Newsletter June 2012

We lost someone really special on the 31st July 2011.

William Neville Bingley, Chief Executive Abaseen Foundation UK.

William BingleyHe was a gentle man and a gentleman. The tragedy of William’s sudden death temporarily paralysed us. We all miss him so much. That said, he left us a huge legacy of work to continue in his name and we are now getting on with it. The Abaseen Foundation headquarters in Pakistan has been named after him. His influence on improving the healthcare and education of North West Pakistan has been acknowledged at ministerial level in Pakistan. At a recent House of Lords reception Helen launched the William and Helen Bingley Education Trust Fund to fund education for poor children in the area which is a fitting memorial to a man with such passion.

With your unwavering confidence and support we have been recognised in NW Pakistan for our ability to transform non functioning services in health, education and research.

Did you know it was our 10th birthday on 19th February?
Look what we have achieved together

Surgeons at Nahaqi Hospital       Nahaqi Hospital

Look what you got us into - health

We transformed Nahaqi Hospital from a non functioning hospital to a vibrant beacon where people want to work and that acts as a magnet for patients. The lease expired after 10 years development by AF. The Government is tendering the hospital for 5 years and AF is a front runner to win the bid.

WE HAVE MADE A QUANTUM LEAP IN EDUCATION by opening a boys and a girl’s school for the children on a brick kiln outside Peshawar who are born into bonded labour with no prospects of a better life and can expect to die by the age of 39. We provide a high standard of education to 273 children in an area where female literacy is 3% and boys 29%. Even this statistic is misleading because this includes children who can only make a mark for their name.

Malnourished Children         Brick Kiln Child Labourer

Also, we have constructed and opened Phase 1 of our own education complex where we have enrolled 67 girls and we teach mums in the evening. We were recently awarded a grant of £250,000 from US Aid and have started the work to complete the whole complex. This will enable approximately 500 children to be educated up to university level. To have the capital is fantastic. We now need to work hard to generate funds to equip the school, to transport the children from the tribal areas and provide high quality teachers. We charge fees to families who can pay to create a self sustaining education system. We are committed to raise funds to allocate 25% of places free to children who cannot pay. The William and Helen Bingley Trust Fund is already paying for 20-25 children per year, but we still need your help!!!

Mian Gul School

DELIVERED HUMANITARIAN RELIEF to people in the 2005 earthquake and the floods of 2010

Earthquake hit region        Serious flooding

Young ChildrenHIGH IMPACT RESEARCH INTO ACTION in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition

Groundbreaking work to improve the health of women and children via a novel route – a grant has been secured from the Wellcome Trust Grant to investigate the opportunities for using the Jirga system to promote health advice.

Innovative services have delivered dramatic improvements in Maternal and Child Heath in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , Swat and most recently in Kohistan.

Times Higher Education AwardRECOGNITION

FUNDS RAISED AND SENT TO PAKISTAN = in excess of £80,000 in 2011/12

GOVERNANCE we have a highly competent and committed Board of Trustees.

COMMUNICATION we are so busy doing the work we are not as good as we might be at this but we have a wonderful website


SchoolgirlsWe have opened a Basic health Unit on the brick kiln which is providing healthcare for people from far and wide.

Pilot investigations show almost 70% of children at the Brick Kiln schools are severely malnourished. We have secured funding to gather further data, explore health priorities with the families and teach mothers how to cook the food available to them in a more nutritious way.

Projects were inspected in May 2012 during a visit by AF UK trustees Arshad and Sadia Javed.


3 Peaks WalkThe 10th Anniversary AF Dinner took place on Tuesday 29th May at the Sultan Restaurant in Lancaster. It was attended by Dr Muhhtiar Zaman, Brigadier (Retd) Gulman Afridi and Mr Obaid Ullah, AFPK Trustees who inspired us all with accounts of work on the projects and gave moving tributes about William and the impact of his loss. We also heard from Adrian Ibbotson, Dean at. University of Central Lancashire, which is a crucial partner in our research work. Adrian expressed his admiration for the Foundation’s achievements and stressed the University's continued commitment to working with AF in future The event was massively oversubscribed and raised an amazing £7,000 so many thanks to all who attended and contributed so generously.

The other annual ‘institution’, the Yorkshire 3 peaks walk took place on Saturday the 16th June. In the run-up to the event the weather forecast was dire. Despite the rain on the day, the mood of our supporters was ludicrously upbeat and cheerful. Everyone seemed to be positively looking forward to what promised to be an arduous 23 mile outing. It rained with various degrees of intensity on and off throughout the day, but as we reached the broad summit ridge of Ingleborough the full ferocity of the weather was unleashed on us with driving rain, strong wind and very poor visibility. We staggered to the summit but lingered there for only a moment to catch our breath and there was no possibility of that final summit photograph.

Our support team Rose Andrea and Ella who met us at Ribblehead and after Whernside were fantastic as always. Some participants did 2 peaks yesterday and some did 3, but considering the conditions everyone should be proud of their achievements. What was extraordinary was the cheerfulness, commitment and the stoicism everyone displayed throughout the event.


You can help us by regular giving via a standing order or by going to the website and pressing the ‘Donate Now’ button or by sending a cheque to;

Helen Bingley at Forge House, Forge Mill, Caton with Littledale, Lancaster LA2 9NB


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