Sunday, 8 August 2010

Citizen's Speak: Flood Relief for the Lazy Souls

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Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 5, 2010

The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that started on July 29. Our response has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. Support to Pakistan includes financial assistance and the immediate provision of urgently needed supplies and services drawing on unique U.S. capabilities.

Latest Developments:

Six U.S. Army helicopters have begun humanitarian assistance operations. The four CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters are operating in partnership with the Pakistan Government throughout the flood-impacted areas to deliver much-needed relief supplies and provide transport to people who urgently need emergency assistance. Today, they evacuated more than 800 people from Kalam to Khwazakhela and transported 66,000 pounds of relief supplies.
The United States is making commitments of $25 million in assistance to flood-affected populations, bringing the total to date to more than $35 million. These commitments consist of $10 million from US Agency for International Development (USAID) to address emergency needs identified by the Government of Pakistan, and $15 million from USAID for the U.N. World Food Program for emergency food aid, including the local and regional procurement of food.

U.S. Contributions To Date:

U.S. helicopters assigned to the Pakistani Ministry of Interior’s 50th Squadron are continuing their operations and have rescued 983 people and airlifted 30,973 pounds of supplies.

More than 436,000 halal meals from U.S. stocks in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region have been delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan, a contribution of $3.25 million dollars.

Twelve pre-fabricated steel bridges have been made available as temporary replacements for highway bridges damaged by flooding in Peshawar and Kurram Agency.

Four Zodiac inflatable rescue boats with power motors and two water filtration units—which provide pumping, purification, and distribution of potable water for up to 10,000 persons daily—are being provided for use in the affected area.

A second consignment containing four additional water treatment units, 14 Zodiac boats with motors, 10 water storage bladders with distribution systems for drinking water and 30 concrete-cutting saws has been shipped to Peshawar for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

A 25kw generator was provided to the Frontier Scouts-KPk to support their flood relief efforts.

The U.S. and its international and national partners are continuing ongoing humanitarian programs in the flood-affected areas and are working to identify assistance gaps to be addressed through an expansion of existing programs as well as new grants.

Private Sector Response:

The Coca-Cola Corporation for Pakistan and Afghanistan announced on August 5 a $500,000 donation.

Working with mGive, Americans are contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. The text will result in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan cellular phone industry are inviting Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Fund for Flood Relief beginning August 5 by texting the amount of their donation to 1234.

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Citizen's Speak: Pakistan Floods, International Donations

Islamic Relief:

Muslim Hands:

Muslim Aid:

Islamic Help:

PLAN International:

Trocaire Ireland:

Citizen's Speak - Flood Relief Donations Drive, Pakistan Charities.

Al-Khidmat Foundation:

Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan is working as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit and charitable organization. It works under its own Memorandum of Articles of Association and leadership. It has no affiliation with any regional ethnic or political organization of Pakistan or any where in the world. Al-Khidmat is exclusively engaged and supports charitable activities and programs. It neither seeks political positions nor does it supports, it provides to any other organization at home or abroad it is purely for charitable purposes, particularly supporting education, health-care and other related relief services. Al-Khidmat Foundation is dedicated to the services of humanity all parts of the world without any discrimination of creed, religion and political association

More info on Flood Relief:

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Edhi Foundation:

Edhi foundation is the most trusted name in Pakistan when it comes to relief work within distressed areas in Pakistan and the rest of the world. Edhi foundation is a NON Profit organization that has been in the business of providing social services like medical care, emergency services, air ambulances, burial services, mental habitats, old homes, child welfare services, abused women safe houses and training facilities for the disadvantaged..

Edhi's founder is Abdul Sattar Edhi who established the first clinic in 1951.

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Sarhad Rural Support Programme:

Concerned citizens based in Lahore are collecting relief items for the Sarhad Rural Support Programme, the largest NGO in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. SRSP's experience and size make it the most suitable choice for donations at this time. They are a part of the Rural Support Programmes Network (, founded by Shoaib Sultan Khan, who was nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize (along with President Obama and others).

People may make donations directly to SRSP, write crossed cheques to us in favor of SRSP or donate relief goods directly to them (which will then be loaded on to trucks headed for SRSP warehouses in Peshawar. People are also welcome to join in the effort of loading the trucks and actually making the trip to the affected areas to see the profound difference their generosity makes in the lives of so many.

The link to their Facebook page is:

Contact: Umar Agha. Cell: 0321 842-2425 and email:


Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation

Established in 1999, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation strives for a democratic and peaceful society based on the values of equity, tolerance and justice in which all people are assured a life of quality. It works with citizens, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, to achieve human and livelihood security. The Foundation organizes citizens, assists them in engaging with the state on policy and institutional reform, and supports their livelihood strategies through skill-building, credit provision, and community infrastructure development. The Foundation is a national organization with its field base in NWFP. The Foundation has a staff of 60 and offices in Islamabad and Abbottabad.


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Title of Account: Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation

Account #: 0030445261000455

Name of Bank: MCB Bank (1028), Super Market, Islamabad-Pakistan


Tax Exemption: 6043/ATD/2008-09


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Pakistan Red Crescent Society:

Pakistan Red Crescent Society was founded on December 20, 1947 by the order ‘The Pakistan Red Cross Order’ courtesy Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Governor General of Pakistan and Founder President of the Society. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) recognized PRCS on July 21, 1948. Later it was admitted as a member of the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Now called International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies-IFRC) on August 18, 1948. Pakistan Red Cross Society was renamed as Pakistan Red Crescent Society in 1973.

PRCS has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad.

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