Pakistan Flood Relief – How to Help

BY MOSHARRAF ZAIDI
Aug 17, 2010

The following list is re-produced from the official website of Mosharraf Zaidi, an international development expert.

With the floods now having entered Week 3, folks want to know who they can trust. There are three categories: Pakistani organizations; international organizations; and individuals whom I am either working with directly, or whose trustworthiness I feel comfortable endorsing.

Here’s the list:

 

Pakistani civil society

- TCF Relief Donate here: http://www.thecitizensfoundation.org/floodrelief.html

- Edhi Foundation. Contact here: http://www.edhifoundation.com/contact.asp

- Karachi Relief Trust. Contact/Donate here: http://www.karachirelief.org/donation.htm

 

International Organisations

Of course, the most robust internal management systems belong to international humanitarian organizations and NGOs, and they do most of their work through Pakistani partners and employees. Some of the most trustworthy options are:

- UK’s Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), which is an alliance of 13 British NGOs, including British Red Cross, Action Aid, Merlin, Oxfam, Islamic Relief and Christian Aid. You can donate here: http://www.dec.org.uk/donate_now/

- UNHCR, which is a UN organization, with whom I have worked directly on several occasions, is the UN’s premier humanitarian organization. You can donate to UNHCR’s Pakistan flood fund, here: http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistan/global_landing.html

- Islamic Relief has one of the lowest administrative cost ratios among all international humanitarian NGOs. You can donate here: https://www.islamicreliefusa.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=499

- International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent. Needs no introduction. Donate online, here: http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList2/Help_the_ICRC?OpenDocument

 

Individuals

- Ehsaan Kiani of the Islamabad Jeep Club (IJC) has not rested in almost two weeks. He and his colleagues from the IJC have zero admin costs, as they are borne by the group themselves. I visited two camps being supported by Ehsaan and team. You can learn more about their work at the website http://ijc.com.pk/forum//viewtopic.php?f=23&t=211 which also contains contact information for Ehsaan.

- Samad Khurram, who was a prominent student activist during the lawyers’ movement, is working with the Pakistan Youth Alliance and a number of other groups. His activism is on full throttle once again. Samad was in Nowshera at the same time as us on Friday. He can be contacted via e-mail: samadkhurram@gmail.com

- Faisal Kapadia, a Karachi-based blogger, is working with SA Relief and just completed a truck run to Sukkur and Shikarpur. The SA Relief website is: http://www.sarelief.com/2010/08/mcpfloodrelief/ Faisal can be reached through his Twitter account, @faisalkapadia.

 

This post was originally published on Mosharraf Zaidi in August 2010.