Christian World Service in Aotearoa New Zealand has launched a Pakistan Flood Appeal call for funds to help people survive torrential monsoon rains that have destroyed large areas of the flood-prone country.
By early September, unusually heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan had caused floods that swept away entire villages, killing in total over 1,000 people and leaving millions in need of immediate assistance, including provisions of food, shelter, clothing and transport out of flood-ravaged areas.
Heavy rains and landslides have severely damaged 66 districts in Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces and officials in Pakistan are reporting that more than 30 million people have already been affected by the floods.
By late August 670,000 homes had been badly damaged or destroyed and nearly 800,000 livestock drowned.
Currently one in seven Pakistanis are displaced, have lost their crops or livestock, are grieving the loss of loved ones, and many no longer have homes to return to.
In addition, Pakistan’s local health leaders are warning of dire health issues that will arise as waters start to subside, including severe trauma, water-borne diseases and limited access to medical services.
Christian World Service’s ACT Alliance* partner Community World Service Asia(CWSA), which is headquartered in Karachi, is leading the response through local NGOs it has worked with in Pakistan for decades.
CWSA is highly experienced in relief, recovery and rehabilitation following disasters, keeping close contact with relief providers and offering both financial and technical support for operations.
Any donation you can spare will help bring immediate relief to people in Pakistan trying to survive loss, hunger and uncertainty. Funds raised will provide them with urgently needed food, clean water, hygiene supplies, tents and non-food items.
To donate to the Pakistan Flood Appeal go to the CWS Pakistan Flood Appeal
Archbishop Don Tamihere and Archbishop Philip Richardson have called on Anglicans across Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia to respond,
“We are very grateful to our mission partner CWS for taking the initiative to establish this appeal, and strongly encourage all Anglicans to consider the urgent needs confronting the people of Pakistan.”
*Christian World Service is a member of the ACT (Action of Churches Together) Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.
All donations to Christian World Service are tax deductible in Aotearoa New Zealand.