PSO has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to support several educational programs. Such initiatives include instituting gold medals, cash awards and scholarships for top students of leading professional institutes including IBA, LUMS, UET, NED University.
The company financially supports several national institutions to enable education to reach to the under privileged nationwide. With the help of Heritage Foundation, PSO helped building of two schools in earthquake affected area of Mansehra, whereas five more schools are in the pipeline in collaboration with Citizens Foundation.
PSO has installed direction signs and traffic signals at major streets and thoroughfares as part of its public service campaign. Moreover, recently in the midst of the energy crises in the country, PSO carried out a public service campaign in leading newspapers on energy conservation educating the masses on ways to conserve electricity.
PSO partners with various institutions involved in health sector to improve the health status of the society we operate in.
We provide financial assistance to the National institute of cardio Vascular Diseases, Karachi. Further, we give an annual donation for the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) starting from 2006-07 for running Leprosy Centre in Gawadar for a period of four years which caters for the population of Gawadar, Pasni and Ormara.
PSO has also aided Chhipa Welfare Association to purchase a fully equipped air conditioned ambulance to enhance the fleet of Ambulance. Chhipa Welfare Association provides Free Ambulance Services and Free Medicines to those who are unable to afford irrespective of caste, creed and colour.
To support Civil Hospital Karachi’s role in provision of free of cost surgical and medical health relief to the underprivileged, PSO supported Dowites Operation Theater Society (DOTS) in the construction of a state-of-the-art integrated Operation Theater Complex at Civil Hospital Karachi. PSO funded for the procurement of equipment, fixture and utilities for this Operation Theater.
The company is also associated with Al-Mehrab Tibbi Imdad (AMTI), an organization that treats terminal under privileged patients absolutely free of cost.
To address the healthcare issues in northern areas, PSO supports the Society for Sustainable Development. They have acquired a fully equipped ambulance to operate in the region. Further they intend to set up an out-patient clinic and a mother care clinic. PSO supported them generously in order to organize and run these facilities.
Under its community building platform, PSO seeks to enrich the lives of the needy and less fortunate through its sponsorship assistance to NGOs, charitable organizations and welfare institutions. In the sphere of community building, PSO supports activities in the following areas:
Special Children Welfare
Some of the noteworthy philanthropic contributions of the company in each of the above area are stated below:
PSO has been supporting Behbud Association, a national NGO working in the field of reproductive health, community development, education, vocational training, to uplift the underprivileged sections of society.
Moreover, PSO also assists Rashid Memorial Welfare Organization which carries out Education, Health, and Vocational Training for females and orphans and takes poverty alleviation measures. By providing financial assistance to this organization, PSO aids the substantive development of a large proportion of rural population.
Special Children Welfare
PSO has generously supported Institute for Special Children Quetta, the only institute of its kind in Balochistan to upgrade its equipment to facilitate imparting of education to the special children.
Moreover, the company financially assists Pakistan National Institute for the deaf children of rural areas, Kamoke, district Gujranwala. The major objectives of this institute were to uplift the living conditions of the neglected special children by imparting education and vocational skills. So far several hundred students have benefited from this institute. PSO extends financial support to this institute to overcome the maintenance, transportation expenses of this institute and to construct Skill Development Training Center.
On the same lines of helping the special children of the society the company has provided financial assistance to Munir Arshad Memorial Trust that has been working for the poor children of rural areas on modern lines. It aims to develop personality and character qualities inner discipline and control.
PSO is also associated with Family Education Services Foundation, a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization working in Karachi. They have established Deaf Reach, a school for the Deaf in Karachi as well as two vocational training centers for Deaf students; one in Karachi which has been running for the past ten years, and another in Lahore which was opened six years ago. PSO appreciated the commendable community services of Family Education Services Foundation by adopting some students and providing their monthly expenditure and also by facilitating them in providing free pick and drop service to needy students by providing free diesel.
PSO has always been at the forefront of promoting various sports at all levels. In such an endeavor, we sponsored the PSO-CNS International Squash Championship 2007, which is a world-class squash event. It was held at the Roshan Khan / Jehangir Khan Squash Complex. International and National players of world ranking participated in this event. Further more, we were the tournament sponsors of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held in September 2007 that was arranged by Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). League champions from AFC’s eight emerging countries participated in this tournament. Recently we sponsored the national Skiing Tournament.
Amongst other economic contributions, we also take pride in our immediate response to any situation. While it may be impossible to prevent disaster and misfortune from happening, it is possible to provide relief. Infact, we feel it is our duty to do so.
The 2007 Cyclone that lashed Pakistan’s southern coast crippled life in the affected areas specially in Bolochistan. About a million were made homeless by the rain-water and floods. Worst affected areas are Turbat, Gwadar , Pasni, NaseerAbad, Jafferabad, Jhal Magsi, Bolan and Sibi. PSO as a good corporate citizen as always was on the forefront. On July 13, 2007 two convoys comprising three truckloads for Turbat and two truckloads for Pasni left the company headquarters. They were carrying 3,000 food packets, 500 kitchen utensils, 650 tarpaulin sheets and 30,000 bottles of mineral water. Earlier on July 9, 2007 PSO had dispatched a similar batch of food packets and mineral water to Greshia, 35 km from Khuzdar. This was the first relief to reach this devastated village.
Similarly in previous natural calamities, PSO staff was involved in the relief operations from day one ensuring uninterrupted and smooth fuel supplies to the defence forces’ aviation fleet operated by Navy, Air Force and Army at Pasni and Turbat airports. Company donated Rs. 5 million to the President’s Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims.
As we celebrate more than 60 glorious years of nationhood, PSO will continue to play its role in contributing towards the nation’s economic progress and prosperity beyond tomorrow. As an enabler, PSO will continuously touch as many lives as possible, not only improving the lives of individuals but the progress of nations.