Dear Friends ,
Thank you for your support during the emergency due to the flood in District Jhang. AWARD managed to help 100 families during the emergency through its partners support including GlobalGiving.
Assessment of the Flood Affected Area:
Assessment of the target areas was a crucial task as most of the areas were under water due to heavy rains and the rise in water level in rivers.From AWARD Head Office, Mr. Perviaz (Emergency Coordinator), Mrs. Christina (Executive Director) visited the flood affected areas of Chiniot, Jhang and Athara Hazari and gathered the data from, government offices, key persons, communities and other avaialable sources.The Emergency Coordinator formed a Committee of local people and coordinated with them. Mr. Muhammad Shoukat (Local Focal Person) headed the committee in Athara Hazari.He is a local leader and has been playing an activie for the up bringing of his community.
After the assessment of the flood affected areas, 100 most deserving beneficiaries were selected from 10 pond areas and the areas nearby, by the AWARD team for distribution of food packages. These selected beneficiaires were the most vulnerable and marginalized as majority of them were in very poor condition due to heavy losses of their crops and livestock. Another reason to select these areas was, that their was very little or no access of government and other social workers to these areas as these are situated in deep and distant pond areas in between the rivers . After finalizing the list, the tokens were distributed among the 100 families to ensure the transparency.The community, volunteered themselves alongwith AWARD staff to load and unload the food items to/from the trucks and to/from the boat. They also helped to distribute the tokens. They cooperation from the community was very appreciative.
Distribution of Food Items among 100 Families:
AWARD team departed for the distribution of food packages in Athara Hazari and its Pond Areas from Head Office Faisalabad at 6:30 am. 2 distribution ceremonies were organized by the AWARD staff and the Volunteers. At this occasion SOPs for COVID – 19 by the Govt. of Pakistan were strictly followed. AWARD team distrubuted the Face Masks and Hand sanitizers to all the beneficiaries in the selected areas for the distribution.
The distribution was started with one of the pond area of Athara Hazari as 50 families from the area received the food packages. Some renowned public figures of the area were also present during the ceremony. The team after completing the distribution in one area travelled to the other pond area where the beneficiaries were waiting for the team.AWARD staff had to travel about 12 KM in the river on the boat to reach the distribution point, where people were already waiting for them. On the arrival, the team was warmly welcomed by the people. They appreciated AWARD for the efforts it made to reach the needy and the marginalized. The distribution was done with another 50 families which were selected after the assessment in the rest of the pond areas.
The food packages distributed among the beneficiaries consisted of food items which were considered enough for the 15 days. All the families were very happy after getting the packages as no other Government and Private organization reached to them during this critical time. They thanked AWARD team for reaching to them.
We urge all of our supporters to help us in reaching the unreached as the need is still there.