Kawish Flood Relief Activities in Badin - Sindh (006):

5th Visit: Sindari on October 8, 2011:

Alhumdolillah, on Saturday, October 8, 2011 our KAWISH Karachi Wing visited the flood affected areas. As a strategy, we have decided to continue relief work at shortlisted adjacent villages of Badeen & Mirpur Khaas respectively and have appointed local responsible members to ensure transparent distribution to over 300 families (2500 members approx.). Later, we shall enter into rehabilitation phase once water recedes giving us an opportunity to plan and implement. On October 8, 2011 ( Exactly 06 years after 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan), Kawish Karachi branch in association with Sigma Motors visited Sindhari (approx. 250 km from Karachi – One way) for a day trip for the distribution of relief goods. Guests from CASE foundation Islamabad Mr. Qaiser & Mr. Adeel (IT Teachers) also joined us. We left our homes at 0600 hours in the morning and reached back around 2345 hours at night, safely Alhumdolillah. We had 04 vehicles comprising of 15 volunteers and relief good worth Rs. 500,000 procured efficiently and packed at Kawish Karachi branch under the supervision of Mr. Amir Hassan (Head Karachi Br). Our transportation & distribution costs have been minimized by the generous support of Sigma Motors. We appreciate incredible coordination of Major Ali Waheed (Sigma) and Mr Mehmoud ul Haq (Kawish Karachi) for planning a successful day tour to Sindh interior areas. We approached Sindhari passing through Hyderabad, Tando Allah Yar, Mirpur Khaas. Road-approach especially after crossing Hyderabad was pathetic due to under construction work and damages after flood devastation. We have appointed a person Mr. Ghulam Rasool from PAF base (Mir Pur Khaas) to help us approach most deserving areas adjacent to Sindhari Goths (villages). We personally visited villages for relief good distribution which are still flooded with waters. Families approached us by crossing water barrier reaching up to their knee levels as seen in below pictures.

Our observations:

1. Relief work at Sindh is difficult comparing KPK / Punjab due to areas far off from Karachi, danger of traveling during night time, inaccessible due to broken roads and presence of feudal / political elements hindering the long term planning.
2. Most part of the villages is still flooded with water. At some areas water have receded but land are wet therefore too much moisture making life miserable for the inhabitants and cultivation is not possible in near future so threatening economic survival.
3. Crops have been completely destroyed.
4. Most of the Live stock died due to flood and remaining are likely due to shortage of fodder or available at high cost beyond the reach of poor farmers.
5. Little (negligible) presence of NGO's unlike, we saw at Kot Addu, charsdadda, mardan or Kaghan clamities in recent years (2005-2011).
6. Feudal / Politicians as usual are not pushed to look into poor's grievances. Neither found Government presence in terms of infrastructure development or providing platform / coordination for NGOs for relief work.
7. Some camps of UNHCR & Khubaib Foundation (Turkish) NGO were found, however.
8. In general, collective relief work does not cover even 10% ( or below !!) of damages.
9. We concluded that despite our relief work is fraction comparing to the overall distraction but we have at least spread a hope among the affectees. Also, we are providing a platform to the donors for the transfer of their precious resources to resource less people in a transparent, efficient manner incorporating low cost solutions. May Allah accept our humble efforts and make the life easy for the country men who are facing nightmare in prevailing circumstances.

Our friends from Lahore arranged a meeting at Rashidabad Health / Education complex developed by Air commodore Shabbir Khan near Tando Allah Yar. They are doing fantastic jobs by contributing on behalf of their organization and also facilitating NGO's coming over there for relief work. Please find donor’s list with amounts and Karachi office expenditure sheet as below for your information. Please also review map of Badeen & Mir Pur Khass and some pictures of visit as below;

Please find the below Snaps of our latest visit:

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