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ATP Gives: What Are Good Ways to Help Flood Victims in Pakistan?

Posted on August 5, 2010
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Adil Najam

One question that many people have been asking is ‘What is the best way to help those – now an estimated over 2.5 million Pakistanis – who have been affected by the recent torrential rains and floods in Pakistan?’

The most honest answer, I think, is that right now so much help and assistance is needed by so many that no matter how you help, and through whom, it will be a good thing and it will make the lives of at least some at least a little more bearable.

On behalf of all of our readers, we had earlier send a first donation from ATP to Edhi Foundation and now are sending an additional donation, bringing the total to US$5,000. We realize this is a small amount and insignificant in light of the challenges, but we mention it here (a) because it comes from our Ad revenues and therefore from you, and (b) because we wish to reinforce the point that everyone should do whatever little they can, because every little bit counts.

A few readers and past donors have written to us asking that we should do a collection at ATP as be have done in the past (for cyclone victims, for earthquake victims, for IDPs, etc.). However, given how many other good avenues now exist we think it is better to just urge you to give wherever you can and whatever you can. More that that, we write today to ask you to please share with other readers what you think are good mechanisms to give through, good organizations to give to, and good ways to help the flood victims in Pakistan. We know that a number of our readers – Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis – will find this information very very useful, and we urge you to please help us catalog it so that it can help others, and through them help the flood victims.

According a list issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NMDA), the key items required by flood affectees include (these can be sent to nearest PAF bases where arrangements have been made to get these to those in need):

  • Dried milk for children and families
  • High nutrition biscuits
  • Dates
  • Food packets (tea, sugar, milk powder, vegetable oil, pulses, spices)
  • Mineral water
  • Water coolers
  • Cooking utensils
  • Footware for children
  • Mosquito nets
  • Blankets
  • Bedspreads
  • Floor matresses
  • Soap
  • Hand towels
  • Tooth paste
  • Female sanitary pads
  • Diapers
  • Washing power and soap
  • ORS
  • Mosquito repellents
  • Prickly heat powder
  • Children anti-rash creams
  • Water purification tablets
  • Candles and match boxes
  • Flashlights

The NMDA has also issued a list of assistance required from donors includes:

  • Boats
  • Tents
  • Generators
  • Water filtration plats
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Blankets
  • Medicines
  • Medical equipment
  • Hygiene kits
  • Non-perishable food items.

As you think of this, my own take would be that it is important to find ways to support the immediate relief needs as well as the longer-range rehabilitation needs, including those related to lost livelihoods and disease.

At the most immediate level there are those who have lost their loved ones who need solace as well as support. There are those who have lost their homes who need shelter and sustenance. There are those who have (or will) loose their livelihoods who will need alternatives and options. The needs of the first two are most immediate and clearly should be a priority today. But the pain of the third group is going to be also profound and will linger over not just months but years. The number in the third group is also likely to be the largest and their needs are least likely to be served by conventional ‘relief’ efforts.

I say this not at all to distract from the pressing immediate needs of relief today and right now, but only to highlight that the challenges this water brings upon us are immediate, but also longer-range. Very large number of people will suffer long after the waters have receded. Especially as the loss to agriculture and crops and through disease and displacement begins to take its toll. If we are to ever respond to this challenge then we need to respond both to the immediate needs and the longer-range ones.

Luckily Pakistani as well as international relief agencies have already begun mobilizing in response. There are many lists and emails already being developed of good places to donate through and ways in which we can all help. As we have been doing, we urge you to help in whatever way you can, through whatever means you have, and via whatever organizations you trust. Give to whoever you think most highly of. But please do give.

Note: ATP itself has given to the Edhi Foundation, as we have before, because we believe our readers trust and respect it widely. There are, however, many other Pakistani as well as international organizations that are also going good – links to some of whom are provided in the pictures above. However, we do not endorse any particular organization and urge everyone to do whatever they can, through whoever they trust most.

