Helping Relief Efforts for Flood Victims of Pakistan

Published August 18, 2010 · Estimated reading time: 2 minutes · Share your thoughts


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In Pakistan, people are languishing in floods that have covered nearly one fifth of the country. The flooding is thought to have killed nearly sixteen hundred people, however, this is one disaster that continues to grow in magnitude and whose full impact is just yet beginning to be felt as two million people have lost their homes. The United Nations has warned that thousands more, of seven million requiring emergency assistance, could lose their lives in the coming weeks to inaccessibility and flood-bourne epidemics such as cholera and diseases such as dysentry. The destruction of nearly 17 million acres of the most fertile land in Pakistan, has also led to short term and long-term food shortages. The UN Ban Ki-moon has called the flood disaster the worst he’s ever seen, however, for various reasons, including limited media coverage, the international response has not matched the scale of the disaster. Seeing images of the devastation that these floods have brought about, it is clear that the people of Pakistan are in dire straits and we, the international community, must reach out in solidarity.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of Canadian organizations and organizations based in Canada that are currently active in Pakistani relief efforts. I hope that this is helpful, and if you are aware of any other organizations and/or fundraising events please let me know and I will update the list.

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    Canadian Relief Organizations

  • Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations online, on its 24-hour phone line 1-800-418-1111 and cheques by mail earmarked for “Pakistan Floods 2010“.
  • Islamic Relief Canada, a branch of the international non-profit, is fundraising as part of a $3.5million Appeal for Pakistan and accepts donations online.
  • Plan Canada, a child centered NGO, has been working in Pakistan since 1997 and have deployed resources to six flood affected districts, providing water, cooked meals and hygiene kits. Donations can be made online or by phone.
  • The Humanitarian Coalition, consisting of Care Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Québec, and Save the Children, have joined efforts to lead relief in Pakistan, and accept donations online in the main site and at their respective sites.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders has scaled up its distribution of aid in Pakistan and has been providing clinical assistance desperately needed in affected regions. Donations can be made online, by mail or phone.
    UN Organizations:

  • UNICEF has undertaken a massive relief effort and is already on the ground providing “emergency shelter, food, water and health care” to millions. Donations can be made online or mailed.
  • UNHCR is accepting donations online as part of its flood relief efforts.

For more comprehensive lists of international organizations participating in relief efforts in Pakistan see the following sites:

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