NCA Relief Fund # 1

Got this e-mail from a member of the NCA Relief Fund:

As of 8th October 2005- the NCA Relief Fund has sent 5 consignments in trucks escorted by the Military to the affected areas (specifically Mansehra, Balakot, Muzaffarabad and now Bagh). The trucks were carrying packaged food items, bottled water, clothes, medicines and rolls of burial cloth.

We have also managed to arrange 3 helicopters from a private charity hospital which will help drop doctors and medicines to a make-shift medical camp in Balakot by nightfall.

This is amazing news – getting helicopters is not a minor deal, and their students deserve all the kudos they get – you can send goods via TCS and PIA (who are offering free of charge delivery of relief goods) to NCA at the following address:

NCA Relief Fund
The National College Of Arts Hostel,
4 Sanda Road,
Lahore. (Opposite Rahim Hospital.)

You can also contact them at the following numbers:
Fahad Rehman: 0300 413 4945.
Sana Ejaz: 0333 523 3581.
Taimur Sarwar: 0300 948 4060.
Ameena Saeed: 0321 845 7899.


For more information on how to donate to the NCA Relief Fund, click here

2 Comments so far

  1. Ameena (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 12:25 am

    Here’s an update on what we have managed so far, and what we NEED:
    NCA has sent 13 trucks to Mansehra, Muzaffarabad and Bagh so far, carrying doctors, tents, and medical supplies. Doctors and medical supplies have been air-dropped to the medical camp in Bagh.
    We desperately need tents, as the amazing, unscrupulous tent manufacturers have raised their prices by a full 1000 Rupees, which is totally ripping our bank account.
    We have first-hand information from our Kashmiri classfellows that have been up and down with almost every consignment and here is the latest information:
    1) Please don’t send any more trucks, as the roads have been heavily affected by the quake, aftershocks and rain, and the heavy trucks are causing further damage. They are causing massive traffic jams, which hinders the movement of trucks, coasters and ambulances that are coming back from the affected areas carrying the seriously wounded down the Muzaffarabd/Murree highway to Abbottabad and further on.
    2) Too many well-intentioned volunteers are just proving to be a massive liability for relief teams at present, as most that wish to tag along are unprepared to handle the extremely physically and mentally taxing conditions they will face once up there. Those that still insist on going are being given vaccinations ASAP at Rahim Hospital accross the NCA Hostel and given basic fist aid training for a day. We are still not sending volunteers that we feel will not be able to cope with carrying heavy weights (20-35 kg), walking in the mountainous terrain, stand the cold and sleep deprivation and deal with even seeing the dead and injured (let alone help). Medical students/doctors who know how to atleast clean and stitch up a wound, identify fractures and hook up IV’s please get in touch ASAP.
    3) Air-lifting supplies and doctors, setting up medical camps and evacuating the injured from unreachable surrounding areas by helicopter is number one priority at present. As there are villagers managing the 20-30 mile walk on damaged roads from remote villages (consisting of about 125 families) to Bagh and Balakot with information about the numbers wounded and dead are repeatedly telling us that absolutely NO help of any kind has reached them yet. Those that survived in their villages are sleeping in the open and are now resorting to eating mud and grass.
    Things are getting desperate. We are now directing our resources to fuelling the helicopters (which are based in Islamabad), sending out vaccinated doctors and prepped volunteers with enough medical supplies to last atleast 4-5 days out to Islamabad, and purchasing tents and waterproofing. We have received first-hand reports of mountains of dry food and clothes just lying untouched in Balakot (which has become a dumping ground for relief goods, with nobody to distribute or even recieve them- 90% of the inhabitants have been wiped out according to one doctor’s estimates).
    Please email, or call Fahad on 0300 413 4945 if you have any questions or think of any suggestions.

