Hashoo Foundation Expands Pakistan Flood Relief and Solidarity Efforts

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No time for ‘Donor Fatigue Syndrome’ (DFS) - medical, food and water projects need awareness and support.

Children's Hospital and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Center in the District of Charsadda

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Hashoo Foundation, a non profit Pakistan-based organization providing emergency relief, job training and social support to Pakistani families since 1988, has been on the ground providing food, water and medical care in the wake of the devastating floods.

In response to the aftermath of Pakistan’s horrific natural disaster, Hashoo Foundation has focused their emergency aid on flood affected families in Charsadda and Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Muzaffargarh and Kot Addu, Punjab and relief camps set up in Karachi, Sindh. Additionally, the Hashoo Foundation plans to be actively involved in the continuous recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding process of the affected areas.

Pakistan flood medical recovery efforts from Hashoo Foundation

Hashoo Foundation opened a Children's Hospital and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Center in the District of Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on September 1, 2010. The center offers free consultation, in-patient care and free medical supplies 24 hours to 250 patients a day. A second Children’s Hospital is scheduled to open by the end of September 2010 in Nowshera DHQ, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a partnership between Hashoo Foundation and the Pakistan Pediatrics Association (PPA).

To connect with the many affected villages in need of medical care, Hashoo Foundation and the Network for Human and Social Development (NHDS) are also coordinating a mobile medical clinic to service affected Pakistani families from 36 villages in Kot Addu and Muzaffargarh, Punjab. The medical team, operating from the Foundation’s Hassan Ali Hashwani dispensary, will begin to service each of the four camps in Karachi, Sindh treating over 200 patients a day.

Food, water and hope to Pakistani displaced peoples from Hashoo Foundation

The Hashoo Group and Hashoo Foundation have initiated a campaign for all employees to donate 1 day salary towards supplying bottles of water through their medical clinics. In total, the organizations will distribute around 120,000 (1.5 litre) bottles, as well as water filtration systems that can purify the flood water to make it safe to drink, cooking and other necessities.

In partnership with the Hashoo Group of hotels, Hashoo Foundation has distributed over 1,000 food parcels to the flood affected families, with fund raising going on to provide 1,000 more.

According to Tahir Shah, Orient Petroleum International Inc., “two truckloads of dry foods were transported to the worst affected area of Muzaffargarh and Kot Addu, Punjab and another to Akora Khattak and Nowshera Kalan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The food parcels will last a family of 6-8 members for about two weeks.”

Now is the time to avoid ‘Donor Fatigue Syndrome’

“The initial global response to Pakistan’s flooding was slow,” Sarah Hashwani, Chairperson of Hashoo Foundation, said. “Today, the world’s attention on Pakistan is vanishing and with it much needed donations for continued stabilizing relief projects. This is a crucial time for not only the Pakistani nation, but the entire world.”

Unfortunately, the gradual loss of global support and recovery aid in Pakistan can lead to extremist groups stepping in and providing the needed assistance and winning loyalty and approval of the millions who are embarking on a very difficult and daunting road to recovery. Some believe there is a risk that this disaster may further destabilize Pakistan’s already fragile democracy to a point that jeopardizes the security of the rest of the world.

“There is no time for Donor Fatigue Syndrome (DFS),” Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA, said. “Disasters can bring out the best of the human spirit. We must do our part to help the people of Pakistan who are suffering in a catastrophe of this magnitude.”

To donate online to the Hashoo Foundation Flood Relief Interventions
http://bit.ly/hashoo

For more details on Hashoo Foundation’s Flood Relief Interventions visit our blog
http://www.scribd.com/full/38039450?access_key=key-2kma95vd4sopcq3jjkkv

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