Pakistan flood story #2: Self-initiated relief from Karachi

My name is Arsalan Ahmed, I live in Karachi Pakistan, the biggest City of Pakistan, in the Sindh region. I was very surprised to read your kind and generous views about Pakistan, that unfortunately the world does not have.

I am the General Secretary of The Rotaract Club of Karachi Karsaz, (Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30).

My Club has opened relief camps across Karachi since the inception of the flood. I am proud to let you know that we collected over 1 million Pakistani rupees. (~$12,000 USD (the average monthly salary in Pakistan is ~$41 USD/month))

We bought relief items with that money, making boxes for the effected families. Each carton can help a family survive for a week or even more. Each carton includes the following items:
2kg Rice
2kg Flour
1kg Sugar
2 ltr mineral water
1 ltr Cooking oil.
1 kg lentils
1kg beans
one packet of biscuit
1 packet (300gms) Tea
one packet milk Powder
2 ltr Milk (liquid)
Pain Killer Medicines
ORS, Glucose

We also provided clothes and tents separately.

All of the material that we bought was taken personally by us, regardless of the risks we have faced on the way. We went to Khairpur, Sukkur, Jamshoro, Hyderabad , Latifabad and Qasimabad. All of which are areas intensely effected areas in the Sindh region.

The situation is terrible everywhere, lack of clean water being the biggest issue. I believe people are getting sick from drinking unhygienic water. People have lost every thing. Their lands, their families, their animals, everything they had.

According to what I saw, sadly it is going to take years to recover and build back the infrastructure.

Arsalan Ahmed

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I am originally from Venezuela. For the last three years, I have been serving the women and children of the remote areas of Pakistan, so I have witnessed firsthand the needs of these vulnerable communities.
Last June, I had the privileged to be a speaker at TEDx Houston. My presentation was based on Plan Bee. These women have worked hard to provide food and shelter for their families, but now they have lost everything including the lives of loved ones. The entire beekeeping community, as part of our Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project Plan Bee, has been affected. The devastating floods have left them homeless, with no food, and in desperate need of aid relief.

Please check out this link for more details on Plan Bee, the devastation and TEDxHouston.

Today, the Hashoo Foundation team is working with Shine for Humanity, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS), Pakistan Pediatrics Association (PPA), Helping Hands, Acted, and other organizations, to provide clean water and immediate relief to the flood victims of Charsadda and Nowshera, NWFP, southern Punjab and Sukkur in Sindh.

Unfortunately, despite the devastation, international donations are but a fraction of compared with the response to catastrophes like the Haitian earthquake or the Asian tsunami.

This is a global disaster of epic proportions. The need to promote the solidarity and understanding of Pakistan's plight is as important as the relief efforts to the recovery of this country. As a global citizen, I am committed to do everything that I can to create awareness, promote collaboration and raise funds to help the people of Pakistan during these difficult times. Today, I ask you to join me in this relief effort; together we can make a difference. Please contact me directly if you want to volunteer and/or get involved in any capacity.

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