Comprehensive Disaster Response Services

The mission of CDRS is to provide quick, efficient and compassionate medical and humanitarian relief and disaster recovery operations to the people living in the disaster affected areas of Pakistan, with concentration of efforts on Mother & Child Health and assistance to special patients.
Apr 1, 2014

CDRS 1st Quarter 2014 Achievements

Dear Friends of CDRS,

Here's a summary of our achivements in the first quarter of 2014. CDRS owes a very special Thank You to every one of you who have supported our work and made all of this possible! 

1) CDRS is responding to a drought / famine crisis in the Thar Desert in remote areas of Interior Sindh. Collaborating with individual volunteers and partners in Karachi (Naya Jenevan, Empower the Future and Resettling the Indus). To date, this effort has put together three trips delivering food, water and medicines to more than 400 families in desperate need. 

2) The Mother and Child Health Center in Northern Swat continues to manage over 2,000 patients per month, providing lab, x-ray, ulrasound, clean ward, oxgen, nebulizer, emergency services, ambulance and a fully stocked pharmacy. See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.500186853337405.112203.300942176595208&type=3 

3) We've partnered with World Champion Field Hockey Player Mansoor Ahmed to initiate a sports coalition of like-minded individulas and organizations who want to collaborate on sports and recreation projects for poor children in Pakistan.

4) CDRS YOUTH was formed to give students and young people in Pakistan an avenue for collaborating with our missions and volunteering their time and effort to make a better Pakistan. Our first chapters are at Jinnah Sindh Medical University in karachi and Roots International College in Islamabad.

5) The work of CDRS was personally endorsed by Humanitarian Superhero Abdul Sattar Edhi. See video here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152243628201955&set=vb.642171954&type=2&theater.

6) Famed Pakistani Sufi Singer Sanam Marvi joined CDRS as our official spokeperson. Sanam and CDRS will collaborate on raising funds and awareness of our existing projects and develop new projects in underserved areas of Pakistan. 

7) CDRS joined TABA Foundation's coalition of social welfare organizations. TABA brings like-minded social welfare organizations together for collaboration and capacity building in Disaster Management, Health and Education. A coordinated effort by people and agencies who respect one another's achievements and diverse capabilities is always the best way forward in achieving optimum results in Humanitarian work and disaster relief. Creating and facilitating this coordinated effort on a national scale is the core agenda of TABA Foundation. CDRS is honored to have been invited to be a member of this wonderful network of good. We look forward to working with TABA and all of its partners in every possible way to be a part of building a better future for Pakistan and The World.

8) I had the honor of representing CDRS as a guest at the following events:
-The inaugural event for OPEN Lahore (The Organization of Pakistani Entreprenuers).
-The JSMU/APPNA Youth Day Event in Karachi, where I was invited to perform music and speak about CDRS.
-Model Unted Nations Conference (LUMUNX) at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) where I was invited as a guest speaker and received an award from the students for my service to Pakistan. 
-The TABA Education Cluster launch event at LUMS in Lahore, where I was invited to speak.
- The TABA Youth Organization event at NUST (National University of Science & Technology), where I was invited speak about CDRS and recieve an award for my service to Pakistan. 


CDRS WEBSITE WITH DETAILED INFO AND REPORTS ON OUR OPERATIONS
Please take a few minutes to browse our new website http://cdrspakistan.org 
(links to a treasure trove of amazing photos, videos, info and reports are provided below). 
CDRS 2014 Presentation: http://cdrspakistan.org/cdrs-presentation-2014/

CDRS ON FACEBOOK
Please visit us every couple of weeks at www.Facebook.com/CDRSPK or www.cdrspakistan.org to make sure you don't miss any of our Zabardast photos and reports

CDRS has received dozens of awards for its services from various organizations, including the Tamgha-i-Eisaar (Medal of Sacrifice), a medal from The Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians and an award of appreciation for our service to Pakistan from the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the UK. See them here: http://cdrspakistan.org/awards/

CDRS is a tax exempt non-profit social welfare society registered under the Societies Act of Pakistan. We have 7 years of cleared independent audit in Pakistan. For our audit reports and financials from 2006 to 2012, Read them here:http://cdrspakistan.org/financial-reports/ (We have passed stringent idependent financial and program audits and have again paased our due diligence check from our US & UK fiscal Sponsor of the last 7 years, Global Giving Foundation. Global Giving is a top rated charitable organization by Charity Navigator and The Business Bureau. CDRS also has cleared each audit and review of emergency relief missions funded by UNICEF, Direct Relief International and The International Development & Relief Foundation of Canada). 

