Karachi, March 22 2014: Engro Vopak Terminal Limited (EVTL) inaugurated the new floor of ACELP (Association for Children with Emotional and Learning Problems) school today amid the presence of the school management and media.

ACELP is one of the very few voluntary organizations in Karachi, working for over 30 years, for the welfare of children with developmental delays. It provides diagnostics, education, therapy, vocational training and rehabilitation to the children in need of special education and training. Currently, the school has 150 children who regularly receive physical education, sport skill trainings, medical evaluation and referrals for consultancy where needed.

With generous contributions of Rs. 3.4 million from Engro Vopak, the ACELP School has now become a two storied purpose-built campus with modern infrastructure that will help the school to increase the number of classrooms and accommodate more children. The contribution from Engro Vopak has helped the facility build and refurbish its first floor with a covered area of approximately 7,500 square yards. The floor now hosts 10 purpose-built rooms with one mail hall that will help with the educational aspirations of the school.

Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque, CEO Engro Vopak said, “Children with special needs face unique challenges and often struggle to keep up with their peers. It is very important that these children are given the targeted support they need and the education they deserve to become a productive part of the mainstream society. Engro Vopak appreciates the efforts of ACELP in providing a learning platform for these children and making quality education accessible to them”.

Mrs. Mehar Hassan, Principal – ACELP said, “Our aim is to train children with special needs to be independent, and be socially well adjusted member of the family and communities. Our policy has been not to refuse any child that can benefit from our services. Engro Vopak’s contribution is most valuable to us as it will be used is for in educating and training of a much ignored segment of the population whose special needs require inputs and contribution from a specialized team of professionals, enabling them to reach their potential”.