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.
Jun 10, 2013

CDRS Spring Highlights !!!

Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry working with schoolchildren
Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry working with schoolchildren

Mental Health Professionals, Orthopedic Surgeons, Eye Specialists Helping CDRS Beneficiaries
(Please see photos of Dr. Chaudhry's work attached with this report) 

Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry, a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology of the George Washington University volunteered with CDRS in May to work with women, girls, and boys during a mental health relief mission in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Dr. Chaudhry and CDRS visited the Pehli Kiran School System and introduced a self-esteem and empowerment model to work with girls who were identified as at-risk by their teachers. She also introduced a bullying prevention and education initiative while working with both boys and girls. Dr. Chaudhry worked with 48 children where she established twice weekly counseling groups, consisting of gender-specific groups. All the children were between the age of 6 and 14 years. In the younger–aged groups, she utilized art-based therapy techniques to explore the histories of the children and current environmental stressors while living in and around the slums of Islamabad. With the older-age groups, she utilized role-playing and a safe-space model, which ehlped the children explore ways to manage stress and to cope with violence in their communities.

Dr. Chaudhry also visited with the girls of our partner Saba Homes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Saba Homes is a home for girls who have lost their parents and some have faced trauma before being rescued by Saghir Aslam and the wonderful staff at Saba Homes. Each of these girls expressed loneliness, confusion and struggle as they began to discuss their stories of losing their parents in the Kashmiri earthquake or due to illness. Utilizing a “Girls Only Safe Space” model, each of the girls shared feelings they had not shared before and began to put their own stories together which will help with their emotional recovery from the past tramua they faced. Dr. Chaudhry worked with 18 girls at Saba Homes.

Dr. Chaudhry also spent a day with teachers at Pehli Kiran School, where she provided training to teachers on bullying prevention and intervention. She also provided training on recognizing signs of trauma in children and ways to talk to children about their feelings when the teachers believe a child is struggling with difficult experiences.

Orthopedic and Eye Camps in Swat This Month
CDRS staff will be assisting visiting doctors who are volunteering at the Swat Health Facility to provide Orthopedic Surgeries from June 16 to 22. One of the finest Orthopedic specialists in the World, Dr. Amhad Gulzar, will be leading the team in performing knee, shoulder and hip replacement surgeries and will also treat the patients who suffer from polio deformities. An Eye Camp will also be held at our Swat Facility from 27 June to July 1. 1,500 eye patients are expectee to be treated. 

Visit by World Reknown Pakistani Journalist To CDRS Mother & Child Health Center in Northern Swat
(Please see photos of Anwar Iqbal's visit attached with this report) 

Anwar Iqbal, Dawn News correspondent in Washington DC, visited The CDRS Swat Mother & Child Health Center in this past May. He was very impressed and pleased to find a fully functional hospital in such a remote and affected area. He was so moved by the work he witnessed from the CDRS staff. 
Dr. Chaudhry with orphan girls at Saba Homes
Dr. Chaudhry with orphan girls at Saba Homes
Dr. Chaudhry with Girls at Saba Homes
Dr. Chaudhry with Girls at Saba Homes
Anwar Iqbal visits our Pharmacy in Swat
Anwar Iqbal visits our Pharmacy in Swat
Anwar Iqbal of Dawn News visits our Lab in Swat
Anwar Iqbal of Dawn News visits our Lab in Swat
Anwar Iqbal visits our X-Ray Dept. in Swat
Anwar Iqbal visits our X-Ray Dept. in Swat
Mar 25, 2013

A Great Start for CDRS 2013 Operations

CDRS has had a great start in 2013. My team and I have been very busy with operations, new collaborations and expanded missions and have been coordinating with media partners and friends who are helping CDRS with more and better ways to inform our loyal supporters about our mission and reach new supporters who had never heard of us before.