Thank You for supporting CDRS. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need any further information :)

With Best Regards,

Todd Shea
Founder and Executive Director
Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS)
toddshea@cdrspakistan.org
718-809-5381 

Apr 1, 2014

Delivering Meals and Rebuilding Homes

Generator for Bantayan Island
Generator for Bantayan Island

CDRS Relief Mission Part 2
CDRS sent Team Member Jim Kushner to The Philippines to manage the logistics for distrbuting 1.6 millions meals and link up with relief worker Brian Lydon, who was already running a relief and reconstruction mission with several partners on Leyte Island. A trusted partner in many relief missions, Alison Thompson of The Third Wave, introduced CDRS to Brian's work on Leyte. Jim arrived a few weeks after my deploymen in Mission Part 1 ended (See below for info and links to photos and info from Part 1 of the mission). Jim successfully managed the clearing of the containers with the 1.6 million meals (donated by US charity Outreach and packed by Rotary clubs in Iowa) from the port of Cebu. 800,000 meals were distributed by other organizations in Cebu and Jim shipped the other 800,000 meals to Leyte for distribution with Brian and his local team. Each meal packet contained enough rice, macaroni, soy beans, dehydrated vegetables with vitamins and menerals to feed a family of 5-8 people.

Outreach and other donors paid for the US / international shipping costs from Iowa to Cebu, and CDRS used Global Giving funding to pay the clearing/customs/port charges for the containers, the shipping of 800,000 meals to Leyte, and the trucks & fuel to distribute the food to several towns and villages in Leyte (including Tacloban, Ormoc, Hindang, Tobuc and San Antonio). CDRS used a second disbursement of Global Giving funding to purchase bamboo, lumber, nails and metal sheeting to rebuild homes in San Antonio, Handang and Tuboc. (Photos of Part 2 included with this report). CDRS also utilized Global Giving funding to purchase building supplies, tools and a generator for Bantayan Island.
(Please see more photos of Mission Part 2 here:
 https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152320096591955.642171954&type=3

CDRS Typhoon Haiyan Relief Mission Part 1

1) Getting Cranked Up:
https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152030882011955.642171954&type=3

These photos are a collection of moments in my efforts (with my assistants TJ Shea and Gulmina Mahmud) to assist The People Of The Philippines with key partners and collaborators Empact NW, Fuel Relief Fund, The Rotarians of New York City and The Philippines, The Tacloban Mayor's Office, The Special Action Force of The National Police, The Honorable Filipino Consul General to Estonia Fernando Peña - and assisted with air transport by the U.S. forces out of Okinawa and logistical / informational support by my friends at UN OCHA

2) Typhoon Relief Mission to Bantayan Island
https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152051958736955.1073741834.642171954&type=3

This album of photos represents some of our efforts to assist victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. My dear friend and much accomplished fellow relief worker 
Alison Thompson(who I've had the honor to work with in Haiti and Sri Lanka) sent me a detailed report about the great need on remote and tiny Bantayan Island while my team and I were working on logistics for relief cargo and medical teams in coordination with partners EMPACT NY. With generous assistance from Rotary Club Members in The U.S. and The Philippines, we rented a truck in Cebu City and brought a load of relief supplies (donated by ABS/CBN and disaster relief associate Ron Hose) to a devastated village named Ocoy (Mermaid) on Bantayan Island who leaders Alison had put me in contact with. We faced many obstacles to get there, including the truck breaking down on the way, a five hour drive from Cebu City and a two hour ferry ride from Cebu Island to get to Bantayan Island. But it was more than worth the effort, as we delivered the first relief that the People of Ocoy had received since the storm hit (according to Alison and our great hosts Nonoy and Pedong Espinosa). 55 families from Ocoy plus an additional 300 people from neighboring villages each received one or two bags of clothing (depending on the size of the family), diapers / hygiene products and a week's worth of rice, canned goods, yogurt, dry milk, biscuits, cookies and bottled water. The people were very thankful and when we left there were a whole lot of smiles, especially on the faces of the children. It was a truly wonderful and inspiring two days, mostly due to the love and appreciation we received from the People of Bantayan Island, who were determined to rebuild from this devastating storm

