Helping those in need
On July 29, unusually strong monsoon rains in Pakistan caused massive flooding across the region, which led to the death of approximately 1,600 people. Severe rains have continued to wash away homes and businesses leaving thousands without basic necessities or their livelihoods.
It is estimated that about 13.8 million people are affected with nearly half of those needing some type of humanitarian aid to survive.
Last year, UPS announced a multi-million-dollar global humanitarian relief strategy encompassing substantial financial grants, in-kind services and logistics expertise aimed at expanding the capacity and capability of organizations responding to global emergencies. The company committed up to $9 million for 2009 and 2010. This commitment solidified strategic global partnerships with some of the world’s most respected relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, UNICEF, World Food Programme, CARE and Aidmatrix Foundation, providing aid in the face of disasters like the one is Pakistan.
Right now, these organizations are working with companies like UPS to mobilize relief supplies to help the victims.
- The American Red Cross is sending tarps, blankets, and kitchen items.
- CARE is supporting health teams, mobile clinics, and the distribution of emergency supplies.
- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are addressing flood-related sicknesses sweeping the area.
- UNICEF is providing hygiene kits, water tankers and high-energy biscuits.
- The World Food Program aims to provide meals to 150,000 families in the hardest hit areas over the next three months.
They also need your support. To find out what you can do to help, visit the sites of each organization listed above.
|Category:||Caring for Communities, Global Impact|
|Tags:||Aidmatrix Foundation, American Red Cross, CARE, flooding, global disaster relief, Pakistan, UNICEF, World Food Programme|