AL-HUDA INTERNATIONAL WELFARE Foundation
SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT
Emergency Relief Efforts for the Districts of:
CHITRAL, PESHAWAR, CHARSSADDA, NOWSHERA, D.G.KHAN& RAJANPUR
Due to heavy Monsoons in the mid of July 2015, most parts of the country esp. Chitral, Peshawar, Charssadda, Nowshera, Rajanpur, Jampur and D.G.Khan were badly affected by recent floods. A large number of population, agricultural crops, cattle and houses (along with utensils, beddings, furniture and appliances) got washed away by flood water. Most of the affectees became homeless and are now forced to live/survive under open sky.
As per info gathered from reliable government offices, vast areas of District Chitral& Multan Region are the worst affected areas, where emergency situation has been declared. The current requirements of these areas are mentioned below. Please step forward and join hands with our SWD team in alleviating their misery to the best of our strengths.
May Allah SWT save you and your loved ones from all such calamities in return and grant you Ahsan Al Jaza in both worlds Ameen.
Requirements for Emergency Flood Relief:
Relief Tents (1 tent per family)
Blankets, Quilts & Pillows
Water Tank Fabric
Account Information for Donations:
A/C Title: Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation Islamabad
A/C No: 0162922001 (Rupees)
Branch Code: 040
Swift Code: DUIBPKKA
Bank Address: Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Ltd
I-8 Markaz Branch Islamabad, Pakistan
For Online Donation please visit:
After Donating please inform via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Article: THE CHALLENGE.
This year’s floods have washed away homes, inundated farmland, destroyed water systems and left thousands of people homeless. Hundreds of people died after being swept away in the floodwater, collapsing of houses or electrocution.
According to National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) report dated 7th August 2013, “At least 84 people died, 44 wounded, 2,533 houses damaged and 81,341 are affected by recent torrential rains and flood.”
Drinking water supply, electricity, bridges, roads, farmland and livestock are damaged. Large amounts of lumber stocks from the forestry sector have also been swept away by the flood waters thus causing further economic hardship.
Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation is supporting flood affected people so kindly donate generously through Zakat/Sadqa in the account given below.
RAIN, FLASH FLOODS KILL 78 IN PAKISTAN
|Flood Relief Message From CEO|
Monday, September 10, 2012: At least 78 people have died in floods in Pakistan in the last three days according to an official report.
The heavy monsoon rain – which began last week – has destroyed more than 1,600 houses while damaging a further 5,000, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
At this time of need, we request everyone to make a generous contribution, with Zakaat / Sadaqah. May Allah reward every one for their efforts (Ameen). To facilitate the people in crisis Alhuda International is directly involved in collecting funds and using it to buy basic necessities required.
Following are the bank details, specifically set up to collect donations for the flood effected areas:
Islamabad Bank Account:
A/C Title: AL Huda International Welfare Foundation
A/C #: 0162922001 (Rupee)
Branch Code: 040, Swift Code: DUIBPKKA
Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Ltd.
I-8 Markaz, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Karachi Bank Account:
A/C Title: AL-HUDA INTERNATIONAL WELFARE FOUNDATION
A/C # 20311- 714- 394963
Branch Code: 001
Swift Code: MPBLPKKA 001
For acknowledgement purposes, we hereby request each donor, to please inform us on email@example.com
2-City/ country of residence
4-Date of deposit
5-Specify Zakat or Sadqah
Jazak Allah Khair
Social Welfare Department
Relief Work Incharge
Contact: +92 51-4866125-9
Report of Al-Huda Flood Relief Distribution No.1
Date: 16.9.12 – 18.9.12
Team: 4 male members
Area: District Jacobabad
(1) Ghari Hasan – 100 families-stationed in camps
(2) Mirpur Borio – 25 families on road side
(3) Karim Bukhsh – 25 families on road side
(4) Jannatapur – 50 families on road side
According to the civil administration, 80 percent of the population of Jacobabad has been adversely affected by the floods. The team of Al-Huda left Karachi on 16th Sep. around 7pm. and reached Degree College, Tehsil Thul on 17th Sep. around 2:30 pm.(They were told by the locals that they must be out of Shikarpur before 5pm. as it is a dangerous place where looting by dacoits is common). The roads were greatly damaged. Humayun Sharif was in almost 5 ft water. The team had to park the van near Thul and go on a donkey cart for another 1/2 km because of the standing water.
There were about 2,500 to 3,000 people residing in temporary camps set up by the Army. Since this was the team’s first trip and the state of the route was uncertain, therefore the relief goods could only be taken in a limited amount.
A queue system was adopted for distribution. Alhamdulillah, distribution of goods was peaceful with the help of the army.
