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Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities
Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities

We are very excited to share the CDRS 5 Year Report to Donors on All Pakistan Projects (see included link).  The Report serves as both an introduction to our Organization, Team and cause Ambassadors, as well as an update on every Relief Mission, Medical Operation and ongoing Project, including Healthcare, Clean Water, Women's Empowerment, Special Patients, Animal Welfare, Home & School Construction and CDRS Youth Leadership & Volunteerism.  We have also included a breakdown of our financials and all related documentation is available on our website.

Photos showcasing our Team members and Ambassadors are included so you can get to know us better along with others of each project and the deserving human beings we serve. We hope you enjoy flipping through this report and as always please contact us anytime with any question.

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A young boy gets clean water from a new pump
A young boy gets clean water from a new pump

We would like to update you on just the latest of many CDRS Medical & Disaster Relief Water Projects to be completed in the field.  Many of these recent projects were made possible by our Southern California Chapter President, Fauzia Shah, and her international network of friends and supporters.

CDRS has completed multiple water projects in Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan.  This district is located at latitude 30°42'57.73"N, longitude 66°38'17.38"E.  It has a steppe climate with very low precipitation.  Qilla Abdullah is the poorest district in the poorest province of Pakistan and is comprised of many remote communities located near the border with Afghanistan.  The local people store water in 'khuwis' at various locations. These seep-wells were completely exposed when our team arrived and posed a serious risk for contamination. Previously, locals would use ropes and buckets to draw the water. CDRS constructed hand pumps over the 'khuwis' and covered them to prevent exposure to hazardous elements.  Each of these pumps benefited over 70 residents and livestock individually, and more than 1000 now have access to clean water across the district.

Using these kinds of pumps in remote communities like Qilla Abdullah is very advantageous.  There is very little maintenance required and it is simple enough to be done by residents living at the site so there is no need to rely any outside specialists to visit regularly.  The ‘hands-on’ nature of these hand pumps encourages using water wisely and conservatively.

We are very proud of the solar-powered pumps we install as well.  Jhok Gul Haider Khan is a small village near Tibbi Qaisrani, DG Khan in Punjab province.  There is only one borehole for about 2,500 people, which was contaminated with mud.  The local people were forced to travel miles each day to a canal to provide water for their families and livestock.  CDRS sought to remedy the problem. The first phase was to drill a new borehole and install a jet pump to draw the water out.  An adjacent water storage tank was also renovated.  The area is not very well connected to the gridline so 3kW solar panels were installed to ensure a constant uninterrupted supply of electricity and to allow a more powerful water pump to be added later.  These residents now have access to crystal clear water free from any contamination and a newly made pond (filled in by water from the borehole) will provide for the livestock.

The CDRS team is working on many water projects in every province of Pakistan in areas where clean, drinkable water is a scarce and precious resource.  All construction work is professionally executed by local laborers and experts under the supervision of CDRS coordinators.  All construction materials are locally sourced as well.

We hold and participate in regular nationwide water awareness and conservation initiatives with wonderful partner organizations Hisaar Foundation, Interflow Communications, Medical Aid to Pakistan, filmmakers Sarwar Mushtaq and Salman Rafique, singer Umair Jaswal (our Youth Ambassador for Water and the Environment) and Pakistan's legendary environmentalist Tofiq Pasha Mooraj.

We greatly appreciate the many wonderful supporters and donors who are dedicated to helping CDRS take positive action and develop solutions to Pakistan's water crisis.  We're ready and willing to work with everyone! Collaboration and coordination is the key.

Please consider donating and supporting in any way you can so that we can complete more water projects and give the gift of clean water to many more needy individuals, families and communities.  Even a small contribution can go a long way and help quench a poor soul’s thirst.

Families and children enjoy their new water pump
Families and children enjoy their new water pump
Women and children collecting clean drinking water
Women and children collecting clean drinking water
A pond formed from borehole provides for livestock
A pond formed from borehole provides for livestock
Taps fill residents
Taps fill residents' containers with clean water
Solar panels and water tank in a town in Punjab
Solar panels and water tank in a town in Punjab

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!

