A blog post by Faisal Kapadia posted on SARelief.com summarizing the ongoing flood relief projects this week. One can donate to SARelief by following through with this link and you may also stay updated of the accounts here
Relief initiatives completed this week (29th Sept)
- Abdul Sattar Ishaqani and Nishat Wellfare Organization combined with our support organized a medical relief camp in Sanghar where we supported them with 500 food hampers and necessary medical supplies . Pictures of this undertaking are available here
- Hamid Yahya and his team of doctors headed towards Sanghar, they were already committed with the organization of a medical camp, we only requested them to take along 300 food hampers, 450 litres of water and some antibiotics. Pictures of this undertaking are available here
- Al-Huda’s team lead a medical team to Sujawal and SARelief supplied them with malaria medicine for over 400 patients.
- We have initiated a soup kitchen In Khorwah, about an hours drive from badin with the help of our team member Salim Khan to serve cooked meals to 750 people daily. This kitchen has been working this entire last week and have catered to hundred of people with hot cooked meals daily pictures of our cooked meal distribution are available here.
- SA Relief has also received a generous donation from Farahnaz Zahidi, Khurram Ahmed Amin & an anonymous donor for 10,000 fruit juice packs of which half have already been sent Khorwah, Badin they will arrive and be distributed tomorrow.
Initiatives to come
- We plan to continue supporting the soup kitchen in Khorwah for the next ten days, with a genuine effort to increase its scope from serving hot cooked meals from 750 people to 1500 people daily
- We have acquired 1000 mosquito nets (self standing) and will strategically distribute them to deserving people in the flood affected regions of Sindh
- We are hoping to lead a team of ophthalmologists from LRBT and dermatologists to a flood relief camp in the outskirts of Karachi, if they require further medical attention SARelief has assumed the responsibility to ensure their adequate medical care.
- We are in liaison with field commanders from Rangers to provide relief in the shape of ready-to-eat meals to places where we as a relief team cannot reach personally or through our contacts, they have also requested raw materials like Rice, flour, sugar and daals for their camps in the deeper flood affected regions of Sindh
- We are planning and will organize a series of relief missions on 9th October & 16 October where we hope to organize medical and food relief for the flood affected people in the area, confirmation of both trips remain tentative until we can put final touches to the on-ground logistics in some affected region of Sindh
With some very generous support from many well wishers we have also been able to identify and support some genuine on-ground volunteers who needed immediate support so that timely aid is sent to the flood affected people of Pakistan. According to conservative estimates more than 8.8 million people are on the roads of Sindh right now without a roof over their head. There is a real desperate need for immediate cooked food, water, juice, rations, malaria preventive medicine, mosquito nets and so on. Rehabilitation plans will come later, first we need to ensure that these people do not die of hunger or sickness.
We at SARelief do not believe in waiting for the right time to distribute aid, we believe every moment is precious and thus try to get aid to the ground as fast as possible and through partnering with any reliable organization. It must be pointed out that we do NOT charge fuel expenses, travelling expenses, food lodging or any other kind of administrative overheads thus insuring that every single penny of your aid gets to the needy, not some percentage of it.
We appeal to every single person to help us in this humanitarian crisis, whether it is by donating to us or to any other reliable organization on the ground!!
We thank all our donors for the support they have given us, god bless all of you wherever you are!!
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