Some avenues for cyclone relief in Sindh & Balochistan

I found the following in an email forwarded to the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party’s (CMKP) mailing list. People working on the relief efforts might find these useful. Except for Mercy Corps, I don’t really know about the authenticity of the rest of the people listed below — you might want to verify that before donating stuff.

1. Barkat Shah Kakar in Quetta – , tel +92 -0301-3702415 – has sent information to the CRDP group about the Kech Disaster Response Forum, formed by local social/political activists and civil society organizations to help the over 0.8 million people rendered homeless by the cyclone in the Makran area (Turbat, Gwadar and Panjgoor)…

“…neither govt nor the so-called elected representatives of Makran have responded yet. Musharaf administration used dozens of Helicopters in the insurgency against Baloch but there was single helicopter available till the third day of devastation. Please help them through your support in cash or kind, they really need our support.”

They need funds and food immediately – contact person Dr. Lal Jan Baloch (0852- 412830) leads these activities in Turbat, the most devastated area.

2. From Ayesha Hasan in Karachi:

The Indus Earth Trust is working hard to provide aid to cyclone victims in Gabbo Bhat, Kemari Town, Karachi District, Sindh. Approximately 86 villages have been badly damaged by cyclone that hit Sindh recently. 1500 families, approximately 10,000 people have been gravely affected … Indus Earth Trust has been working in this area for the past 5 years and knows the community well. Funds needed for staple provisions: 15000 kg- Flour, 3000 kg-Sugar, 3000 kg -Oil, 1500 kg- Milk, 1500 kg – Daal.

Please see www.indusearth.org, email: indusearth@netsolir.com or contact Shahid Khan at +92-300-823-3605 for more details.

Please circulate widely.
Ayesha Hasan

3. More from Shahid Khan of Indus Earth , posted to the Sahil Bachao group by the Nurjehan Bilgrami:

Our patron is HRH Princess Sarvath of Jordan. We are 4 directors- I am the CEO- and there are 9 trustees. (List can be provided if needed). We have a field staff of 20 persons in Sindh and Balochistan.
Our outreach for phase one and two is:

Phase 1. UC Gabo Phat. 18 villages that have been destroyed effecting 1500 families. provision of Flour 15000 kgs, oil 3000 kgs, sugar 3000 kgs, Tea 750kgs, milk 1500kgs, daal 1500kgs. Cost Rs. 757,000.00 inclusive of cartage and distribution.

Village names; Haji Mohd, Haji Ibrahim, Manjhar, haji Khair, Yaqoob, Ali Bux, Dolat fakir, Husaini Fakir, Saib Khan, Osou, Piyaro, Haji Noor Mohd. Jamot, Mohd. Sumar, Haji Sumar, Haji Siddique, Mohd. Siddique, Abdulla Goth.

Phase 2. Rebuilding 300 homes at a cost of Rs.37,500 each as per our demonstration house. Each house 150sq.ft. (see attached document). cost Rs. 11,250,000.00.

We were involved in self help capacity building in Kashmir Bagh District in 2006. Our programmes cover health and income generation. That is converting saline water to potable, sanitation, using renewable energy for provision of electricity, water reservoirs, demonstrtion farms growing saline resistant crops, check dams for irrigation, delay action dams, use of indeginous building systems, smokeless stoves, plantation of indeginous trees/shrubs, solar street lights, wind turbines, wind pumps, hand pumps, water storage tanks, capacity building of communities, basic health units for approx. 50,000 people.

Other organisations in the effected areas are.
* SAFCO. area Thatta. info@…
* AKBSP. area Keti Bunder. Zashah_2001@yahoo.com
* BRDS. area Port Qasim Town. brdsngo@yahoo.com
* Indus Earth. Karachi district. www.indusearth.org
* Indus Earth. Lasbela.
* Indus Earth. Awaran.

If you wish your outreach to be in other areas then I suggest you contact PPAF in Islamabad.

Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Regards,

Shahid Khan
CEO

4. From Wasim Baloch of Hidaya Foundation (USA):

Flooding caused by torrential rain has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless after Cyclone Yemyn made landfall on Monday in Balochistan, Pakistan.

The worst damage was reported in the city of Turbat in Balochistan province. The residents of the inundated areas took refuge at hospitals, schools, mosques and date palm trees. Numerous villages and towns have suffered severe property damage across the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. Many deaths have already been reported, though it may take several weeks to account for the total number of casualties. The coastal highway is badly damaged and inaccessible. The already impoverished people are now largely displaced all over the coast.

Hidaya Foundation (www.hidaya.org) is working with the local Coast Guard authorities to drop urgently needed items by helicopter. We urge you to donate now and help ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters.

