|Pakistan flood relief update|
Intense monsoon rains have caused Pakistan’s rivers to over flood and cause a super flood. Now these flood waters are rapidly moving from the north to south, devastating the country. In Ban-Ki-Moon's words "its a slow-moving tsunami that has flooded an area greater than England". The scale of the disaster is greater than the Haiti earthquake, the Asian tsunami and the Kashmir earthquake combined. According to the United Nations, over 18 million people are directly affected with 1600 lives lost to-date. Additionally 1.2 million houses, millions of tons of crops and significant livestock have been destroyed
|Most Recent Situation|
While flooding has receded in Northern Pakistan, it still continues in a number of areas. Peak flooding is occurring in more densely populated areas in the Southern Sindh province within the Thatta District. In this district, is which a mere 2 hour drive away from Karachi - Pakistan's largest city and commercial hub, over 500,000 people are homeless and 1,300 square kilometers of land has been flooded.
The greatest threat is to children and pregnant women. There is a severe shortage of shelter, food, clean drinking water and medical services. Acute diarrhea and other waterborne diseases including skin infections such as scabies are extensive and widespread.
|The Mahvash And Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation Background|
|The Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (http://www.mjsf.net) is a charitable not-for-profit organization focused on supporting education, healthcare, social enterprise and emergency relief. We have experience in providing humanitarian relief during two previous national disasters; the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and the 2008 Internally Displaced Persons Crisis. We are audited by KPMG and certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (http://www.pcp.org.pk).|
|Our Foundation allocated an initial grant of PKR 50 million (approximately US$550,000) for flood relief. We expect our commitment will grow significantly over time. Additionally, we have received significant contributions from international and domestic organizations and individuals. Most of our donors wish to remain anonymous but ones that we are able to disclose include Allianz Direct Help Foundation (www.allianz.com), Mitsubishi Corporation (www.mitsubishicorp.com) and The Hub Power Company (www.hubpower.com).|
Our immediate response to the crisis began on August 5th, 2010 in the following key areas:
1. Food Aid
After confirming that a displaced person is indeed from an impacted flooded area, we then deliver food aid within 24 hours. Examples of our food aid program In the Sindh Province are:
6 August 2010: In Ghotki district we distributed dry food rations equivalent to 16,000 meals and clean water to 2,100 people
12 August 2010: In Kashmore District we distributed dry food rations equivalent to 90,000 meals to approximately 5,400 people
19 August 2010: After a 20 hour journey, our aid was the first to reach the Kandian in Kohistan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where we provided dry food rations equivalent to 32,000 meals and essential non-food items to 2,000 people On a continuous basis we are currently providing food aid to over 10,000 people who are not living in camps.
We are currently operating and supporting camps in Southern Punjab (Rajanpur District) and Upper Sindh (Kashmore, Shikarpur, Khairpur districts) which provide shelter, food aid, water and healthcare to approximately 10,000 people. We are in the process of establishing camps in Central and Southern Sindh in Hyderabad and the Thatta Districts. In the past week two expecting mothers residing in our camps have given birth.
3. Medical Aid
We run mobile medical services (doctors in a van) that go to camps in Central Sindh and plan to build a major mobile medical service in the Thatta District by mid-September. We are also providing medicines to various healthcare facilities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces.
4. Clean Water
Considerable health problems can be averted by providing clean drinking water. Through two significant contributions from donors based in the United States, we will be providing clean drinking water to over 75,000 people starting in on September 12th, 2011. We continue to extend our relief effort each day.
|Rehabilitation And Reconstruction|
The greatest challenge Pakistan will face will be in rehabilitating the 18 million flood affectees. By mid-September we will start a survey of affected areas for rehabilitation and reconstruction work. We are already implementing some innovative solutions that will be useful in the rehabilitation efforts.
Examples of these include:
Transitional bridges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (until the Government of Pakistan and international donors rebuild permanent bridges) to connect communities that have been completely cut off
Testing cost effective temporary shelters as an alternative to tents so that they are reusable during home reconstruction and can later be used as an extension to the homes or for keeping livestock
The flood relief efforts incur a zero operational overhead cost and in doing so ensures that 100% of all contributions go directly towards providing relief. This is due to corporate support from the JS Group which pays for all our operating costs covering our transportation/logistics technology, procurement needs etc.
KPMG will review our flood relief effort on completion and we will submit their financial review report to all donors.
We are tax-exempt in Pakistan and donations to the Foundation by Pakistani individuals and organizations are tax-deductible.
We are not tax-exempt under Section US501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are in the process of being able to receive donations that will be tax-exempt under Section US501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We hope for this to be possible by mid-late September 2010.