Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan Flooding’

Pakistan Submerged

Sunday, September 5th, 2010
Aerial View of the Damage

Aerial View of the Damage

Since the monsoon rain season began last month, floodwaters have devastated Pakistan. The floods have displaced more than 20 million Pakistanis, a number that exceeds the entire population of New York State. One fifth of Pakistan’s land mass is submerged, as shown in this photograph provided by the United Nations. Many communities are isolated as traditional transport routes are no longer viable. It is truly a humanitarian crisis with urgent needs for water, food, shelter and sanitation. Public health officials fear the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera. For more information about Pakistan’s pressing needs, please click unicef-immediate-needs-document-pakistan-flooding-26-august-2010 to download a current report from the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. To make a contribution to UNICEF for Pakistani flood relief, clear here for a direct link where you can donate online.

I also want to introduce you to Kashf Foundation, an organization that provides sustainable financial services to poor women in Pakistan, allowing them to become economically self-sufficient. I had the privilege to meet Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf’s founder, when she served on the UN Advisors Group for Inclusive Financial Sectors. Click here to learn more about Kashf and how you can support their important work.