The October 2015 earthquake devastated many communities. People are still trying to put their lives back together and provide for themselves and their families. Thanks to your generosity AIL was able to provide relief supplies to 100 more families in the month of March.
Following on from the previous donation to 1,000 families AIL staff were able to distribute 100 blankets, 100 floor coverings and 100 water coolers to 100 families. These families lost everything in the earthquake and are living temporarily in the Pakistan city of Peshawar. In addition, the staff gave out 500 books and 500 notebooks for the children of these families to aid them in their school work.
This distribution of supplies concludes AIL’s earthquake relief work. Thank you again for your support.
October 2015 brought a devastating earthquake to the Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan and affected Pakistan also. Millions of people were affected, thousands wounded, hundreds died. AIL staff in Peshawar immediately went to work purchasing materials and formulating a plan to help people.
Supplies were purchased such as blankets, floor coverings, food packages (rice, cooking oil, beans, lentil dahl, sugar and milk) water coolers, buckets and washbasins. These supplies were enough to aid 1,000 people. The staff identified an area in the Bajaur agency and decided to focus their efforts on a couple of the worst affected villages. The people of the area are poor, illiterate and have many problems. Staff visited the chosen site identified the needy families and gave out numbered cards telling the people they would return with supplies. It took the truck 6 hours to transverse the terrain and reach the remote location. People were overjoyed to see the truck arrive loaded down with supplies. Distribution of the supplies began immediately and took 7 hours.
Here is the story of an 18 month old child. “ Her name is Gulbano and she slept inside a room. When the earthquake happened one side of the ceiling fell down over the child, no one knew where the baby was. When the shaking stopped everyone looking for this child and after one and a half hours her grandmother heard her crying under the mud and dirt inside the room. Her parents dug her out and fortunately she is alive as you can see in the picture. She is sweet and innocent, she cannot talk or walk but she smiles and is very cute. She and all the kids in the area were very dirty, hopeless and destitute. They really need help especially because many of the kids were sick.
Thank you for your support of this worthwhile emergency work. You helped buy supplies and rent the truck and driver and pay staff to get the aid to people who needed it the most.
Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year.
Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena
On 26th October 2015 there was a devastating 7.5 earthquake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, which borders Pakistan. Many people in the area around Peshawar, Pakistan have lost everything. AIL’s Peshawar office has worked with people in Pakistan for decades and has extensive contacts in the area and frequent experience of helping with natural and other disasters. Staff quickly identified 1,000 earthquake victims they can help in the Peshawar area.
Funds already available were put to good use. AIL staff prepared supplies and identified those it can help. The aid consisted of blankets, one week family food parcels– rice , lentils, oil, sugar, tea, floor coverings and cooking utensils, and a truck and driver for delivery of the supplies to 1,000 people.
As recovery continues AIL is monitoring the situation to see how it can give more aid to those who most need it.
Thanks for your support for aid for the needy in Afghanistan.
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