200 families were given a set of following items:
(1) 4 Mineral water 1.5 litre
(2) Milk 2 packs of 1/2 litre each
(3) Dates 1/2 kg
(4) Channa 1/2 kg
(5) Biscuits – one box of 24 Tikki packs
(6) One Tent 15/15 in size
(7) One Chatai 12/15 in size
Karachi to Sukkhar: 550 km
Sukkhar to Jacobabad: 200 km
May Allah accept. Ameen
Report of Al-Huda Flood Relief Distribution No.2
Date: 11.10.12 – 13.10.12
Team: 6 male members
Area: District Jacobabad
(1) Jacobabad – 175 families – stationed on roadside camps
(2) Tehsil Thul – 25 families – on road side camps
(3) Govt. Boys School at Jacobabad – 50 families – females residing in the school and males on the roadside camps
(4) Village Ahmed Baksh District Shikarpur Sindh – 50 families on the roadside camps.
Al-Huda International’s relief team left Karachi on 11th October 2012 12:50 at night. The journey took long as road was damaged from Shikarpur to Jacobabad and the team encountered a heavy traffic jam. They reached the Jacobabad bypass at 6:30 pm. Due to security reasons, the police constantly accompanied the team. Rashan was distributed on the basis of tokens which the team had already distributed amongst the people. Approximately 1000 people are affected by the flood in this area. According to our team, people are still in a great need of help.
This was Al-Huda Flood Relief Team’s second trip. Rashan was distributed peacefully with the help of police. A queue system was adopted for distribution.
300 families were given a set of following items.
(1) 4 Mineral water bottles -1.5 litre each
(2) Rice – 2kg
(3) Sugar – 3kg
(4) Ghee – 2.5kg
(5) Chana daal – 2kg
(6) Salt -1 packet
(7) Red chilli – 20g
(8) Tea – 400g
Karachi to Sukkhar 550 km
Sukkhar to Jacobabab 200 km
May Allah accept. Ameen
Monsoon rains, that caused a flood havoc severely affected, Nawabshah, Sanghar , Umarkot and Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas and District Badin where recorded rains have been 501-1200 mm.
Moderate rains have been reported in these areas of Sindh; Sukkur, Khairpur, Dadu, Jamshoro, Thatta, Matyari, Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan, Larkana,
N Feroz, with recorded rains of 100-500mm.
At this time of need, we request everyone to make a generous contribution, with Zakat / Sadqah. May Allah reward them for their efforts (Ameen). To facilitate the people in the above mentioned areas Alhuda International is directly involved in collecting funds and using it to buy basic necessities required. This time, with mashwara, it has been decided that no donations will be accepted in kind.
For acknowledgement purposes, we hereby request each donor, to please inform us on firstname.lastname@example.org, stating
2-City/ country of residence
4-Date of deposit
5-Specify Zakat or Sadqah
To provide a clear, transparent picture of how these funds would be utilized, we are including a list of things, which we are in the process of ordering, for the flood affected areas. Al Huda International acknowledges the efforts by Mr. Muhammad Siddique in providing subsidy rates by the following companies.
- Family Straw Water Filters for converting contaminated into safe, clean drinking water, which were being sold by Searl at Rs. 2,700, have been negotiated at Rs. 1,500each.
- High-Energy, High Protein Biscuits by Candiland / Bisconni (Ismail Industries Limited): These were especially formulated during the previous relief operations. Candiland / Bisconni (Ismail Industries Limited) have agreed to grant 50% subsidy.The cost will not exceed Rs. 1200 for a carton of 24 packs.
- Reinforced Plastic Tarpauls: Size 18×20’ complete with eyelets and ropes, usually available at Rs. 2,700 have been contracted with Shamsi Pakistan at Rs.2,300 each.
- Thermal Blankets: Courtesy, brother Ghulam A. quality priced at Rs. 300 each at 25% discount/subsidy now at Rs. 225 each only
- Mosquito Coils: A carton of Jumbo Coils with 60 boxes of 5 double Coils is priced at Rs.1,500/- now at a subsidized price of Rs.1,250/carton.
- Food Packs: With the following items, at a total of Rs.1,655each:
|Daal Chana||1 Kg|
|Daal Masor||1 Kg|
|Cooking Oil||2 Pack (900 grams|
|Mixed Masala||250 gms|
|Dry milk||500 gms|
Along with all the above mentioned items, we simultaneously arrange medical camps, hence the funds donated will also be used to purchase medicines.
We will periodically keep updating our website (i.e.: www.alhudapk.com & www.farhathashmi.com ) with the latest info, allowing you to have access to our current relief work.
