October 6, 2022
By Janice Biehn
PWRDF has contributed $20,000 to a flood response in Pakistan with three other Anglican agencies: Episcopal Relief and Development in the U.S., Anglican Board of Mission in Australia (both fellow members of the Anglican Alliance), and the U.K.-based United Society Partners in the Gospel. The contributions total approximately $66,000 CDN.
This project will respond to the emergency relief appeal of the Church of Pakistan, a member of the Anglican Communion, to assist the flood affected communities in Punjab Province.
The humanitarian situation remains dire in flood-affected areas of Pakistan, with widespread damage to physical infrastructure, including roads and bridges. The National Disaster Management Authority notes that more than 1,500 people have died and more than 12,800 people injured since mid-June. Of these deaths, 552 were children and more than 4,000 of the injured are children.
Preliminary estimates indicate that 7.6 million people may be displaced due to the heavy rains and floods, and approximately 575,000 people are living in camps. More than 1.1 million houses have been damaged and more than 765,000 houses have been destroyed across the country. More than 5,500 undamaged schools are reportedly being used to shelter people who have been displaced. Another 22,000 schools have reportedly been damaged, mainly in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and in Punjab.
The Church of Pakistan is responding to the flood-affected people, targeting 500 households in five villages of Fazilpur area in Rajanpur district of Punjab province with food and water; tents and tarpaulins temporary shelter; hygiene kits and awareness services, jerry cans and support for people with disabilities, orphans and separated children. The Church of Pakistan is working with the local government agencies, community-based organizations and the affected communities to prioritise and coordinate the response on the ground.
How you can help
Donate online or go to pwrdf.org/give-today and click on Flooding in Pakistan. You may also send a cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2, indicating Pakistan Flooding on the cheque. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a message toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call.