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Emergency Relief

Kashmir Earthquake

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When the earthquake struck the Northern part of Pakistan on October 8, 2005, HOPE played a major role in relief activities by sending out a 17-member team comprising of Physicians, Surgeons, Lady Doctors, Gynecologist, Paramedics and Social Workers to set up medical camps. Around 4,000 patients were treated. With the assistance of UNICEF, HOPE started a new project for rehabilitating the nutrition status of children under 5 years and pregnant and lactating mothers. HOPE worked with LHVs and doctors providing them with the nutritional supplement. Two offices were set up – one in Muzaffarabad and the other in Bagh District.

Baluchistan Earthquake

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The earthquake also struck the Balochistan province and district Ziarat and Pishin were among the worst hit areas where more than 200 people died and thousands of people were left homeless. Initially, a 20 member HOPE Team went to the earthquake affected areas to provide emergency relief. The team comprised of doctors, paramedics and social workers. Relief goods were also provided which included food items such as flour, rice, sugar, dried milk, tea packets, ghee, daal. In addition, each family was provided winter proof tents and chattai for their residence. Warm clothes such as jackets, woolen sweaters, gloves, socks, and woolen caps esp. for children were also distributed. Blankets and razais were also provided for at least 6 members per family. The second relief operation was conducted in December, whereby another team visited the areas. Relief was provided to Wam, Kawa, Torr Shorr, Harnai, Pishin and Khanozai, and 6000 people were reached out to. In addition, medical camps were held in all areas and 7500 patients were provided medical care especially women and children.

Cyclone and Flood Relief – Dadu

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The cyclones and floods, which hit the coastal areas of interior Sind and Balochistan during June 2007, brought much misery and destruction. The HOPE team, with the collaboration of Indus Motors, HSBC Bank, and House of Habib, held relief operations in affected areas of Gadap, Dadu, Juhi and Kharo Chand. The HOPE team set up medical and food camps in these areas.

HOPE Relief Operation for Swat IDPs

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HOPE initiated a massive relief operation for the IDPs of Swat and Dir. The HOPE team visited Mardan, Shikh Yasin Camp, Shiekh Shehzad Camp, Swabi, Shah Mansoor Camp, Jalala Camp, Yar Hussain, Ambar  Takht Bai etc. The medical team saw 1000 patients with diarrhea, ARI, skin infections etc. Relief goods were distributed to a large number of patients including tents, beddings, coolers, ration, flour, rice, daal, utensils, chattai etc. In addition, HOPE provided 12.5 lakh sachets of PUR to 200,000 affectees (25,000 families) for provision of safe water with water coolers, buckets etc.

Floods 2010

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In 2010, Pakistan witnessed the most devastating floods in its history. Starting from the North, the floods travelled to the South, causing damage at an unprecedented level. The need for food, shelter and clean water was also immense. HOPE responded by launching a huge relief operation.

Medical Assistance

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HOPE sent out teams comprising of doctors including paramedics, gynecologists, and pediatricians, and social workers to Sindh, Punjab and KP. These teams held medical camps, treating hundreds of flood affectees daily. The HOPE teams held medical camps nationwide – Thatta, Sukkur, Khairpur, Shahdad Kot and Dadu in Sindh, Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Nowshera and Charsadda in KP. In total 75 medical camps were held and approximately 35,000 patients were treated by HOPE doctors. HOPE also initiated a safe drinking water campaign whereby 40,000 families in Thatta, Sukkur, Muzaffargarh and Peshawar were given water-purifying sachets of PuR, along with buckets, coolers and spoons. 1.8 million sachets of PuR were distributed. The flood relief operation was made possible with support from Barclays Bank, Citibank, IFFCO, YPO, Thal Jute Mills, P&G, Cadbury and Standard Chartered Bank.

Relief Distribution

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As part of its relief operation, HOPE teams distributed emergency relief ration to flood affectees in Thatta, Sukkur, Dadu, Shahdad Kot and Khairpur in Sindh, Muzaffargarh in Punjab and Nowshera and Charsadda in KP. HOPE provided much needed ration to almost 13,000 flood affectees. HOPE also set up a nutrition support programme in collaboration with UNICEF. This project was carried out in IDP camps in Karachi, Thatta, Dadu and Shahdad Kot. Children under five and pregnant and lactating women were screened and according to their level of malnutrition were given nutrition support in the form of Plumpy Nuts and UNIMIX.

Reconstruction project

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As part of its flood rehabilitation efforts, HOPE began a pilot shelter project aiming to provide housing for 75 families in the Haji M. Moosa Jakro village and Tando Hafiz Shah village of Thatta district. To date, 77 houses have been built for flood affectees in the Thatta district. This project is on-going. The project was made possible by generous grants from Human Concern International and  Kraft/Cadbury, Pakistan, and an anonymous family from Dubai UAE.

FLOOD RELIEF 2011

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In 2011, heavy rainfall caused wide scale destruction and displacement across Sindh. In response to the crisis, HOPE launched an emergency relief campaign.

BADIN – SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

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The campaign began with a trip to the worst affected district of Badin. The HOPE team;

  1. Treated 550 patients for illnesses like diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, skin infections, chest infections, severe malnutrition etc. 200 children, and 300 PLWs were screened for malnutrition. 27% of children were malnourished.
  2. Distributed shelter ration to 150 families.
  3. Distributed essential food ration to 100 families.

MIRPURKHAS- SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

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A HOPE team comprising of doctors, paramedics and social workers travelled to a village called Mirewah Gorh Chani, located in the badly affected district of Mirpurkhas.
To sum up, the HOPE team:

  1. Treated over 700 patients
  2. Distributed food and shelter ration to 350 families
  3. Distributed mosquito nets to 100 families

BADIN – OCTOBER 05, 2011

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On October 5th, a HOPE team made another trip to Badin. There was still a significant amount of water surrounding the roads. The HOPE medical staff treated around 500 patients, majority of them were women and children. Food and shelter ration was also distributed to 250 families. In addition, 100 families were provided water-purifying sachets called P&G Purifier of Water and were given information on the importance of clean water and how to use P&G Purifier of Water correctly.

UMERKOT – OCTOBER 04, 2011

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A HOPE team travelled to the district of Umerkot to hold a two-day medical relief camp. The first medical camp was held on October 4th in a village called Thar Nabisar, located near to the Tharparkar desert. A total of 550 patients were treated, majority being women and young children. The second camp was held the next day in the village of Chachhro Road. The medical camp treated around 350 patients.

ABBAS TOWN BLAST, KARACHI

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The twin blasts shook Abbas Town on March 3, 2013, left at least 60 dead and over 140 injured. More than 200 residential apartments and shops were badly damaged in the deadliest blast.
In this scenario, HOPE considering their responsibility stood by the Abbas town tragedy’s affectees. The Team HOPE visited the site and distributed lunch boxes and pampers for the kids among the blast affectees. HOPE has always been there for the people in need, therefore, the team kept visiting abbas town on a regular period to distribute relief goods among the affectees.