Amid Devastation, a Hand of Relief in Pakistan

September 17, 2010 Pakistan
Children in Pakistan helped by Shirkat Gah

Pakistanis are used to heavy rain during the annual monsoon season, but this year the situation is different. Many areas of the country have already been inundated with the worst flooding in more than 80 years. In fact, whole villages have been washed away by floodwaters rushing down Pakistan's great waterways

such as the Indus River, and sending residents running for their lives with nothing but the clothes on their back.

The Pakistani government estimates that more than 13 million people so far have been affected.  That’s 2 million more than in three recent mega disasters—the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake—combined. And the monsoon season is only half over.

With the government of Pakistan battling insurgents on many fronts and still reeling from the aftermath of a recent hurricane, the need for non-government (NGO) help is great.

Responding to this need, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has granted $40,000 to a Pakistani organization called Shirkat Gah (Women’s Resource Centre or SG).  This women’s aid organization is coordinating relief efforts across the nation with other community-based groups.

The TPRF funds will provide food and other emergency supplies to 1,100 families (with 7-8 members each) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Punjab provinces, considered among the hardest-hit areas. Special consideration will be given to families with pregnant, lactating or infirmed women who are especially vulnerable in this disaster.

This is the second grant TPRF has made for the relief of Pakistan's flood victims. The first, in the amount of $100,000, was awarded to WaterAid, which is focused on providing clean drinking water to people most affected by the calamity.

See official press release here.

Mobilizing to help Pakistanis in flood regions

Photographs Courtesy of Shirkat Gah

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