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TUT's Adventurers Club
October 2010’s 'Gifts From The Universe' Project:
American Refugee Committee
Help refugees around the world take back control of their lives.
Pakistan Flood Relief
The 2010 monsoon rain has brought great devastation and destruction in the form of floods all over Pakistan. Particularly the North Western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sind are flooded by millions of gallons of water. Almost the entire infrastructure of the affected areas is wiped out. The flooding has resulted in over 2,000 deaths and the UN estimates that more than 21 million people are injured or homeless, exceeding the number of those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, The 2005 Kashmir Earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake combined.
Floodwaters have surged through communities, destroying mud homes, crops, and livelihoods. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater due to the flooding, and the result has left millions of survivors desperately in need of essentials like clean water, food, shelter, and medical care. Roughly 20 million people have been impacted – about 1 in every 9 people.
The UN Secretary-General has asked for an initial $460 million for emergency relief, noting that the flood was the worst disaster he'd ever seen. The Pakistani economy has been harmed by extensive damage to infrastructure and crops - with an estimated 4 billion dollars in structural damages and 500 million dollars in wheat crop damages. Officials estimate the total economic impact to be as much as 43 billion dollars.
American Refugee Committee’s Emergency Response teams can mobilize rapidly to get help to survivors in Pakistan. Their mission is to work with their partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people, and host communities. They help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security, and self-sufficiency. Every person who participates in an ARC program or project will have a better chance to take control of their life and achieve self sufficiency.
Today, ARC works in 8 countries around the world, including Haiti, Darfur, Liberia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda, helping victims of natural disaster, war, and civil conflict rebuild their lives. ARC programs in Africa and Asia provided health care, clean water, shelter repair, legal aid, trauma counseling, microcredit, community development services, and repatriation assistance to 2.5 million people last year. ARC bases its relationship with uprooted peoples on mutual respect and a compassionate exchange of knowledge and values.
Disaster and conflict have devastated many countries throughout the world, including Pakistan, forcing innocent people to flee for safety - sometimes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. At the American Refugee Committee, their mission is to be a source of hope for these men, women, and children. ARC programs are built by listening to the people they serve, understanding existing problems, designing practical responses, and training survivors to continue the work after peace is restored.
SPECIAL ARC Disaster Relief/Services
ARC provides a number of services to displaced people. Some services stand out because they address previously neglected issues. Other services are unique for their innovation serving mobile communities. ARC works with refugee and local communities to build programs that:
- Utilize the knowledge and experience of the people
- Improve the lives of people in the community
- Train survivors and build the capacity of the community
- Sustain themselves years into the future
- Provide gender-based violence prevention and response
- Build economic opportunities
- Offer reproductive health care
As part of our TUT's Adventurers Club mission, we have chosen American Refugee Committee as our adoptive organization for the month. To reach our collaborative goal of support for them, please donate a dollar or more now at the link below.