Umeed : A benefit concert for the Pakistan Floods

Location:

The Middle East Club
470 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

Date & Time:

12 Oct. 2010 at 8PM

Cost:

Door: $12

Description:

This is going to be one amazing and beautiful night. All the funds that go into this concert go to rehabilitation services for the recent floods that hit Pakistan. Event proceeds go to www.avaaz.org to support the Pakistani people people affected by the recent floods.

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Pakistan – Floods Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

From October 1 to 4, USAID/OFDA Acting Director Mark Ward visited Pakistan to observe ongoing USAID relief and recovery efforts, meet with Government of Pakistan (GoP) officials, and discuss USAID/OFDA programs with beneficiaries and grantees. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPk) Province, Mr. Ward visited a U.N. World Food Program (WFP) food-for-work project, funded in part by USAID, to rebuild damaged homes in Charsadda District. In Nowshera District, Mr. Ward visited a USAID-funded U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project designed to help farmers initiate planting activities in flood-affected areas. Mr. Ward also traveled to Pano Aqil air base in Sindh Province to observe ongoing helicopter relief operations.

According to the GoP National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), receding water has allowed many displaced families to return to areas of origin, particularly in KPk and Punjab, where the GoP and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) estimate that more than 95 percent of the displaced have returned to previously flooded areas.

In Sindh Province, parts of Dadu and Qamber Shahdadkot districts remain inundated due to the flooding of Manchar Lake. The NDMA recently reported that up to 85 percent of affected populations in Sindh remain displaced.

The GoP National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and local authorities continue to register flood-affected individuals and distribute debit cards, valued at approximately $230 each. As of October 5, NADRA had distributed cards to 290,000 families. However, the U.N. reports some confusion among the displaced over eligibility for GoP debit cards, with some believing that compensation is limited to individuals residing in displacement camps.

This week, USAID/OFDA provided an additional $9.8 million for RAPID—a response fund that will provide quick-impact grants to organizations working in flood-affected areas. The most recent contribution brings the RAPID response fund to nearly $12.6 million. To date, 15 local organizations have received RAPID grants for emergency relief projects in five flood-affected provinces.

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Sources: Relief Web, USAID

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PAKISTAN : Hundreds of thousands of people living in highly precarious conditions

For Stéphane Lobjois, Handicap International’s head of mission in Pakistan, the situation facing flood victims remains highly critical.

Handicap International How has the situation changed since the start of the flooding?

The Khyber Pakhtunkwa region (KPK in the North West) was the first to be hit in early August. However, the floods gradually spread south to Sind like a wave moving slowly towards the sea. The Sind region and particularly the district of Thatta is still at the emergency stage. There are more than 200,000 people living in highly-precarious conditions in camps. The flooding is not over and most areas are still affected by the water. Needs in terms of health, food and shelter remain acute. We have also noted that some minorities do not have access to aid. In these situations, the most vulnerable still face a strong risk of disease and diarrhoea.

The situation is not improving because in the north people who have lost their homes and belongings will experience harsh winter conditions, including snow, within a matter of weeks.

Read more here.

Sources: ReliefWeb, Handicap International

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Govt. of Pakistan & WHO: Epidemiological Bulletin-Flood Response in Pakistan, Vol. 1,Issue 7

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Highlights

Epidemiological week no 39 (25 September – 1 October 2010)

• Between 25 September – 1 October 2010 (epidemiological week no. 39), 41 of the 78 flood-affected districts provided surveillance data to the DEWS system. Of these 41 districts, 87% reported 6-7 days of the week.

• 715 fixed health and 192 mobile medical outreach centers provided surveillance data for this week.

• 433,890 consultations were reported through DEWS of which 19% were acute respiratory infections (ARI), 13% were acute diarrhoea, 13% were skin disease, and 8% were suspected malaria.

• 16 alerts were received and responded to this week; 6 alerts were for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), 4 were for Dengue fever, 4 for Bloody diarrhoea, 1 was for measles and 1 was for unexplained fever.

• 7 deaths were reported to DEWS for this reporting week

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Sources: ReliefWeb; Government of Pakistan; World Health Organization (WHO)

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The James Caan Foundation: Build A Village Project

The “Build A Village” Concept

In order to help those who have been affected to regain a sense of normality in their lives, and to look to a brighter future, we need to help them get their lives back on track. They need a home, access to medication and clean water, and the children need to remain in education.

The James Caan Foundation has created a model to rebuild villages.

1.       Identify a village

Using our networks on the ground in Pakistan, we are able to identify a village. The JCF team are traveling out next month to make the final selection.

2.       Identify partners

Having selected the village, the JCF will then identify the key trusted organizations that are operating in the chosen area. These agencies will deliver components necessary in this project. These include construction, water, sanitation, education and child protection and health care.

3.       Identify Costs

The JCF alongside Hamilton Bradshaw, private equity specialists, will work together to put forward a comprehensive and efficient cost plan for the delivery of the project. They will identify key milestones that need to be achieved before parting with the funds.

4.       Rebuild and Reconstruct

The JCF will project manage the procurement of the project, managing the partners and ensuring the project is executed within the identified time frame. The JCF team will track and monitor the progress of the village by frequent visits to the area as well as platforms provided for by our partners.

Third Party Partners

Since the inception of the “Build A Village” concept, the JCF has received support from a range of individuals, corporates, aid agencies and state departments. These include JustGiving who are carrying our campaign banner on their home page to join in our fund raising efforts; Google are working with us to ensure complete transparency and facilitate the monitoring of our Village project by using Google Maps to map the progress of the construction; John O’Brien is also coordinating efforts on behalf of HRH Prince of Wales by endorsing our upcoming Seeing is Believing trip to Pakistan, to name but a few.

Next Steps

The JCF has estimated the cost of the village to be £250,000. This includes the rebuild of between 130- 150 dwellings for on average 1,000 people and the delivery of a working health care solution as well as education and clean water facilities. Evidently, this cost will vary from village, and will be finalized once the village and partners have been selected.

To gain support for the Build A Village project in Pakistan, James is organizing a visit of 15 – 20 British delegates to visit the affected areas in Pakistan on the 10- 11th October, 2010. The purpose of this visit is to raise awareness of the aftermath of the floods and the desperation of those who have survived; as well as raise funds to start rebuilding villages in the affected areas, which the James Caan Foundation will manage.

For any more information,  visit their website: www.thejcf.co.uk

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Superstars “for Flood Relief”

Superstars “for Flood Relief” is an initiative that is trying to bring together musicians from all over the world to record and release songs, proceeds of which will go to flood relief in Pakistan. The objective of this is two-fold:

a) to raise awareness of the floods in Pakistan through musicians around the world

b) to raise much-needed financial support for organizations working in flood-affected areas.

So far Stings, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Raga Boyz feat. Ustaad Hamid Ali Khan and Laal are on board and they are in conversation with a number of local and international stars. Artists are recording songs and these will be sold on iTunes. The proceeds of these sales will go to a charity of the artists’ choice.  For more information, visit them at http://www.superstarsforfloodrelief.com

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OCHA:Monsoon Floods Situation Report # 26

This report was issued by UNOCHA Pakistan. It covers the period from 17 to 21 September. The next report will be issued on or around 24 September.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• Affected families continue to move back towards their damaged and destroyed homes in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and to a far more limited extent in parts of Balochistan and Sindh.

• Comprehensive early recovery interventions in places of origin are increasingly critical in addition to sustained relief assistance for those that are unable to return.

• A revised appeal seeking in excess of US$2 billion was launched on 17 September. With a current gap of US$1.58 billion, dramatically scaled-up donor support is needed.

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