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Don’t Forget Pakistan

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As a number of bloggers have noted, the 3 million people left homeless by recent severe flooding in Pakistan have been all but neglected by the media and by the general public. That number is staggering — it’s about equal to the total population of San Diego, CA. The kind of overwhelming, heartfelt response that we saw in the aftermath of this year’s earthquake in Haiti and other natural disasters of recent years has been missing.

I have also been remiss in addressing this humanitarian crisis in Pakistan. So without further ado, here is a listing of how to help, compiled by Diane Herbst of the website Tonic:

  • UNICEF is providing help with water, sanitation, health and nutrition for displaced children and families. To donate, please click here.
  • Stamford, Conn.-based AmeriCares is sending medical and other aid to the hardest-hit areas of the flood. Readers can donate through the AmeriCares website.
  • CARE needs donations for its health teams, mobile clinics and distribution of food, which will help 100,000 flood victims. To donate, go to their website.
  • Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres is providing water, sanitation help, hygiene kits, cooking utensils and other items to Pakistanis. Doctors Without Borders has also prepared itself to care for patients in case of cholera outbreaks. To donate to Doctors Without Borders, give to its emergency fund.
  • The International Medical Corps (IMC) has sent mobile medical teams of doctors and paramedics to assist victims in the hardest hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the northwest. To make a donation to the Santa Monica, Calif. based organization, founded by a UCLA doctor, go to the IMC website. The organization is also seeking doctors, nurses and trained professionals from a wide variety of fields. For more information and to volunteer, visit the Corps’ website.
  • Westport, Conn.-based Save the Children, dedicated to helping children worldwide, is already providing medical care, food and shelter kits. To donate to its Pakistan efforts, click here.
  • Mercy CorpsPakistan Emergency Fund supports Mercy Corps workers with their efforts in helping displaced families in the hard-hit Swat Valley. Visit the Mercy Corps website to donate to the Pakistan Emergency Fund.
  • American Red Cross seeks to raise $100,000 to aid its Pakistan equivalent — Pakistan Red Crescent — with teams on the ground providing food, other relief items and medical care. To donate, go to their website.
  • Oxfam hopes to reach 400,000 people affected by the devastating floods, supplying clean water and preventing the spread of waterborne disease. To support Oxfam’s efforts, go to the Oxfam America website. Those outside the US can donate to its UK emergency relief fund for Pakistan.
  • Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday that Americans could text the word “SWAT” to the number 50555 to donate $10 per SMS message to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to provide tents, clothing, food, clean water and medicine to Pakistan.
  • BRAC has temporarily halted its normal operations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to provide relief work. Due to the acute food shortage, BRAC Pakisan has begun to deliver food packets containing such items at rice, lentils, flour and water purification tables. In the immediate future, the team will also be distributing Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and sending out a medical team to begin assessing health needs. To donate, click here.
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide, a relief organization based in Birmingham, England, has launched a £2 million (or $3.2 million USD) appeal to deliver clean water, food and health care. You can donate here.
  • The World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, is supplying food to the tens of thousands affected by the floods. To donate, visit the WFP website.
  • About Maia

    I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

    6 responses »

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    2. Thank you for this, Maia. The silence is truly deafening.

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    4. The Pakistanis have proven to be something far less than America’s allies; why would anyone think we’d care that much about what happens to them?

    5. Hi,

      I was just browsing the Buddhist blogs (got here from Dangerous Harvests) and came across this post. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a list like this of all the ways to help the people suffing through the disaster in Pakistan.

      The only thing I’d add, though, is that whilst it’s good and proper to help the victims of these floods, if ever there was a time to add conditions to aid, this is it.

      I mean, the people of America, Britain, and Japan (the top three donors) are being incredibly generous both through their tax money and private donations, and I don’t think it would be too much for them to ask the Pakistani government in return to (a) start combatting the Jihadists they seem to protect (b) stop the persecution of Christians and other minority groups (c) do something about wonen’s rights and other basic human rights in the country and (d) get rid of their nuclear weapons.

      A step in any of these directions would show the world that Pakistan is a country to be trusted and that the aid donated to the country would stand a better chance of doing some good.

      All the very best in your fundraising and thanks again for this resource.


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