60 Comments on “ATP Gives: What Are Good Ways to Help Flood Victims in Pakistan?”

  1. Nihari says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:01 am

    All the flood victims should donate atleast one paisa each to make 3 Pakistani flags. These flags should be hoisted on top of the Zardari palace in France. Sharifs and Altafs place in London. This will show the love of the natio for our great leaders. Than they should attend networking seminars so they know how to cultivate contacts with the powers to be. In this way they will be the first ones to be rescued in times of need.

  2. USMAN says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:09 am

    @Nihari. Do you really think that cynicism is the best response to such a tragedy? It is neither funny nor useful.

    If you cannot help, at least do not insult those who have already lost everything by making their misery the tools of some cheap political points

    (P.S., I do not like Zardari either,but you really think his canceling his trip would have made everything better? Whose intelligence are you trying to insult: Ours or your own?)

  3. Ravi says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:12 am

    Donate to Pakistan Red Crescent Society. This is a division of Red Cross. Please visit

    http://www.prcs.org.pk/

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:46 am

    World Vision is one of the places to donate for flood relief

    http://www.worldvision.org/

  5. Israr says:
    August 6th, 2010 1:16 am

    Good effort by ATP. Like always you are showing the way.
    To me Edhi is always the best place because he is on the ground, he is everywhere and his help gets directly to the most needy without any wastage.

  6. Watan Aziz says:
    August 6th, 2010 3:57 am

    No, it is not cynics are out.

    For the last 8 days, disgraceful and cheap political points were being made at the expense of a nice young man who died in an air accident and was victim of an disgusting act.

    It sure is disturbing that it took ATP 8 days in tying to find icons for 16 agencies and work up a list of items that include water and biscuits!

    Are we this good?

  7. Carolyn says:
    August 6th, 2010 9:58 am

    Thank you for this very useful list. I was looking for something just like this. I have just sent in a contribution to Save the Children for the Pakistan floods. My prayers and wishes are with those in distress.

  8. Jabbar says:
    August 6th, 2010 10:01 am

    Always amazed and energized by the humanity that you guys have for those in need and bring out in others too. Your gift of $5000 is not insignificant at all. As an example to others but also in itself, it will help real people in this time of need.

    ATP, you make us all proud.

  9. S.A.F. says:
    August 6th, 2010 10:07 am

    The American Pakistan Foundation has joined with Relief International and hopes to raise $150,000. Donate here: https://ri.org/APF/donate.php
    Funds directed to the International Relief will be used for emergency health units, shelter materials and food rations.

  10. Deeda-e-Beena says:
    August 6th, 2010 10:48 am

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR DONORS
    (1) Select your Group/Organization that is directly working on the ground and has Minimal Overheads for delivering relief.

    (2) Overseas Donors: please DONOT collect/send goods (e.g. Clothing, Food supplies etc.,) as they pose a logistics Nightmare at both ends.

    (3) Send CASH to your trusted Organization and let them determine its optimal use, based on changing needs on the ground.

    (4) Sustain/Divide your Donations to cover both the Immediate RELIEF and the Long Haul REHABILITATION work.

    (5) DONOR FATIGUE inevitably shows when the visible impact of unfolding tragedy vanishes. Continue to give so that the destroyed life could be restored.

    (6) URGE the receiving Organizations to Report on their Work and utilisation of your DONATIONS. A culture of Accountability would maintain the Donor involvement and ALSO keep their work On-Track.

    A NOTE FOR ATP EDITORS: IF you think these are helpful suggestions, then please find a way to repeat them appropriately on the Blog.

  11. Afsandyar says:
    August 6th, 2010 11:16 am

    Here is an organization that does good work and have roots in the areas hit hardest:

    Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation
    see: http://www.oakdf.org.pk/

    Here is the information required to make a donation:
    Title of Account: Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation
    Account #: 0030445261000455
    Name of Bank: MCB Bank (1028), Super Market, Islamabad-Pakistan
    Swift Code: MUCBPKKAMCC
    Tax Exemption: 6043/ATD/2008-09

  12. Dr. Asma Ali says:
    August 6th, 2010 11:29 am

    For those of us in Pakistan the best way is just to make packets of the things that are needed most and get them to the affected people. Getting it to them is easy and the list you have is a good one. Those are immediate needs and even if they sound like simple things, those are needed most.