Jazak Allah Khair
Social Welfare Department
Contact Details: 0301-8250211 / 021-34528547
Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation
Goth Muhammad Nizamani, Goth Abdul Salam Janojo
|Relief Distribution No. 7:|
Location: Location: Goth Muhammad Nizamani, Goth Abdul Salam Janojo
Date & Time: From October 15, 2011, 6:00 PM to October 16, 2011, 4:00 PM
Distribution items: 432 Ration Bags (Containing, rice, sugar, tea, dry milk, oil, daal masoor, daal channa, mixed spices, salt), 432 flour bags of 10 kg each, 432 mosquito coils, 432 match boxes, 432 mosquito nets, 100 tents and 18 cartons of biscuits.
Travelling at night in Sindh areas is a security hazard. Al Huda ensures to take special precautions in providing safety and security of all volunteers. For this, distribution is planned such that the team stays over night rather returning in late night hours. Early evening on Saturday October 15, 2011, a team of 5 male volunteers set off from Karachi to district Sanghar for relief distribution in Goth Muhammad Nizamani and Goth Abdul Salam Janojo. The road to Sanghar is badly affected by the rains. Secondly, the road sides are occupied by the makeshift tents set up by the affectees, which narrows the roads. Loaded trucks on the other hand, easily get stuck in the muddy and broken roads, causing delays.
The team organized distributions in Goth Muhammad Nizamani, where 282 ration bags were distributed, and Goth Abdul Salam Janojo, where 150 ration bags were distributed. Each family was given one bag each, upon receipt of copies of CNICs. Hence an organized, system was followed allowing efficient and transparent distribution, with the army helping keep things in discipline.
The conditions of the villages were much depleted, with water still standing around. The team also gave out tents and biscuits to people sitting on the road sides. Shelter is a major concern as a lot of families were observed sleeping out in the open because their houses are still flooded with water.
|Relief Distribution No. 6:|
Location: Location: Doctors Goth (20-25 Km from Sangarh City)
Date & Time: From October 09, 2011, 7:00 am to October 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Distribution items: 296 Ration Bags (Containing, rice, sugar, tea, dry milk, oil, daal masoor, daal channa, mixed spices, salt), 600 flour bags of 10 kg each, 300 mosquito coils, 300 match boxes, 200 mosquito nets and 12 cartons of biscuits
On the October 09, 2011, a team of 7 members headed towards Doctor Goth, a village located approximately 20 to 25 km from Sanghar City. The team had planned to set up a medical camp and distribute ration in Doctor Goth and its surrounding areas, but due to the conditions of the roads, the team was delayed and arrived at their destination at 4:00 pm, and were only able to distribute 80 bags that day.
On October 10, 2011 early morning at 7:00 am the group set out to distribute the remaining ration amongst the residents of Doctor Goth and other nearby villages, while the doctors also set up a medical camp at each location.
To allow transparency, receiving is obtained upon distribution of ration; appointed volunteers had been told to pre-prepare a list of individuals (one per family) along with copies of their CNICs. 296 ration bags, along with a box of mosquito coil, match box and a mosquito net and a 10 kg bag of flour, were given to each individual. As biscuits and flour were in access, upon completion of distribution of the ration bags, these were also given out the families. Around 50% of the affected families were non Muslims and they were given the same respect as Muslims while distributing the Ration, extra care was given to the widows and orphans.
50 bags were given to a volunteer to take to Makhi Goth also known as Chak 83, which was inaccessible by the team on foot; the male doctor also accompanied the volunteer, with medicines for the residents of the respective village. Chak, 21, 22, 24 and 25 was also visited, by the volunteer, travelling via a boat, but as the water around it reached upto 4 to 5 feet, they were not able to provide them with any help.
A recent death had also occurred in the village, a dars was held there, and people were given lessons on ghusal-o-kafan, and educated them on proper procedures of tadfin.
Dey Dasti, Buda Dasli, Buda Khosa, Hasham Jut Villages
|Relief Distribution No. 5:|
Location: Dey Dasti, Buda Dasli, Buda Khosa, Hasham Jut Villages
Date & Time: October 05, 2011, 7: 30 am to October 6, 2011, 10:30 am
On Wednesday, 5th of October, a ration distribution trip to villages 50 KM from Badin was planned. The entire journey from Karachi and back, took approximately 27 hours, as the team stayed at Sajawal overnight, for security reasons. Starting at 7:30 am, two loaded trucks with ration and other goods, accompanied by seven people went on the trip.
Upon reaching the town of Golar Chi (area before Badin), and before meeting the army escort, the convoy got stuck in a traffic jam. This provided an opportunity for a mob to surround the trucks, but since a team member was fluent in Sindhi, she was able to calm them down and disperse the crowd. The group was lucky, as incidents of riots, theft and harassment of relief workers has been reported periodically in these areas.
