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Pakistan Disaster Resources
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, in conjunction with Harvard Pakistan Student Group, would like your support in lending a hand to the internally displaced people of the Pakistan floods. At HHI, we are conducting research into the long-term implications of forced migration and climate change, along with helping host Harvard faculty panels to raise awareness on the issue. Our partner student organization, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, is organizing a university-wide campaign to increase engagement on the challenges facing Pakistan. Please click here to join the campaign with Harvard students for flood relief in Pakistan, and for a complete calendar of upcoming events.
FOR UPDATES ON PAKISTAN DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS:
- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- ReliefWeb: A project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This Web site serves as a clearing house for information related to the earthquakes and ongoing situational reports on the Pakistan floods.
- AlertNet: A humanitarian news network from the Reuters Foundation that provides detailed news updates on the extent of damage and ongoing humanitarian relief efforts.
- Articles and blogs from individual NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) working in Pakistan, such as this from Oxfam, http://www.oxfamamerica.org/articles/life-in-the-camps-scared-about-the-future.
A REPORT ON US GOVERNMENTAL AID TO PAKISTAN (AS OF 9/1/10)
The United States is thus far the largest governmental donor to Pakistan relief and reconstruction, with over $150 million pledged. According to the State Department, aid from the US is being directed through several channels, the largest of which is USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). Relief efforts include: humanitarian relief, early recovery, and long-term reconstruction efforts to support the internally displaced in Pakistan.
- $45 million will be provided by USAID to support locally driven rehabilitation of basic infrastructure, including: water systems; health facilities; schools; roads; and bridges - maximizing the use of local labor and resources;
- $30 million will be contributed by USAID for small-scale infrastructure and community development grants for displaced families;
- $25 million will be provided by USAID to give families resources needed to rebuild their homes and livelihood. This will be facilitated through community-driven, quick-impact cash-for-work programs in areas of reconstruction and return. As part of this assistance, USAID will support Pakistani government efforts to rebuild public buildings and facilitate the return of civil servants;
- $20 million will be provided by USAID to rebuild education infrastructure across Dir, Swat, and Buner;
- $10 million will be provided by USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for immediate livelihood and agriculture programs, mobile health clinics in Buner and Swat, and cash-for-work activities. As part of this assistance, OFDA will provide tool kits valued at approximately $2 million, which will be distributed through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and will include supplies such as shovels, pickaxes, and hammers.