Donate online by check or credit card via the following link: https://donation.hidaya.org/donation.aspx?projectId=85

You can mail checks payable “Hidaya Foundation” to:
Hidaya Foundation
P.O. Box 5481
Santa Clara, CA 95056

Sincerely,
Waseem Baloch
Hidaya Foundation
(866) 244-3292 Toll Free

Hidaya Foundation (www.hidaya.org) is a US based non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization, with Tax ID# 77-0502583. Its mission is to implement projects in economically depressed areas of the world.

5. Mercy Corps.

Help Families Affected by Flooding in Pakistan

Floods triggered by the onset of south Asia’s rainy season has affected an estimated 900,000 people in Pakistan. Roads, railway lines and bridges have been washed away, leaving dozens of communities trapped by swollen rivers. We need your help to reach them.

Mercy Corps has three emergency response teams active in affected areas, working around the clock to determine the most urgent needs of displaced families. In the coming days, the organization plans to mobilize aid to at least 90,000 people through its office in Quetta. This assistance will include critical shelter and household items to
help families that have lost everything.

Mercy Corps’ programs in Pakistan date back to the mid-1980s, and the organization is currently helping more than 320,000 people through improved health care, vocational training and business development. Our response to the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake included medical care for over 100,000 survivors, construction of more than 6,000 cold-weather shelters and short-term employment for nearly 9,000 people.

Please donate to our South Asia Monsoon Fund to ensure that Mercy Corps can deliver aid quickly.

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7 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    Donataion is the least we can do. Good post.


  2. Tayyab Hussain (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    I am volunteer working for SAHANA in pakistan. I need to get following information:

    1) Where i can find the supplies are needed/collected and which organizations are active on the ground, so that we wanted to make donations of goods?

    2) What countries are sending supplies, and via what means?

    3) Are the ‘official supplies’ going to be enough? or do you expect shortages of some stuff?

    You can contact me by phone 03345303035 or email me any usefull information at hallian33@yahoo.com

    Thanks


  3. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    Yaar I spoke to the relief commissioner for Sindh on July 03 for a related story that I filed. According to the relief commissioner, we have more than enough food, medicines and other supplies for the affectees in Sindh. He outlined all the procedures that the government is undertaking, and stuff.

    Moreover, UNICEF and the WHO have pitched in too, so Sindh at least should be fine (if govt waaley people k statements are reliable). I don’t know for sure, however, because I’m in Karachi, and have no idea about what’s actually going on “on the ground.”

    Plus, I also don’t know about the current scenario in Balochistan. I do know that the Navy was planning something (rescue efforts and all) a couple of days ago — don’t know the details, though.


  4. Tayyab Hussain (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Dear Blog Fellows,

    Conditions are getting worse in flooded areas. Still alot of villages have not covered. I need some volunteers from karachi who can help me for eastablishing communication with the Sindh Releif Commissioner and other on ground NGO’s.
    I need to ask following questions:

    List of NGO’s working on ground including work groups.

    What are the list of things needed by these NGO’s at this phase.

    Contact details of these NGO’s.

    Addresses of donation collection stations where we can send goods and urgent needed supply.

    Any one interested please contact me on my email hallian33@yahoo.com or call me at 03335303035

    Regards

    Tayyab Hussain


  5. Tayyab Hussain (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    Sorry my mobile number is 03345303035.

    Regards

    Tayyab Hussain


  6. redsnapper (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 3:49 am

    I visited Edhi Foundation’s office at Tower that was coordinating relief efforts.

    According to them too, there is enough food supplies available and their last team came back on Thursday, July 5.

    By Monday, I’ll have some direct feedback from a few Baluch friends from the areas affected. I’ll let you know the status then.


  7. Muhammad Suhail Anjum (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    We are from Al-Babar Imran Tentage Lahore Pakistan, professional manufacturer of all kinds of Canvas tents, Tarpaulin etc. Ready stock of Tents are available at resonable cost for Balouchistan and Sindh Flood Effected Areas.

    Below is brief introduction of our firm.
    Al-Babar Imran Tentage is working with its trained team in Lahore Pakistan, We are professional manufacturer of CANVAS TENTS, FRAME TENT, PARTY TENTS, STORE TENTS, HOSPITAL TENTS, SCHOOL TENTS, MOSQUE TENTS, REFUGEES TENTS, SLEEPING BAGS, TARPAULINE, RAIN COAT, CANVAS BAGS and CANVAS FABRIC (GRAY/DYED) etc.

    We have been supplied Relief Tents, Storage tents, Hospital Tents, School Tents etc to various National and International NGOs according to International Standard. It will be our pleasure to quote you rates of tents.

    Thanks and regard

    Muhammad Suhail Anjum
    Export Manager
    M/s Al-Babar Imran Tentage
    Ghosia Park Gajju Matta Rah, 22km Ferozepure Road Lahore
    Ph #: 92-42-5273116
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