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More Good Ways to Help Flood Victims in Pakistan

Posted on August 18, 2010
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This post updates our earlier list of good ways to help flood victims in Pakistan.

The good news is that there are now many avenues through which support can be provided to them. We have listed and given links to just a few here but there are many many more. More importantly, the range of avenues and ways in whihc you can help has also expanded. These range from UN agencies (such as UNHCR or WFP) to international relief organizations (such as Doctors Without Borders or Save the Children) to Pakistani groups such as (Edhi Trust or Behbud) to more localized organizations (such as Karachi Relief Trust or SRSP) to knowledge efforts (such as PakRelief crowd-mapping) to expatriate Pakistani efforts (such as Human Development Foundation or Relief4Paksiatan) to individual efforts such as those TeethMaestro and OffRoad Club of Paksitan and, indeed, by thousands of families and individuals all over the country who are just rising to collect money and goods and get it to those in need.

Once again, we urge you to give. Give to who ever you think will do the best job. But give. No matter how much you give or to whom. Do please give. Because the need is great. I tried to make this case to American audiences in a recent NPR interview (listen to audio here), and the case to Pakistanis is the same, but even more urgent.

Mouj baRhay, ya aandhi aaye, diya jalaye rakhna hai
Ghar ki khatir sou dukh jhailain, ghar tou aakhir appna hai

On behalf of all of our readers, we have been sending donations from ATP to Edhi Foundation and we intend to keep adding to this whatever we can. 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. Since the question has been repeated, let me repeat our response to those kind readers and past donors who have written 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.

If you are sending goods in kind, please review our last post on the subject which has a good list of the things most needed. Also, please do remember that as the water recedes the needs will actually increase, not decrease. In particular the incidence of disease will rise and the need for hygiene as well as medicine will rise with it. So, please, do whatever you can. For all our sakes!

38 Comments on “More Good Ways to Help Flood Victims in Pakistan”

  1. Asim Ali says:
    August 18th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Thanks
    very useful info

  2. Wasif says:
    August 18th, 2010 9:23 pm

    If you are in Pakistan, just grab food and water and go and give directly to those in need
    it’s easiest and most effective

  3. Ben says:
    August 19th, 2010 5:12 am

    Did anybody realize that this was not merely a natural disaster, it is a national security crisis also, if you realize. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/08/floods-are-in-effect-serious-threat-to.html

  4. smssr84 says:
    August 19th, 2010 5:30 am

    great list!
    u can add Humanity First as well. they are already on a go.

    http://usa.humanityfirst.org/
    http://www.humanityfirst.ca/

  5. shahran asin says:
    August 19th, 2010 7:31 am

    I think Adil, I think you forgot to mention one of the commendable effort that “Pakistan Youth Alliance” is doing especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Southern Punjab. This is a national organization of Pakistani youth who is doing relief effort headed by Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi and other youths.

    Most of these youth are from large cities and they have been sitting in their homes watching the calamity on TV but they stood up and went to the worst affected areas , faced harsh weather, travelled in boats, killed snakes while providing relief via boats.

    I know these days a questions has been repeatedly raised which is “How would I know that my donation money is being used in providing relief.

    Even bigger organizations don’t have a way to remain connected with the donors and give them updates.

    I would like mention that Pakistan Youth Alliance and Teeth Maestro’s Offroad Pakistan /SA relief which is a small group of inviduals but are far ahead in terms of providing transparency.

    They have been using the available IT technologies to be as transparent as possible.

    From scanning receipts of the purchases / to actual daily status updates on relief effort via Twitter and facebook, sending daily live pictures of this calamity. This actually enabled the donors to virtually travel with them and seeing the live pictures within minutes, providing their track on google maps. This makes a huge difference.
    made them trust worthy and encouraged donors to donate more.

    A perfect example of how IT infrastructure can be effectively used without any significant cost.

    I would strongly encourage our readers to also donate to them and then follow them on twitter or facebook and be part of their daily relief effort.

    Besides that, renowned TV anchors Syed Talat Hussain and Kashif Abbasi have created a joint account and they have been collecting donations as well. The link is http://www.aaj.tv/donation

  6. Watan Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2010 8:01 am

    Today, August 19, 2010 is World Humanitarian Day.

    From UN’s website, it outlines the principles of Humanitarian Actions:

    Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.

    Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

    Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinion.

    Operational Independence: Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented”.

  7. Arfeen says:
    August 19th, 2010 8:19 am

    Very good list and I am thankful to ATP for keep updating this.

    Now there are many many ways to give. The question is if we have the will to give. Please do.

