A girl, displaced by floods, carries pots as she walks on the trunk of a tree floating in the water near her home in the Badin district of Pakistanâ€™s Sindh province September 23, 2011. The latest floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have killed more than 230 people, destroyed or damaged 1.2 million houses and flooded 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) since late last month, officials and Western aid groups say. More than 300,000 people have been moved to shelters. Some 800,000 families hit by last yearâ€™s floods are still homeless. Aid groups have warned of a growing risk of fatal diseases.
Houston, Texas: Sindh Pakistan has been devastated by the most destructive floods in more than 51 Years. This calamity is even bigger than the Pakistani Floods 2010.
There are many â€œBlessings in Unityâ€. Keeping this in perspective, a united effort has been launched in the Greater Houston region to serve Sisters & Brothers in humanity in dire needs. More than thirty organizations and media partners have joined in the efforts and others are being encouraged to join this Alliance.
As the 1st phase of these efforts, collection of In-Kind donation items for Pakistan Floods 2011 victims started on Friday, September 23rd, 2011, and will continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday till October 16th, 2011 (can be extended if needed). Monetary Fundraising event(s) will be held sometimes in October 2011.
Mian Nazir, Coordinator of the In-Kind Donation Drive, can be reached at 1-713-922-8458. Following is the In-Kind donation items that patrons of humanity need to graciously bring (NO CLOTHES PLEASE):
High Energy Biscuits – Small Bags of Rice / Lentils / Beans / Salt / Sugar – Small Bottles of Cooking Oil – Snacks items like Chips, Natural Valley Trial Mix, Natural Oats â€³N Honey, etc. – Family Tents (both normal and winterized) – Brand New Blankets & Comforters – Brand New Towels – Brand New Plastic Sheets – Mosquito Nets; preferably Long-Lasting Insecticides Treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) – Hygiene Kits (each kit should include at the minimum one 10-litres water container like bucket for storage, two 250-grams bathing soap, two 200-grams laundry soap, one toothpaste 75-ml/100-g, four tooth brushes, etc.) – Water Purification Systems (preferably family water filter straw) – De-Watering Pumps – Water Purification Tablets – Medicines (over the counter pain, fever, & similar; iron supplements; vitamins; creams for rash & itch; bandages; etc.) – Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) – Storage Box Size 16-Inches x 12-Inches x 12-Inches (from Home Depot or U-Haul).
Also appeal to all the persons bringing the In-Kind donations to please contribute some amount like $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, or any amount that will help with the logistics of this In-Kind donation drive and will be used to send all of the In-Kind donation items to Pakistan.
Many volunteers are needed. Community Service Volunteer Hours Certificates and Refreshments will be provided to all the volunteers.
WHERE TO COME TO VOLUNTEER & BRING THE IN-KIND DONATION ITEMS
Pakistan Center, 12638 Bissonett (at South Dairy Ashford), Houston, Texas 77099
IN-KIND DONATION COLLECTION & VOLUNTEERIG SHIFTS
Fridays, September 30th, October 07th, & 14th, 2011: 5:30pm.-8:30pm. – Saturdays, October 01st, 08th, & 15th, 2011: 9:30am.-12:30pm / 1:30pm.-4:30pm. / 5:30pm.-8:30pm. – Sundays, October 02nd, 09th, 16th, 2011: 12-Noon-3:00pm. / 3:00pm.-6:00pm.
Everyone needs to volunteer and encourage others to volunteer, donate the In-Kind items, and give some monetary assistance to properly run this In-Kind donation drive. Involvement of members of all of Allianceâ€™s organizations; and all Houstonians, including organizationsâ€™ patrons, other community-based organizations, honorable elected officials, mainstream media, and others; everyoneâ€™s participation is needed for this crucial humanitarian cause.
Corporate stores like Wal*Mart, Samâ€™s Club, Pharmaceutical Companies, and others can be approached and encouraged to participate and donate generously to assist the humanity in dire needs. For more information, one can reach Saeed Sheikh, Coordinator of Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts, 1-281-948-1840 / Talat Talpur, Treasurer of Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts, 1-832-594-2159 / ILyas Choudry, Secretary of Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts, 1-832-275-0786;
Alliance Members as of Monday, September 26th, 2011 are (in alphabetical order): 1) Pakistan Prime Ministerâ€™s Flood Relief Fund 2011 â€“ 2) Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) South Texas Chapter â€“ 3) Hashoo Foundation USA â€“ 4) Helping Hand [USA] For Relief & Development (HHRD) â€“ 5) HOPE â€“ 6) Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association (HISCA) â€“ 7) Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA) â€“ 8) Muslim Council of USA â€“ 9) Pakistani-American Association of Greater Houston (PAGH) â€“ 10) Pakistan Association of Golden Triangle (PAGT) â€“ 11) Pakistani-American Society of Texas (PAST) â€“ 12) Pakistan Chamber of Commerce USA (PCC-USA) â€“ 13) Raindrop Helping Hands â€“ 14) Raindrop Turkish House â€“ 15) Red Cross â€“ 16) Shifa Healthcare â€“ 17) Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) â€“ 18) Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) â€“ 19) Sun Charity â€“ 20) The Citizens Foundation – 21) Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB)â€¦ Media Partners: 1) Pakistan Chronicle â€“ 2) Pakistan Journal â€“ 3) Pakistan News â€“ 4) Pakistan Post â€“ 5) Pakistan Times â€“ 6) Radio Houston â€“ 7) Radio Light Of Islam â€“ 8) Radio Music-in-the-Box â€“ 9) Radio Naya Andaz â€“ 10) Radio Sangeet…