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Whenever the call for help has come, Behbud has responded to the best of its ability and resources. The earthquakes in the Northern Areas in the 1970s, refugee rehabilitation of Biharis in the Punjab, flood measures in Shakargarh in collaboration with UNICEF and aid to villages around the Ravi River, famine relief in Sindh - have all been provided by Behbud in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi. Flood victims have been provided with food, medicines and supplies in Multan. Behbud has been there to provide whatever services and resources it could modestly provide.
WHAT WE ARE DOING: UPDATE REPORT #2 (as of August 25, 2010).
Up to six truckloads worth of dry rations, foods, basic survival, health and hygiene goods and clothes are being delivered personally by Behbud Association of Pakistan's tireless members and volunteers. They can only continue to do this with your generosity and continued support.
Pakistan is currently facing the worst ever flood in its history. It has affected 13.8 million people across the country destroying 650,000 houses and claiming over 1500 lives. Damage to the infrastructure is colossal. According to the UN it has eclipsed the scale of the destruction caused by the Tsunami in 2004 and the two earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
Behbud Relief Truck in Nowshehra
The Behbud Association of Pakistan sent a team with relief goods consisting of dry rations, medicines and clothes to Nowshehra. The team was overwhelmed by the extent of the destruction. The city is not recognizable as it is completely submerged in water. Some tall buildings are the only indication that this area had once been inhabited. There are no dry places where people can put up tents. They have been forced to take refuge along the motorway which is extremely dangerous for the young children. Where the water has receded it has left behind slush and mud which is six feet deep making it impossible to move around in or do anything. All means of livelihood have been destroyed including crops, livestock, trees, shops etc. Sources of clean drinking water have been contaminated because the flood water is mixed with sewage and dead animals are floating in it. Stomach infections and skin ailments are already common and there is a danger of other diseases assuming epidemic proportions.
The extent of the destruction is huge and the aid that has so far arrived is like a drop in the ocean. The process of rehabilitation can only begin if everyone helps because it is far beyond the resources of the Government. We appeal to all people to come forward and donate generously to help alleviate the suffering of these people. The Behbud Association of Pakistan is planning to continue providing relief to the affected population of Nowshehra and Charsadda, two of the worst affected areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. These two cities are inhabited by thousands of people.Behbud teams will be taking dry rations, medicines, water coolers, clothes and shoes to help these people to survive this disaster. It will be followed up with efforts to help rehabilitate them so that they can start their lives over again.
PAYPAL DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW. Please remember that your contribution is Tax Deductible in the USA. Bebud (USA) is a Tax Deductible, 501 (c) (3) Public Charity. Tax ID #: 26-0697337.
PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY.
(Unfortunately, we are not able to accept CHECKS at this time)
The most heroic attempt was however made in the October 2005 Earthquake aftermath which hit the Northern Areas of Pakistan and of Azad Kashmir - resulting in the loss of lives of over 75,000 people and rendering over 6 Million people homeless.
Along with so many other notable NGOs and International Organizations who banded together in a most unprecedented and moving way in Pakistan's history, Behbud took immediate steps to help. Medicines, quilts, and supplies were sent to Balakot. Our members volunteered their time and expertise at various relief centers, including the Melody Relief Centre and the camps at sector H-11 and Sports Complex in Islamabad.
At the national office, a long lasting project to cater to the immediate requirement of shelters was taken up and the target set was 200 shelter-homes. Our dedicated members braved the weather and broken roads to select the villages of Sambli, Bohi and Village Larri Dhana, Abbotabad which were situated at 6,700 feet.
Seriously injured were admitted to hospitals in the area and further away in Lahore, where Behbud assisted in the process and also admitted patients in its Convalescent Home, turning it into a Rehabilitation Centre. 84 patients were treated here with the support of Behbud, as they were provided with free medical services, X-rays, physiotherapy and clinicals.
Behbud's commitment to those in need and the communities which are not self-sustainable will always remain a high priority through our dedicated members and volunteers.
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