Support Pakistan's Disaster Affected Communities

by Comprehensive Disaster Response Services
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
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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CDRS Youth volunteers conduct Each One Teach One
CDRS Youth volunteers conduct Each One Teach One

CDRS Youth is one of the initiatives most dear to all of us at CDRS because we believe that it is the coming generations who will determine the future of the country and world that they live in.  That is why we are very proud to tell all of our friends that there are now 16 CDRS Youth chapters serving communities in every region of Pakistan!

You have helped give hope to motivated youth leaders across the country with the desire to do their part. We cannot thank you enough.

 

Each CDRS Youth chapter is given semi-autonomy to decide how their members want to serve the community. CDRS offers suggestions and advice on how the group should approach certain tasks and promotes their achievements in their local communities and on social media. CDRS also assists with finding donors for certain efforts and CDRS Youth members often volunteer for CDRS disaster response, emergency relief missions and other humanitarian causes.

One program started by a CDRS Youth member is 'Each One Teach One.' The volunteers organize visits to schools in poor areas to conduct workshops and classes taught by university students and a special guest to speak on a unique profession. The workshops cover everything from computer lessons (beginner and expert levels) to how to protect oneself from disease to public speaking and building confidence. You can view a diagram made by one of our CDRS Youth members to explain each part of a computer and its accessories to grade school children and a slideshow video showing members teaching the children in attachments on this message.

 

CDRS Youth members are also working to install computer labs in any school that cannot afford the cost. The labs are being built with unwanted parts donated to CDRS Youth for this project. Our members collect the old and broken computers, phones, cameras, tablets and other donated electronic devices and restore them to working order before setting them up for academic use at an institution in need.

 

 

These are just a couple of the many community service efforts CDRS Youth is undertaking. Members are participating in ongoing projects such as cleaning up trash, promoting pollution awareness, planting trees, installing water tanks and pumps and much more. You can see everything they up to on our website www.cdrspakistan.org and our facebook pages for CDRS and CDRS Youth. We hope you are as excited as we are to see what the volunteers will come up with next!

Each One Teach One workshop
Each One Teach One workshop
Computer parts diagram
Computer parts diagram

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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.

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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

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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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