3) Mission Impossible: Getting Aid to Victims The CDRS Way
https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152052310681955.1073741835.642171954&type=3

Getting aid to disaster victims quickly is almost never inexpensive. Either you pay dearly to get the job done right away, or you save money and get the job done very slowly. CDRS got the job done fast and at a very low cost, in fact the lowest cost possible. Here's how... 


While working with my team on logistics, meeting with local Rotary leaders and collecting information in Cebu for our efforts to arrange aid being sent by Rotarians of Rotary District 7230 (New York City and Westchester County), I received a call from our key partner Empact Northwest/Disaster Response Northwest who were working in Tacloban. They were contacting me on behalf of Ron Hose, a relief worker they were coordinating with, to ask for assistance in finding and delivering a container full of food and water that was stuck at the port in Cebu City and needed to be delivered to victims of the Typhoon the next 36 hours. Within minutes, Team CDRS was on the job and creating effectiveness in an extremely challenging logistical environment. The fact was that this was going to be a tough job because a) the system of trucks and ferries to all the many islands was completely backed up and overwhelmed at the port and b) Finding trucks at that time (even at an unreasonable price) was going to be nearly impossible, and that's not even considering the reality of fuel being costly and in very short supply. But finding a truck at a reasonable price, with fuel and driver for a time specific mission was almost going to take a miracle. But we took on the challenge and doors began to open- not easily, but in the end we made it happen and the aid got delivered to those who needed it. Here's the short version of how we did it:

Thanks to a very knowledgeable local taxi driver, I was able to find a great company named NES Trucking and procure two trucks from them which saved the mission and allowed aid to be delivered to several places, including Tacloban, Samar and Bantayan Islanad (The trucks were provided to us at an unbelievably cheap flat rate of 40,000 Pesos- 900 US Dollars- for BOTH trucks WITH driver AND fuel for use during the entire mission with delivering that particular cargo). All of the other trucking companies we talked to were charging double this rate or more AND charging that amount daily for ONE TRUCK, not including the fuel and more expensive ferry charges associated with the larger trucks which actually carry the whole container. In order to do this, we had to unload the container and put the cargo into the two box trucks. One large truck would not have been the right tool for the job anyway. 

Ron took a flight to Cebu from Tacloban and we together we spent the day running around planning, making calls, doing paperwork, brainstorming and arranging logistics all with the sole purpose of getting the aid in several remote places where it needed to go as soon as possible in a nearly impossible situation. All in extreme heat and humidity. It wasn't easy but that what we we there for. As always, CDRS got the job done with a little help from our friends and the aid was delivered. 

Off-loading meals from the shipping containers
Off-loading meals from the shipping containers
Loading meals for distribution in villages
Loading meals for distribution in villages
Jim Kushner delivering meals to typhoon victims
Jim Kushner delivering meals to typhoon victims
Children carrying meals to their families
Children carrying meals to their families
Rebuilding homes
Rebuilding homes
Dec 9, 2013

CDRS TEAM CONTINUES DOING AMAZING WORK

Dear Friends of CDRS,

A lot has happened in just a few short months. We’d like to share just a few of our notable achievements and experiences with you. CDRS owes a very special Thank You to every one of you who have supported our work and made all of this possible! 

