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Swat Relief Update [Day 2 @ 9:00]

Its early morning, Faris arrived early at 5 am from Lahore and literally crashed out without speaking a word. Were up at 8 and are ready to head off to Mardan. Truck scenario is that two trucks were dispatched last night and will arrive very soon. Items totalling the delivery of one more truck await at Makro and we hope to have that also shipped out today to arrive in Mardan tomorrow.

First thing that we need to do today is to visit one or two more NGO’s and see their requirments once we establish our base camp we will then offload all our food items and start preparing individual family hampers and tomorrow be ready for distribution. The most arganized group for distribution is technically Jamaat Islami who have listed all refugees and have issued them ration cards, Bagheecha Deri has a decent distribution network and if we are to distibute there we might have to tap into JI’s network to ensure proper delivery. As usual these doantiona that we are disbursing are not under any political party so we will try to avoid such labelling, but lets see how things go.
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Swat Relief Update [Day 1 @ 15:41]

Have just reached Peshawar, the initial plan was to rendezvous with my friend coming from Karachi but due to unavoidable medical reason got held back. I am now awaiting a call from Inam who was supposed to reach Bgheecha Deri by bus, I expect that too be delayed as his cell phone is powered off probably due to drained out battery. Ill wait up about an hour here in Peshawar and if I don’t hear from Inam by 4pm ill head out towards Mardan and Bagheecha Deri for the scout report.

Faris is in Lahore overseeing the Makro shipment – mashallah we had a few last minute contribution pushing the grand total closer to Rs 29,00,000 [Rs. 2.9 Million] the items will be added to the delivery at Makro Lahore. Once the trucks are loaded Faris will head by bus to Peshawar while we will plan to meetup with the truck the next day.
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