Houses for the poorest of the poor

by Daniel Vaupel/RBU,  2011/03/02

Almost seven months have passed, since Pakistan was devastated by the flood of the century which caused 18 million people to flee from their homes and become refugees.

Although the country is no longer focus of the world public, humedica can continue its sustainable work there thanks to your donations, and help those families that have been affected worst by the floods. We can offer them what they need most at the moment: a roof above their heads.

Reconstruction projects are progressing. A receiver in Nowshera together with a young construction engineer of ARO. Photo: humedica/Daniel Vaupel

As is the case with most disasters, those who suffer most from the late consequences are the poorest of the poor. Although many of them received emergency aid immediately after the floods, they were still standing in front of the ruins of their modest lives after that. They had left the camps, but they had to set up their tents once more in the place where their houses had once been.

humedica has decided to offer support at this point. Together with Aid for Refugees and Orphans (ARO), our local partner, the first phase of our project was initiated, providing 300 families with the possibility of building a new home.

The programme includes local communities and it requires a high degree of initiative by the receivers themselves. Almost all of those benefiting from the project have already set up the foundation walls and are now busy building the actual houses.

Gratitude for this support is immense. It is particularly appreciated by the receivers, since only very few relief organisations offer help on a longer term after a disaster.

Our support reaches the people in the province of Khyber Pashto, which is located only a few kilometres from the tribal territories and the border to Afghanistan. Central storage places for building materials have been set up in the three districts of Nowshera, Charsadda and D. I. Khan. High-quality concrete blocks are manufactured cost-efficiently and directly on site, which also ensures consistent quality.

Word about our work is spreading: at the beginning of January, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle planned a field visit to Pakistan. The humedica project was the one that was chosen for the visit by the Foreign Minister among only three projects being run in entire Pakistan.

Concrete blocks for reconstruction are manufactured directly in Charsadda. Photo: humedica/Daniel Vaupel

Unfortunately, Westerwelle's plane had to touch down in Lahore due to dense fog, and as a consequence the visit had to be cancelled; but the Minister wrote a personal letter of thanks to humedica after his return.

"I had a very open and interesting conversation with Country Director Mr Vaupel about experiences in the field of flood relief", Westerwelle emphasised in this letter. "I got the clear impression that you are all doing admirable work in Pakistan and will continue doing so. For this I would like to express my gratitude to you and your employees."

humedica is contributing to stability in this fragile region of the world also after the immediate disaster and can therefore offer the people future perspectives. Please support our efforts.

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference “Flood Relief Pakistan
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Please also donate online for the reconstruction projects in the north of Pakistan and the humedica Undernutrition Programme in the south of the country or support us by sending a text message: send the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and make a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros being directly channelled into the project work.

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