P@SHA launches Relief Drive for IDPs – Help us help the people of Swat!

May 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm 14 comments

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.

kids who need help

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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.

pakistan-linkbackThere 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 ogse_multipart8260f 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.

http://www.umtrust.org

The list of required items include:http://tinyurl.com/qjxgh2

Samir Feroze says:

yelloWhile 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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  • 1. Atif Mumtaz  |  May 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Apparently, our UM Healthcare hospital in rural Mardan is located at the border of Buner District and therefore, we have seen a huge influx of refugees in our area these past few weeks. In fact, we have estimated close to 100,000 refugees in a 10KM radius of our facility.

    In this hour of the need for refugees we need your support as we are running desperately short on medical supplies. No international non-profit is operating in our area and thus our limited resources are under a lot of stress.

    http://www.umtrust.org

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  • 5. Syed Talha Izhar  |  May 14, 2009 at 12:59 am

    @Atif: You can email Jehan the list of medicines we will try to get them arranged ASAP.

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  • 6. Samir Feroze  |  May 14, 2009 at 7:29 am

    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.

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  • 7. Atif Mumtaz  |  May 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Here is the list of what is required:

    http://tinyurl.com/qjxgh2

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  • 9. Jehan  |  May 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Jehan Ara,

    A list of what is needed is shared on the web at: http://tinyurl.com/qjxgh2

    As you are aware UM Healthcare Trust (http://www.umtrust.org) was established in 2004 with the aim to provide affordable healthcare for the poor and needy in rural Pakistan. Today, By the Grace of God, we are successfully running our services on a regular basis in rural Mardan District of Pakistan (in the village of Zahidabad, NWFP 200KM North of Islamabad). We have now treated close to 15,000 patients since September 2008 at our facility.

    You can see some media/videos of our efforts at :http://www.umtrust.org/media

    Apparently, our hospital in Zahidabad is located at the border of Buner District and therefore, we have seen a huge influx of refugees in our area these past few weeks. In fact, we have estimated close to 100,000 refugees in a 10KM radius of our facility. The conflict has caused over 1.5 million refugees in the province of NWFP (North West Frontier Province) of Pakistan.

    As a response to this crisis, UM Healthcare Trust, our non-profit, in collaboration with its stakeholders (NUST, APPNA among others) has launched a massive healthcare relief effort for the refugees streaming in from the Buner & Swat district.

    A photo stream of our efforts can be seen here at

    http://picasaweb.google.com/mumtaz.atif/BunerRefugees

    The project is a joint collaboration between UM Healthcare Trust (http://www.umtrust.org), NUST (http://www.seecs.edu.pk), and APPNA (http://www.appna.org) and is partially supported by grants from USAID (http://www.usaid.gov), ISIF (http://www.isif.asia) and Cybernet (http://www.cyber.net.pk satellite connectivity for Tele-healthcare servces) and ordinary people like you and me.

    In this hour of the need for refugees we need your support as we are running short on medical supplies. No international non-profit is not operating in our area and thus our limited resources are under a lot of stress.

    NUST (http://www.seecs.edu.pk) and BrightSpyre (www.brightspyre.com) have consented to be the collection points for relief goods in Islamabad and Rawalpindi area. We are currently finalizing venues in other cities for collection of relief goods.

    Your crew can visit our faclity in village Zahidabad (near the town of Rustum) at any time and can witness our work and efforts. On average we are now treating almost 70 patients a day who are IDP along with our regular flow of patients. The IDP patients are rising as more and more pour into our area. Further, we are also providing free medicines to numerous relief camps around are area.

    Do let me know if you need further information.

    Thanks and regards,
    Atif
    0300 854 0662

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  • 10. Memories of Swat « Random Ramblings  |  May 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

    […] party because I am not sure if the funds do reach the intended. He directed me to Jehanara’s post about P@SHA efforts on raising money for the victims. Donations can be made online so it’ll […]

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  • 11. Memories of Swat | Tea Break  |  May 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    […] party because I am not sure if the funds do reach the intended. He directed me to Jehanara’s post about P@SHA efforts on raising money for the victims. Donations can be made online so it’ll […]

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  • 12. mazhar kaleem  |  June 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    salam
    as u all know millions of people are displaced due to army operation according to officials 20% of people are living in camps while the remaining 80% are adjusted in the houses and hujras of district swabi and mardan . Our trust is providing food items to the people adjusted in home and hujras we hace 200 registered families in district swabi and 300 families in district mardan and now we want to extend our programm so if u people can help us in achieving our aim we are facing shortage of food items such as sugar,rice,ghee,flour,pulse etc so we request u people to help us in this regard
    thanks
    Darul Hamad Welfare Trust Dagi
    Swabi(+923139123789)

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  • 13. islahuddin  |  July 13, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    First of all i m very thankful to u for providing support to IDPs people. I m living in DIR[L]. I want to apply for job to help IDPs people. I m a student of L.L.B in Peshawar University Law College. thanks.

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  • 14. inamullah  |  August 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Assalam-o-Alaikum
    My name is inam and i am from malakand dargai. All peoples know that the displaced people of swat living here in dargai . i have 20 peoples which live wih us in my home and hujra. i can offord some of them but not all. So i requset to you people if want to help me so plz help. send me you donation.I am giving my Id card Number Iif someone want verification so that can verfiy my card and also my sell number which registered on my card.
    Best Regard
    Contact:: 0333-9497761
    NIC NO:: 15401-2968215-9
    E-mail: inamsky2@gmail.com

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