By Sami Adler - Communications and Marketing Fellow
Last September, Pakistan saw the worst rainfall since records began 89 years ago. The largest city of Karachi was largely underwater, and thousands of people lost their lives. Now, climate scientists are warning that flooding in cities like Karachi will only get worse as the South Asia monsoon continues to shift.
As we now close our South Asia Flood Relief Fund, I’d like to tell you about two projects that will continue to support their communities through the 2021 monsoon season:
Helping families repair flood damages. PROTIBANDHI SHISHU SHIEKKHA O PARICHARJA SAMITY is helping people like Mishir, a farmer who lives in Bangladesh, rebuild their homes and livelihoods. The 2020 floods devastated Mishir’s home and crops. This emergency relief project is helping Mishir and others repair the damage to their homes and farms and generate income from new activities.
Supporting children in high-risk flood zones. Imkaan Welfare Organisation’s programs are based in Machar Colony, Karachi—one of the worst-hit areas during monsoon season. An estimated 60% of Karachi’s population lives in informal settlements like Machar Colony. Many of the children living in this area don’t have citizenship to any country, which means they also lack access to health benefits and education. Imkaan Welfare Organisation is helping students learn to code, participate in team sports, and receive an education.
Though we are closing this fund, GlobalGiving will continue to support similar community-led projects across South Asia.
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