Mustansar was born in Layyah, which is one of the worst hit areas in Pakistan. The intense monsoon rains this year caused killer floods endangering everyone and everything in the floods’ wake.
He has shared the following with me and I would like to share with you so you will understand what is happening in Pakistan now.
“Families are homeless, so great difficulties people are facing include no shelter, no food, no drinking water, no medicine and nothing left of their personal belongings. People have to sleep out of doors where there are snakes and harmful insects.”
He explained to me that he knows well the conditions after the flood because his father and brother live there.
“Small cities are cut off from big cities so patients can’t go to bigger hospitals with more facilities. People are dying because of this.”
Mustansar’s uncle, in fact, died because his family could not get him to any health facility or hospital.
The people of Pakistan are all trying to help those less fortunate, but the crisis is so bad that alone, Pakistan the nation can’t do much. He asks that we “send donations to the Pakistan Army relief camps because it is the most trusted way to help the Pakistani nation. Any single penny given to the Pakistan Army will reach the affected people.”
My friend Luciana and I have been discussing the best way to donate money to be sure that the people that need relief will get help. Mustansar has kindly shared his appreciation with us, “Thanks a lot for helping the people. I’m very much happy that you are trying to send it through reputed organizations. (Donations reaching reputed institutions) . . . is something that we are also very much worried about. . “
He goes on to urge us, “Don’t give cash to any, any, I repeat any organization of any Pakistani until you are 100% sure that it is genuine.”
“I must say don’t give cash to anyone except IRC (International Rescue Committee) and the Pakistan Army otherwise it would be lost. You know there are 7 million children who need food and medicine. I thank you from the core of my heart for this generous effort and contributions.”
I thanked Mustansar and Asad Zaidi because they helped me understand the situation. He answered, “Yes, Ma’am, without our input, your efforts will be fruitless. I myself have contributed Rs.5000 which is equal to $60.oo. (My classmates and I. . .) are collecting food items for the victims. We are already on campaign.”
Asad Zaidi has allowed me to share the photos he has taken so you can understand the situation of Pakistani families.
Hans Zomer has been kind to send in a comment on the AsnycnowRadio blog in which he included very important information. He shared the two web links below which contain valuable information about making donations.
Irish Aid http://www.HowYouCanHelp.ie
A Guide to Assisting the Poor in Times of Disaster. http://www.howyoucanhelp.ie/documents/theguide.pdf
Organizations respected for using donations properly.
International Rescue Committee http://www.theirc.org
Western Union http://www.westernunion.com/WUCOMWEB/staticMid.do?method=load&countryCode=US&languageCode=en&pagename=promoPakistan&pid=alphaPakpromo
Save the Children
BRAC Bangledesh Rehabilitation Committteehttp://www.brack.net
USA – Edhi Center
USA Edhi international Foundation.
42-07 National street
Corona, New York, 11368 USA
Tel: (718) 639-5120
Toll Free# 1-888-899-EDHI (3344)
Edhi International Foundation,
316 Edgware Road,
London W2 1DY,
Tel: 02077232050 and Fax: 02072249774
Bilquis Edhi Charitable Shop
1801-1805 Danforth Ave
Phone/Fax: +1 (416) 699-1388
Also include the following above the international addresses:
Japan Edhi International Foundation,
RM 101 COPO Nikkei, 1-25 4-Chome,
Minami-ohi Shinagawa -KU-Tokyo 140 Japan.
Australia Abdul Sattar Edhi International Foundation,
Level 20, Picadly tower,
133, Castle Reagh Street, Sydney 2000,
Tel: 02-2646499, 03-3767-7282
Fax: 03-3764-4395, 02-264-7337
Bangladesh Edhi International Foundation Inc,
2/2 Purana palton, 3 rd Floor,
Dhaka – 1000, Bangladesh