CDRS Youth Lahore Chapter celebrated the start of the Eid Holidays with a medical camp at Johar Education System School for nearly 100 patients (mostly women and children), and delivery and setup of 15 computers for the school's new computer lab (all provided by CDRS donors).

Dr. Sadaf Naqvi volunteered her time with CDRS again, providing medicines for the camp and our Mother & Child Health Center in Swat. Salman Chughtai Labs provided their medical team for lab tests and patient registration. CDRS Youth Lahore Chapter President Mehak Shahzad and CDRS Youth National Coordinator Junaid Nazir managed the camp. CDRS employee Shahbaz Haider installed the computers and took photos.

We were honored to have Dr. Nasar Qureshi (President, APPNA 2016), and renowned journalist and media personality Faisal Qureshi join us. They were very impressed with the dedicated and brilliant youth team and students and left everyone feeling motivated and appreciated. It was a very inspiring experience for everyone involved. CDRS will continue to bring more health, education, computers, community service and smiles to those who need and deserve our time, attention and resources with the support of our Zabardast friends and donors.

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Muhammed and his children holding up their grades
Muhammed and his children holding up their grades

CDRS has responded to many natural and human created disasters over the last twelve years. Our team is usually meeting the challenges of bringing an enormous amount of resources to an affected area of thousands in a short amount of time. Occasionally, however, we find an especially needy and deserving person suffering from an uncommon hardship, illness or injury.

The CDRS Special Patients project was started to ensure any poor person with an unusual affliction and absolutely no other means of affording treatment can receive the care and long-term financial support they need. We would like to introduce you to two of our patients who are very close to our hearts. Muhammed and little Hamid were the unfortunate victims of terror, sustaining life-threatening and debilitating injuries from bomb blasts for the crime of living their lives.

We have been providing support to Muhammed and his family for just over a year. Their lives were forever changed on Easter Sunday, March, 27, 2016. Muhammed was severely burned and completely paralyzed in a bombing that killed 75 human beings, including 29 children, and injured many more. The Taliban were targeting Christians and detonated a bomb in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, where he had taken his son to celebrate the boy’s achievement of earning 1st position in his class. Muhammed shielded his son from the blast, sparing him from serious injuries.

Muhammed is completely paralyzed, unable to speak, cannot breathe on his own and is blind in one eye. Unfortunately, he had not been receiving even the most basic medical care that a burn survivor requires when CDRS found him. He had also been the sole breadwinner for his family. Our team took immediate action to address his needs.

CDRS and our donors will be sponsoring Muhammed and his family for many years to come. He will need medical care for the rest of his life, including physical therapy and an attending nurse. His family’s needs are being met as well, including all costs for keeping his son and two daughters in school.

CDRS rescued little Hamid after he was injured in the bombing of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan on February 16. The boy, who is only three years old, sustained a head injury and lost his father and eleven family members in the attack. He was airlifted by Army helicopter and then brought into the hospital by our team for urgent medical care. Hamid underwent two surgical procedures to remove fragments of shrapnel from his head and is now doing well. Our team members were at the child's bedside around the clock to make sure that he got anything and everything he needed.

CDRS is doing its part and more, saving and serving people just like Muhammad and little Hamid every day. The support our donors is invaluable to our important and noble work. Their kindness enables us to assist more innocent and suffering people In Times of Need. Every little bit helps and matters to the families who need us to be there for them. Thanks in advance for your generous support!

CDRS Youth volunteer Mustafa Ahmed tending Hamid
CDRS Youth volunteer Mustafa Ahmed tending Hamid
Hamid and Mustafa share a smile after healing
Hamid and Mustafa share a smile after healing
Hamid is looking forward to his own in a few years
Hamid is looking forward to his own in a few years

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Location: Germantown, Maryland - USA
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Project Leader:
Todd Shea
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Islamabad, Punjab Pakistan
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