Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Road to Recovery: Pakistan Flood Relief
Assalaamu Alaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu,
In response of heavy monsoon rains and floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan these past two years, Helping Hand for Relief and Development immediately mobilized its resources making them one of the first relief organizations in Sindh, Pakistan.
With 5.5 million people affected, 300,000 internally displaced and 970,000 homes destroyed HHRD’s all inclusive relief efforts have provided the basic necessities of food, shelter, clean water and medicines to those affected. In over 1,300 medical clinics trained professionals have been able to assist thousands of individuals.
UNICEF states that 1 out of every 5 flood affected child is malnourished; this figure is strikingly similar to the famine in Sub Saharan Africa. Moreover, HHRD through its $25 food package program, with the help of generous donors, was able to feed over 25,000 families and provide close to 2.5 million meals.
The international community played an enormous role in HHRD’s relief efforts through its “In Kind Donation” program. A total of 15 containers were sent to Pakistan filled with non perishable food items, toiletries, medicine, warm clothing etc.
HHRD efforts spanned all facets of social and economic recovery through programs such as its “Integrated Approach toward Rebuilding Pakistan” progam which includes a Home Construction Program and Water & Sanitation Hygiene Program. These programs are currently being implemented in 11 adopted Union Councils throughout Pakistan. Moreover, programs such as “Interest Free Micro-Finance” have allowed for those affected to once again support their families.
The relief efforts in Pakistan are ongoing and HHRD, through its various programs, continues to make great progress in the country. For further details on HHRD’s relief efforts please visit www.reliefforpakistan.org and donate generously.
Wasalaam Walaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu