Meanwhile, the American Pakistan Foundation (APF) and CEO Awais Khan are looking to connect with US journalists. APF is involved in a fundraising drive in the US in partnership with IRC, Relief International and Save the Children. You can contact him at akhan at americanpakistan.org
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From: Mahnaz Fancy <mahnaz.fancy at gmail.com>
Subject: Please support the Relief4Pakistan campaign
I have gotten many inquiries over the last few weeks about where to send donations to help the flood victims in Pakistan. The situation is awful and grows worse by the day as the rains continue to ravage the land.
date fall far below those made for the tsunami or the Haiti earthquake.
We have developed this grassroots campaign to raise awareness of the
millions whose lives have been affected and to support Mercy Corps' relief
Please give what you can -- every little bit helps, and forward this email
or the direct link
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From: Ethan Casey <ethan at ethancasey.com>
Author and journalist
Dear Pakistani-American community leaders and other friends,
I've just written this article. I feel I can be most helpful to flood
relief by helping widen awareness of the massive scope of the
unfolding tragedy beyond Pakistanis, Pakistani-Americans, and other
Muslims. This is what I'm trying to do in this article. So please
share it not only with other Pakistanis, but especially with your
non-Pakistani friends, neighbors, colleagues:
"The flooding is 'well timed' in the sense that the fasting month of
Ramadan has just begun, and many Muslims will be directing their
annual zakat charity contributions toward flood relief.
Pakistani-Americans are generally an affluent community, but there’s a
limit to what they can do. Wealthy Pakistanis in Pakistan also need to
help, and surely are helping. Just as important, we non-Pakistani
Americans and Canadians must help. We also must somehow self-raise our
own awareness, given the paucity of decent media coverage. This is
important both for obvious-enough political reasons, and simply
because it’s the right thing to do."
What I do and why:
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From: Aun Rahman, Pakistan Country Director for Acumen Fund
Here's Acumen's Pakistan info:
We are deeply concerned about the devastation caused by the recent flooding in Pakistan and wanted to share ways in which you can help support response efforts in this grave and urgent situation.
Pakistan has been affected by the worst floods in living memory. 13.8 million people have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan and 6 million of these require immediate help according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The floods have severely affected all of the provinces of the country and the magnitude of the devastation dwarfs other recent natural disasters. The millions who have been displaced were living at or below the poverty line and whatever little possessions and assets they had have been washed away, and their crops destroyed by the flood. The public infrastructure in the region - including access roads and bridges - have been badly damaged or have collapsed. There is a desperate need for temporary shelter, clean drinking water and toilets to avert a public health catastrophe. People also need basic goods and essential medical care.
Acumen Fund is deeply committed to Pakistan, where we have worked since 2002, but we are not directly involved in relief work. While many organizations are doing extraordinary work in Pakistan right now, here are four organizations that we recommend you consider supporting in their Pakistan flood relief efforts:
* Rural Support Program Network
The Rural Support Program Network (RSPN) is a national organization and the largest non-government network of rural development programs in Pakistan. RSPN’s partners have worked extensively in disaster relief efforts in Pakistan, including the 2005 Earthquake. RSPN is collecting donations for flood affected families. Donations will be provided to affected families through the on-ground network of RSPN's partners, including SRSO that is headed by Dr. Sono Khangharani, a long time Acumen friend.
* Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the largest microfinance organization in Pakistan and an Acumen investee. Kashf will be distributing relief packages to 10,000 households in the most affected areas. Given Kashf Foundation’s focus on provide sustainable livelihoods, the next phase of rehabilitation will involve support through access to financial services so that affected households can rebuild their income streams. To make a donation, contact CEO Roshaneh Zafar via her assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
* International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee is responding to the devastating floods in Pakistan. With a robust network of local staff and partners already on the ground, and 30 years of experience working in Pakistan, the IRC is well-positioned to provide shelter, clean water, sanitation, and essential supplies to those who have fled the rising waters.
* The Citizens Foundation (TCF)
TCF is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. Although its focus is on education, TCF was actively involved in relief efforts after the earthquake and is once again mobilizing resources to contribute towards the flood relief efforts. To give to TCF in the US, follow this link: http://www.tcfusa.org/
Country Director - Pakistan | Acumen Fund
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From Beena Sarwar <bsarwar1 at yahoo.co.uk>
I've been updating my blog www.beenasarwar.com and also tweeting at www.twitter.com/beenasarwar.
There are several updates about the floods that hit Pakistan a couple
of weeks ago, and that have since been termed the biggest natural
disaster ever to hit Pakistan – worse than the Tsunami, or the Kashmir
or Haiti earthquakes. People are pitching in, doing what they can -
shopkeepers, students, ordinary people... which is great to see.
For updates and links to reliable organisations, see my blog or twitter timeline (including list of medicines currently required by friends working near Sukkur). See also http://sarelief.com South Asia disaster relief coordinators, managed by A. R. Rafiq in the Bay Area; and The Floods Daily (e-paper) http://paper.li/tag/floods. The world is waking up, but slowly.
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UPDATE, AUG. 20, 2010:
From: Kanak Dixit <kanakd at himalmag.com>
Subject: Indus Flood note from Kanak
I think it is important to try heighten sensitivity to the Indus Flood 2010 and the ongoing devastation in Pakistan. People in India in particular may find it difficult to send money across the border, and this Nepal-based facility could be useful. If at all possible, please consider spreading work on this facility we have put up, as a means of support. Your support and that of SAJA would be invaluable.
Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor, Himal Southasia, www.himalmag.com
INDUS FLOOD RELIEF
Himal Southasian fund collection drive
in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank Nepal
The floods raging through Pakistan at the moment have affected more people than the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2006 Asian tsunami, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Himal Southasian and Standard Chartered Bank Nepal have set up a fund in Kathmandu for people from Southasia and elsewhere seeking to support the ongoing relief efforts
in Pakistan. Please avail this facility to send money to the victims of flood along the Indus. No administrative charges will be applied to your support; every paisa will
be transferred to trusted organisations in Pakistan for the benefit of the flood victims.
Please send support to:*
Account title: Indus Flood Relief – Himal Southasian/SCB Nepal
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd.
Branches Accepting Deposit: Any Branches of SCB Nepal network
SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA
(Credit card payments may be made straight to the accounts below at any of the branches of Standard Chartered Bank in Nepal.)
Account number for Rupees (from India and Nepal): 01-1859293-02
Account number for USD (from elsewhere): 01-1859293-51
Please refer to the Indus Flood Relief page on http://www.himalmag.com for details.
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