    Ignore the idiots who make fun of misery but biscuits and water ARE the most important things now. Specially nutritionally rich biscuits. As anyone who has ever done any relief work knows these are nutritionally rich and more importantly can be consumed directly, hold well in bad weather, are easy and light to carry and therefore are the single best way of meeting immediate nutritional needs. They are specially useful because a lot of the food needs right now are for children, including malnourishment but also general food provision. What we need to get to them is easily portable and easy to share and easy to distribute food that does not require preparation. Also, because spread of disease is now a major threat, it is important to have food items like biscuits that are not danger of spread of disease as many other cooked food might be.

    Hats off to all, including this blog, that are trying to help.

  13. Farrukh says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:01 pm

    In one of the emails I received from somewhere, they mention RONAQ-E-QAINAAT and the details are:

    Young doctors are in the process of arranging a series of free medical camps in the flood affected areas. First Camp is at Nowshera.
    Please Contact Ms. Alina Akhyar at alinaakhyar@yahoo.com, who will email you the Trust’s past activities, bank account details and other queries. They have already done some pretty impressive work.

    Account number: 00400101065364
    account title: Khadija Nadeem
    Askari Bank
    Chaklala Scheme 3 branch
    Rawalpindi,

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND THEIR VIEWS ON THIS GROUP?

    thanks

  14. Ben says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:32 pm

    If you can not contribute in cash, just sacrifice one hour that you waste on Facebook, Twitter, and other such sites. It will save billions for the economy. Read more at: http://fmeducation.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/facebook-addiction-can-cost-billions-of-dollars/

  15. Raheela says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:42 pm

    I also keep thinking why we are so very cynical and sarcastic about everything, even tragedies like this.

    I am glad this blog is setting a good example, and I commend you on this. I wish others would do the same.

    My friends and I in Islamabad have been making relief packets for kids and including many of the things in your list. You can also buy pre-packed packs of relief goods now in various shops here. These can be sent to army and other relief agencies.

  16. H Saqib says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:42 pm

    While you are mourning those devastated by floods in KP, Punjab and Sindh, please don’t forget affectees of Attaabad Lake and loss of legendary Silk Road (KKH) which was once treaded and scaled by Marco Polo. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/08/marco-polo-hits-silk-road-again.html

  17. ARSHAD says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:44 pm

    Adil, I still think you should have a way where we can make our contributions to you guys at ATP and then you can consolidate them and give to best cause. Sometimes it is difficult to give in small amounts and you are someone I would trust fully while I do not trust many others (for example, these APF guys who seem too political)

  18. Waqas says:
    August 6th, 2010 12:47 pm

    Mr. Adil, dont you think that government organizations like NDMA and the PM relief fund should not be included in your list of relief organizations? Can we really trust them? I would go with organizations (Eidhi Foundation, Helping Hands, etc.) that are present on the ground instead of relying on some government institution to distribute the funds to local agencies.

  19. mehrin says:
    August 6th, 2010 1:20 pm

    in my view govt. funds r just fake n govt. is not even concerned with wht is happening in pakistan. so v shud better give our money to private n trusted funds.

  20. Amarnath says:
    August 6th, 2010 2:21 pm

    Mehrin and Waqas, as an Indian I am very happy to red your comments. Finally, you agree with us that Pakistan is not to be trusted. If even the people of Pakistan have no confidence in Pakistan and its government, why should the rest of the world. Thank you for making that point to the world.

  21. Zia says:
    August 6th, 2010 4:04 pm

    Most of these organizations have very high ‘ administrative’ costs. I did work for fund raising during earthquake times and it was so difficult to give it to an organization that you can trust. Edhi is the one I can trust but I am skeptical about their organizing capabilities. I wish Imran Khan had one. But for now I think Edhi is the most trustworthy and efficient organization out there where my money will reach to the people in need.

  22. Naveed says:
    August 6th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Amarnath, shut your yap, numbskull! This is not about your dirty politics.

  23. shamshad says:
    August 6th, 2010 7:24 pm

    Hidaya Foundation (Hidaya.org) is also a very good charity that can be used for helping Pakistan.