At Dey Dasti the team set up a distribution sight at approximately 5:30 pm, where people collected from various neighboring villages, which included Buda Dasti, Buda Khosa, Hasham Jut. Reaching Dey Dasti took so long because the route has no proper roads, and the mud roads were not being able to withstand the weight of the heavy loaded trucks, requiring the team to periodically stop and level the mud. The distribution was carried out till 8:30pm, using the light provided by the truck. Small dars was also given to the gathered crowd of men, women and children.
On the way back, the remaining 150 bags of flour were also distributed to camps set up alongside the roads.
Darya Khan Goth ,Yousuf Goth, Jan Muhammad Goth, Saleh Muhammad, Arib Mashhadi
|Relief Distribution No. 4:|
Location: Darya Khan Goth ,Yousuf Goth, Jan Muhammad Goth, Saleh Muhammad, Arib Mashhadi,(District Badin – 25km from Badin),
Date & Time: October 02, 2011 7: 00 am to 12:45 am (after mid night)
Distribution items: 300 Ration Bags (Containing, rice, sugar, tea, dry milk, oil, daal masoor, daal channa, mixed spices, salt),600 flour bags of 10 kg each ,300 mosquito coils, 300 match boxes, 200 mosquito nets.
|Details:On Sunday, 2nd October, a ration distribution trip to Badin was organized. The entire jorney from Karachi and back, took approximately 18 hours starting at 7:00 am. Two loaded trucks and seven people went on the trip.|
The team reached Badin at 11.30am but after a delay of one and a half hour due to protest ,they reached Darya Khan Goth by 2:30 pm. It is 25 km from Badin .The journey between Badin and Daryah Khan was where the rain effects were prominent.
The Team was divided and two members went with army personnel’s to distribute tokens in the houses. To reach these houses they had to walk over planks and brick supports. As this was quite risky the people of the Goths were called and lined up Goth wise. 2 team members checked the Goth name and N I C no. of male member of the family before handing over the ration and other items. Any duplication was thus avoided. Hence, altogether 275 rations were distributed here and the remaining 25 were distributed along the road side on the way back.
A group of 50 women were also gathered for a dars on Shukar and Tuba, by one of the team members.
Blori Shah Karim
Relief Distribution No. 3:
Location: Tehsil – Blori Shah Karim (District, Tando Mohammad Khan)
On the morning of September 27, 2011, the team departed for their trip at 7:00 in the morning along with a convoy of army personnel, who provided security. There were two trucks carrying the goods. The army also helps us in identifying areas which to date have not been accessed by any other NGOs. This facilitates us in reaching out to areas which are more deserving.
We reached Tando Mohammad Khan at 12:30 PM, which is 35 KM from Hyderabad. It took us another two and a half hours to reach the villages identified for distribution. People there were in dire condition; they had not eaten in days. A man with 6 children expressed his gratitude, by telling us that the edible items given by Alhuda, would be food they would be eating after 15 days! Our ration bags, reached 300 families, each approximately having 5 to 6 members (1500 to 1600 people). Stagnant water is causing the villagers to loose their crops, which is their livelihood. Due to salinization (i.e.: accumulation of salt due to standing water) the land is also said to be infertile for the next two years. We set up two distribution sites, the first one in Noor Mohammad Soomro and the next one at Ali Mohammad Amro. To keep our distribution organized we had a token system in place, with each token given out upon obtaining thumb impression / signature of the recipient. Each individual was given a Ration Bag, a box of mosquito coils and a box of matches. Juices and instant energy packs for nutrition were also given to children gathered in the crowd. It took us almost three hours to complete distributing the food amongst the affecties in both the area and the journey back began at 5:30PM. The entire trip took a total of 17 hours, back and forth. To spread spiritual awareness a small dars was also arranged, in which ladies and gents were addressed on “Patience” and “Faith in Allah”.
|Relief Distribution No. 2:|
Location: Malkani (District Badin)
Date & Time: September 02, 2011
Distribution items: Ration Bags, 250 weighing 25Kg each (Containing: floor, sugar, tea, dry milk, oil, rice)
The journey started from Karachi, going through, Thatta, Sajawal reaching Malkani which is 60 KM from Badin city.
Ms. Leghari and her brother had done the initial work, organizing a list of people to whom the ration was to be distributed. We obtained signatures and thumb impression for our records. This did not help much as the crowd grew upon our arrival, reaching to be 6 times of our estimated amount, which was 250 (as our total bags were 250).
|Relief Distribution No. 1:|
Location: Kuddan (District Badin)
Team Members: Three males
Date & Time: August 26, 2011
Distribution items: Ration Bags, 200 weighing 25Kg each (Containing: floor, sugar, tea, dry milk, oil, rice)
The journey started at 06:00 AM going through Thatta, Sajawal, Badin and finally reaching Kuddan which is 30 KM away. Within Kuddan we set up our distribution site at Pakotar, by 01:30PM.
