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.
Oct 2, 2016

CDRS starts Youth and Women's Empowerment projects

CDRS built water tanks and wells for poor villages
CDRS built water tanks and wells for poor villages

CDRS has maintained our commitment to serving Pakistan and the long-term needs of its most needy citizens.  We are proud to enter our twelfth year of operating in the country and responding to every major emergency.  Our medical and logistics teams continue to work in every corner of the nation - from our Mother & Child Health Center in Swat Valley to our mobile medical teams patrolling the most remote and neglected villages – and remain ready to deploy necessary personnel and resources to anywhere in the country within 24 hours of a disaster event.

The CDRS team is now utilizing our success in times of disaster and our network of humanitarian partners to implement new programs that seek to empower those individuals capable of furthering the humanitarian cause and transforming their own society from within.  We have always held the health needs of mothers and children dear to our hearts, and it is in that spirit that CDRS has started our newest initiatives: ‘CDRS Women’s Empowerment through Social Entrepreneurship’ and ‘CDRS Youth Leadership and Community Service.’

 

CDRS Women’s Empowerment through Social Entrepreneurship

The health and welfare of women determines the condition of the society they live in.  CDRS is giving women in remote and economically depressed areas of Pakistan the means to earn a living for themselves and contribute to the financial needs of their families.  Many of the women in these poor communities had already taken on making and selling clothing and crafts as an additional source of income.  However, they were unable to earn much money in a limited market and without access to more quality materials.  We are providing any poor woman willing and able to learn the skills training necessary to make embroidered clothing, arts and crafts, food and other products.  CDRS gives them the platform to reach international markets and customers and earn much more than they could before.

This project has already generated $30,000 USD in additional funds.

 

CDRS Youth Leadership & Community Service

CDRS and the CDRS Youth Leadership and Community Service Project are empowering the next generation of Pakistan’s humanitarian heroes.  CDRS Youth is harnessing the energy, creativity and ambitions of college and university students and young people by instilling a spirit of volunteerism and allowing youth to take the lead in serving their community on their terms.  We have already established ten CDRS Youth chapters in key cities and towns across Pakistan, and more and more students are coming forward with a desire to do something good for their country every day.  Each chapter is given semi-autonomy to decide what community service projects they take on, while CDRS oversees their efforts and supports volunteers with the resources they need.

 

CDRS Youth members have already conducted clean water projects, poverty alleviation projects, community trash cleanup, planted trees, flowers and community gardens, provided regular computer lessons and other specialized instruction to grade school aged children, distributed Iftaar dinners to the poor during Ramadan and much more.  We are also training interested members in disaster response, and mobilized our Karachi chapter during the Heat Emergency.  The Youth team provided over 9,600 people with Iftaar meals, juices, ice, hygiene supplies and medicines worth $5,000.

 

Please Support CDRS and our Commitment to the Future of Pakistan! 

Our efforts to meet the health needs of the most poor and empower the women and youth of Pakistan would not be possible without your support.  No amount or offer of assistance is too small.  Please see more of our work and contact us with any question anytime at our website www.cdrspakistan.org or our social media pages.

Thank You!

Ladies of Swat preparing beautiful embroidery
Ladies of Swat preparing beautiful embroidery
CDRS is giving cow and calf pairs to poor widows
CDRS is giving cow and calf pairs to poor widows

Links:

Sep 30, 2016

3 New Videos showing what CDRS has been up to

Visit the CDRS Videos page on Facebook
Visit the CDRS Videos page on Facebook

Please watch three new videos (linked below) of our latest work in Pakistan. Each video will give a short, but comprehensive update of a project. They cover our Women's Empowerment project, water tanks and wells construction project and free medical camps managed by our CDRS Youth volunteers.

We hope you enjoy seeing our work in action! Please support the humanitarian cause however you can :)

 

CDRS Empowering Women in Remote Villages in Pakistan: https://www.facebook.com/CDRSVideos/videos/580152092155836/

The CDRS Women's Empowerment Project is Providing poor women living in remote areas with skills training for making embroidered products, arts/crafts and food products, and then bringing their goods to international markets so they can earn more money and have a chance for a better life for their families. We are planning to establish Women’s Empowerment Centers all over Pakistan. APPNA helped CDRS launch this project last year at their 2015 Summer Meeting and is again supporting this project at the 2016 summer meeting.

 

Giving the Gift of Water and a Better Life: https://www.facebook.com/CDRSVideos/videos/580142942156751/

CDRS, in collaboration with our generous donor Free Kissan Free Pakistan, dug wells and set up large water tanks in villages Ghulam Muhammad Jamali and Ali Murad Barohi in Ghandakha, Jaffarabad, Balochistan. Women in both villages had to walk a up to 4 kilometers just to fetch a small pan of clean water. CDRS built 4 large water tanks (7,000 liter capacity each). We were faced with a big challenge to get clean water because the whole area is covered with unclean flood water.

We were able to get clean water by creating wells by boring into the ground over 2,000+ feet from the villages. We supplied the water with pumps and pipelines connected with the new tanks. This area is one of the most neglected regions of Pakistan.There is a state of artificial flood that has destroyed agriculture & bred diseases. Now, 3000+ Villagers will now be able to get clean water to drink, cook and wash at their home.

We are planning at least 10 new wells this year in remote areas of Pakistan.

 

CDRS Free Medical Camps in Karachi: https://www.facebook.com/CDRSVideos/videos/579187848918927/

CDRS medical camps in poor neighborhoods in the areas of Gulistan-e-Johar and Gulshan Iqbal, Karachi on May 14 and 15, providing 210 patients with free medical evalutions and medicines. We greatly appreciate the whole team for donating their time and expertise.

Team Coordinator: Junaid Nazir
Volunteer Physicians: Dr. Sadaf Rizvi, Dr. Rana Siddiqui, Dr. Laramie Morris
CDRS Youth Volunteers: Agha Khan University Medical Student Umair Ahmed, Pharmacist Hira Ahmed, Usman Ahmed, Ali hamid, Abdullah Balouch, CDRS Advisor Dr. Zahra Shah and CDRS Staff Photographer / Videographer Shahbaz Haider
Special Thanks to Dr. Sadaf Rizvi Rizvi who came specially for camps and all her friends who contributed to donating funds to purchase the medicines used in these camps.

Links:

Apr 20, 2016

4 Videos of CDRS 2015-16 Earthquake Relief Mission

Dr. Zahra Shah of CDRS with a Young Patient
Dr. Zahra Shah of CDRS with a Young Patient
2015-16 EARTHQUAKE RELIEF MISSION

CDRS activated our Mother & Chid Health Center in Bagh Dheri, Swat and deployed our Mobile Medical Team and Logistics Team to support the communities of Northern Swat, Shangla and Mansehra which were affected by the powerful earthquake which hit Pakistan on October 26 2015. CDRS worked with Resettling The Indus and Free Kissan Free Pakistan to provide hundreds of families with winterized tents, blankets, warm clothing, medical treatment and medicines.

Please see these 4 short films highlighting our relief work during this mission:

Mobile Medical Camps in remote areas:
Logistics / Tents and Blankets delivery:

See some great photos of the mission here:
1) https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10153640918991955.1073741871.642171954&type=3

2) https://www.facebook.com/toddsheacdrs/media_set?set=a.10153830717241955.1073741874.642171954&type=3

Best Regards,

Todd Shea
CEO and Founder
Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS)

A Little Boys Stands In Front of His Damaged Home
A Little Boys Stands In Front of His Damaged Home
 
   

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