  24. Humaira says:
    August 7th, 2010 1:04 am

    @Naveed.
    I think Amarnath is a trouble maker and just trying to stir trouble. He shoudl just be ignored.

    But, frankly, when people write the comments like the ones he is reacting to (which may also be from Indians actually, because the ideas in those comments are like that) then I think that is the exact impression we create for the rest of the world. So, maybe we should also think before we write these anti-Pakistan comments ourselves!

  25. Jawed says:
    August 7th, 2010 1:08 am

    Dear Adil, I am trying to get some relief money to Edhi foundation but find the methods on their website difficult for someone outside Pakistan. Is there an easy way to send them money, for example via PayPal, etc.?

  26. Erum says:
    August 7th, 2010 10:00 am

    I also think that Edhi Foundation needs a better way of collecting donations over internet. Maybe someone here can help the get a system that allows easy donations over internet with credit cards?

  27. Farhan says:
    August 7th, 2010 12:03 pm

    For those who can only afford small amounts and live in the US, the Text option in your wall is a very good one. I just did that, very convenient and easy.

  28. Ben says:
    August 7th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I request all the readers not to blame Mother Nature for this tragedy. It was caused by insensitive leadership and neglected infrastructure. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/08/dont-blame-nature-neglected.html

  29. August 7th, 2010 2:25 pm

    With the name of ALLAH Almighty

    Mere azeez doston,

    Assalam O Alikum.

    Apne pichle pegham main aap sy kuch arz kari thi, mujhe nahi elm k aap log kitna active howe hain ya nahi, lekin main ny arz kia tha k apne aglai pegham main aap sy arz karon gaa k yahan kin cheezon ke buhat sakhta aur fori zaroorat hai. Aur yehi arz le kar main aap ke khidmat mai hazir howa hon.

    Most Urgent Requirement in Flood effected areas:

    * Mineral Water – Fresh Drinking water “Unlimited” ( First High priority).
    * Medicines for Scabies, Dieria, Motions, Vomiting, Fever, Multivitamins etc “Unlimited”. (Second High priority).
    * Anti Germ, Mosquito, fly spray / liquid / Lime stone& Soap / liquid. Unlimited. (Third High priority)
    * Clothes “Especially for women, children’s – all ages”. “Unlimited.” (Fourth High priority).
    * Raw food stuff “Rice, Beans, Flour, Sugar, Tea, Bread, Rusk etc” Unlimited. (Fifth High priority).

    Mere doston, ye buhat thodi chezain hain jo hum apne gharon sy, ya apne hathon sy khareed kar kisi bhi organization ya NGO ko de sakte hain, ya fir apne apne cities k COD, Army garrisons main ja kar jama kara sakte hain jahan sy ye ashya jitna jaldi mumkin howa Khyber Pakhtoon Khwah k selab zadgan tak puhanchai jaa sakti hain.

    Mai aap subh he doton sy ALLAH k naam par yahan k seelab zadgan k liye bheek mangta hon k oper bayan kari gai ashya main sy aap loog jitna ziada jama kar sakte hain karain aur jitna jaldi mumkin ho yahan k logon tak puhanchain.

    Jazakuk ALLAHU Khairan Khatreen Abadan.

    Aap ka bhai.

    Mansoor Ahmed

    Ps. Ager aap humare zariye seelab zadgan ke koi maddad karma chahte hain tu neeche diye gai numbers par contact karain.

