Earthquake conversation in West -to end of OctoberOctober Correspondence Stream:
I came across this discussion thread in a well intended space – if its missing some ideas or links, please say and I will try and post them in
I have noticed that Google links to many Indian sources, but I have yet to find a "premier" or "standard" Pakistani news source. I think http://paktribune.com/ seems to be quite popular, but I actually have very little knowledge about this source.
Relief effort aids India-Pakistan peace
The situation is bad, but there seems to be no doubt that it could easily get worse. This report appears to be very thorough.
Is this a useful link on what’s happening?I fear there's still a lot more misery to be
Do you know anything about the media landscape in Pakistan?
Not yet, Norbert. I'm still only on the letter C ;-)
Has anyone seen an organization collecting for Pakistan that accepts PayPal?
Someone on PakTribune Forum was asking exactly the same thing a week ago. It appears he ended up donating via Islamic Aid but this may not have been via Paypal. His name is Ya'akov and his messages are twice on 9th Oct. I don't think it will help you much, but it gives an inside view of opinion about the extent and responses to the disaster.
Here is one: http://www.help-pakistan.com/Donate_now.htm
"The Help-Pakistan team has chosen The Citizens Foundation for its beneficiary of all funds generated in our Donate a Dollar for Pakistan campaign
The transaction is processed through the secure PayPal.com system.
I was taken aback this morning when I heard that 4 people who had flown to Pakistan from the Saarland (THW workers) were actually so traumatized by the experience that now require psychological therapy. On a positive note, they were able to uncover and rescue (at least 1) person (or people?) from the rubble. In the initial reports I heard that voices could be heard in the rubble. Apparently, even though the Pakistani government has given up on rescue efforts, living people are still being found.
THERE ARE NO EXCUSES
" There are no excuses. If we are to show ourselves worthy of calling ourselves members of humankind, we must rise to this challenge. Our response will be no less than a measure of our humanity. " Kofi Annan 19 October 2005
Here are some pieces picked in the UN Secretary-General's press conference of October the 19th (bolds words are my choice):
« What is impossible for any picture to convey in the sheer magnitude of this catastrophe. In the most affected area, which covers some 28,000 square kilometers of Pakistan, all essential infrastructure has been destroyed.
That means thousands of hospitals and schools ; government buildings and water systems ; major roads and transport.
The latest death toll stands at 42,000 with at least 67,000 injured. But because we still have not accessed hundreds of thousands of people in remote areas, we fear that the actual figures are far higher.
An estimated three million men, women and children are homeless. Many of them have no blankets or tents to protect them against the merciless Himalayan winter.
That means a second, massive wave of death will happen if we do not step up our efforts now.
That will require more funds: so far, donors have made firm commitments for only 12 per cent, or 37 million dollars, of our appeal for 312 million dollars. If you add loose commitments, you get a total of 84 million, or 27 per cent. In comparison, the Tsunami Flash Appeal was more than 80 per cent funded within 10 days after the disaster.
I have remembered / rediscovered that AmeriCares now accepts Paypal. They have airlifted medical supplies to Pakistan, they say that 98% of all funds goes to relief efforts, and they have a dedicated Pakistan Earthquake Relief Fund.
Different phases of earthquake relief:
« Emergency ». Something like the step before the Long Haul: Addressing long-term needs of disaster victims.
To be really complete, there should be a third one: the intermediate period. My wife who is architect has written a memory about the different solutions for managing this particular period that is often neglected. Lots of people and NPOs take care of Emergencies, and the long term reconstruction, but very few people are really thinking about the period between that can be years and years. Concrete example with Pakistan: the emergency call is (not enough) heard: UN, NATO, Red Cross etc. The Politics and businessmen are probably still debating about the reconstruction of schools, hospitals and houses… (the big business). People are currently in shelters (tents), and they are going to stay here for months and probably years before having an hypothetic real habitation. This period is a critical period because it’s bad for these traumatized populations to stay in tents and in refugee camps with all the dark sides of refugee camps (rapes etc.).
The case of Pakistan is one step worst than refugee camps in Tsunami area or Africa because it’s in mountains and winter is coming…
“And unlike some natural disasters, in which victims die immediately, the death toll in Pakistan is not over yet. An estimated three million men, women and children are homeless. Many of them have no blankets or tents to protect them against the merciless Himalayan winter." Kofi Annan
We've got a bunch of bloggers in Pakistan ( http://lahore.metblogs.com & http://karachi.metblogs.com ) who are reporting from the local level as well as talking about what aid/donations are actually having an effect.
I noticed that there is another blog on metblogs that has an up-to-date list of help needed and Relief Efforts.
1. Links below may contain graphic language and/or images of injury; loss of life.
2. I have done my best to cross-reference the information within and sources of said links.
3. In order to steer clear of fraud-based donation activity, find below also, the confirmed Embassy of Pakistan page regarding suggested donation techniques. Although some of the info links contain 'donate here' sublinks, I encourage you to follow the directions on the link 'Embassy of Pakistan' as a precautionary measure.
I received an email forwarded 2-3 separation points from the actual source/author. Although I had been following the events, mainly through US media outlets, I found the email to be the compelling straw to initiate this post as the beginning to some sort of action plan. I've attempted to translate the email and a link to the author's ID page into an HTML page:
Candid journal and plea from Nauman Jahangir, MD A Nevada, USA-based surgeon visiting the affected areas in Pakistan.
