My Very First Aid Mission alongside AIF
" Al Imdaad has brought 330 tons of relief aid to Pakistan on this leg of their ongoing missions to Pakistan. The respect and cooperation from officials from all walks of the country speak alone of the significance of this aid, the difference that the NGO is making and the reliability and credibility of the founders. The foundation uses an identification card system to track all aid provided and to keep count of distribution which establishes its transparency."
Pakistan is a beautiful country; driving South from Islamabad one has the sense that you have slipped back into time. The people are warm, industrious people who turn fields, carve wood and trade, building lives and dreams for them and their children. The many ancient Masjids, villages, bazaars and historical monuments all speak volumes of the history still preserved. It is a history closely linking Indians (who all are part of one people from before the British division) and Islam. It is a land filled museum of the spread of Islam through the Sub-continent or Asian region and it is significant to all of as as a map of where we have come from.
Pakistan has been hit by a few major disasters over the past decade but the July flood is different in few respects. First being that it is not concentrated to one region and the other that it has affected all classes of people, the poverty stricken being the worse affected.
The worse affected flood victims, the farm laborers have lost their villages and with it their lives and dreams and hopes for a brighter future for their children. Walking through the rubble one gets a sense of how difficult this must be. These people were self sufficient, independent and hard working. It is seen in the construction of their homes and Masjids. The broken structures that stand in the remnants of their villages testify to the industriousness of the people as well.
The crisis worsens because the farm and mill owners also have great losses. Their fields are now swamps, their crops are rotting and their employees are destitute and scrambling to survive and cannot work. The harvest season is upon them and there isn’t much of the crops which can be saved nor staff to do the saving. What holds for the economy and more importantly, what will be the repercussions for the laborers?
October; and one still sees huge lakes of standing water stretching over an area the size of Italy. The smell of disease is ripe in the air; sanitation is the greatest hygiene issue… It is obvious these people are living in what probably are the only items of clothing they have left, not washed for weeks, tattered, torn rags.
There isn’t much fresh clean drinking water at their disposal and food is an even greater scarcity.
In the areas like Shedaad Kot in Sind province woman, children and men are suffering from severe malnutrition. Most of them have lost their hair and have white patches around their heads, hollowed out eyes and protruding cheek bones. You find bony bodies curled on the hard hot floor moaning of starvation or pains from symptoms of diseases and shivering with fever. The absence of sufficient medical aid is blatant. The future is bleak and dim and the fear of a creeping rise in the death toll surfaces at the back of one’s mind.
Al Imdaad has brought 330 tons of relief aid to Pakistan on this leg of their ongoing missions to Pakistan. The respect and cooperation from officials from all walks of the country speak alone of the significance of this aid, the difference that the NGO is making and the reliability and credibility of the founders. The foundation uses an identification card system to track all aid provided and to keep count of distribution which establishes its transparency.
The packages themselves are all encompassing, containing utensils, food, clothing and even basic furniture among other things. It is a six week (food) start up pack which has been described in local Pakistani media as being one of, if not the most comprehensive aid packages provided and it is being distributed to affected communities across the country. Further the organization has already plans in motion for the second phase of the mission, the reconstruction of Pakistan.
There needs to be emphasis placed on supporting Al Imdaad in these efforts so they may achieve their vision of increasing their capacity, which directly results in saving more lives.
It was an honor being part of the difference they are making and the work they are doing, even if just to report on it. One has the sense of the kind of heroes one stands with when you look at the hope rekindled in the eyes of the victims who look upon the delegation. When the world has become so dark it is reassuring to witness beacons of light standing among us.
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