Details: Allowing organized distribution of goods, we obtained signatures / thumb impressions of all the individuals to whom the good were distributed.
Limited funds allowed only purchase of goods to make 450 bags, 200 were distributed in Kuddan and 250 Bags in Malkani.
Quite a lot of people faced disappointment because our bags were not enough to be distributed amongst the entire crowd (which was 4 times the number of bags). This was difficult for us because we were aware of the hardship these people were facing, who had lost their yearly crops (which included sugar cane, rice and cotton) and livestock, both of which are their bread and butter.
Also in Pakotar 4 KM from our distribution site, there is an Al-Huda Nazra Class, with 30 resident students. The rains severely affected the class room (which is 18*20 feet), submerging it completely in water. For safety purposes, the students were moved to the nearest Masjid. For immediate relief clothing items, available with us were sent to these students.
Relief Medical Camp No. 5
Location: Doctors Goth (20-25 Km from Sangarh City)
Date & Time: From October 09, 2011, 7:00 am to October 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Patients Examined: 300 patients
A female doctor travelling with the team examined the female patients and a male doctor, who joined the team in Sanghar, examined the male patients. A total number of 300 patients, which included men, women and children, were examined at the camp. This number included people from different near by villages, being, Chak No. 21, 22, 24 and 25. The people were seen to be suffering from various diseases and ailments, a high percentage were of gastro, malaria and hepatitis.
Biscuits were distributed amongst the children and the waiting patients, were also given a dars.
Since the team had been unable to distribute the entire ration, they stayed over night with a family in Sanghar and continued the next day, distributing the good and returning back to Karachi by mid night.
Relief Medical Camp No. 4
|Location: Goth Khan Mohammad Lashari (6 – 7 KM from Tando Allahyar)|
Team Members: 3 Doctors , 2 staff members, 2 volunteers
Date & Time: September 25, 2011 / 12.30 PM – 4.30 PM
Patients Examined: 200 families or 500 people
It was observed that only 15-20% of the people needed help in reconstruction, while financial help was desired by many widows, orphans, elderly people who had no means of living. At 120 feet deep, boring gives drinking water, this can be used to provide water sources within the village.
Having left early in the morning we reached our desired destination in over 4 hours and set up medical camp in a concrete building, which is inherently a school. But due to unavailability of teachers, the school is currently lying vacant.
Dr. Faiza and Dr. Anam treated the women and kids while Dr. Fakhruddin (from Hyderabad) treated the male patients. Having devised a token system, we gave out 200 tokens, one per family, hence a total of 500 patients were examined in our medical camp; most of them were suffering from Malaria, chest infection, typhoid and various skin and eye infections. Some patients, with chronic illnesses also appeared but they were advised to attend the hospital in Tando Allahyar.
We also distributed some items amongst the patients, who visited the medical camp, this included, water buckets and water purification tablets, to allow them to purify water, and ready to eat food sachets, specifically for children.
Relief Medical Camp No. 3
|Location: Hawaii Addo (District Thatta)|
Team Members: Dr. Faiza, Dr. Anam, Abdul Jabbar, Abdul Waheed, Dur-e-Shahwar, Mehtab Shah, Zohra, Ali
Date & Time: September 18, 2011 / 3:00 PM – 5:40 PM
Patients Examined: Approximately 175
Relief Medical Camp No. 2
|Location: Salman Kherai (3KM from Hawaii Addo, District Thatta)|
Team Members: Dr. Faiza, Dr. Anam, Abdul Jabbar, Abdul Waheed, Dur-e-Shahwar, Zohra, Ali
Date & Time: September 18, 2011 / 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Patients Examined: 150
Relief Medical Camp No. 1
|Location: Khokrapar No. 4 (Malir, Karachi)|
Team Members: Dr. Faiza, Dr. Farzana, Dr. Anam, Robina Somroo, Rozina Pervez
Date & Time: September 16, 2011 / 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Patients Examined: 83
In late July 2010, heavy monsoon showers resulted in massive floods in Pakistan. Floods of such scale had not been recorded in this part of Asia for the past eighty (80) years. Since the country was not prepared, and already had a weak and outdated infrastructure for disaster-recovery, the floods ended up causing unprecedented damages; killing more than 1,700 people, and leaving than 14 million people homeless. Over 20 percent of the land area was submerged at the peak time of the floods – which is roughly the size of Italy, and Billions of dollars in damages to infrastructure, housing, agriculture, livestock, and other family assets was recorded. Moreover, 40% of arable land was inundated, causing the loss of that year’s crop, and $43 billion was the estimated cost for relief and rehabilitation by UNICEF’s WFP (world food program).
