Pakistan is a disaster prone zone where earthquakes, floods and droughts hit every third year or so. Lack of consolidated planning, disaster preparedness and ability to respond on the part of the government are some of the reasons of the mentioned calamites taking toll in terms of human life, property and livestock. Besides this, since recently, military operations have also added to the miseries, at least in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa displacing more than a million people internally, in May 2008.
SAP-PK for the past ten years generally and since super floods hit Pakistan in October 2010, particularly, has contributed to alleviate sufferings of the disaster affected people. We have conducted rapid assessments, developed relief and rehabilitation programs and undertook evaluations for improvement and long-term planning, especially for women, who by all standards, are always the worst sufferers. Generally since it is a fact known to everyone that majority of the people affected by the disasters is poorest of the poor, therefore poor communities are our fundamental focus. We have raised funds for several organizations also to undertake similar operations.
SAP-PK is honored to have immense support from local organizations in our humanitarian response. Besides our provincial offices and partner NGOs, we also have support from District Resource Centers, District Focal Groups, Peasant and Workers Groups (PWGs) and other community based networks that we have formed in this decade. There are about 400 PWGs and 43 District Focal Groups and 43 District Resource Centers which continue to assist us in our work on voluntary basis. Estimated 10,000 activists and 2,000 volunteer groups currently support us.SAP-PK is among the organizations that responded early and deployed its resources in several flood affected districts since October 2010. We chose 25 districts for our operations on the basis of the estimates of accumulative loss of life, property and livelihood. Recent floodwaters displaced million of them, ruined hundreds of thousands of houses, destroyed million hectares of agricultural, washed away infrastructure including roads, bridges, railway system, irrigation system, health facilities and livestock. Those who were already living the margins now face the worst form of hunger, disease and unemployment.
Objectives of SAP-PK’s Humanitarian Response
Provide affected people with relief, early recovery and rehabilitation services/initiatives and facilitate them in linking them with other support channels and programs Engage and mobilize community based networks and civil society organizations with advocating restructuring the state institutions and polices Improve the efficiency of ongoing relief and rehabilitation programs through implementing an efficient monitoring system
- Development of four model villages, one in each province, with rebuilding basic health and education infrastructure
- 450 hygiene sessions benefitting to more than 100,000 families
- Ration and food distribution among 20,000 families
- Agriculture inputs support to 1200 families
- Health facilities to 1800 families through medical camps
- Installation of hand pumps benefitting to some 10,000 families
- Distribution of hygiene kits among 5000 and Jerry Canes among 23000 families
- Livestock vaccination services to 4000 families
- Provided livelihood support to 300 families in two earthquake hit districts namely Manshera and Battagram.
- Assessment Report on “Forty Five Days of Floods”
- District, provincial and national level advocacy based events with government officials to highlight the problems faced by the affected population
- Preparation of a Charter of Demand of the Flood Affected Population
- Broader advocacy agenda developed and disseminated, for rehabilitation