    +92 343 535 7247

    +92 313 297 8085

    +92 333 342 6031

  30. August 7th, 2010 2:52 pm

    My dear friends,
    With all due respect of all of you, Mai sirf etna kehna chahon gaa, k qoum ka jo jazba 2005 mai tha wu abh kahi bhi nazer nahi araha hai, main ny 2005 earthquack mai bhi apni private team k sath 4-5 month kaam kia tha aur abh 1st August sy apne gher karachi sy nikla howa hon, ALLAH ny mujhe jo toufeeq aur hidayat ata farmai mai ussi asbab ko le kar chal para kuch mukhlis doston ny sath dia aur aaj he noushehra sy wapis aya hon. Halat yeah hain k yahan logon k pass peene ko pani tak nahi, hazaron ladies aur bachon k pass kapre tak nahi, NGO’s aur govt kaha hai ye tu ALLAH he janta hai lekin enn selab k mutasireen k liye fori tour par agr kuch na kia gaya tu ek aur bari tabahi humara muqadar hogi, Zaroorat ess amr ke hai k sari Pakistani qoum jazba e emani sy munawaer ho kar, ALLAH ke zaat par bharosa kar k jo kuch bhi kar sakti hai kare, Hum tu buhat kam loog hain, yahan volunteer tak nahi, Doctors tak nahi. enn bachon ke dekh rekh karne wala koi nahi kam uz kam first aid aur ebtidai imdad he koi dy dai lekin yahan kahin bhi kuch bhi nahi, pore noushehra main mujhe koi NGO, International organization nazer nahi aye, na he koi govt officials haan agr koi mila tu world food wale jo sirf takhmeena laga rahe thai k kitna nukhsan howa aur kitne log zinda reh gai hain aur kitne marne wale hain.

    Main apne dono hath jour kar apne Pakistani bhaiun sy ALLAH k naam par enn khawateen, bachon, buzurgon k liye bheek mangta hon k khudara aap logon sy jo ban parta hain karain, ye trust wala mamla ALLAH pak par chour dain, buss apne eman aur ALLAH par bharosa rakh kar jiss k zarye bhi koi bhi maddad karna chahte hain karain, ALLAH pak ussi main khair o barkat farmain gai.

    Mujhe yaqeen hai k mere dost, bhai aur behne meri ess appeal par labaik kahain gai aur khud bhi yahan tashreef lain gai aur apne doston ko bhi yahan k logon k liye kaam karne ke dawat dain gai.

    Agr koi bhai ya behen mere group ko join karna chahta hai tu hum uss ko khush amdeed kahain gai, aap ka talukh zindagi k kisi bhi shobe sy ho agr aap as volunteer humare sath enn mutasira areas main kaam karna chahain tu contact karain,
    +92 343 535 7247
    +92 313 279 8085
    +92 333 342 6031

    ya email karain
    mansoorahmed.aaj@gmail.com
    faryal.zehra@gmail.com

    ya hum ko visit karain:
    http://ashiyanacamp.blogspot.com

    ya hum sy milain
    Relief camp, Madeen, Noushehra. Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
    collection camp, Mari Road, Rawalpindi. Punjab.
    collection camp, Anarkali, Lahore. Punjab.

    mai ya meri team aap sy har giz ye nahi keh rahi k aap humari maddad karain aap ko jo behter lage ussi k zarye yahan k logon ke maddad karain aur ALLAH ke zaat par bharosa rakh kar karain, Baqi enn jinnati logon, siyasat dano ya bari machliun sy agr kuch bacha tu mutasrin tak puhanch he jai gaa.

    Jazakum ALLAH Khairan Khatreen Abadan.

  31. kashif says:
    August 7th, 2010 4:04 pm

    I have been in touch with http://www.lifesaverrelief.org/ that distribute individual family size Jerry Cans.

    You may already know about Jerry cans, they are a water purification system that will filter 15,000 liters of water through each can, so the filtration life is extraordinary and not to mention very cost effective.

    These simple systems are continuing to be used extensively in Haiti due to the aftermath of the January Earthquake.

    If someone is able to mobilize these cans in Pakistan, then please do try to contact them.

  32. kashif says:
    August 7th, 2010 4:09 pm

    Those who have internet access, we have also setup a wiki page as part of the OpenStreetMap Humanitarian Team. The page is here:
    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2010_07_Pakistan_Floods

    This page details the initial effort by the OpenStreetMap’s worldwide community to come together to create useful maps for the rescue and humanitarian relief effort.

    As the data is free, I encourage all of you to have a look and see if you can help map any of the affected places. We are int he process of obtaining some updated images of the flood damages area.

