Thursday, December 16, 2010
Reporting Back-Pakistan Floods 2010
Assalaamu Alaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu
It is often said that lessons from the past make for a better future, and there is no doubt that the calamity that struck the people of Pakistan was a moment for Muslims across the globe to reevaluate their lives. With tender hearts Muslims of various backgrounds, who spoke different languages and resided in distant locations came together to answer this call for assistance. Though the flood waters have begun to recede the work continues to proceed with hopes of stability.
The Numbers Speak for Themselves
As a large portion of Pakistan lay submerged in the flood waters in late August of this year the current sent waves of turmoil and distress across the nation.
- 20 million people were affected by the flood of which 14 million required immediate emergency relief
- 6 million people are in need of food daily as 3.5 million children become vulnerable to water born diseases
Helping Hand for Relief and Development Rides the Waves
HHRD through the heartfelt donations of compassionate donors from across the world set out to provide necessary aid to the people of Pakistan by launching their "Relief for Pakistan" campaign. Their efforts provided food, In Kind donations, medical relief and shelter to the millions of affected people. Furthermore, HHRD launched www.reliefforpakistan.org website as a tool to record updates from Pakistan as relief work was under way.
More than 3 million meals were provided to the needy accompanied by HHRD's Global Zabihah Program. Though this program was launched to provide aid to 55 countries, donors were encouraged to send a portion of their Eid ul Adha sacrifice to the people of Pakistan.
21 containers filled with medicine, emergency relief items such as food, water, warm clothing etc were sent to the Pakistani ports from the USA. Upon reaching Pakistan these items were immediately distributed to the needy throughout the nation.
Medical Relief was most necessary with the spread of water born diseases and HHRD set out to provide over 800 clinics where more than 135,000 patients were treated. The most heartwarming aspect of this was the birth of 15 little children at these clinics.
Shelters are being established in hopes of providing long term relief to the homeless. Moreover, HHRD hopes that through it's Interest Free Micro Financing program the people of Pakistan can stand back on their feet and recycle their earnings as they provide for their own families.
These Efforts Must Continue
Though HHRD has mobilized its efforts with the help of its donors, there is more work that needs to be done for the people of Pakistan. People continue to require medical assistance and emergency relief. $1,900 can help provide a home, $15,000 is need to provide education to the innocent children, $35,000 is needed to provide clean water and ensure proper hygiene and sanitation, $42,000 will provide 100 orphans with the loving support they need, and $45,000 will help establish healthcare units.
The purpose of reporting back is to illustrate the work that has taken place and how much more still need to be done. Together, we can put together our efforts and help our Pakistani brothers and sisters. HHRD requests its donors to continue with their loving support and visit our website www.hhrd.org or call 1-888-808-HELP.
Please remember to visit our website www.reliefforpakistan.org for further updates.
Wasalaam Walaykum WaRahamatullahi WaBarakatahu