    In our little group of Pakistanis here in France, we just collected 25000 Euros and are sending it to Edhi Trust also.

    Maybe other people and communities who have collected funds can also list them here so that others can be inspired.

  8. alif noon says:
    August 19th, 2010 8:44 am

    The Imran Khan link directs to a blog- do you have verified its actually related to Imran Khan?

  9. Obaid1 says:
    August 19th, 2010 9:26 am

    The government and local clerics refused to shelter around 500 flood-affected families belonging to the Ahmad1ya community in South Punjab’s relief camps. Not only that, the government also did not send relief goods to the flood-hit areas belonging to the Ahmad1ya community, The Express Tribune has learnt during a visit to the devastated Punjab districts of Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/40435/the-politics-of- relief-aliens-in-their-own-land/

  10. Hammad says:
    August 19th, 2010 9:40 am

    Yes, the Imran Khan fund is currently managed at that blog and will launch a formal site soon.

  11. Iqbal says:
    August 19th, 2010 1:59 pm

    Very good list. Many of my Americans friends have ben asking how they can help and I have forwarded this to some of them

  12. Truth Seeker says:
    August 19th, 2010 3:48 pm

    Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinion.

    This single declaration deems the UN charter (made by humans) superior to any religion (word of God).

  13. Pasha says:
    August 19th, 2010 4:37 pm

    We as a nation are so divided and so weak and cynical that I keep wondering if these floods will tear us totally apart. Just at the 1970 ones did from your last post.

  14. Watan Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2010 5:21 pm

    Everyone here is suffering from something. Still, the moment they see us, everyone scrambles to find a suitable place for us. Someone is trying to find a chair for us to sit down. Father Khuda Joti is insisting on giving us tea or sending someone to buy a cold drink. We are guests in his makeshift shelter, and he wants to give us the best of what he has. We cannot bring ourselves to take anything from him. He and his family have lost nearly everything they own.

    They are victims of the worst floods Pakistan has ever seen, and yet they are trying to make us comfortable. That keeps happening everywhere we go. The day before, in a school-turned-clinic, a few ladies who had survived the floods handed me a “hair catcher” because they could see that I was sweating profusely, and they wanted to make me more comfortable. At the same time, the men kept fanning us with brightly colored hand fans. It makes me feel both ashamed about how much I have and don’t appreciate, and inspired by the kindness that is clearly being extended with no expectation of anything in return.

    The source for the above is not relevant. The truth does not need references. These are the descriptions of the hard working, honest, decent Pakistanis. And they are the weak, the voiceless. Hardly anyone “gitter-mitters” for them. You will find similar descriptions anywhere you read; any source; any publication.

    But the weak of Pakistan,
    They have nothing. They had nothing.
    They have no clean water. They had no clean water.
    They have no medicine. They had no medicine.
    They have no belongings. They had no belongings.
    They have cholera. They had cholera.
    They have malaria. They had malaria.
    They have skin disease. They had skin disease.
    They have no electric power. They had no electric power.
    They have no one who listens to their plight. They had no one who listened to their plight.
    They have no justice. They had no justice.
    They have no equity. They had no equity.

    Let me repeat: They are victims of the worst floods Pakistan has ever seen, and yet they are trying to make us comfortable. That keeps happening everywhere we go.

    And these are the people who are “sold” again and again by the self proclaimed and equally bigoted religious nuts and the self appointed and equally bigoted liberal frauds. We have seen usurpers evil and enlightened and everyone one in between. We have seen all elected, usurped and appointed “leaders”.

    All of them. None save Jinnah cared for Pakistan. The rest have been only interested in their own “legacies” and “relations”.

    Shame.

    Shameless.

    Shameful.

    And we continue to witness the theft.

    And these are the kind of people the thieves of Pakistan rob from. And accomplice in this theft are the three jinns of Pakistan, I-Slammed-Everyone-Abad, Karachi and Lahore. They do not care who lives and who dies. They are only embarrassed that now the world will watch them die homeless; with cameras trained on them! The world will see their own opulence and the disparity of the weak. The theft documented.

    Please do listen to the wailings of the elite. Pay attention to their words. They do not care about the poor. They just are worried that the terrorists will move in. They are just worried this will be recruitment grounds for terrorists. What kind of humanity is that? You only seem to care to keep your theft?

    Humanity is the last thing on their mind. Humanity was the last thing on their mind.

    What the weak of Pakistan have is decency, honesty, sincerity, hard work and faith.

    The question is, will the “educated” of Pakistan, see the light and change their ways? Will they stand up for the weak and say enough is enough and ask for equity and justice. Will they seize the moment?