  33. xena says:
    August 7th, 2010 5:09 pm

    i would make a request to people who are giving out clothes and shoes. please please make sure that clothes and shoes are worth wearing.
    i have seen aid during 2005 and now, people jus throw rags. please dont do that.
    and also please make individual packets for each clothe se( shlwar kameez dupata and other garments) dupatta is a MUST.

  34. Hassan says:
    August 8th, 2010 1:34 am

    Very useful list. Please keep updating it and add new ones as they come.

  35. Tilsim says:
    August 8th, 2010 10:09 am

    This is a wonderful article. We should give as generously as we can. Pakistanis have always been very generous during natural disasters.

    There is international goodwill that’s also kicking into action.

    At times like these it is important to put politics aside (Bilawal Bhutto was right to say this, even if it’s coming from Bilawal!). A perfect example of this in that the British Jews are also making their appeals. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has an appeal on for Pakistan’s flood victims and also the World Jewish Relief. See their websites.

  36. Taimur says:
    August 8th, 2010 7:59 pm

    I gave some donations to Doctors without Borders because I think that unlike the earthquake where the challenge was of death, in this case disease and health is the biggest immediate challenge.

  37. Bangash says:
    August 9th, 2010 12:51 am

    I gave donation to Mercy Corps & WFP. I think it is a mistake to give all the money to one organization, like Edhi, they still have limited capacity even with unlimited cash, and will not be able to operate beyond that capacity. Its better to spread the funding to most of the aid groups operating in Pakistan so they have funding and can put their workers/administration to full use.

    Mercy Corps are good people, another great organization is World Food Programme, which is very active in Pakistan.

  38. Ehtisham says:
    August 9th, 2010 12:12 pm

    My worry is that people will forget about this just when they are needed most. When the rains return and when the disease spread. I hope they do not.

  39. Ben says:
    August 9th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Water water everywhere not a drop to drink. similarly sugar sugar everywhere not a grin for your Iftar drink. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/08/sugar-sugar-everywherebut-do-you-have.html

  40. Ahmed says:
    August 9th, 2010 10:10 pm

    It looks like the aid from world govts for this immense tragedy has been underwhelming – a mere $100 million in total. In actuality, the received amount is much less – perhaps only a fifth of the committed amount. Whereas the true magnitude of the tragedy can only be estimated in tens of billions of dollars.

    I think the reasons are two-fold:

    1. Folks are jaded by a frequency of tragedies emanating from Pakistan and are wrongfully brushing this off as just another one, without realizing that this is really a once-in-a-lifetime crisis.

    2. The reserve of goodwill for Pakistan has unfortunately been depleted by the various “terrorist hub” incidents over the past several years.

    All this is very unfortunate, leaving the proverbial common man paying the price for the sins of others. If world governments wouldn’t step up to the plate, it is doubly important that individual contributors donate generously to fill the gap.

    Ahmed

  41. Adnan says:
    August 9th, 2010 10:50 pm

    Canadian Pakistanis can donate to Islamic Relief Canada. All donations to Islamic Relief Canada are tax deductible to so donate generously.

    http://www.islamicreliefcanada.org/

  42. taki says:
    August 10th, 2010 3:46 am

    Another organization which is very active and doing a great job on the ground is:

    http://al-khidmatfoundation.org/flood_relief.php

  43. Amna says:
    August 10th, 2010 5:54 pm

    I think the reason Pakistanis are not recieving international aid anymore is because of the anti-west attitude of most Pakistanis. People think we are all terrorists or just ungrateful. Nobody likes us and few are going to help. Remember Haiti? There were so many people helping- even celebrities! When I look at the help we’re getting, I feel a little hurt that nobody seems to care if we live or die.
    So, basically,we’re on our own.
    I say we all gather our friends and raise money for charities.
    No one else is going to clean up this mess for us this time, not the international community or the government. We have to do this ourselves. Seriously, look in your wallet, take out half the money in it and go and donate it to the flood victims.
    I’m 15 and I have a grand total of 2000 Rs saved up. I’m planning to donate half of it to the floods as soon as possible. If I can do it, so can you. Spread the message on Facebook or whatever. You can really make a difference if you try.

