Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category.

Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief: UNITED SIKHS Provides Aid to 400 Families

Left: UNITED SIKHS distributing food package to affected families in Shangla, Pakistan. Right: Volunteers packing and preparing aid packages.

Peshawar, Pakistan:–On November 8th, 2015, UNITED SIKHS launched the Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief Effort to provide aid and assistance to individuals affected by one of the strongest earthquakes the region has ever seen.

On October 26, 2015, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan. Deadly tremors were felt in Pakistan, with the majority of victims from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province located in the northwestern region of the country. The death toll in Pakistan has reached 300, and more than 3,000 are injured. 74,885 houses and 497 schools have been damaged, and 29,162 houses completely destroyed.

 

 

Left: UNITED SIKHS volunteer Ravi Singh visiting the site of destroyed houses in Shangla. Right: Homeless children describing the quake that destroyed their home.

Click here for videos and photos of the Pak-Afghan Relief Effort.

Relief Effort Launched:

The relief effort began in the Shangla district of KPK, which is one of the districts most devastated by the earthquake. 50 individuals were killed in Shangla, and over 200 were injured. 22,000 houses and 143 schools were also either damaged or completely destroyed in this district. UNITED SIKHS has distributed 400 food packages to 400 families in this region.

By making a donation of $25.00, you can sponsor a aid package for a family. Each food package provides a family of six with two meals per individual for 10 days, with each meal costing $0.20. The packages contain the following items:

From the Ground:

“After traveling 12 hours by truck and 8 hours by flying coach van on Sunday, November 8, our team reached the Shangla district of KPK. During distribution, I met a family with two children whose home was completely destroyed and who were spending nights under the open sky and in cold weather. Upon receiving food aid from us, they were very pleased,” said Herdyal Singh, UNITED SIKHS Project Coordinator in Pakistan. He further added that relief work will expand to Afghanistan after security clearance.

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to support our people. Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to  support our people.  Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS plans to distribute more relief packs to families in need in affected areas. Each pack will cost 2,000 Pakistani Rupees, or  USD 25.00, and will contain rice and other foodstuffs. Packages will be distributed in the Swat, Dir, and Bunner districts of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan. Please donate today to help us provide aid to those in need.

Click here see UNITED SIKHS’ previous work in Pakistan.  Interviews of affected Pakistani families may be viewed here.

Keep up to date on UNITED SIKHS’ humanitarian work and our other initiatives by following our social media accounts: Facebook Twitter Blog

Blast kills 16 Pakistan cadets; NATO trucks bombed

30th August, 2009: Islamabad, Pakistan: Amardeep Singh and Navjit Singh, reporting from Peshawar:  Aid work continues, we have just returned after distributing aid to 105 Christian families at Gojra, district Toba Tek Singh.  The below incident has raised high security alert.  More on the aid distribution to the Christian families, later….. Continue reading ‘Blast kills 16 Pakistan cadets; NATO trucks bombed’ »

Sikhs of Peshwar Break their Silence. UNITED SIKHS steps up Advocacy

sikhsinpeshwargurd16th of July 2009, Pesahwar,  Pakistan:   In the third visit to meet the Sikhs in Peshawar the Sikhs broke out their silence of their situation and gave a detailed saga of the kidnapping of  Kalyan Singh.

Panja Saheb Gurdwara, a haven for fleeing -Sikhs, Hindus and Christains

Medicines delivered at Panja Saheb Gurdwara Saheb

Medicines delivered at Panja Saheb Gurdwara Saheb

4th July 2009, Islamabad, Pakistan:  Stationed currently at Hassan Abdal, Panja Saheb, in Pakistan, UNITED SIKHS volunteers surveyed the Internally displaced people (IDPs) at the Hassan Abdal-Panja Saheb camp of their needs. The immediate need was to provide medicines for chronic patients suffering from diabetes, respiratory issues and heart related problems. Continue reading ‘Panja Saheb Gurdwara, a haven for fleeing -Sikhs, Hindus and Christains’ »

Displaced Sikhs from Orakzai Agency and now in Peshawar-2

Residents of Peshawar with Displaced members at the Bhai Joga Singh Gurdwara

Residents of Peshawar with Displaced members at the Bhai Joga Singh Gurdwara

June  27, 2009, Islamabad, Pakistan: These are some of the major issues that the displaced Sikhs from the Orakzai Agency are facing

1) The Sikhs displaced from the Orakzai Agency are not referred to  as IDPs as the Military hasn’t started the operations in Orakzai Agency as said to us by Herdiyal Singh from Continue reading ‘Displaced Sikhs from Orakzai Agency and now in Peshawar-2’ »

Conditions at the Camps in Pakistan

Camp Close shot

Camp Close shot

26th June 2009, Islamabad:  Conditions at the camp are detoriating because of the change in weather and the coming in of the monsoons. There is an increase in the cases of snake and scorpion bites.  Visiting the camp sites with the team of local doctors from NATPOW, the Continue reading ‘Conditions at the Camps in Pakistan’ »

Displaced Sikhs from Orakzai Agency and now in Peshawar -1

Orakzai Agency
Focus on Orakzai Agency

  06/27/2009: Peshawar, Pakistan: Peshawar falls under the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area), bordering Afghanistan, and is one of the 6 frontiers in FATA, and is the capital of North West Frontier Provice (NWFP).  
The Internally Displaced Sikhs don’t stay in the Bhai Joga Singh Peshawar Gurdwara, which is located in a town called as Dabgarhi in Peshawar. There are 2 Khalsa schools that cater around 600+ Sikh children.

99% of Sikhs from Peshawar are Amrtidhari Sikhs. Their family model is that of an extended family and the average family size is of 8 members. Most of the Sikhs are businessmen, as clothe merchants or grocery store owners. Every evening they get together at the Gurdwara Saheb for daily prayers and are there from 7:00pm – 10:30pm.  Continue reading ‘Displaced Sikhs from Orakzai Agency and now in Peshawar -1’ »