In the Aftermat
According to the assessment report WFP, ‘The flash floods in the mountainous north (KPK) were intense and highly destructive. This was also largely the case in parts of Baluchistan. In flatter areas of Punjab and northern Sindh, riverine flooding has been a very destructive phenomenon, although with a slower onset, affecting densely populated and cultivated areas. In lower Sindh, the ongoing riverine delta flooding may have longer lasting effects due to soil saturation of these low lying areas’.
Al-Huda branches across Pakistan stepped out to help Pakistani brothers and sisters in this time of dire need. The Hayatabad Branch started flood relief operation on July 29, 2010 itself. The team reached Bela, Azakhel and Pirpai and saw 40 members of the Jhogia family trapped in the water and about to drown. A valiant effort was made and the family was rescued using ropes. During the night, one team member also saw a water cooler floating in the water. The team got hold of it and when it was opened, a small baby almost one (1) month old was found inside. Apparently, the unfortunate parents could only think of this method to save their child – and God, made the miracle happen. The baby was adopted by a member of the Al-Huda team.
Yet, there were so hundreds of thousands who were not able to survive, and many perished in front of the sad eyes of Al-Huda team members. One instance that team reported, was that the team members saw 12 kids crying out for help in the water. They reached the children, made them sit on a bed, and attempted a rescue, but the pressure of the water was so much that the bed kept drowning. Another attempt was made using a big air-filed tube, but unfortunately the tube leaked and the bed turned upside down in the water, and all the children drowned.
A lady rescued, also narrated that when she heard of the floods, she had 2 kids with her and 5 were playing outside in the streets. She did not realize the extent of the floods and while she was trying to barricade her house, somebody saw those 5 kids, and made them sit on a tree to try to save them. These poor kids, who were less than 5 years of age, were stuck on the tree the whole night, and the youngest kid got bitten by a snake and died in front of his siblings.
One team member also saw a house made of hay floating in the water. Children were sitting on it, trying hard to save themselves by navigating the house, but it struck the Nowshehra bridge pillar and was destroyed – the kids were all drowned.
By 13th August, 2010, the Hayatabad branch was covering Bela, Amangarh, Khat Kalay, Pushto, Nagri, Nowshehra, Jehangira, Taru Jaba, Azakhel, Ashurabad, Charsadda, Tarnaab, Madyan, Behrain, Pirpai, Gujar basti, Labour Colony (Peshawar), D.I.Khan and Phando.
Similarly, other branches of Al-Huda across the country divided areas amongst themselves, and started trying to reach as many afflicted people as possible.
With the help of Donors across the country and abroad, along with immense strength of belief from staff and volunteers, Al-Huda branches made two bifurcations in the relief operations. One was directed towards addressing the immediate food, medicine and shelter needs, and the other to addressing the long-term needs (i.e. relief operations on a long term basis, and reconstruction of homes and provision of livelihood). Hence the relief operations were divided into three phases.
Phase 1: Immediate Relief, Ramadan Ration and Iftar
Al-Huda team members, and in some cases even their family members set out to distribute rations for Iftar and Sehri. For Iftar, if possible, spreads would be laid out separate for both men and women, and Tilawat would be played in background. In addition to seeing the satisfaction on the faces of children and their families, their feedback to Al-Huda organization was also encouraging. People reported that they have been satisfied with the fair distribution of our organization. They gave the teams a lot of duas and where possible, before winding up the Iftars, they would have a congregational dua with the attendees, Alhamdullilah. The areas covered were as follows:
- 1.Pir Piyai : Iftar was arranged in 13 villages
- 2.Peshawar: 12 Villages surrounding the city were served
- 3.NowShera: Bardashi Village- estimated 150 families i.e. approx. 800 people were served
- 4.Chamkani: Lala Kalay- approximately70 families were served
- 5.Pabbi: G.T Road
- 6.Charsadda: Jaala Bella- approximately 80 families were served
Phase 2: Daily relief Operations for as long as needed
The daily operations involved distribution of food rations as-per-need basis to different villages that had still not been able to recover their routine livelihoods. The operations were carried till the beginning of 2011, by the grace of Allah. The following areas were covered
6.Peshawar & surroundings
13.Muzaffar Garh District
To give an idea of the daily relief operations, below are details of the activities in two areas (i.e. Sindh and Muzaffar Garh District). Similar operations, but varying in size because of the area affected, were also carried on in the above listed 13 locations:
Jamshoro (including BYPass)
25+38 families camped on both sides of the ByPass were provided with Daily necessities and taught basic religious education like Tahara, Salah, Duas and Fem ul Quran in Sindhi
Dire need for Medical camp was found at Musharaf Colony, a 700 tent city with 4000
adults and 6400 children. 80% people in this colony are from Kambar Shahdad Kot,
Dadu and Kashmore and 20% from Jacobabad and Larkana. It came to our knowledge
that 4 new born babies had expired in the past due to lack of medical aid and there were
at present 72 gynae cases
Donated to Civil hospital & volunteer doctors of ‘Off Road’ Pakistan
Distribution in 5 villages, 22 kilometers from Sujawal and beyond. We covered 818 homes. It was a 13 hours journey back home for our team.
