28.12.2010: As promised, we at Fatima Memorial Hospital will be providing you with the latest updates on our project titled "Celebrating Eid with the Flood Affected". Before beginning, a brief summary of the flooding in Pakistan; in 2010, Pakistan saw its worst flooding in 80 years with entire villages and houses being wiped out, thousands of lives taken, and thousands more were at risk due to the onslaught of diseases caused by the excessive water.
Fatima Memorial Hospital was one of the first organizations to step into the flood affected regions, and has been extremely successful in providing immense help to the flood victims. Of course, this help could not have been provided without your generous donations. Local philanthropists played an important role in our flood relief efforts by providing us with assistance as needed. Particularly for this project, these locals aided in the distribution of the Eid Packages which helped in fulfilling the basic needs of clothing, food and water and hence they celebrated Eid on a joyous note.
Simply by lending out a helping hand to the flood affected through the dissemination of these Eid packages, we were able to touch the lives of hundreds. By choosing actions that helped uplift the lives of the lesser fortunate, we will be endowed with their blessings. However, none of these efforts would have been possible without your generous donations.
When the second Eid-ul-Azha approached, we were again quick to send out Eid packages to the flood affected region primarily Dera Ghazi Khan which is located in Southern Punjab. Hence, in this regard, Eid packages were sent out for 400 families which consisted of food items, clothing and shoes, and toys for children.
Moreover, as mentioned in previous reports, Fatima Memorial Hospital (FMH) was also involved in conducting a thorough damage needs assessment in the same region of Dera Ghazi Khan. It has successfully completed the first phase in which a detailed evaluation of the area was done, and the main needs and requirements were ascertained. With the completion of the first phase, the actual implementation phase is now in progress. Currently, the focus is on the reconstruction of housing for which a coalition partner of FMH, Eisaar Trust has been given over Pk Rs. 1,250,000 ($15,000). Moreover, interest free loans are being given out to flood victims through Akhuwat Foundation. So far, Akhuwat has launched a branch in Rajanpur and disbursed PK. Rs. 1,250,000 ($15,000) so that locals may establish small businesses and be able to stand on their own feet. This scheme has been operating extremely well, and regular payments are now being received by Akhuwat. Given the sheer lack of schooling in the region, a school has also been established with the help of a local philanthropist. The school is now fully functional and 250 students were enrolled on its first day. Hence, this is clearly indicative of its success and therefore should have an immense outreach for the local population.
Although the event of Eid might be over for this year, the relief and rehabilitation efforts of FMH will not cease. We are planning to continue these efforts in the Dera Ghazi Khan region in terms of the following; reconstruction of housing, primary healthcare centre, VTI development, primary education and so forth. We will keep you up to speed with our progress through this forum. Please do keep visiting Global Giving regularly to obtain updates. Once again, we would like to thank you for your generous support and contribution towards such a noble cause!
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