KASUR FLOOD MISSION 
We concluded our emergency relief deployment in Kasur at the end of September. The area had been hit by massive flooding in early August. CDRS mobile medical teams (assisted by GDRO, UKMAP and Wali Trust) were sent in shortly after to assess the impact to the health and well-being of local men, women and children. Our primary diagnoses consisted of upper and lower respiratory infection, acute diarrhea, malaria, a range of skin diseases, muscular aches and weakness, tonsillitis, arthritis, anemia, urinary tract infection, asthma, hypertension, gastritis, acid peptic disease, and various eye and ear infections. These (along with a host of other ailments) were treated across our seven medical camps, which cared for a total of 1,757 patients. See Kasur photos, patient contact and diagnosis reports here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.607891875900235.1073741832.300942176595208&type=1 

DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK IN SWAT 
On September 11, 2013, WHO declared an outbreak of Dengue fever in the province of Swat. Saidu Sahriff Hospital in Mingora was overburdened with 2,727 affected persons. With support from MAP, a small team of one doctor, one operation theatre technician, one pharmacist and two male nurses were dispatched to perform operations on site. Seven volunteer medical students from The Sindh Medical College CDRS Student Chapter were also sent to provide support and educate residents on prevention. See Saidu Shariff Hospital photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603977286291694.1073741831.300942176595208&type=1 

MEETING WITH PAKISTAN'S UN AMBASSADOR 
CDRS founder Todd Shea and son TJ Shea met with Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations at his office in Manhattan. They discussed CDRS achievements and ongoing work in his homeland. Ambassador Khan agreed to speak at a future fundraiser to be held in New York City sometime in the future. 

CDRS FEATURED IN WONDERFUL FILM SERIES ABOUT PAKISTAN 
Check out “Setting up clinics in Pakistan the Todd Shea Way” http://www.thersa.org/events/video/pkcalling-videos/pkcalling-videos/todd-shea-interview 
for a brief overview of our founding and approach to disaster relief and long-term healthcare rehabilitation. This interview was produced under the “Pakistan Calling” Programme, a joint effort by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and The Samosa (www.thesamosa.co.uk). Here you can view a series of videos that discuss the societal ills plaguing Pakistan and the work of wonderful groups and individuals addressing these issues: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/pkcalling-videos 

PHILIPPINES DISASTER RESPONSE 
In our continuing commitment to respond to large disasters wherever they happen, CDRS sent a team to The Philippines within days after Typhoon Haitan with our longtime partners EMAPCT NW, who we have collaborated with in Haiti, Japan and Pakistan. Our team provided critical information and logistics support to dozens of emergency responders in the field and teams that are soon deploying to engage in long term rehabilitation project and provided logistical support and trucks to get shipments of food, water, clothing to villages in Tacloban, Samar, Sebu and Bantayan Island. We also liasoned with Rotary Club leader in the Disaster Zone and connected them to Rotarians in the US who want to help 
(This mission was funded directly by individual donors who wanted to support this specific mission, no funds earmarked for our Pakistan projects are ever used for any other reason). See Photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152051958736955.1073741834.642171954&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10152030882011955.642171954&type=3


We sincerely appreciate your taking time to catch up with our latest efforts. It is only because of the generous support of fantastic people like you that CDRS has been able to accomplish any of our great works. Pease make a contribution or pledge of any amount. Even if 5,000 people contributed $100 every year, we would have more than enough to continue our current projects and have enough left over to expand and help even more deserving people.

FUNDING SHORTAGE THIS WINTER
Right Now CDRS is short of funds for our Pakistan Projects this winter due to the unforseen postponement of large 
fundraising events until the Spring, and due to having no choice but to cancel two fundraisers in Toronto and Detroit in order to respond to the The Philippines disaster.

Here's some photos of our main project in Pakistan that I'm really struggling to pay for salaries, medical supplies, medicines and operational costs...

CDRS Mother & Child Health Center in Swat: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.500186853337405.112203.300942176595208&type=3

And our other important projects that despertately need help: https://www.facebook.com/CDRSPK/photos_albums

It is my humble request that you help with any amount possible to bridge our funding gap of 40,000 USD until March and share this message with your friends.

