According to the UN, upwards of 20 million people have been affected – greater than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. The need is huge and with winter having set in the hardship is immense. According to officials, at least 381 villages in Khairpur Natahn Shah, Sindh have been demolished.
While we cannot help 20 million people, we can help those in dire need – one village at a time. We have sought advice on this from senior practitioners and lead agencies and concluded that long, medium and short-term strategies are clearly needed. We are developing a strategy for longer-term structural engagement, but we can also make a difference in the immediate term. We know that lives will be lost in the harsh winter weeks. This need not be the case. Pakistani YGL colleagues say that Sindh is one of the most underserved and at-risk provinces. Here is where we can make a difference. We have decided to support relief efforts in one of these – Bhadurpur village -where 600 houses have been destroyed by the flood and floodwaters are still standing.
Key 2010 Accomplishments
Creating a core group of Pakistani and Indian YGLs to work towards a better future in South Asia
Just launched a campaign to support the village of Bhadarpur in the Khaiour Natahn Shah, Sindh region. Moving forward need to identify the next steps.
Malini Mehra, Kasim Kasuri, Munizae Jahangir, Umar Saif, and Sandeep Naik