  2. Fahad Rehman (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 7:45 pm


    TimeLine of first week and a half after earthquake

    Saturday Oct. 8th 2005

    -Earthquake of magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale hits Mansera at around 9:00 am, tremors felt all over the north and into cities in the Punjab.
    -Mansera, Muzaffarabad, Balakot, and several surrounding towns and villages destroyed.
    -1 block of Margala Towers, Islamabad, Destroyed.
    -Several buildings destroyed in Abbotabad.
    -Building destroyed in Lahore, Museum building is cracked.
    -News reaches everyone of peopleís death.
    -Students gather at NCA girls and boys hostel at the news of Kaamiís death and decide that something must be done.
    -Word is spread around the hostel urging the students to donate whatever money and clothes, canned foods, blankets, and other useful things that they can spare for the victims of the earthquake.
    -Magnitude of quake still not realized and after shocks felt into the next morning.

    Sunday Oct. 9th 2005

    -Students start collecting donations at the hostel.
    -Categorizing and packing starts taking place in the ground as more and more donations pour in.
    -Information on situation is collected directly from studentsí relatives and friends present in affected areas.
    -Donations accordingly packed.
    -Work on packaging and labelling continues into the morning.

    Monday Oct. 10th 2005

    -Friends and classmates of Kaami leave after Sehri on college bus for his funeral at Mirpur.
    -Stalls and tents set up at hostel ground for collecting donations from whomever comes in.
    -All students requested to volunteer for work at the hostel; college thus sends all students over with permission to work during college hours.
    -Donations still coming in and packaging supplies systematically goes on until the night.
    -Boys return from Mirpur and some get ready to go with the first consignment to Muzafarabad.

    Tuesday Oct.11th 2005

    -Packing and loading continues after sehri.
    -3 trucks loaded with food, medicines, clothes, and water.
    -NCA volunteers to accompany consignment to scout area and make sure everything is delivered to the correct places it was promised.

    Team 1
    . Raja imran (Murpur)
    . Quddous Khokhar (Lahore)
    . Fahad hasan (Kotli)
    . Mohammad Saleh (Quetta)
    . Shaukat Hayat (Gilgit)
    . Ali Ahsan (Lahore)
    . Moeez Hasan Nawab (Lahore)
    . Kashif Ahmad (Quetta)
    . James – Conductor (Lahore)
    . Iqbal ñ Driver (Lahore)
    . 1 Doctor
    . 3 Final year Medical students

    -8 NCA volunteers and medical team set off @ 6:30 am on a coaster provided by college to Muzaffarabad via Pindi where they are picked up by 2 military policemen and taken to Gharial Camp, Murree, to join military and
    civilian convoy to Muzaffarabad.
    -Back at Headquarters (NCA Hostel) supplies are still gathered, categorized, packed, and labelled.
    -By the afternoon, 2 more trucks are loaded with supplies to be sent to Balakot with the help of Rural Support Program (RSP), Islamabad.
    -Consignment dispatched to RSP office Islamabad at 2:30 pm.
    -2 NCA volunteers and another to catch up with supplies at Islamabad and then on to the north.

    Team 2
    . Danish Abbas (quetta)
    . Hassan Raza (Karachi)
    . Hassan Shah (Merchant Navy)

    -Volunteers get on Daewoo bus at 3:00 pm and meet with RSP contact to discuss the areas where help is most needed.
    -Team 2 discovers that Rawalakot and Bagh need more help for now and decide to go there instead with RSP.
    -Donations still being gathered at Headquarters.

    Wednesday Oct. 12th 2005

    -Management of movement at hostel starts taking place and proper teams assigned with different tasks to do
    with packaging and other work.
    -Team 1 arrives at army base camp (Assembly Hall), Muzaffarabad, at 4:00 pm.
    -Back at HQ, the sky promises rain and so all packages and donations are rushed into the hostel buildings in fear of rainfall.
    -Team 2 arrives at Rawalakot at 8:30 pm, lodges at RSP building.
    -Rain befalls Lahore and all packaging and loading is put on hold until the weather is cleared.

    Thursday Oct 13th 2005

    -Packaging and
    -A part of supplies packed especially to be airdropped.
    -2 trucks are loaded with tents and airdrop packages to be sent to Mansera via EDHI.

