Flood Relief

Towards a Sustainable Future - Pakistan's Water

Water recently devastated the country of Pakistan and also caused a set-back to the UN Millennium Development goals in the region to reduce poverty and lack of access to safedrinking water. Local grassroots organizations are working to bring relief to the Pakistani people after the floods. Their efforts are a sign of hope for how Pakistan can be rebuilt in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Offroad Pakistan's Flood Relief Efforts

Dr. Awab Alvi, a member of Offroad Pakistan, a 4x4 adventure group, tells us how they have helped the flood affected in the Sindh region of Pakistan. They have refurbished a pediatric ward and are looking for volunteer doctors and a constant supply of medicine to maintain the ward. Check out their site: offroadpakistan.com

Pakistan Youth Alliance and Flood Relief

A video created by the Voices of Pakistan team highlighting Pakistan Youth Alliance and their flood relief efforts since the devastating 2010 summer floods in Pakistan. Facebook and Twitter have been key tools to allow for their continued work. Check them out at: http://www.pya.org.pk

Winter Clothes Hampers Distributed in Dadu & Juhi by Offroad Pakistan

OffroadPakistan team would like to thank Nishat Welfare Organization [A. Sattar Ishaqani] and Naari Development Organization [Dr Meher Zaidi] for helping us to distribute over 1000 winter clothes hampers in the regions of Dadu and Juhi. The OffroadPakistan was able to identify the need to supply flood relief to Dadu [Nishat Welfare Organization] and also in Juhi [Naari Development Organization] in both places we were able to send winter clothes, kitchen utensils, food and water for families housed in these areas.



Reposted from: http://teeth.com.pk/blog/2010/12/27/winter-clothes-hampers-distributed-i...


"Aid workers describe devastation from Pakistan floods" by Holly Yan, CNN


Re-posted from CNN.com 

August 24, 2010

(CNN) -- The statistics are devastating, but for aid workers like Faisal Kapadia and Awab Alvi, witnessing the despair from the Pakistan flooding was far more tragic than they imagined. 

"You can see 8,000 to 10,000 people in Sukkur in the road, sleeping in the mud," said Kapadia, a resident of Karachi.


"All the people are sitting on the side of road, defecating there, drinking water there, living there."

Roughly 4 million people are homeless from mammoth flooding that covered much of Pakistan for three weeks. Hundreds of health facilities are damaged or destroyed. Millions are at risk for deadly waterborne diseases from the filthy flood waters.

Officials estimate the death toll between 1,500 and 1,600, but Kapadia says he thinks the numbers could skyrocket as water recedes and more bodies and animals surface.

Poets & Painters for Pakistan via PYA

A video of a poetry reading in Ottowa Canada raising funds for the Pakistan Youth Alliance flood relief.

Filmmakers Unite for Good Cause in Pakistan

By Jennifer Witherspoon

Yasi Mawaz Khan is an artist. She’s always been an artist. She’s been painting and drawing since she was a kid. So when her Iranian mother bought her a camera, she began to get very interested in photography and thought it would be “interesting to put motion to pictures.” She spent her formative years partly in Iran with her mother and partly in Pakistan with her father, until moving to the United States at the age of 17 to study film.

Kiazad Ehya has studied video since high school. His Iranian father is a playwright and actor and his French mother is a painter. Kiazad sees film and video as a “perfect fusion of performance and composition.”

Syed Shabbir Siraj is Pakistani by birth and has roots in India. His parents are from Lucknow, though his ancestors are originally from Iran. Shabbir, as he likes to be called, is a self-described “art lover.” “I have my fingers in a lot of things in the arts,” he said. Painting came naturally to him as a kid and he was always interested in storytelling.

Anna-Lena Isaksson grew up in Sweden. In high school she was drawn to radio and knew that she wanted to be involved with radio at some point. The news and media were always interesting to her. She studied radio and television broadcasting at San Francisco State University and has worked mostly in TV production since graduating in 2004.

"Why I Came Back" – Reposted from the International Herald Tribune


The writer, Samad Khurram, graduated from Harvard University this spring and is now running Khushal Pakistan (khushhttp://www.khushaalpakistan.com/), an organisation to help the flood victims.

Voices of Pakistan Blog launches!

This blog is here to inform you on the efforts that local non-profit groups throughout Pakistan are making to support and assist the flood-affected people of Pakistan. It will act as an aggregate of user-generated media to tell stories of people affected by this climate disaster and raise funds and awareness about what is happening on the ground in Pakistan. The first phase is to raise enough funds to support the immediate needs of the flood-affected people: food, water, medicine and shelter.

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