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Raja Banaras

Biography

A passionate humanitarian worker who was born and raised in a less privileged and disaster-prone district of Pakistani Administered Kashmir (AJ&K), Raja has actively engaged with local communities to address food insecurity faced by those affected by poverty and disasters. He has eight years of experience in community building, and managing development and relief programs. Upon receiving his masters degree in economics from the University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi, he joined Islamic Relief Worldwide as a reporting officer. He later moved on to Relief International where he implemented a community livelihood rehabilitation plan as well as a bio-security project. Currently, Raja is a program assistant working on monitoring and evaluation with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and is playing a key role in combating acute malnutrition, which is highly concentrated in AJ&K. Raja is also a vibrant member of the Pakistan Scouts Association and a member of the International Youth Council. In his eyes, Pakistan is not a poor country; it’s a poorly governed country. He therefore launched “Hope for Pakistan,” a network of youth that aims to address key issues in his area through volunteering their services to strive for the betterment of Pakistan.

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