Pakistan Floods. Families in Distress.


Western Union -Donate to Pakistan Relief Efforts
Last night instead of sleeping I was wondering . . . how many people in the Swat Valley know how to swim? . . . where are the family pets? . . . how much more can farmers take? . . . could I have survived such a disaster? . . . could I have saved my children? . . .

I realized how strong the people of the flood zones in Pakistan have to be to survive and carry on.   Without our donations they will not be able to survive though because their bodies will be dehydrated and they will starve.

Destroyed road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan

France24 has just announced that 6 000 000 people need food and clean water; also they announced that approximately 20 000 000 people have been affected.  And John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator has just told France24 that donations are needed immediately in order to get food, water and medical supplies to everyone in need.

The journalist Sohail Rahman reports in the video below about how much food will last for families.  You will also see how the food was delivered at Al Puri so you will have a better understanding of the organization of the relief effort.

The United Nations has said 3.5 million children in Pakistan’s flood zones are at risk of catching water-borne diseases. August 17, 2010

Sohail Rahman Al Puri, Pakistan Reports from Al Puri,Pakistan

Now that you have an idea of how urgent is the situation here are some suggested ways to donate money to help the families of Pakistan who have been devastated by the flood.

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Western Union -Donate to Pakistan Relief Efforts

Western Union -Donate to Pakistan Relief Efforts Western Union has a special page for sending donations to Pakistan on the Internet.  If you are not comfortable with sending money through the Internet they also list the Western Union agents so you can find the one nearest to you.

Send from any Agent location in the United States and from participating Agent locations in the United Kingdom as well as select countries in the Middle East including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.Money transfer fees will be $0* for any amount you send to Pakistan from 12th August to 12th September.

You can click on the Western Union above in blue type or use this web address by cutting and pasting into the address bar. http://www.westernunion.com/WUCOMWEB/staticMid.do?method=load&countryCode=US&languageCode=en&pagename=promoPakistan&pid=alphaPakpromo

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Western Union has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC)a non-profit organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

“The International Rescue Committee is responding to the devastation caused by severe monsoon season rains and extensive flash flooding throughout Pakistan. The flooding has killed more than a thousand people and has caused widespread damage that has forced villagers in remote regions to flee their homes.

With a robust network of local staff and partners already on the ground, and 30 years of experience working in Pakistan, the IRC is well-positioned to provide shelter, clean water, sanitation, and essential supplies to those who have fled the rising waters.

Make a gift to support our emergency efforts helping flood survivors in Pakistan.”

Raging flood, an example of the dangers and difficulties. Photo from IRC

http://www.theirc.org/about

IRC Crisis Watch Pakistan has information on the relief effort.

Donate on IRC page and help rescue lives in Pakistan.

Save the Children “The massive displacement of people, potential for the spread of disease and deteriorating living conditions are increasing risks to very vulnerable infants and children,” said Mohammed Qazilbash, Save the Children’s spokesperson in Pakistan. “Our medics are seeing cases of pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria — major killers of children in the developing world under normal conditions. So we are working around the clock to provide critical health services and support to parents so that they can take care of their children.”    August 13, 2010

Donate on secure donation web page of Save the Children or DONATE $10 BY TEXTING “FLOOD” to 20222 (U.S. Only). Standard message rates apply.A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the “Save the Children” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code “FLOOD”; Reply HELP to “FLOOD” for help.

Save the Children(Facebook)http://www.facebook.com/l/2415a;www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia/pakistan-floods-2010/

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My friends Mr. Mustansar Malik in Lahore, Pakistan and Ms Farhaa Xha who has experience working in flood affected areas in Bangladesh have both suggested the  Edhi Foundation.

I have copied information from the blog  Mystified Justice Sana Saleem  Location: Karachi, Pakistan, in case you have an interest in the Edhi Foundation.

Over 1400 people have lost their lives, more than four million  have been effected.   Please donate generously and help spread the plea of the flood victims of Pakistan.

Edhi Foundation

Look behind the tractor, you will see a young girl sitting with her brother on a bed

USA – Edhi Center

USA Edhi international Foundation.42-07 National streetCorona, New York, 11368 USA

Tel: (718) 639-5120

Fax:(718) 335-1978

Toll Free# 1-888-899-EDHI (3344)

42-07 National street

Corona, New York, 11368 USA

Tel: (718) 639-5120

Fax:(718) 335-1978

Toll Free# 1-888-899-EDHI (3344)

United Kingdom

Edhi International Foundation,

316 Edgware Road,

London W2 1DY,

United Kingdom

Tel: 02077232050 and Fax: 02072249774

Canada

Canada

Bilquis Edhi Charitable Shop

1801-1805 Danforth Ave

Toronto-M4C-1J2 Canada

Phone/Fax: +1 (416) 699-1388

Also include the following above the international addresses:

Japan

Japan Edhi International Foundation,RM 101 COPO Nikkei, 1-25 4-Chome,

Minami-ohi Shinagawa -KU-Tokyo 140 Japan.

Australia

Australia Abdul Sattar Edhi International Foundation,Level 20, Picadly tower,133, Castle Reagh Street, Sydney 2000,

Austrailia.

Tel: 02-2646499, 03-3767-7282

Fax: 03-3764-4395, 02-264-7337

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Edhi International Foundation Inc,2/2 Purana palton, 3 rd Floor,

Dhaka – 1000, Bangladesh

<http://uk.asiancorrespondent.com/sanasaleem1/pakistan-floods-how-to-help>

**************   I have more information from readers I will share with you soon, including information about the international foundation BRAC and a great How to Donate instruction book from Irish Aid (http://www.howyoucanhelp.ie/documents/theguide.pdf) ******Vicki******

18-08-10