ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has successfully completed Rs. 19 billion reconstruction and rehabilitation project comprising, inter alia, reconstruction of 122,000 housing units. Other major components of the project included rehabilitation of over 660 water supply and infrastructure schemes, and reconstruction of 19 state-of-the-art health and educational facilities in 34 union councils of quake-ravaged NWFP and AJK. Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) had designated these union councils as deserving for assistance. Yusupha B Corooke, Country Director of the World Bank, was chief guest at the ceremony that marked culmination of PPAFs Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project. In reconstruction of all 122,000 housing structures, the PPAF provided funding after being put in one of three categories; partially damaged, completely destroyed and negligible structural damage. A household got Rs. 150,000 for a completely destroyed structure and Rs. 50,000 for a partially damaged structure in three tranches at different stages of reconstruction with spot checks from qualified engineers verifying adherence to ERRA-recommended seismically appropriate reconstruction guidelines. PPAF, through its eight partner organisations, has facilitated reconstruction of 12 schools (six each for boys and girls) which are equipped with modern facilities like science and computer laboratories, tuck shops, playgrounds, and libraries. With spacious classrooms, playgrounds and dedicated teaching staff, these educational facilities offer an environment conducive to studies. Similarly, seven PPAF-sponsored state-of-the-art health facilities have been equipped with quality OPD services, labour room, gynaecology ward and pharmacies. PPAFs work in quake-hit areas has won it international recognition. Kyoto University, Japan, requested for PPAFs services to prepare a manual for World Banks disaster management task teams. Government of Peoples Republic of China also sought PPAF assistance for carrying out relief work when earthquake struck there last year while PPAF has also provided technical and evaluation assistance to Malawi Social Action Fund. Under International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-financed Reconstruction of Earthquake-Affected Communities & Households (REACH) project, PPAF has provided livestock to 4,000 poor households in 100 villages through provisioning a 'basic livestock unit equivalent to one buffalo or a basic herd of sheep/goats of similar value. PPAF has also implemented World Bank-funded Disability Project for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the affected areas through targeted interventions ensuring quality rehabilitative services, better mobility, improved health and increased participation of disabled in community life. After a successful rescue and relief operation, PPAF undertook the gigantic task of reconstruction and rehabilitation in 34 union councils of NWFP and AJK with resources of US$ 248 million provided by the World Bank. This funding was augmented by $ 26 million by IFAD, $ 17 million by KfW and $ 12 million by Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) dedicated to housing, infrastructure, livelihood restoration, reconstruction of educational & health facilities and rehabilitation of PWDs.