Clariant helps rebuild houses in flood-hit village


KARACHI – Members of nine families of Chakar Khan Village in Jamshoro, whose houses were destroyed by the floods last year, had smiles on their faces as they became the owners of nine brand new houses constructed for them through the efforts of the staff and management of Clariant Pakistan Limited.
Speaking at a simple handing over ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Clariant Pakistan Ltd, Mujtaba Rahim, said that the nine houses and a water filtration plant catering to the needs of nearly 3,000 people had been constructed through the efforts and funds generated by the company’s staff and management in Pakistan and abroad.
He added that the people of Chakar Khan Village and Jamshoro had worked alongside the company personnel in rebuilding the houses, laying a clean water pipeline from the Clariant factory in Jamshoro to the village, and setting up a water filtration plant that had been obtained from Switzerland.
Vice President Clariant and General Manager of the Region, Mr Thomas Winkler who had specially flown to Pakistan was also present at the handing
over ceremony.
The Clariant CEO said that the company would run and bear the expenses of operating the plant, and help train some of the villagers to operate the plant. He further said that Clariant Pakistan Limited was also engaged in constructing 28 houses in Aliabad in collaboration with Pakistan Navy Women’s Association.
Mujtaba Rahim said that the output of the factory operated by Clariant Pakistan in Jamshoro was among the best in the world and its products were exported to Europe, UK, Canada, China and Africa. He also said the company had received a Corporate Excellence Award from Karachi Stock Exchange as acknowledgement of their services.
The SGS Cotecna Managing Director, Farrukh Mazhar, announced on the occasion that he would pay for the rebuilding another five houses in the village. Mazhar was present at the ceremony along with Ms Yasmeen Pirmohammad of Swiss Airways as representatives of the Swiss Business Council (SBC). The Swiss Consul General in Karachi, Didier Boschung, also spoke on the occasion and appreciated Clariant Pakistan efforts to help in flood relief efforts in the country.