The climate change and its consequences, such as floods, draughts and catastrophic winds, affect world communities disproportionally. Those most vulnerable are often most exposed. Helping people in times of crisis requires knowhow and quick action, as well as familiarity with local natural, social and cultural environments.
In Pakistan natural disasters are becoming ever more common and support of humanitarian organizations is crucial. We were some of the first to respond to the
emergency crisis following the 2005 earthquake in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the 2007 Cyclone Yemyin, and the 2010-2011 floods in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. When people suddenly lose everything, it is not enough to supply them with shelter and food, we need to give them hope for better future and help them see the way their lives can be rebuild.
That is why our emergency aid is not all about distribution of essential goods. We do provide emergency shelter, food rations and non-food items, as well as primary healthcare arrangements, but we go beyond that organizing school or other provisions for education for the displaced, enrolling youths in our skill development programs and helping families regain financial stability. We always seek ways in which we can make a real positive difference and we have
learnt that it is best achieved when we diversify our efforts and work on multiple levels.