In 2014, central Punjab in Pakistan was hit by floods during the monsoon season. Hundreds of roads were flooded and thousands of homes were washed away. In Jhang district, the worst-affected area, 46,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, forcing families to live out in the open. Shelter became an urgent priority.
Islamic Relief Waqf provided emergency kits for 360 of the worst-affected families in nine villages in the Athara Hazari tehsil (sub-district). The kits were provided to the most vulnerable first – the elderly, disabled, widows and orphans – and contained a set of tarpaulin sheets, bamboo poles and strong woven rope to allow construction of a basic family shelter.
Local youth, both men and women, were recruited as volunteers by Islamic Relief Pakistan’s emergency response team to help assess and select beneficiaries. Local participation ensured the support of the community in protecting relief goods and allowing a smooth distribution process.
Overall, 2426 individuals from 360 families from nine villages benefited from this emergency intervention, including Hafiz Muhammad Ashraf. The monsoon floods left him, his wife, two children and elderly parents with nothing.
“We lived many days on the road, without any shelter. The food and water we had did not last long. Our houses and everything in them were smashed by the flood water,” said Muhammad Ashraf. “(Islamic Relief) are doing the most beautiful work in the world. To help others who are in a difficult situation, and in need of assistance is not only rewarding but is the real test of brotherhood. We are very grateful to Islamic Relief for helping in our time of distress. Many people are not in a position to rebuild their houses, so these tarpaulin kits will serve as a shelter for us to live in for now.”
The kits can also be used for storing crops or sheltering livestock, proving beneficial for years to come.
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