Flood relief for Pakistan’s Sindh province
By Tim Allan | Pakistan in South Asia
Flooding like this has impacted large areas of Pakistan. Photo by SIM.
SIM workers have been helping out with food and medical relief in the flood-hit Sindh province of Pakistan.
Our workers arrived there to find water covering many of the fields and people very concerned about the impact on this year’s harvest. It seems certain inflation will increase and many people will struggle to find enough food.
At one local village, they began a medical camp with a team which included two doctors, two nurses, a public health nurse and leaders from SIM.
They conducted an examination clinic, before handing out medicines where needed. They also distributed flour and cooking oil to those who needed it most, under the direction of the village leader.
The SIM team then visited a second village, where the brick-built houses had survived the flooding but the stables for animals, built of mud bricks, were severely damaged.
Once again, the team handed out food supplies but, as they did so, lots of the village children gathered around. That prompted the team to lead a short Sunday School for the children – a beautiful time of fellowship and learning in the midst of hardship.
There is still a huge amount of work to be done to help people in this region, especially as many of the international relief agencies are starting to leave.
SIM Pakistan has set up a disaster relief fund - to donate, please visit your nearest SIM office website (see below for the list of offices) and direct your gifts to SIM’s Pakistan Emergency Relief Fund (98170).
US$30 will feed a family for a month, while US$100 will provide temporary accommodation for three families.
For our response to the floods
• Pakistan Christian Fellowship pastors, as they lead the flood relief response.
• Our Flood Relief Committee as they respond to requests for help and handle relief strategy and finances.
• That Christians with expertise in disaster relief, public health, construction projects, accounting or administration would be willing to come to Pakistan for 3-6 months to help.
• The health and safety of our SIM team, friends and co-workers
• Wisdom and discernment for our teams and leaders in how to respond to needs.
For those who are suffering
• Farmers who have lost their crops and for provision of enough food for flood victims
• Those in tribal areas who have been badly affected
• Hospitals – several have been flooded
• Protection from water-borne deceases, snake bites, foot infections etc. – especially children
• The poor, marginalised and destitute who have lost everything
• Those stranded by flood waters, that relief would come soon
• All in the country affected by rising inflation
For others who are responding
• Pakistan government at this time of national disaster – for wise decisions
• The freeing up of frozen bank accounts of Christian organisations to enable fast money transfers
• All gospel workers and relief teams as they seek to bring physical and spiritual hope to many communities