Amidst reports that the United Nations (UN) is battling donor fatigue for funds for the flood-ravaged Pakistan, thousands of Kiwi supporters have donated more than $150,000 to World Vision New Zealand's emergency appeal.
Within little over a week since World Vision launched its public appeal for flood survivors in Pakistan, New Zealanders have responded with $150,324 to date, while donations are still being received.
This remarkable outpouring of generosity is in addition to the initial $27,778 World Vision New Zealand committed earlier to the Pakistan flood relief efforts. World Vision was also granted a further $100,000 by the Government to channel to the flood relief efforts.
"We are greatly encouraged by this tangible expression of compassion for the reported 20 million people in need in Pakistan, especially the children," said Chris Clarke, CEO of World Vision New Zealand.
"Given that World Vision New Zealand is also appealing for emergency funding towards famine relief efforts in Niger where more than seven million people are affected, the organisation is extremely grateful for its supporters' incredible response to both crises," added Mr Clarke.
So far, New Zealanders have donated more than $61,000 towards World Vision's emergency food relief assistance in Niger.
The World Vision New Zealand donations for Pakistan will go towards alleviating immediate needs, as well as long-term rebuilding programmes. So far, World Vision's response in flood-affected areas includes the following:
3000 families have been supported with food packets in the districts of Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera; each food packet contains three litres of mineral water, a family pack of biscuits, a large loaf of bread, and a packet of dried potatoes and lentils A further 175 families in the Nowshera district have received food, tents, gas cylinders and cooking utensils World Vision is currently conducting a needs assessment among more than 300 families in the three districts, and has also developed a 30-day response plan for the flood-affected areas A World Vision team comprising security, advocacy and disaster-management experts has been dispatched to Multan in Punjab to co-ordinate response activities together with the UN The five health posts that World Vision has established in Lower Dir in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and local health authorities in Pakistan are functioning well, given the increasing risk of water-borne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea.
World Vision Pakistan has issued a renewed call to the international community and donors to assist the most vulnerable in the wake of the magnitude of this crisis.
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