Pakistan Welfare Association Slough

Congratulations to the PWA!

I am very pleased to inform you all that the PWA has managed to raise enough funds to complete the purchase of our community centre at 50 Darvills Lane, Chalvey, Slough, for £622,700 on 10th May 2019.

This was a very long process, as when we took over we were told that the asking price was £330,000 for a 99 year leasehold, but the Cabinet disagreed due to a lack of proof of funding, and so the asking price increased to over £800,000 for a freehold.

After more than 2 years of discussions, negotiations and hard work by our current PWA team, we finally managed to agree on the price being £622,700 freehold with no restrictions on the building.

This was raised with £190,000 of public donations, and £440,000 was loaned by some businessmen originally from Slough. We have an existing post with a list of donations here and will be updating this to thank all our well wishers. We would also like to thank the significant contributions of the following people:

Loans

Abdul Sattar (Vice President of the PWA) £200,000

Ashiq Ali (Chalvey Supermarket) £100,000

Abdul Rauf Ajram (Stoke Poges) £50,000

Khurram Saba (Saba B&B) £50,000

Mohammed Shabbir Raja (President of the PWA) £10,000

Mohammed Khurshid (General Secretary of the PWA) £10,000

Atiq Sandhu (Ambala Sweet Centre) £10,000

Majid Butt £10,000

As president I am very humbled and would like to personally thank my team and these individuals who had the faith in me to complete this process.

We are excited about the future and have many plans to update the building and to reach out to and help our community. We welcome any suggestions you have, and and any volunteers who can help us achieve these goals.

Many thanks,

Mohammed Shabbir Raja

President of the PWA

 

Upcoming Events – Urdu School

We are excited to share that we are starting an Urdu school at the PWA. We believe it’s important for our children to learn to speak, read and write in their mother tongue to help understand their culture and identity. Please see the image below and for further details you can contact either

Mrs Kausar Akhtar on 07915 439753 or Mohammed Shabbir, PWA president on 07989 171329

Urdu School

PWA Donations

We would like to express our gratitude to our generous donors, who continue to support the community effort, and for whom we have updated the lists below.

Donations

 

Monthly Donations

 

Whilst every effort is made to ensure full transparency of funds, we ask that if you spot a discrepancy, to kindly ring the number below to rectify this. Transparency is vital to our team: every penny which is donated to purchase the building is recorded with receipts, and online.

Tel: 01753 821003

PWA Slough featured on ‘Pardes se Des Tak’, 92 TV

In a wide-ranging town hall style debate, issues affecting Pakistani migrants in the UK were discussed on a special edition of the topical programme, for 92 News, a Pakistan-based Urdu news channel.

Is PIA (Pakistan Airlines) charging too much money for expats to go back to Pakistan, conversely affecting their children who are missing a chance at exploring their roots? Is the Pakistani ID card (Nadra card) too expensive, at 100 pounds for a card valid for ten years? Should there be more help for overseas citizens who have homes in Pakistan, and who cannot directly deal with the administration?

Held in Slough, presenter Shazia Zeeshan invited guests including Ishrat Shah, the first female Muslim mayor of Slough and Zainab Khan, director of the Fostering Agency.

 

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