During the UN climate conference in Dubai, a project implemented by a school in Pakistan secured the prestigious Zayed Sustainability Prize, valued at $100,000.
The initiative focused on installing water filtration plants and sensor taps to reduce water wastage and promote organic farming.
Global Recognition for Water Conservation Efforts:
Managed by the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT), the school earned the title of the top Global School in South Asia, surpassing competitors from India and Bangladesh.
The announcement was made during the high-profile UN event, with the award presented by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
Sumaiya Bibi, representing KORT, expressed pride in the unexpected achievement, emphasizing their dedication to water conservation and providing drinking water to impoverished areas.
The project aimed to address the looming water crisis by implementing filtration technology and sensor taps within the school premises.
Sustainable Practices and Nutritious Food:
Kinzal Bibi, another student from the winning school, highlighted their passion for providing nutritious food through organic farming.
The commitment to sustainable practices and growing fruits and vegetables organically played a significant role in securing the prestigious sustainability award.
With expansion plans, the students articulated their commitment to extending efforts in providing drinking water facilities.
The project, initially focused on their school, now aims to reach beyond, contributing to addressing water challenges in wider rural areas.
Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust’s Journey:
Established in 2016, KORT School and College originated in response to the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir. Founded by Mohammed Akhtar, a UK-based businessman, the trust emerged to care for children orphaned during the disaster.
Akhtar’s dedication to abandoned children has created a familial bond, with over 500 children considering him as ‘Papa.’
Utilizing Prize Money for Community Development:
Mohammed Akhtar announced that the prize money would be utilized for clean water and organic farming projects in rural areas.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize, held at Al Wasl Plaza, Expo City, during COP 28, recognizes organizations addressing health, food, energy, water, and climate-related challenges.
This year, a total of $3.6 million was awarded to 11 winners, aligning with the legacy of UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The prize emphasizes supporting projects beneficial to the environment.
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