1. Aachar Khas Khali 117 homes
2. Goth Hafiz 122 ”
3. Main Surjani Bund/Surjo 247 ” they have barely received goods before us
4. Nohwalro 179 ”
5. Sohki (U.C Belo) 153 ”
The area of Jati had received very few relief goods. People go in search of food for their villages on motorcycles. Some literally begged us to follow them to their village. After ramadan NGO’s work has slowed down especially as the road situation is very bad, most of them are broken and trucks have difficulty as they get stuck. Villages included:
1. Goth Faiz Muhammad
2. Goth Khamiso Mohana
3. Goth Guljat
Union Council Bilo
This distribution took place in 4 villages, belonging to union council Belo. It is 14 kilometers before Kot Alma, Surjani. We covered around 600 homes in these areas:
1. Haji Abdullah Gotta
2. Muhammad Khan Bijoro
3. Talbani Bajora
4. Haroon Wadera Goth
Adopted 35 families (250 people). Providing ration and clothes on a regular basis
Registration based on NIC, Medical camp, Stand-by Ambulance provided by Edhi Foundation, Clean Water supply, Electricity, Wash Rooms pledged by UNICEF, Dedicated area for Islamic Education, Besides relief work we will also provide religious education
Medicines as pledged
Rations and soaps
Relief goods (packages with cooking oil, hygine etc). Also taught people Tahara, Salah and Duas
Distributed 500 boxes to affected
Muzaffar Garh District
District Muzzafar Garh
The flood affected areas in Muzaffar Garh District have been visited. Most of the houses are totally collapsed in hundreds of villages.
A detailed survey was done on August 20, 2010, with the help of some known people in Baseera. Registration of those people is made using their ID card numbers (if known). Tokens for ration are distributed.
Today we are preparing to leave for Baseera with the following aid:
300 ration packs – each pack consists of:
Sugar 2 Kg
Flour 20 Kg
Daal Mongi 1 Kg
Daal Chana 2 Kg
Salt 1 pack
Chilli 1 Pack
Rooh Afza 1 Ltr
Tea 1 pack
Dates 1.5 Kg
Ghee 2 Kg
Match Box 1
Powder Milk 0.5 Kg
Mineral Water 1.5 Ltr
Washing soap 4 pcs
Bath Soap 2 pcs
Each Ration pack costs Rs.2000/- and can be used by 3-4 people
Mineral Water – 50 crates
Men’s Suits 100
Ladies’ Suits 100
Children’s suits 100
Phase 3: House Building and Rehabilitation of Displaced Families
Survey was planned and conducted by Al-Huda Karachi team in January 2011.
- Goth Muhammad Khan was the first place visited, and is a few minutes’ drive from main SujawalIt had 35 homes, some broken and some in good condition. There was a masjid and school which needs repair. They had one water pump.
- Second place was Goth Usman Khaire, 4 kilometers from Sujawal, close to Hawai addo. We saw 55 homes which were all damaged in some way or the other. The model home constructed here was for Rs. 8750. This included some wood with kana and the mud lipai done by the people themselves. Some labour is required to make the basic structure. It has a 12 by 12 ft single room with a wooden door, a window is optional and it has a verandah.
- Third place was Hawai Addo, 3 kilometers from Sujawal. Al-Huda had built 40 mud homes around 3 years back. Some got damaged as the mud got washed away by the recent floods. Very few got completely washed away. There is a community hall where Quran classes are conducted fortnightly. There is no proper masjid and there was no water in the pumps.
Note: The people of the area prefer to live in mud homes as they are warmer in winters and cooler in summers. The residents do not want to live in cement houses. Karachi Team has also recommended mud homes as they can survive floods.
Suggestions by our staff:
- Goth Muhammad Khan should be taken as Al-Huda project as it is closer to town and travelling is easier.
- Hawai Addo should be given support to repair as needed.
- Goth Usman Khaire should be helped to build homes as they were very deserving indeed.
- Rs. 16000 estimate for Al-Huda village and Hawai Addo. Rs. 8750 estimate for Usman Khaire.
- Water pumps: should be provided to these 3 places.