  44. Deeda-e-Beena says:
    August 10th, 2010 6:00 pm

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR DONORS

    (1) Select your Group/Organization that is directly working on the ground and has Minimal Overheads for delivering relief.

    (2) OVERSEAS DONORS:
    PLEASE DONOT Collect/Send Goods (e.g. Clothing, Food supplies etc.,) as they pose a logistics Nightmare at both ends.

    (3) Send CASH to your trusted Organizations and let them determine its optimal use, based on changing needs on the ground.

    (4) Sustain/Divide your Donations to cover both the Immediate RELIEF and the Long Haul REHABILITATION work.

    (5) DONOR FATIGUE inevitably shows when the visible impact of unfolding tragedy vanishes. Continue to give so that the destroyed lives could be restored.

    (6) URGE the receiving Organizations to briefly Report and Update on their Work and utilisation of your DONATIONS. A Culture of Accountability would maintain Donors continuous involvement and ALSO keep the work On-Track.

    (7) GIVE to Different groups.
    Give Frequently and Regularly.

    The Needs are Enormous and Growing.
    Not All groups are operational everywhere and each has limited capacity. Dividing your Donations would find wider outreach.

    (8) Contact your Relatives and Friends to Learn about the Genuine groups doing an Honest and Commendable job.

    THERE ARE MANY OF THEM.

  45. Watan Aziz says:
    August 10th, 2010 6:58 pm

    I’m 15 and I have a grand total of 2000 Rs saved up. I’m planning to donate half of it to the floods as soon as possible.

    “I am a part of all that I have met
    To [Tho] much is taken, much abides
    That which we are, we are –
    One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

    ….

    For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. (Ted Kennedy, 1980)

  46. Watan Aziz says:
    August 10th, 2010 7:00 pm

    @Amna, that was for you!

  47. anita says:
    August 11th, 2010 12:31 am

    I am a doctor and want to do volenteer work in a medical camp in punjab.Can anyone tell which organization i should contact.
    I have worked in earthquack disaster as well,but then we had our own camp in Bagh.

  48. Doctus says:
    August 11th, 2010 1:05 pm

    Please Take Action:
    I hope our “ones” understand the magnitude of this catastrophe and are actively putting in the the maximum they can.The gravity of the situation can only be matched with our efforts to help and that too needs to be continued for a considerable time to come.

    Allama Iqbal Medical College/ Jinnah Hospital, Lahore has taken an imperative initiative to ensure the best possible temporary health care setups in the areas of need.We have, to date, sent 6 teams (~50 members each) comprising of Professors, Doctors, Nurses, Paramedicals and helping staff.The teams are equipped with emergency and other vital medicines, disposables, food items and mobile water treatment units.
    The next step is sending more medical teams and Hostel Mess staff (Cooks & Misc.staff) to arrange for Sehr & Iftar for 1000 affectees at each camp.
    We, the students and doctors, have been going around door-to-door, to the markets and onto the roads to collect whatever we can.But in order to keep this going, we need more help from more “ones” like you.

    Please Donate with your Zakat, Sadaqats and Donations.

    “Branch Name: Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore
    Account Title : Flood Relief Fund
    Account Number: 12447900406603
    Swift Code: HABBPKKA”

  49. Siama says:
    August 11th, 2010 6:27 pm

    Thanks for this very useful information. I wish ATP would again provide a way to give directly to you and then you consolidate and give to the right cause, like you did with the IDPs. I think that was very useful for those unable to give large amounts but wanting to help somehow.

  50. Jon says:
    August 12th, 2010 11:40 pm

    It’s well known that religious minorities in Pakistan are pretty heavily discriminated against socially and legally. Do you know what monitoring is in place to ensure that generic aid is being used to help ALL Pakistanis? Have any of these organizations specifically stated that they will help all communities, not just a few larger ones? Thanks.