CDRS has formed strategic partnerships to assist the efforts of great impementing organizations such as UM Healthcare, Hisaar Foundation, Rashidabad and Saba Trust Home for Girls. These four organizations are doing amazing work and CDRS will be working together with them on new and exising projects and using our contacts and networks to help ensure they’ll be able continue their important and noble missions.

CDRS has formed partnerships with The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of The UK and UK Medical Aid for Pakistan. They contributed £6,000 (about $9,500) each to our Swat Mother and Child Health Center in the first quarter of 2013, and CDRS will begin implementing new projects with each of these esteemed organizations. And a Big Thanks goes out to to The British Pakistan Foundation, United Pakistan UK and Anwar Akhtar of www.thesamosa.co.uk for all their support with contacts and opportunities to promote our mission to potential supporters in the UK. 

We have completed our seventh consecutive successful independent audit and have begun working on new partnerships with The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and The Pakistan Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority to build a new hospital in old Balakot. Each is providing $500,000 for the hospital construction towards the cost of $1.5 million. CDRS is currently working on grant proposals with large donors to raise the additional $500,000 needed for this important project, which will specialize in expert Mother & Child Health for hundreds of thousands of citizens in areas of Mansehra and all of Kohistan. The hospital which was provided in pre-fab structures after the earthquake was washed away in the 2010 great flood, and the people of Balakot urgently need a new facility. 

CDRS has also begun accelerating its volunteer program in 2013. Students Chapters of CDRS are being formed in several cities around the World, and the CDRS Student Chapter of Sindh Medical College (SMC) has nearly completed the first phase of its efforts to digitize all the data from our patient registers for their joint research project with CDRS. The SMC students are also arranging a second field trip to our Mother & Child Health Center in Swat and a trip is also being planned with the Allama Iqbal medical students. CDRS is also unveiling a new charitable tourism initiative with The Pakistan Tourism and Development Corporation and The KPK government so doctors, medical students and volunteers and their families can visit beautiful places like Khagan Valley, enjoying the sights and attractions while also providing healthcare services to the people living there. We’ll begin in Khagan Valley and expand from there.       

Other Important CDRS News:

The 2012 CDRS Annual Report will be posted before April 1st and will include operational outcomes, statistics, photos and audit report.

Magnus Communications of Karachi has just produced a promotional film for CDRS free of cost which will be released by before April 1st.

Digital HeadQuarters of Karachi is developing the new CDRS website and e-store, to be unveiled before the end of April

Interflow Communications has just released the new CDRS Logo design, as well as the new CDRS YOUTH logo.
CDRS has signed a partnership deal with KKZ in Malaysia to bring “21st Century Skilled Worker” trainings to Pakistan, then help find jobs for those who pass the 6 point program and receive an internationally recognized certificate that they have mastered the skills necessary for entrepreneurial and management success whether they open a business or pursue a career in their village, country or in the World marketplace. 

My Son Tim and will be visiting Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Princeton NJ, New York, NY, Boston MA, Pittsburgh PA, San Francisco CA, Los Angeles CA and other places from March 22 to May 7 to meet directly with supporters and fine organizations such as The American Pakistan Foundation and several chapters of The Pakistani Student Associations and brief them on all the hard work we’ve been doing and exciting new projects we’ve started. We’ll also play some music after the presentation. Singer and CDRS supporter Quratulain Balouch will be joining us at some of the events.

Nov 28, 2012

CDRS On Course For A Great Beginning to 2013

Dear CDRS Family, 

CDRS is proudly moving forward into 2013 as a battle-tested and highly decorated implementing field organization of Humanitarian disaster relief (emergency and long term) and sole creator / designer / developer of The "Sustainable Healthcare Initiatives Now Empowering" conceptual model (S.H.I.N.E.) with THE SAME goals we've always been dedicated to ever since my field team and I began working together during the 2005 Pakistan earthquake relief mission, with THE SAME minimum spending and maximum effectiveness that it made its name and reputation on (which NO Similar Organization can even dream to match unless their CEOs and core staff are willing to sleep on floors, own zero personal property, work 24/7 on the lowest salaries you'll find in the non-profit World and NEVER travel above economy class), and with THE SAME amazing outcomes and positive impacts on disaster affected citizens and communities and THE SAME independently verified financial transparency that has kept wonderful donors just like you happy for years and years with the satisfaction of knowing they made a well spent contribution to a noble cause that is still serving and prospering despite facing so many epic challenges over the years. We have survived whatever has been thrown at us and only grown stronger, and we pledge to continue our hearts-and-minds winning, effective, meaningful, creative, competent, compassionate and comprehensive humanitarian interventions in some of the poorest and toughest areas of Pakistan through the following active and developing collaborations:

Current Partners and Ongoing Projects
1) CDRS Mother/Child Health Center, (at Begum Effendi Hospital in Bagh Dheri, Swat, KPK)
2) Rehabilitation Response UK (Special Patients Orthopedic Surgeries and partnership to supply top notch facilities like Blood Bank, Thalassemia Center and Operation Theatre to Begum Effendi Hospital in Bagh Dheri, Swat, KPK) 
3) UM Healthcare Trust (Telemedicine Project, Pakistan Development Data Map and UM Trust Hospital in Zahidabad, Mardan, KPK)
4) HUM Network Foundation (Reconstruction of Homes destroyed by flood in Mir Wah, Mirpurkhas, Sindh) 
5) School Health & Music Programs in Pehli Kiran Schools, Mashal Schools, Qasim Orangi School, Lettuce B. Kids, Fakhr-e-Imdad Foundation, Green Grammar School (Pakistan-wide)
6) Special Patients Project (Pakistan-wide)
7) Jinnah Hospital and Allama Iqbal Medical College (Medicine Donations and volunteer medical camp program)
8) Sindh Medical College (CDRS student chapter)
9) CDRS Volunteer Program (Pakistan-wide)

Partnerships beginning work between now and February 31, 2013
1) The Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority of Pakistan (ERRA) (Hospital Reconstruction Project, New Balakot City, KPK)
2) Karachi Relief Trust (Mobile Medical Team, flood affected areas of Interior Sindh)
3) Hisaar Foundation (Kitchen Gardening Project, Swat and Karachi)
4) IDSP and UK Association of Medical Aid Pakistan (Special Patients Project and support to poor medical students, Balouchistan)
5) AJK Health Department, Pakistan Army (Basic Health Unit and Mother/Child Health Support, Leepa Valley, AJK at The Line of Control) 

Please note: New collaborations are being developed with fine organizations such as United Pakistan, The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons UK, The British Pakistan Foundation and The Citizens Foundation and will be announced as soon as they are finalized before our next Global Giving report is due!! 

Please note that CDRS has six cleared and first class independent program and financial audits (1 for every year of operation), has cleared and first class financial and project audits for disaster relief and healthcare rehabilitation projects funded by UNICEF, Direct Relief International and The International Development & Relief Foundation (IDRF) and The Swiss Government and has passed Global Giving's rigorous due diligence process in each of the 5 years they've been our key fiscal sponsor in the U.S. 

Thanks for all your generous support over the past 7 years- we have proven that we deserve it, and we humbly request and look forward to your generous support again in 2013 :)

And be on the lookout for the new CDRS Online Store at Global Giving's Gifts For Good Coming Soon, where you can support our projects AND choose from great items like crafts, jewelry, children's clothing, shawls, decorative candles and original art (much of it created by ladies and children affected by disaster who will directly benefit from your purchase), as well as great music, t-shirts and other promotional items from CDRS / Sonic Peacemakers Artist Ambassadors like Sanam Marvi, Sohaib Alikhan, Farhan Saeed, Arieb Azhar, Strings, Abrar Ul Haq, Lanny Cordola, Quratulain Balouch and many more! 

Best Regards,
Todd Shea
www.cdrspakistan.org 

P.S. Please take a few moments to share this report and our Global Giving website link with all your Family and Friends !!! And please "like" us on Facebook at www.facbook.com/CDRSPK

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