    I pray they do.

    There is yet a lot of good in Pakistani peoples. Good deep and wide. Good slumbered. The system is bad. Not the people. And Pakistanis are perfectly capable of fixing their own house.

    I know Pakistanis will come together and do it.

    I have faith.

    I have the audacity of hope with fierce urgency of now.

  15. Noman says:
    August 19th, 2010 6:07 pm

    I appreciate ATP keeping the intense focus on the need to act. You do a national service with this.

    But I must say I do now think that people have the same spirit or even interest this time. No matter who you talk to is more interesting in talking about the politics of this and finding some way to make a political point for or against someone rather than actually focusing on the calamity and what to do about it. In 2005 with earthquake it is very different that way. This time there is NO solidarity nationally.

  16. Aliya says:
    August 19th, 2010 9:19 pm

    Can anyone suggest what are best organizations to send large gifts to. We are collecting in our community and trying to decide who to give the money to (around US$50K)

  17. Saba Ali says:
    August 19th, 2010 9:22 pm

    I am very glad you included http://pakreport.org/ in your list. They are doing a great job of providing realtime information on flood needs

  18. August 19th, 2010 9:57 pm

    A few more organizations have been added to the ‘wall’ above. We will continue adding organizations as we go along.

    Also note that the name of each organization should appear as your mouse hovers over the image of its icon. Clicking on the icon should take you to their Pakistan Floods page, or equivalent.

  19. Ayesha says:
    August 19th, 2010 10:22 pm

    Dr. Najam, following your earlier advice, my family, including some uncles and cousins, have decided to cut down on all Ramzan Iftari expenses and are using that money to get provisions that we have distributed in a camp near Karachi.

    I should say that after we did this we felt as if our Rozas really became more fulfilling. But then we saw that we started getting fancier in our Iftari again, but now we have resolved that we will not let that happen and if that means we can afford to give more than we will do that.

    That was very good advice from you.

  20. Rotarian says:
    August 20th, 2010 12:23 am

    You have forgotten globally recognized ROTARY INTERNATIONAL and around 2000 local Rotary Clubs working throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan for the flood displaced souls. Please visit http://www.rotarydistrict3272.org/ or http://www.rotary.org for further information

  21. ali says:
    August 20th, 2010 12:32 am

    Please add Al-Khidmat Welfare Society who are doing a great job in all provinces simultaneously and also for the flood victims who have come to Karachi and settled in temporary camps!

  22. Ali says:
    August 21st, 2010 10:16 am

    Where’s world wide organization MINHAJ WELFARE FOUNDATION (http://www.minhajwelfare.org/) ??

  23. August 21st, 2010 2:27 pm

    i request permission to republish the first part- links to donation pages with logos- of this post as I seek to append it to a post on my blog.
    Kindly suggest how could we proceed this?

  24. Rehana says:
    August 22nd, 2010 5:21 am

    We the 18 crore awaam do not trust the government at all.
    They are corrupt,who does’nt know?
    Why silence?
    Pakistan Fauj?
    CJ?
    Opposition Parties?
    Assembly?
    Senate?
    PPP?
    PML-N?
    World Heads?
    Donot give AID in CASH but in KINE or else the money shall be syphoned into foriegn banks.
    He owns 4 to 5 billions dollars.
    What if those accounts are frozen?
    Release that money for flood victim’s relief.
    Don’t spare the corrupt ever.

  25. Ahmed says:
    August 22nd, 2010 12:09 pm

    It is all good to contribute for flood rescue. But, we have to understand and rate the organizations asking for funds on their humanitarian track record, before opening our wallets.

    Rumors of overwhelming corruption have been swirling the past few weeks. As have been evidence that the Pakistani minorities have been left to the vultures to fend for themselves. Even worse, been robbed and maimed.

    First, the news story on the plght of the Ahmadis in the flood. And, now the story on Hindus being looted (link below).

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/41664/%e2%80%98they-don%e2%80%99t-really-care-about-us%e2%80%99/

  26. Brian says:
    August 23rd, 2010 1:22 am

    You guys are doing a great service by highlighting this. Please keep up the good work.

  27. Shamshad says:
    August 23rd, 2010 3:25 am

    Dr Adil – Can you please start a post to acknowledge all the fundraising activities that are taking place across North America (Ideally across the globe). Also, we should acknowledge all the major companies who have announced donations and/or donation matching despite having a very small number of employees of Paksitani origin.

    http://www.sarelief.com/2010/08/svfundraiser/

    Thanks!

