October 14, 2005
South Asia: Earthquake Update #1
As the extent of damage and number of deaths becomes more apparent following Saturday morning’s powerful earthquake in Pakistan, members of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International continue to provide immediate relief to survivors while preparing for a major, organized response.
The ACT member in the region where the quake hit, Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS P/A), began responding to the situation immediately and was able to send food items to the most-affected areas of Pakistan – Azad Kashmir and North West Frontier Province – yesterday evening to assist 1,600 families. The food items included wheat flour, rice, pulses, sugar, cooking oil, tea and salt. Match boxes and soap were also provided to the families.
CWS P/A reports that health camps in affected areas to serve 50,000 to 100,000 people are in the process of being set up. CWS P/A is also chair of the Humanitarian Forum in Pakistan and was one of the first organizations to call for a coordination meeting of the forum’s members. At the meeting it was decided to immediately send three teams to Azad Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province to carry out a needs-assessment survey. The teams are in the field now, and the information they gather directly in the field will form the basis of the response by CWS P/A and other organizations.
Other ACT members working with partners in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, and in the Peshawar area are actively assessing needs and preparing further response including addressing water and sanitation needs. Organizations are working together to coordinate response and to strengthen the overall operation.
ACT members around the world are receiving donations from their constituencies and indicating pledges toward the response to the quake. The ACT Coordinating Office in Geneva is expecting to issue an appeal for several million U.S. dollars within the next 24 hours from CWS P/A and is sending funds immediately as an advance to this appeal and to cover the immediate assistance CWS P/A has provided. CWS P/A is planning to assist 15,000 families with food items, shelter kits and house reconstruction kits, which will consist of a tent, one ground sheet, plastic sheeting, iron beams and poles, cement, windows, and a door. The appeal will also include costs for running the health camps.
As of October 11th, PWRDF has contributed $25,000 to the coordinated global appeal.
Based on ACT News Update South Asia 0205, Geneva, October 10, 2005
To Make a Donation
- On-line: At Canada Helps; after you fill in a donation amount, you can designate your contribution to "South Asia Earthquake".
- By Phone: Contact Barbara Wilkins at (416) 924-9199, ext. 320 for credit card donations. Please do not send your credit card number by e-mail or fax.
- By Mail: Please make cheques out to "PWRDF", mark them for South Asia Earthquake" and send to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
Naba Gurung PWRDF Development Program Officer
Asia-Pacific, Global and Emergencies
Phone:416) 924-9199, ext. 321
Elsa Tesfay-Musa PWRDF Development Program Coordinator
Refugees and Emergency Relief
Phone:(416) 924-9199, ext. 206