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Jan 10, 2018

CDRS & OBAT Helpers plea for Rohingya refugees

The humanitarian crisis occurring in Myanmar is unbelievable and heartbreaking. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing for their lives to refugee camps near the border in Bangladesh. Their struggle to survive does not end at the border. The camps are overburdened and are unable to provide for all of the refugee’s needs without help.

CDRS has partnered with OBAT Helpers, a wonderful organization that has been serving the Bihari refugee community in Bangladesh for the last 14 years. Their experience and effectiveness makes them a key organization to work with in this refugee crisis.

They are delivering aid, setting up medical camps, and establishing schools so children can learn and get a respite from the harsh realities of life in a tent city which is approaching 1 million Human Beings. They are coordinating with the Bangladesh Army, the UN and the local community to find solutions to the many complex issues the refugees are facing.

The Primary Health clinic is up and running and they have made over a dozen classrooms with 3 shifts each of 100+ students. They have built community centers, new paths, cut stairs into the hills and constructed 4 bridges in the huge area they're looking after. They're also working in direct coordination with UNHCR, the UN Cluster System, the Bangladesh government and local partners.

They are one of the best Humanitarian organizations CDRS has ever worked with, working in one of the most challenging environments. We simply can't say enough good things about their noble efforts.

CDRS has provided advice, technical assistance, volunteers and financial resources to the “Humanitarian Assistance Program” of OBAT Helpers and their partners. We have delivered or arranged over $45,000 USD so far from donors in the US and Pakistan and have connected them with GlobalGiving’s Rohingya Refugee Fund.

Please support this team and its long term commitment to serve these deserving families who have suffered in ways most of us can't imagine. The children are amazing and beautiful, and they really need and deserve whatever you can give towards the effort to ease the immense suffering they and their families have been enduring. It's very hot, and there's a huge shortage of clean water, medicines and relief supplies. More people are still coming in from Myanmar. If everyone does a little, it will mean everything to these innocent victims of hate and oppression, and it will really help those who are on the ground doing everything they possibly can to serve them.

Dec 18, 2017

CDRS Youth delivers water, wheelchairs & clothing

The many wonderful young humanitarians of CDRS Youth continue to make us proud! Our Youth Leadership & Community Service Project is going strong with 23 chapters all over Pakistan. By respecting, encouraging and facilitating volunteerism in our young leaders, CDRS Youth is providing young people with the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities every day... and they are doing an amazing job of doing just that! 

 

Winter Clothing Distributions

Many underserved communities in Pakistan are in need of clothing and basic amenities. The CDRS Youth Islamabad Chapter has been distributing winter clothing, including sweaters, coats, socks, scarves, hats, mitts and other winter wear to needy people of many neglected areas.

The Chapter has been accepting donations of warm clothing, asking potential donors for any unwanted or old winter clothes, and delivering them to families and children that would otherwise be unable to afford them. They request that the winter clothing items be donated in clean and usable condition (i.e. no rips/tears). They are also kind enough to remind donors to check the pockets for any hidden treasures before donating.

 

Wheelchairs for Special Patients

CDRS Youth is also continuing to arrange wheelchairs for special patients, most recently in Gujrat, Swat and Mansehra. We are still accepting donations in kind or funds for more wheelchairs for special patients. All cases are verified by our team. We strive to provide a wheelchair to every man, woman, and child who needs one, but has no means to acquire one.

Providing a wheelchair to a person without mobility improves the quality of life for the needy person and the entire family. By gaining mobility, people with disabilities are able to interact with their family, friends and community by attending school, going to work, shopping and engaging in other community activities.

 

Clean Water now our #1 Priority

The CDRS Youth National Management Team recently made the decision to expand our water projects as the #1 priority activity for CDRS Youth. It was with this new priority in mind that the CDRS Youth Karachi Chapter participated in and was honored at the 3rd Karachi International Water Conference on November 21. The goal of the conference is to spread the word on the need for clean water and water sanitation protocols in many needy communities all over Pakistan.

CDRS Founder and Executive Director, Todd Shea, joined singing star and CDRS Youth Ambassador Umair Jaswal onstage during the Youth Session for the debut of "The Water Warriors Song," which will be made into a video and released soon. "Water Warriors" are youth who wish to help protect and conserve water and educate their fellow citizens on the importance of taking an active role to help keep water safe, clean and available to all.

Please consider joining our cause to help raise awareness and funds for more water projects, and bring more future Water Warriors to our struggle for clean water!

Dec 12, 2017

More Structures Restored & Families in Safe Homes

Keith & 3 volunteers with Peter, his wife and son
Keith & 3 volunteers with Peter, his wife and son

CDRS (Comprehensive Disaster Response Services) and the Chocolate Bayou Worship Center have been able to restore many homes damaged by the severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Each of these homes have been cleaned out or 'mucked,' removing the contaminated materials by cutting them out from the remaining intact structure. The gutted houses were then sprayed with chemicals to kill mold and other health hazards and coated with bleach. At this point the homes had to be vacated and aired out before the removed material was replaced with fresh drywall and insulation.

One such home was Peter's, or Lucky as his friends call him. Lucky, his wife and son (seen in the attached pictures) lost almost all of their crops in the greenhouse they maintained next to their house in Little Cambodia. Lucky was consumed with worry over how his family would recover from losing his house and livelihood. He expressed his feelings in an interview with local news media even as CDRS and CBWC were assessing the damage to his home (see the attached link to the article).

Luckily for Peter, donors and volunteers like Keith (seen on the left in the first photo) answered our call for help and came from all over the country, working tirelessly to restore the homes of Peter and many others just like him to safe conditions for their families.

Please consider donating or volunteering so we can continue working towards our goal of restoring 100 homes or about 1% of all homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Peter's house after cleaning, spraying for mold
Peter's house after cleaning, spraying for mold
Peter's house with fresh drywall and insulation
Peter's house with fresh drywall and insulation
Another house that had to use tarps for walls
Another house that had to use tarps for walls
This home also restored with drywall & insulation
This home also restored with drywall & insulation
Sam finishing up another restored home
Sam finishing up another restored home

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