Laying the cornerstone for future

by Daniel Vaupel/RBU,  2010/10/06

While the humedica teams are continuing to treat people at refugee camps in the south of Pakistan, plans regarding reconstruction projects in the north of the country are being initiated. The first steps towards a long-term commitment in Pakistan have already been taken by Daniel Vaupel, the coordinator in charge.

A man from the village Bela in front of the remains of his house. In the foreground his flood-soaked beddings and his children’s school supplies. Photo: humedica/Daniel Vaupel

“On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, we made a first field visit to Charsadda in order to design a potential follow-up project to our medical missions. The project is intended to focus on rebuilding the poorer people’s houses.

The houses had mostly been built from unburned mud bricks and were not designed to withstand the masses of water. Those mud brick houses have been destroyed partly or completely, while the water afflicted only minor damage to houses made of concrete bricks. This is why you can find apparently undamaged houses amidst fields of debris.

Our Pakistani partner organisation ARO (Aid for Refugees and Orphans) had already told us that those affected by the floods in the meantime no longer ask for food, clean drinking water or medical care primarily, but for systematic reconstruction aid.

Our field visit to Charsadda was carried through together with the Deputy District Commissioner. In the thensils – the districts – of Charsadda alone, 54,985 families have been affected by the floods, according to the district authority. Their dwellings have been destroyed partly or completely. And when looking around, I do not doubt this statement.

The Deputy District Commissioner was highly pleased about our interest in a permanent reconstruction project, since many other non-governmental organisations had already left the district at the time of my visit.

We followed the course of river Swat through Bela, the town where we had set up one of our medical camps, and passed through its several boroughs which are located at varying distances from the river until we reached Charbela which is located further down Swat River. I gained similar impressions everywhere.

Based on my own impressions and on statements of local assistants, we will start our reconstruction projects in the district of Charsadda. Our local coordinator Christopher is already organising the procurement of necessary building materials. The houses which are planned to be built will not only have two rooms, but also a kitchen and a latrine.”

Target of the humedica reconstruction project is to provide the people with a new home and hence a new basis of life. Please support us by means of a targeted donation via our online form or to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference “Flood relief Pakistan
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also contribute an amount of 5 euros to the reconstruction measures in Pakistan by means of sending a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90. 4.83 euros will be directly channelled into our humedica projects. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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