Providing services of

Health & Education

For the poor and needy in Pakistan.

Floods 2010

In 2010, Pakistan witnessed the most devastating floods in its history. Starting from the North, the floods travelled to the South, causing damage at an unprecedented level. Millions were left homeless, and thousands were reported dead.  Entire villages and towns were washed away, destroying infrastructure, farms, houses, etc. According to the NDMA, 1,985 deaths were reported, 1,744,471 houses damaged and 20,184,550 people were affected. The flood affectees, having lost their homes and majority of their belongings were in dire need of medical help. The need for food, shelter and clean water was also immense. HOPE responded by launching a huge relief operation that covered medical aid, relief distribution, provision of safe drinking water, nutrition support and reconstruction of houses.

Medical Assistance

HOPE sent out teams comprising of doctors including paramedics, gynecologists, and pediatricians, and social workers to Sindh, Punjab and KP. These teams held medical camps, treating hundreds of flood affectees daily. The most common illnesses treated were diarrhea, gastroenteritis, skin infections, respiratory ailments, dehydration, etc. There were also cases of malaria detected, especially as the winter months approached. The constant exposure to stagnant floodwater made the spread of diseases rampant among flood affectees. The HOPE teams held these medical camps nationwide– Thatta, Sukkur, Khairpur, Shahdad Kot and Dadu in Sindh, Muzzafargarh in Punjab, Nowshera and Charsadda in KP. In total 75 medical camps were held and approximately 35,000 patients were treated by HOPE doctors.

HOPE also initiated a safe drinking water campaign whereby 40,000 families in Thatta, Sukkur, Muzzafargarh and Peshawar were given water-purifying sachets of PuR, along with buckets, coolers and spoons. Demonstrations were held where the HOPE teams showed the proper usage of PuR and highlighted the importance of safe drinking water. 1.8 million sachets of PuR were distributed.

The flood relief operation was made possible with support from Barclays Bank, Citibank, IFFCO, YPO, Thal Jute Mills, P&G, Cadbury and Standard Chartered Bank.

Relief Distribution

In 2010, Pakistan witnessed the most devastating floods in its history. Starting from the North, the floods traveled to the South, causing damage at an unprecedented level. Millions were left homeless, and thousands were reported dead.  Entire villages and towns were washed away, destroying infrastructure, farms, houses, etc. According to the NDMA, 1,985 deaths were reported, 1,744,471 houses damaged and 20,184,550 people were affected. The flood affectees, having lost their homes and majority of their belongings were in dire need of medical help. The need for food, shelter and clean water was also immense. HOPE responded by launching a huge relief operation that covered medical aid, relief distribution, provision of safe drinking water, nutrition support and reconstruction of houses.

As part of its relief operation, HOPE teams distributed emergency relief ration to flood affectees in Thatta, Sukkur, Dadu, Shahdad Kot and Khairpur in Sindh, Muzzafargarh in Punjab and Nowshera and Charsadda in KP. This included food items like lentils, cooking oil, tea, etc. and shelter items like tents, chattais, blankets, etc. Each package was aimed for a family of seven members, lasting for approximately 45 days. HOPE provided much needed ration to almost 13,000 flood affectees.

In addition to providing food and shelter items, HOPE also set up a nutrition support programme in collaboration with UNICEF. Living in camps, with limited access to food and water, flood affectees began suffering from malnutrition. This project was carried out in IDP camps in Karachi, Thatta, Dadu and Shahdad Kot. Children under five and pregnant and lactating women were screened and according to their level of malnutrition were given nutrition support in the form of Plumpy Nuts and UNIMIX.

HOPE’s partners like Barclays Bank, Citibank, IFFCO, FM 91, YPO, UNICEF, Human Concern International, P&G, Cadbury and Standard Chartered Bank supported these efforts.

Reconstruction Project

In 2010, Pakistan witnessed the most devastating floods in its history. Starting from the North, the floods travelled to the South, causing damage at an unprecedented level. Millions were left homeless, and thousands were reported dead.  Entire villages and towns were washed away, destroying infrastructure, farms, houses, etc. According to the NDMA, 1,985 deaths were reported, 1,744,471 houses damaged and 20,184,550 people were affected. The flood affectees, having lost their homes and majority of their belongings were in dire need of medical help. The need for food, shelter and clean water was also immense. HOPE responded by launching a huge relief operation that covered medical aid, relief distribution, provision of safe drinking water, nutrition support and reconstruction of houses.

As part of its flood rehabilitation efforts, HOPE began a pilot shelter project aiming to provide housing for 75 families in the Haji M. Moosa Jakro village and Tando Hafiz Shah village of Thatta district. Flooded with almost 14 feet of water from the River Sindh, the disaster affected every single one of the 70 families living in the village. The families have returned to their villages, however their houses have been destroyed. They are forced to live in make shift houses. Hence, HOPE has implemented a restoration project.

When choosing its beneficiaries, HOPE selected households based on their current living situations and prioritized families based on the status of the head of household as being a widow, elderly, sick, handicapped.

The project started with the first step—a means to organize the community by helping them establish a formal village council through which the project was executed. Once families were identified based on the project’s criteria, construction began for the first 10 priority households due for completion on April 9. To date, 77 houses have been built for flood affectees in the Thatta district. This project is on-going.

The project was made possible by generous grants from Human Concern International and  Kraft/Cadbury, Pakistan, and an anonymous family from Dubai UAE.