Civic Initiative alumni in Pakistan rally to help flood-damaged areas
In the last several months, record floods have devastated many areas of Pakistan.
In some areas they have seen a tripling of the average rainfall amounts. This has resulted in over 1,000 deaths, millions of families displaced, and billions of dollars in damages to communities, infrastructure and agriculture.
Information about flood-affected areas from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: https://reliefweb.int/country/pak
The Civic Initiative has been working in Pakistan since 2010 and their alumni are spread throughout the country including the flood-affected areas.
Here is brief list of what just some of our alumni and partners are doing in their provinces to provide assistance. If you are interested in donating to any of these Pakistan-based efforts, you should understand the use of an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) to transfer money from bank-to-bank. Here is an FAQ: https://moneytransfers.com/iban.
- Arbab Naseebullah Kasi (2017 alum) has set up a GoFundMe page in collaboration with the Alkhidmat Foundation and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority-Balochistan. Mommen Khan (2022) and Abdul Malik (2022) are supporting Arbab's efforts.
- Muzamil Panezai (2013 alum) is working at UNICEF Pakistan. They are reviewing all educational activities in affected districts at damaged schools and are standing up temporary learning centers in camps.
- Malak Abrar Khan (2019 alum): He has led the set-up for a volunteer relief camp in the town of Bahrain, located the Swat River Valley. Accepting donations.
- Lintha Zafar (2022 alum) is working with the Social Welfare Society of her medical school. Accepting donations. She is also working with Youth Impact, a nationwide nonprofit. Accepting donations: https://www.facebook.com/YouthImpactSociety/
- Naif Shazada is leading the relief work directly in flood affected with his organization, SPADO. They conducted a rapid needs assessment in the Charsadda and Nowshera Districts and developed proposals on the basis of findings. www.spado.org.pk
- Siraj Ahmed (2019 alum): Through his organization, ARTS Foundation, they are distributing food to schoolchildren as well as displaced families in a tent city.
- Abdul Sattar Chhachhar (2019 alum) is mobilized his organization, Community Initiatives for Development in Pakistan to conduct a rapid needs assessment for damage to homes, infrastructure and agriculture as well displaced families.
- Osama Jilani is active with his organization, Aghaaz-e-Noo, to help people in the Sanghar area.
- Aftab and Wali Johkio (both 2019 alums) work through Village Welfare Society to assitsts the Benazirabad district.
- Sultan Mehmood (2019 alum), with Human Health Welfare & Research Association, conducted a rapid assessment in flood effected areas of South Punjab, conducts a fundraising campaign, distributing emergency relief and stress management support for women and children.
- Through her organization, Eagers, Aimen Yousaf (2022 alum) launched a nationwide campaign for flood affected children in particular.The campaign is being run under the title of "Drop by Drop Goodness" in collaboration with Minhaj Welfare Foundation. The uniqueness of the campaign is that over 2000 children are donating from their pocket money and sharing their toys to put some smiles on the faces of affected children in different areas of Pakistan.
August 31, 2022