This year came with another tragedy for Pakistan when monsoon rains hit Sind and Baluchistan with fierce continuity. The situation in Sind is still very critical and aid efforts to provide food, shelter and emergency health services are under way. At present the reported persons who have been affected are more than 8 million. ADN has been making its efforts to help those in need and Sind being at over 1000 km from ADN's official setup, the logistics and supplies are keeping everyone busy over the last three months now.
There will be more news sooner.
Al-Mustafa Development Network has been busy in Rajanpur in construction of shelters for extremely vulnerable families. The new shelters are targeted to be complete by 20th July 2011 for 150 families. While foundation work for all shelters is complete, 43 are fully completed and will be handed over to families in coming week.
Earlier efforts for construction of shelters for 25 families have seen a great success. Constructed units handed over earlier this year are providing best protected space for poor families. While speaking to team of volunteers, Moula Buksh (a beneficiary of shelter program) said, "When the flood water took away my home and my animals, I thanked Allah that he saved my family at least. I thought I may not be able to built a new home in years to come but the help arrived suddenly and ADN provided us a beautiful home better than the one destroyed by floods". Pahari Mai was unable to speak more than this "Allah help you, Allah help you". Although building homes/shelters for the poor families has been a great help, the installation of water pumps has attracted a lot of praise from the residents of Kuch Bani. All families in Kuch Bani have a home, a toilet (a new addition for all of them, non-existent before floods) and a hand pump with pure clean water flowing with an easy push of handle.
Fears are seen on the faces of residents as the new monsoon is approaching this year. However one thing is satisfactory that new homes are better to resist any floods longer than the previous mud-houses.
Whether it is home, toilet or hand pump; it may not have been possible without the quick help and support from the donors like you. Every single dollar contributed in wiping a tear and expanding a smile. Please note that this rehabilitation of flood-affected people is not over in all areas of Pakistan. Still thousands of families are awaiting support to construct a shelter.
We need your support, your advice in stretching a helping hand to those most in need. Do you have any ideas for us, how to prepare for upcoming monsoon?? Last night thunder storms damaged dozens of homes in Pakistan and took 10 lives. Please remember every single dollar counts here!!!
Relief programs in the flood affected areas have been officially ended last month and Early Recovery phase has started. All UN OCHA offices in the flood affected areas have been closed from 15 March 2011 and various committees and groups have been established for early recovery programs. Al-Mustafa Development Network is continuing its efforts for the construction of shelters in Rajanpur area of Punjab. Shelter is still a main problem and out of more than 2 million homes destroyed in the floods, half of those affected are still awaiting for help and support.
Al-Mustafa Development Network has been successful in a project proposal under RAPID Fund of OFDA and will be constructing 150 shelters in Rajanpur for those of extremely vulnerable families in three months.
We are thankful to all donors who supported us to provide shelters for vulnerable families and also helped us to provide safe water, food and education for young kids. We request our donors to continue support for the provision of school bags and small hygiene kits for thousands of children in the Rajanpur area.
Al-Mustafa Development Network (ADN) has completed construction of five homes for flood affected vulnerable families of Rajanpur whereas 10 new home have been started. This goal is to construct 65 homes in Basti Kuch Bani (a worst affected village along Sindh River near Rajanpur). ADN has resources for 25 homes whereas funds are requested from donors to contribute more.
More than 1.8 million homes have been damaged in floods. Currently shelter is the biggest problem for the affected communities. Winter is severe and women and children are desperately living in tents and small shelters without adequate arrangements to protect from cold.
It is important to construct better homes as per the sphere standards with adequate flood resistant structures before the next monsoon in August 2011.
A survey has been completed to start working on full village rehabilitation. Working will commence within this month of October.
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