugurated on September 20, 2008 by Mr. Ahmad Khan, the Special Secretary of Education in the NWFP government, and officials from the Pakistani Government's Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). The ceremony was also attended by local government officials, other NGOs, representatives from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), community members, teachers and students. The students performed the Pakistani national anthem and held a debate on the importance of education.