    Team 3
    . Mansoor
    . Adeel
    . Majed

    -3 NCA volunteers from 1st year accompany consignment to Islamabad to find no choppers and so take supplies all the way to Mansera where they distributed supplies with help of local contact.
    -Back at HQ, a large container is loaded and sent to Bali Memorial, Islamabad, escorted by Ali Raza and Taimur.
    -Volunteers are listed and recruited according to fitness level and given a crash course in first aid, survival in extreme conditions, and tent pegging.
    -Chosen volunteers vaccinated and given a briefing of situation in bagh.
    -Team 1 leaves Muzaffarabad after unloading supplies and distributing them among surrounding villages of the area with the help of locals.
    -Team 2 arrives at Bagh and helps the RSP set up a medical camp there.
    -Back at HQ, volunteers still loading and preparing for next team to go to bagh.

    Friday oct. 14th 2005

    -4 NCA volunteers chosen for next consignment to set up a medical relief camp in Bagh.

    Team 4
    . Saud (Lahore)
    . Sajjad (Lahore)
    . Mohammad Hasan (Sind)
    . Imran (Lahore)
    . 6 doctors from King Edward Medical College
    . Man from Bagh (cook at NCA studentís house going back to village near Bagh and to help guide team to near by villages.)

    -NCA students and doctors including 1 female doctor set out for Bagh on a coaster filled with medical supplies, food, and tents to set up camp and temporarily house around 50 people.
    -Several members of team 1 arrive at the hostel in Ali Ahsanís car as team 4 departs the hostel grounds.
    -Hasan Shah from Team 2 decides to stay back for further volunteering as NCA volunteers from Team 2 leave Rawalakot on public transport to Pindi and meet up with Saifullah (NCA graduate) who is making tents in F10 Park, Islamabad.
    -2 trucks loaded with supplies at HQ and sent to RSP Islamabad with NCA volunteer Hamid Bajwa,1styear (Quetta).
    -Hamid meets 25 trekkers from Quetta over there and helps them out by arranging for a medical kit for them and introduces them to the correct contacts, subsequently they are sent to Muzaffarabad.
    -Hamid then meets with Danish and Hasan from Team 2 at Iftari.
    -Remaining members of team 1 arrive safely on college coaster at the hostel at 7:00 pm.
    -Team 4 arrives at Bagh and unloads supplies.

    Saturday Oct. 15th 2005

    -Danish and Hamid leave for Lahore while Hasan Raza stays back in Islamabad with Saifullah for further work in F10 Park; he prepares for a sample of the tents to be brought back to Headquarters.
    -Team 3 returns safely to Lahore.
    -Earthquake felt in Bagh as team 4 set out for Rehra village and checks victims who need medical care on their way.
    -Back at headquarters, supplies packed and loaded on a truck and given to Javed (NCA employee) to be sent to Bagh.
    -Army truck also loaded with supplies.
    -Leprosy breaks out in Bagh and weather conditions start to deteriorate sufficiently.
    -Team 4 returns to camp at 10:00 pm.

    Sunday Oct. 16th 2005

    -Team 4 wake up to find themselves in 6 inches of rain.
    -Not being equipped for such bad weather, they decide to leave Bagh before roads are blocked.
    -Heavy landslides block the roads as team 4 leave just in time.
    -Team 4 arrives at the hostel safely by nightfall and this is the end of NCA consignments sent to affected areas with NCA volunteers.

    Monday Oct. 17th 2005

    – College hours back to normal.
    – NCARF moves its Headquarters from tent in main hostel ground into conference room in the Boys Hostel old building, ground floor.
    – Management reorganised and people assigned to different departments.
    – Accounts tallied and everything of the past week registered and organised.
    – Members decide on future plan to gather funds and any kind of information potentially valuable to cause.

    The NCARF is undergoing restructuring due to the rapid change of requirements. Due to the size of the organisation, we adapt and mobilise faster than others and this, we feel is what makes us who we are!

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