With regard to news, I've found the following sources to be credible, with the most frequent updates:
For information on authorized donation methods:
Note: I've read numerous accounts of difficulty of donated money allocation... keep in mind that several of the same reports mentioned enhanced success of 'kind goods' vs. $ (tents, for example). Such options are also listed in below link.
The Embassy of Pakistan; Washington, DC has issued the linked press release.
I think that Reuters and the UN's ReliefWeb give the most frequent and reliable updates.
You will note that both sources refer to the disaster as the South Asia Earthquake. This is not just to avoid politicising a sensitive border region, but in recognition of the fact that although the impact of the earthquake has fallen overwhelmingly on Pakistan, and it is in Pakistan that the situation remains so critical at the present time, but areas of India and Afghanistan (and possibly China??) were also affected.
In India alone the loss of life exceeds the confirmed figures for deaths associated with Hurricane Stan in Guatemala and is twice that resulting from Hurricane Katrina.
I really really REALLY don't understand why Google and Amazon.com have not showcased this and put up donation bars as they did for Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. I don't get it. We've learned how effective it is- shouldn't the donation button be on there with each emergency, creating an easy method for people to get involved?? at final count Amazon.com customers donated more than $12.5 million to the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. That's um..$12.5 MILLION. From a clicky button on a major website!!!!!!!!!! hello????? mad
yes, and when Rosa Parks was treated poorly, many people decided not to go along with that kind of system -- perhaps (analogously), Indians and Pakistanis will start boycotting Amazon and Google (at any rate, they will not have warm feelings of
In light of many of our shared sentiments of the US media’s lack of adequate reaction to the Pakistani Earthquake, I'm hoping to bring a sense of hope and perspective to you all regarding this horrible disaster. (And a way you can help!)
The organization I work for is one of the many organizations the Omidyar Network supports. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, supports the work of social entrepreneurs – extraordinary individuals with innovative ideas for change. We support over 1700 social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) all over the world and have many working in Pakistan. We have been working with a few of our Pakistani Fellows whose work is specifically related to disaster relief and mitigation, to coordinate their relief efforts in the region. For an overview of Ashoka’s Pakistan strategy visit www.ashoka.org/home/PakistanEarthquake2005.doc.
Here's the latest on the situation and their work:
One of our Fellows, Abdul Waheed, whose home village lies in the mountainous area of NWFP that stretches from Battagram to Shangla has taken the lead in relief efforts. More than 3000 villages scattered in the hills pose a particular challenge to traditional international and national relief agencies. Waheed sprang to action immediately, sending more than 100 volunteer teams and relief goods worth over Rs.17,00,000 (US$28,333) to the most affected areas. Ashoka Fellow Shaukat Sharar in NWFP is also creating impact in guiding volunteers and assessing shelter conditions (for a profile of Sharar visit http://www.ashoka.org/fellows/viewprofile3.cfm?reid=97402).
The Ashoka Pakistan office is coordinating with other Fellows for a medium term (Nov 05 – Apr 06) plan. For immediate relief, Ashoka Pakistan’s strategy is to directly contribute to current relief operations and help relief reach remote regions. For this purpose, raising volunteers and raising transportation cost is important.
Fellows like Abdul Waheed are well placed to have impact on relief efforts. In his community, Waheed’s work to systemically shift systems of learning has already mobilized a wide range of individuals. Over a two-year period, Waheed has motivated the managers of 100 madrasahs in different localities of Karachi to introduce wide-ranging management reforms, including accepting management help from people in the neighborhoods and converting boarding schools to day schools. At the same time, these schools are adding the Urdu language, mathematics, English, and computer skills to their curricula.
Waheed searches for and selects residents in a madrasah neighborhood who will volunteer to come to the madrasah either to teach or contribute to management reform and fund-raising or both. Waheed is preparing to expand to 200 more schools in Karachi, and his organization, Bright Education Society (BES), is preparing an even larger-scale madrasah reform program by creating a teachers' training program and support for curriculum development. (To read more about Waheed, you can visit his profile at: Fellows like Waheed will be the torchbearers in creating a new, holistic way to prepare and respond to crises. To learn more about Ashoka’s response to global disasters I encourage you to explore Ashoka’s Changemakers.net solutions mosaic: Meeting Disaster: How to Prepare and Respond (http://www.changemakers.net/journal/300510/).
Please consider giving through Ashoka to support the above mentioned Fellows continue their immediate and medium-term relief activities. To invest please contact Luzette Jaimes at firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU! -Lanna Walsh
Architecture For Humanity is raising funds (PayPal).
"Architecture for Humanity is focused on supporting regionally-based, long-term reconstruction efforts."
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is still raising funds (no PayPal).
Earthquake in Pakistan - Help us get urgent supplies to victims
"The UN Refugee Agency is already trucking tents, blankets, stoves, kitchen sets and basic supplies to the tens of thousands of Afghan refugees and Pakistanis made homeless by the earthquake.
We will distribute our emergency supplies from existing warehouses in Pakistan as fast as we can, but much more will be needed. That is why we need your help.
Please give generously today so that we can provide more than 100,000 people with the basic supplies that they need. They have lost everything.
To see a map showing the refugee camps and settlements affected by the earthquake, please click here."