  28. August 23rd, 2010 5:13 am

    We have consolidated a list and are constantly updating it. For details on how to donate via

    SMS, watching YouTube videos, purchasing charity songs, on-line campaigns, and individuals and organisations working for Pakistan Flood Relief, please visit:

    http://tinyurl.com/36seelg

  29. Ben says:
    August 23rd, 2010 10:57 am

    Americans (Holbrook) think that their aid will make Pakistanis fall in love with them. Can someone tell them that humanitarian aid is not Valentine gift. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/08/humanitarian-aid-is-not-valentine-gift.html

  30. coldrain says:
    August 23rd, 2010 2:48 pm

    Dear all,

    The Islamabad Jeep Club is also conducting relief operations in Punjab and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. We are looking for volunteers from Islamabad/Rawalpindi to support our distribution efforts.

    http://ijc.com.pk/relief/

  31. Babar Haq says:
    August 24th, 2010 2:00 am

    A very interesting way of coordinating efforts for relief work. It has a clickable maps with all the current requirements

    http://www.pakreport.org/ushahidi/

  32. August 25th, 2010 8:12 pm

    See http://www.pakistani.org/floodrelief/ for a registry of flood relief efforts and initiatives. The site also shows users which organizations their friends are recommending or donating to.

  33. p4k1stan says:
    August 26th, 2010 11:47 pm

    islam channel http://www.islamchannel.tv has an appeal every night throughout ramadhan for flood victims via numerous charities. the presenters stay up till fajr time to raise funds…

  34. smssr84 says:
    August 27th, 2010 5:37 am

    Humanity First raised $115,000 last night at Iftar fund raising dinner!! MashAllah they are already on the ground working, and are all set to provide more!!

  35. Meengla says:
    August 27th, 2010 3:40 pm

    I just sent my first check of $100 via the remit.ublny.com site to the Prime Minister Flood 2010 Relief fund. I will send more as funds become available. This is NOT to show off but may be a strange way to prod others to ‘do more’. I will certainly do more and appreciate Pakistaniat.com doing an excellent job in presenting the crisis.
    Keep up the good work.

  36. Adnan says:
    August 28th, 2010 1:43 am

    As it’s always said that “phattu” liberals and their regime don’t have guts to help needy people,it got proved once again. While Zardari’s secular regime is more busy in sucking up all the aid and in mudslinging with their opposition parties,”Terrorists” and “Millitant” Organizations are busy in helping flood affected people in those areas as well where all NGOs refused to work. This is giving fits to USoA and their puppets here in Pakistan that these religious “terrorists” organizations will gain popularity in region thus it would hurt “American Interest” in the region.

    The point is, liberal govt and liberals should stop crying like chicks and come forward to help needy people. At one side they are more busy in babbling while on other hand their secular govt is not helping people. On top of that their leaders are more busy in saving their own lands and American bases in Pakistan. Now when there is a complete chaos and govt is failed to help flood victims, it is a lame to complain that “right wingers” are gaining control and would use victims as “suicide bombers”. While this babbling is quite baseless and useless, even if it becomes true then one should not point fingers on others while 3 others are just pointing at you. “Right Wingers” came forward because no one else came at the needy time. If liberals really want to earn respect then do more than those right wingers in the affected area. As an american said, it’s all about war of hearts and minds, once again those parties who were labaled as “Terrorists” are helping their people and on other hand, what our secular and liberal govt is doing? See below. No wonder that even a secular militant leader, Altaf Hussain lashed out on such brutal acts of govt and begged Army to take over.

    tinyurl.com/nasdaqpakistan

    you can’t blame Mullahs and Talibans for what liberal idiots are doing out of Pakistan to embarrass him.

  37. Majid says:
    August 28th, 2010 8:54 am

    @Adnan, here is what your non-Secular Punjab government up to;

    Pakistan relief organisations ‘discriminating against Christian flood victims’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7968046/Pakistan-relief-organisations-discriminating-against-Christian-flood-victims.html

    The same people who are raising aid for us in millions (British kafir public has raised $30 million so far and German kafir public $10 million in just one night) are making fun of us for discriminating on religious grounds even in distributing this free aid. What an incentive for them to help us. We want compassion from others but have none ourselves.

  38. September 7th, 2010 3:15 am

    It would be good to keep this post updated by adding in other organizations and resources for donations.. and keep this as a sticky post somehow

    Here are a few websites that I found had legit local and international organizations working for them some of which are listed on this page

    http://floodrelief.pk/
    http://goo.gl/DgGf

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