Alhamdulillah, by end of November 26, 2010, Al-Huda had facilitated building of 30 houses for the flood affected. Each house costs around 65,000 PKR.
The following materials were used:
- Tiles for roof
- Steel doors (to reduce the cost)
- Used blocks and wood
The affected were provided with bedding, ration, steel beds, clothing, and electricity connection.
Alhamdulillah, the feedback given to Al-Huda was very positive and the victims were overwhelmed to receive support, which gave them a boost to start again. In fact one survivor reported that her husband attempted suicide and was rescued and brought to the hospital by Al-Huda team members. His shop was affected badly by the flood, so Al-Huda made his shop functional. He was very happy and thankful and named his shop ‘’Alhuda Kiryana Store’’!
Alhamdulillah, on Oct 28th 2010, a COMMUNITY VOCATIONAL CENTER of a very unique nature was set for construction at Pir Piyai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The location was planned to accommodate the vocational training requirements of 7 to 8 surrounding villages. Research was done in advance to find a location which is safe, and with easy access for administration, along with provision of the basic amenities of life, like drinking water, electricity, gas, telephone and a metal road.
1 Canals and 15 Marlas land worth approximately 35 lacs has been donated for the project by a local donor. The land was surrounded by brick boundary wall, with two gates, a mosque and two rooms.
The opening ceremony on October 28th, 2010 left the people of the community highly motivated and enthusiastic about the construction of such a center.
The company Redbull (Pakistan+Afghanistan) donated money to build 5 houses for the flood affected. An employee of Redbull was sent to make a survey of the identified areas.
A Rehabilitation project by Al-Huda Peshawar was also completed, and the areas were: Maankian and Paar Nowshera
First of all, data of the families was collected from NADRA, and sorted to get a complete picture of orphans, widows and the most deserving. Construction of 5 houses was started immediately.
The houses each had 1 room, 1 washroom, kitchenette and a boundary wall. And cement blocks were used for construction instead of bricks helped in reducing the cost. The entire cost is Rs.100 thousand for five houses. The affectees are made to construct homes for themselves. They use their own man power and financial assistance is given by Al-Huda. This is to inculcate in them the habit to struggle and strive on their own and also, so that they value their homes.
Additional five houses were built for five deserving families in Mahalla Saidaan, and Daagi Khail
5.Multan & Nowshera also had homes constructed under Al-Huda supervision
وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا
And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely…
None of the operations would have been possible without the help of Allah, dedication of Al-Huda staff, the infrastructure support of the armed forces in some cases and especially the cooperation and valiant donations made by the people of Pakistan and abroad. We would like to thank each and everyone involved for their physical efforts, emotional support and financial donations (with special mention to Al-Huda’s international branches in Canada, USA and Dubai).
Jazak Allah Khairum
In July 2007, cyclone Yemyin affected 1.5 million people and left 300,000 homeless in 14 districts of Baluchistan. Heavy rains also caused severe damage in Karachi and killed up to 230 people.Al-Huda helped people in need by providing them with basic necessities of life through its offices in Sindh and Baluchistan. Food supplies, medicines, tents, mud houses (juggi) and utensils were provided.Some relief stats are as follows:
- 1475 packets containing food supplies were delivered to Khuda-ki-Basti, Al-Khidmat and Gadap
- Sugar (9 sacks), lentils (9 sacks) and tea (17 packets) worth Rs.1,257,875 was sent to Raziqabad and Chokandi
- In Dadu, ration, medicines and utensils worth Rs.300,000 were given to 300 affected families
- Food, tents and medicines worth Rs.200,000 were also distributed in Dadu
- Medicines worth Rs.93,000 were distributed in Interior Sindh and Gadap
- Ration was given in Matli, Chohar Jamali and Shah Bander
- Rs.5000 per family was distributed in Raziqabad and Alhadid Goth for building mud houses (jughis).
- In Bin Qasim, Rs,140,000 was doanted for building 10 mud houses and 2 bathrooms
- Rs. 500,000 was spent for the building of 50 mud houses in Sajawal and interior Sindh
In 2006, the districts of Lower Sindh Hyderabad, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and Badeen experienced heavy torrential rainfall and as a result, vast areas were submerged in water, crops were ruined, power supply and sewerage systems collapsed. Stagnant water created serious health problems.
Under Al-Huda Flood Relief Program, food, drinking water and clothes were supplied to the flood-affected people. Al-Huda targeted areas where no support had reached. Food and basic necessities required by people were bought from adjacent areas and provided to the calamity stricken people. Relief was provided to villages between Hyderabad and Mir Pur Khas as well as parts of Hyderabad and Badeen. A total of Rs.585,300 was spent on the relief work.