  51. August 13th, 2010 1:35 am

    De Lass Gul (DLG) is a human resource development organization working hyber Pukhtoonkhwa for over three decades. Our focus is education and skill development along with necessary supplementary activities which help beneficiaries in thier growth and development.
    Ever since the earthquake 2005, DLG has added relief and rehabilitation to its mandate. Our response to the floods was immediate since our own employees lost everything, literally everything! Their houses stood upto the roof in water! The DLG package includes basic non-food items plus a sustenance ration for three weeks per family. Initially we have adopted 100 families each in Charsadda and Nowshera. Realizing the magnitude of the disaster, we added another component to our assistance..rcuitment of volunteers to help the district administration in relief activities. So far we have registered 34 volunteers and we are on the look out for more. DLG will give a small stipend to these young men as well as a certificate for assisting in the flood relief activities.

  52. Deeda-e-Beena says:
    August 13th, 2010 2:12 pm

    ANOTHER DEDICATED ORGANIZATION

    Just found that Behbud Association is doing Flood Relief work.

    Behbud is a 40 years old Charitable organization run by very dedicated volunteer women in Pakistan. Their overheads are almost nothing.
    In the USA they are registered with the Government as a 501(c) (3) TAX DEDUCTIBLE CHARITY. Any amount large or small can be contributed easily through PAY PAL

    Their website : http://www.behbud.org has all the information.

  53. Waleed says:
    August 13th, 2010 2:47 pm

    @ Meraj Hamayun Khan(Ms)

    I am willing to do volunteer work, where ever it is need in flood effected regions of Pakistan. I am a 30 year old Male, who has done volunteer work previously with ICNA-USA during Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Gustav (2008) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am currently located in Lahore, Pakistan. Please send me your contact information and details of how I can be of any help. Contact No. 0322-433-6553

  54. Qazi says:
    August 14th, 2010 6:50 am

    @ John

    Pakistanis have been working for relief in Haiti and even in US as well and many more places. I guess the majority of these people are not Muslims so why would we discriminate our religious minorities ? You need to be in Pakistan to realize that minorities enjoy equal rights better than many so called secular states. Yes acceptions may exist and its every where including US , UK and all developed countries. Pakistan being in the spot light even sometimes little issues start getting too political.
    So if you want to join in the noble cause , dont hestitate or worry, we take care of our religious minorities

    Best Regards

  55. Ameena says:
    August 14th, 2010 7:16 am

    An easy way to donate if you can’t afford to make a larger donation is to text SWAT to 50555 to give $10 to UNHCR and help provide tents, blankets, and emergency aid to families displaced by the floods in Pakistan. Check out http://www.unrefugees.org/ for details.

  56. Adeel Rehma says:
    August 15th, 2010 7:12 am

    Narrated Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (SAWS), who said: “Allah said: ‘Spend (on charity), O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

    Help Pakistani Flood Victims
    Jamia Bait us Salam Trust (Regd)

    The flooding and landslides in different areas of Pakistan have caused havoc affecting over 13 million people.
    we have, under supervision of, Hazrat Maulana Abdus Sattar (hafizUllah) begun to address the immediate needs of flood survivors by providing much needed Cash (Sadaqa and Zakat) food clothing, medicines, shelter etc.

    Step ahead & help our brothers in need by lending them a helping hand through your donations.

    Fund Collection point
    Maktab Fahmedeen, oop Bail-us-Salaam Masjid, Phase 4 DHA
    and
    Markaz Fahmedeen. 32-C, Khy Rahat, Lane 1, Phase 6, DHA
    Phone: 0333-2102002, 0321-2494739, 0322-3251186

    Make Direct Contribution through Cheques OR
    Direct Deposit in our Bank Account:
    Jama Bait us Salam (1024-1029428-0001)
    Bank Islami DHA Phase 4

  57. Adeel Rehman says:
    August 15th, 2010 7:33 am
  58. HAROON says:
    August 15th, 2010 11:39 pm

    Very good list and thank you for the links. You are doing a great service. I agree with others that you should also create some way we can give directly to you and then you distribute to the best relief agency. Because people have trust in Prof. Najam and in ATP I think they will feel more comfortable giving directly to you.

  59. Yaqoob says:
    August 16th, 2010 7:13 pm

    Good list. I see now that the effort is picking up. Including amongst citizens. Everyone I know is doing something.

  60. September 16th, 2010 7:56 am

    Good list. I see now that the effort is picking up. Including amongst citizens.

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