Winterized Tents See People Through the Cold in Pakistan

February 09, 2011 - 10:49 AM EST
Damaris Frick
edsdev@uss.salvationarmy.org
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PAKISTAN – In northern Pakistan people are facing the cold of winter in very trying circumstances. In 2010 floods destroyed villages across the country and families lost their homes and all their belongings. Despite aid provided by the Government and non-government organizations (NGOs) many people still lack the basic necessities. The scale of the disaster is huge and the needs are seemingly endless.

Just in time for the colder season, The Salvation Army obtained funds from its Canada and Bermuda Territory to purchase and distribute winterized tents. These tents have several layers of material to ensure there is as much insulation as possible. In the area near Peshawar, 700 families have each received a tent. A winterized tent will not provide luxury accommodation but the reality is that it could mean the difference between life and death.

The Salvation Army in Pakistan is also looking at longer-term sustainable development projects. A community assessment trip took place to find out how people in affected communities want to change their situation. These trips include community mapping – ensuring the views of the whole community are taken into account – community walks, interviews and discussions with men and women. The process seeks to involve beneficiaries in all steps of the decision-making process regarding their future.

With new disasters happening around the world many people seem to have forgotten about the huge floods that hit Pakistan last year, affecting more than 20 million people. Fortunately, The Salvation Army in Pakistan has not stopped caring and it is still assisting countless people affected by the disaster.

In the face of such adversity, people in Pakistan are demonstrating that they have an abundance of strength, knowledge, courage and ideas. Sometimes it just needs an organization like The Salvation Army to get alongside them and give them the opportunity to improve their situation.

Donations to the 'Pakistan Floods Appeal' can be made online HERE

Additional photos of The Salvation Army's Pakistan flood relief efforts may be viewed HERE.

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