If you are satisfied with our progress and wish to help us continue our work, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-healthcare-for-pakistan-disaster-areas/ 

CDRS ON FACEBOOK
Please visit us every couple of weeks at www.Facebook.com/CDRSPK or www.cdrspakistan.org to make sure you don't miss any of our Zabardast photos and reports !!! :) 

CDRS WEBSITE WITH DETAILED INFO AND REPORTS ON OUR OPERATIONS
Please take a few minutes to browse our new website (links to a treasure trove of amazing photos, videos, info and reports are provided below). Please read about the work of Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry, one of our amazing volunteers who worked with our team to provide mental health services and healing to children who've suffered from severe emotional trauma: 
http://cdrspakistan.org/volunteers-stories/

We have great volunteer opportunities in the field and in your city. See all the info and fill out our volunteer form here: http://cdrspakistan.org/volunteer/

CDRS has a proven track record of success in Pakistan for nearly eight years, responding to floods, earthquakes, conflicts and outbreaks in some of the most challenging environments and tragic circumstances that any relief organization has ever had to face- and when needed, we stay years after an emergency to provide long term assistance towards the re-establishment of destroyed healthcare delivery systems. Please review the following links at the new website:

See our photo galleries here: http://cdrspakistan.org/image-gallery/
View videos featuring our work here: http://cdrspakistan.org/video-gallery/
Read our 2012 Annual Report here: http://cdrspakistan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CDRS-Annual-Report-2012.pdf

CDRS has managed over 600,000 patient visits and served over 2 million Pakistanis in their most urgent times of need. Our patient numbers and reports are documented and verified. View them here: http://cdrspakistan.org/patient-reports/

CDRS is supporting many wonderful, positive and life-changing projects in Pakistan:
a) Our Mother & Child Health Center In Northern Swat provides medical care to about 2,500 poor patients per month ever since their only health facility was washed away in the floods of 2010.
b) Our Special Patients Project provides extra support to poor and deserving patients who need a medical procedure or ongoing care that they could never afford on their own: surgery, physiotherapy, medicines and educational support.
c) Our School Health Program provides basic health screening and classes in health, hygiene and first aid for students, their Moms and their young siblings.
d) CDRS / HUM TV House Reconstruction Project near Mirpurkhas, Sindh provides new well-built houses for families who lost their homes in the 2011 floods.
e) We are supporting Saba Home for Orphan Girls and assisting their expansion to provide a proper home to 1200 boys and girls in Rawlpindi, Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, Faisalabad, Quetta and Karachi.

Read more about all the above projects here: http://cdrspakistan.org/current-projects

CDRS has a long list of partners who have been very satisfied with our work. Some of them have collaborated directly with CDRS in the field; others have provided financial resources to keep our mission going. See them all here: http://cdrspakistan.org/our-partners/

CDRS will be supporting innovative new visions such as:
a) Imran Khan Developmental Academic Research (IKDAR) Knowledge Cities. Read more here: http://www.ikdar.org/projects/knowledge-cities.html
b) Rashidabad Welfare Cities in rural and under-served areas of Pakistan. Read more here: http://www.rashidabad.org/
c) Tele-health and data management projects with partner UM Healthcare. Read more here: http://www.umtrust.org/projects/technology/7) CDRS has received dozens of awards for its services from various organizations, including the Tamgha-i-Eisaar (Medal of Sacrifice), a medal from The Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians and an award of appreciation for our service to Pakistan from the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the UK. See them here: http://cdrspakistan.org/awards/

We have 7 years of cleared independent audit in Pakistan. For our audit reports and financials from 2006 to 2012, Read them here:http://cdrspakistan.org/financial-reports/

(We have passed stringent idependent financial and program audits and have again paased our due diligent check by our US Fiscal Sponsor of the last 7 years, Global Giving Foundation. Global Giving is a top rated charitable organization by Charity Navigator and The Business Bureau. CDRS also has cleared each audit and review of emergency relief missions funded by UNICEF, Direct Relief International and The International Development & Relief Foundation of Canada). 

Prominent members of the Pakistani Community have seen the CDRS Team at work in our Swat Mother & Child Health Center with their own eyes, such as Tehmina Jesrai of DIL, Taher Anwer Khan of Interflow Communication & TV 1 / News 1, Anwar Iqbal of Dawn News and Tanvir Qureshi of Medical Aid to Pakistan UK. Please meet our Distinguished Advisory Board here:http://cdrspakistan.org/cdrs-advisory-council/

Thank You for supporting CDRS. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need any further information :)

With Best Regards,

Todd Shea
Founder and Executive Director
Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS)
toddshea@cdrspakistan.org
718-809-5381 

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