RELIEF ACTIVITIES BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION
Permanent Shelter Project Kashmir Kot District Jafferabad Baluchistan Construction of 9 Houses June 2012 - Ongoing
Flood water devastates the land wherever it flows and leaves nothing but destruction. It takes with it the population’s houses, crops and dreams for a better tomorrow. Once the disaster has happened, massive relief efforts are required in order to bring the affected people on their feet again. Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association Of Physicians of Pakistani descent of Kentucky and Indiana) was alive to the situation and initiated a massive relief effort in flood ravaged District Jaffarabad of Baluchistan in August 2010. This included a permanent shelter project in which a total of 41 concrete block houses were constructed from August 2010 till June 2012. As the housing remains a big issue in the area, the Foundation has decided to construct 9 more houses in order to reach a total number of 50 houses. This construction of 9 houses started in June 2012 and is still going on.
Permanent Shelter Project Kashmir Kot District Jafferabad Baluchistan Construct of 10 Houses January-April 2012
After the floods devastated the population of District Jaffarabad Baluchistan in 2010, Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association Of Physicians of Pakistani descent of Kentucky and Indiana) formulated a permanent shelter project involving a construction of 31 concrete block houses in order to combat the housing problem of the flood affected people. This construction started in August 2010 and was completed in December 2011.
With these 31 houses complete the Rukhsana Foundation in view of the rising housing problem in the area, planned another 10 houses in order to reduce the miseries of the displaced people by providing them a roof over their head. This construction started in January 2012 and ended in April 2012.
KASHMIR PROJECT Construction of Houses for Earthquake Victims - Construction of 5 houses in Muzaffarabad
In October 2005 an earthquake of immense magnitude (7.6 on the Richter scale) struck Azad Kashmir causing wide spread destruction and devastation. Rukhsana Foundation was one of the first NGOs to reach that area to provide aid to the victims, which was in the form of food, tents, clothing, toys, books stationary and bedding, makeshift hospitals and schools were also established in the area. Through them motivational programs were conducted to provide counseling to the victims. The first project of Rukhsana Foundation was the construction of five houses in Muzaffarabad. These houses were earthquake and fire proof. Each house consisted of two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a toilet. There was some variation in size and the number of rooms according to the needs of the occupants. The total building area was 3127 sq feet, at the cost of approximately of 1,266,372/- Pak rupees or 21,106/- US Dollars
Even after the successful construction of the first five houses there was still desperate need for more accommodation. People were homeless and needed shelter. Therefore Rukhsana foundation decided to construct five more houses.
Three were built at Lowasi, one at Chela Bandi and one at the Lower Plate Village, 17 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad city. These houses were constructed where electricity and water was available, along with an easily accessible approach road.
Each house consisted of two bedrooms, two wash rooms, one lounge, one kitchen and a veranda. The total building area of each house was 836 sq feet and total cost of the project was 1,684,456/- Pak rupees.
THE DEVASTATION CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE
THE EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE PROOF HOUSES CONSTRUCTED
Caravan of Hope to Badin, Sindh
This year Pakistan has received very heavy rains, with Sindh province being the worst affected. The flood resulting from these rains has caused a major collapse of the entire, drainage system of LBOD (The Left Bank Outfall Drain), Phuleli, Ghooni and Ghoongro Drain. More then 100 breaches have appeared in the canals and have caused severe hardship to people in lower Sindh. Badin is the worst affected District in the recent wave of torrential rains and floods in the Sindh Province. The areas of Malkani Shareef, Khoski and Panjrio are still inundated in three to five feet of water, while over a million people are currently suffering from malnutrition. The stagnant flood water contains the remains of dead animals which turn the conditions unhygienic. There is a risk of the spread of viral, fungal and other diseases. There is water everywhere and as long as the flood water stays, it remains a hell for the local residents.
Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association of Physicians of Pakistani decent Kentucky Indiana) embarked on a major relief operation for the affected people of Badin. This operation was planned in two phases. The first Phase was focused on the supply of clean water, food, medicine and a survey for the second phase being the construction of permanent shelters for the displaced people. The first phase started with the purchase and packaging of medicines at the RF head office in Lahore. Life Straws and Family Straws for water purification imported from the United States were also packed here. Life Straw and Family Straw is a water purification system which works without electricity, battery or an external power source. The person using a Life Straw drinks contaminated water through it like a conventional straw and the water is instantly purified. It is to be used individually. A Life Straw can be used for the consumption of 1000 liters of water. A Family Straw purifies water just by adding water from its intake and the purified water comes out from the tap on the other side giving clean water to the whole family. A Family Straw can purify 10,000 liters of water.
From the RF head office the supplies were taken to the Lahore Railway station from where the medicines were booked for Karachi to join the food bags already acquired over there. The Life and Family Straws were booked for Hyderabad from where the same were to be taken to Badin.
WHERE ONCE LIVED PEOPLE ARE NOW POOLS OF WATER
Tents and Relief Goods for the Flood Victims Sponsored by Rukhsana Foundation for Charsadda
On 7th September Association of Pakistani Physicians of Kentucky & Indiana joined hands with Rukhsana Foundation to help the flood victims. 125 Food packets were transported to Charsadda , and were distributed there.
For Muzaffargarh September 6, 2010
On the 6th of September Rukhsana Foundation set out from Lahore to deliver its 4th batch of relief goods to Muzaffargarh .The journey was not an easy one as the roads were still flooded. These goods were delivered to the Pakistan army relief camp in Muzaffargarh, for further distribution. The Camp was set up in the thermal power station of Muzaffargarh. 100 tents and 125 relief packets were handed over to the Pakistan army
Rehabilitative Activities for Flood Victims in Kahmir Kot District Jaffarabad, Baluchistan
SPONSORED BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION AND APPKI FROM MARCH 2011 ONWARDFLOOD IN JAFFARABAD
As the Indus River remained in exceptionally high-flood situation, Jaffarabad, and more villages in this district were inundated due to breaches in protective embankments and canals. From the Initially available reports around 50,000 people in 30 worst hit villages are affected by the flood.After a wide breach in Tori embankment along the Indus River and breaches at three points in Begari Canal, 80,000 cusecs of water entered Jaffarabad district, inundating the area into 10 to 12 feet of water.Hundreds of thousands of people were stranded in Rojhan Jamali, Sohbatpur and Usta Muhammad. Since the floods started, an extraordinary humanitarian crisis has developed and people are faced with new challenges. After having assisted hundreds of flood-affected people, Rukhsana Foundation, working in collaboration with the local community is providing basic food items, hygiene kits, tents, mineral water, medicine, warm clothes, blankets, fertilizers and seeds. The construction of permanent shelters also started in August 2010. …
Mobile Dispensary for Dharkhanawala Village
Dharkhanawala village district Sargodha had been partially destroyed by the flood water. As food and clean water was scarce in the region, Rukhsana Foundation in an effort to provide relief to the people made arrangements to feed about 400 people a day. But that seemed not enough. Stagnant water which contained decaying bodies of animals, coupled with poor sanitation and hygienic conditions, brought a wide outbreak of diseases liketyphoid malaria diarrhea etc thereby endangering the lives of the people and their livestock.
In order to combat this situation, Rukhsana Foundation joined hands with the local people of Dharkhanawala village to set up a mobile dispensary. A doctor had been hired for 4 hours, daily 6 six days a week to provide medical assistance to the flood effected people. Broad spectrums of medicines and vaccinations had been provided for both humans and animals. This effort will continue in the future.
The mobile dispensary started functioning on August 29th 2010. A team of volunteer doctors consisting of 8 female and 5 male came to the village and treated around 450 patients.
DONATION – RELIEF GOODS FOR THE FLOOD VICTIMS FOR THESIL AND DIST JHANG, SPONSORED BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION FOR 250 FAMILIES ON 09 AUGUST 2010 EACH PACKET CONTAINS:
Rehabilitative Activities for Flood Victims in Tehsil Pabbi District Nowshera Sponsored by Rukhsana Foundation and APPKI
DECEMBER – JUNE 2010-2011
Rukhsana Foundation actively participated in the rehabilitation and reconstruction activities for flood affected people of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa especially in Teshsil Pabbi District Nowshera.
50 houses have been completed in Pashtoon Gari, Choki Drab, and in Banda Mula Khan. The foundation also distributed relief goods / food items among flood victims of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
The foundation took many initiatives in the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities with an objective to help the flood devastated people so that they can stand on their own feet.
THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE AND LIST OF BENEFICIARIES IS MENTIONED BELOW
LIST OF BENEFICIARIES SINGLE ROOM CONCRETE BLOCK HOUSES PABBI DISTRICT NOWSHERA SPONSORED BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION AND APPKI DECEMBER – JUNE 2010-2011
Permanent Shelter Project Kashmir Kot District Jaffarabad, Baluchistan 2010-2011
FUNDED BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION AND APPKI
After the floods devastated the population of District Jaffarabad Baluchistan in 2010, Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association Of Physicians of Pakistani descent of Kentucky and Indiana) started a massive relief effort which included the provision of basic food items, hygiene kits, tents, mineral water, medicine, warm clothes, blankets, fertilizers and seeds. One of the biggest problems was to provide housing for the flood affected people who were forced to spend their life under open sky once the flood took away their homes and belongings. Realizing the need for a permanent solution for the housing problem Rukhsana Foundation and APPKI formulated a permanent shelter project in which 31 permanent concrete block houses were planned. This construction project was distributed in two phases. In the first phase 16 houses were built. This construction started in August 2010 and was completed in August 2011.
After the completion of the first phase, work on phase two dealing with the construction of 15 houses was started in September 2011 and with an untiring effort has been completed in December 2011. With these 31 houses complete the Rukhsana Foundation has planned to construct another 19 houses to reach the number of permanent shelters to 50 so that the families devastated by the floods can have the security and satisfaction of their own roof and lead their lives in peace.
The Permanent Shelter Project Badin, Sindh 2011-2012
FUNDED BY RUKHSANA FOUNDATION AND APPKI
After the unusually heavy rains in August and September 2011 left the Badin District of Sindh province in ruins, a massive relief effort was required to save the lives of the people who resided in this area. Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent Kentucky and Indiana) decided to play their part in the relief efforts and took a caravan of hope to Badin Sindh which contained food, medicines and water purification equipment. The first batch of relief goods was handed over to the Pakistani army at the 206th Army Brigade in Badin while the second batch was distributed in Siryani a village that was completely destroyed by the floods. In order to provide permanent relief to the affected people Rukhsana Foundation started working on a permanent shelter project in order to provide a roof to the people who lost their homes in the flood.
Beneficiaries for this project were selected from two villages Walasani Faiz Mohammad Samejo and Rahoo Ki. The construction of 50 houses of concrete blocks was planned. This construction work will be done in three phases and the first phase involving the construction of 15 houses 8 in Walasani Faiz Mohammad Samejo and 7 in Rahoo Ki has started and is at the foundation stage. This project will be completed in shortest possible time so that the beneficiaries can have a roof on their head as soon as possible.
THE CONSTRUCTION WORK GOING ON IN RAHOO KI VILLAGE
During the last visit of the Rukhsana Foundation’s team to Badin in October 2011, the local Hindu population drew the team’s attention to one of their most sacred temples and requested to have it repaired even before their houses. The Foundation sent a survey team to the area in December 2011 in order to monitor the progress of work they noticed that the people had raised a small structure made of mud to act as the temple. The locals requested a new building made of concrete because the structure made of mud could collapse in just one rain. They said that an 8×8 room with a 10 feet roof will be adequate for them. When the survey team returned the case was presented in front of the chairperson of Rukhsana Foundation Mrs. Rukhsana Mushtaq who readily gave her approval but instructed the construction of a 14×14 room instead of an 8×8 one with a 10 feet roof made of concrete blocks.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE HAS ALREADY BEEN INITIATED AND WILL BE COMPLETED ON A PRIORITY BASES.
THE UNDER CONSTRUCTION HOUSES IN WALASANI FAIZ MOHAMMAD SAMEJO VILLAGE
THE CONSTRUCTION WORK GOING ON IN RAHOOKI VILLAGE
THE HINDU TEMPLE IN ITS PRESENT STATE