Saturday, September 04, 2010

THE FLOODS IN PAKISTAN JUST DON'T SEEM TO STOP THIS YEAR

By Kevin Anthony Stoda

I am writing you from Islamabad, Pakistan. I am here assessing ways in which HOPE worldwide can help in the relief and reconstruction from one of the world's worst flood disasters. The migration of people in this past month is said to be greater even that the migration that took place at the time of partition. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes and facing suffering at an astounding degree. Many of you have helped out our work in Afghanistan in the past. I would like to request that you help out with our work in Pakistan as well. Please see the attached report on what I have seen so far. Thank you so much.

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Consider helping HOPEWorldwide or other organizations help the ongoing flood victims (now in 4th week) in Pakistan.KAS

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Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am writing you from Islamabad, Pakistan. I am here assessing ways in which HOPE worldwide can help in the relief and reconstruction from one of the world's worst flood disasters. The migration of people in this past month is said to be greater even that the migration that took place at the time of partition. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes and facing suffering at an astounding degree. Many of you have helped out our work in Afghanistan in the past. I would like to request that you help out with our work in Pakistan as well. Please see the attached report on what I have seen so far. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,
DANIEL R. ALLISON
Country Director
HOPE worldwide Pakistan

P A K I S T A N

Bringing hope,

Changing lives

AN APPEAL FOR HELP

August 28, 2010

Field Report HOPE worldwide Pakistan / reported by Dan Allison

The Floods That Just Won't Stop

The world has watched the news out of Pakistan over the last

month with a horrified, but cautious eye. Somehow this disaster

has been slow to get into the consciousness of the rest of the world.

We know it is there"but we try not to think about it. But after

nearly a month of relentless bad news out of nearly every region

of Pakistan, it seems that this just isn't going to go away. In fact,

as this piece is being written, even more flood waters are reaching

new areas of Pakistan in the southern areas of Sindh and

Baluchistan Provinces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of

people are going to be impacted in the next few days.

A few days ago I was able to enter Pakistan and begin to put my

own eyes on the severity of the problem. Over 17,000,000

people have been displaced or severely impacted already, with

new rains coming this weekend. Hundreds of thousands of homes

all over the country have been destroyed or severely damaged.

This will be one of the most severe natural disasters our world has

seen when it is all said and done.

On Friday I drove to Charsadda District of Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa Province to visit one of the earliest and most

severely hit areas within the flood zone. Though only an area

of about 20 villages with a population of around 35,000, the

devastation was appalling. Flood waters had risen at least 18

feet (6 meters) in most of this area. In one area right on the

river I looked out upon a wide expanse of swift moving water.

One of the villagers then said to me, "out here is where one

whole village used to be." It was simply gone. In its' place

the river had carved a new and permanent path. Further up

the bank of the river the landscape was simply scraped

clean of houses. Piles of wood, articles of furniture and clothing

were scattered randomly. A few yards further inland the

landscape was littered with crumbled and shattered houses simply a wall here or there. A more solidly built

school house sat more than 100 meters from the water's edge. It was filled with over 4 feet of mud and silt.

Villagers were picking up wood from the area to sell

at the local market. A group of men with a tractor

were hoisting a huge one meter wide tree trunk onto a

truck to be sold. They said this log had probably

come from hundreds of miles away in the Himalayan

mountains.

I looked around as I walked through these villages and

all I saw was acres and acres of bent-over sugar cane

stalks. This is one of the largest sugar cane production

areas in Pakistan due to the plentiful water. But due

to the contamination of the flood water, these plants

were no longer good for the market, but only for

fodder for their animals. Their entire livelihood had

been wiped out.

For many, it seems like there simply isn't any place to go

Many had all their worldly possessions with them

As we walked through the devastated villages the

crowds of men grew larger and larger. Each was

eager to tell his story of what his family had lost

and what was needed. We gathered together a

group of village leaders from all ten villages.

After sharing with the gathered men about HOPE

worldwide and our desire to help their villages, as

a unit they all committed to being "HOPE worldwide

volunteers"! They knew that if they wanted

help from others they were going to have to help

themselves as well.

So what are we to do? HOPE worldwide is

working closely with the United Nations and

international communities in assessing the immediate

and urgent needs of the affected populations,

and how we can contribute to alleviate the sufferings.

We are working as part of the Food Security

Cluster. Other areas include health, shelter,

nutrition, protection (security), and logistics and

communications. Our goal is to get immediate

food supplies into the hands of the

people that are without homes, without

jobs, without cooking utensils, and without

hope. We are also discussing with other

partners and supporters to mobilize resources

and to best assist the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Province and Baluchistan Province, two of

the most severely hit locations. In KP alone,

well over 2 million people have been

impacted. Baluchistan is a remote Province in

southern Pakistan that has been largely

ignored by most of Pakistan and Iran for

centuries. They are in desperate need of

help. Though we will surely receive government

funding for our programs, we urgently

need the immediate funding that many of you

could provide so that we can get started

right away.

The generosity of our benevolent hearts has

been remarkable over the last decade. From

the 9/11 disasters to Katrina, the tsunami, the

Philippines and Haiti, we have all opened our

hearts and wallets to help those in need.

After having lived in Afghanistan for the past

five years and having made Pakistan a

second home during much of that time, my

heart easily goes out to these people.

I plead with you now open wide your

hearts as well.

Dan Allison with village leaders in Charsadda District

Both on the left and the right the villages simply weren't there

Simply piles of mud and rubble

Target area for

initial food

distribution

Here's how you can help. Our first goal is to provide monthly food packets to a

minimum of 400 families in the most severely impacted area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for a

period of five months. Each monthly packet will contain the following UN-mandated items:

40 kg flour

5 kg cooking oil

5 kg rice

5 kg sugar

5 kg pulse

1 kg black tea

2 lg containers of bottled water

These few items are sufficient to feed a family of 7 for one month. As you can see, this is still not

very much food. But it is adequate. How many of us would be willing to survive on these few

items for a month? But the Pakistan people are begging for this help. These items can be

purchased locally, taken to the flooded area and distributed by HOPE worldwide for just $125

per family. I am asking my friends and supporters of the poor to adopt and feed one family

for one month for a donation of $125. Our goal is to supply food for 400 families for five

months in our first phase. In actuality, we learned today that over 1,300 homes in this area were

completely destroyed, and another 500 were partially destroyed.

Among the three local Churches of Christ in Pakistan, none of the 250 members are living in

flood affected areas. Though poor, they too have already given of their modest incomes to help

their countrymen. They, too, will sacrifice as local volunteers, along with thousands of their

Muslim neighbors. When disasters like this happen, we all band together and simply help.

It's what we do best.

With love, Daniel R. Allison

Country Director

HOPE worldwide Pakistan

To donate:

Visit the http://www.hopeww.org

Click on "DONATE NOW" for online

donations. Please specify PAKISTAN

FLOODS in the comments line.

Or send your checks made out to

HOPE worldwide to:

353 W. Lancaster Ave, Suite 200

Wayne, PA 19087

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