P@SHA launches Relief Drive for IDPs – Help us help the people of Swat!
All I have been hearing the past few days have been things like “this is the second or third worst crisis in the world” – as if it is a competition, as if it matters whether it is the worst or not. What we should be focusing on are the hundreds of thousands of innocent people – men, women and children – who have had to leave their homes, their villages, everything they hold dear, out of fear – simply to save their lives and the lives of their families. These people need our help. They need food, medicines, clothing, clean drinking water, bandages, fans, tents, medical assistance, etc. Let us do what we can for them.
P@SHA has already started a fund to which some of our members have contributed. We are now appealing to companies, to universities, to countrymen and women across the country to donate what they can.
We will purchase the items that are needed and send them through trusted organizations to the affected people. Please contact the P@SHA secretariat at 92-21-5418121 if you wish to donate.
Time is of the essence. Let us take action now! Our countrymen, countrywomen and the innocent children need our help. Let us not be found wanting. Let us show the same spirit that we showed during the 2005 earthquake. Donate money, tents, medicine or if you are a medical professional, your time and skill is what is needed.
There are organizations that are there on the ground offering assistance. Keep up with what is happening by joining the campaign to save the people of Swat. Teabreak.pk is providing a platform where live updates are available so that people are aware of what is going on and so there is no duplication of efforts.
Atif Mumtaz (co-Founder of Brightspyre.com) is part of the UM-Healthcare Trust. Atif’s tele-healthcare team in rural Mardan is offering medical assistance, medicines and food to those who are pouring in from Buner and other parts of NWFP. They have also been registering the refugees who pass through rural Mardan but the computers they have are not sufficient. They need 3 or 4 more computer systems to speed up the registration process. If you have extra PCs lying around, do contact the secretariat by email or phone us at +92-21-5418121.
UM Healthcare hospital in rural Mardan is located at the border of Buner District – they have seen a huge influx of refugees in that area these past few weeks. In fact, they have estimated close to 100,000 refugees in a 10KM radius of their facility.
In this hour of the need for refugees they need your support as they are running desperately short on medical supplies. No international non-profit is operating in that area and thus their limited resources are under a lot of stress.
The list of required items include:http://tinyurl.com/qjxgh2
Samir Feroze says:
While the aid agencies and organizations like UM Trust are doing a great job of distributing the supplies, we are trying to do our bit by assisting with the collection of supplies. We have started to mark the Collection points on a map of Pakistan so that people can easily go to their nearest collection points and drop off the supplies.
Please add collection points to the map at http://www.yello.pk (just click the links on the main banner) and encourage people you know to use this information and drop supplies off at the Collection points.
Contribute in any way you can. If you respond to the P@SHA appeal, send money and required items to us. Otherwise, drop off goods at any of the collection points or donate to any of the reputable and active organisations. We need to help. It doesn’t matter who the help is channeled through.
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