1/3rd of Pakistan lives in poverty.
With an estimated population of over 180 million, one in three people in Pakistan live in poverty. It hosts more than 1.7 million refugees, one of the largest refugee populations in the world. Pakistan has a semi-industrialized economy, which has suffered in the past from decades of internal political disputes, a fast growing population, high inflation rate, increasing poverty level and terrorism.
Pakistan has also been hit hard by numerous earthquakes, droughts and floods in recent years. Reconstruction costs in the aftermath of these natural disasters are placing additional stresses on Pakistan’s fragile economy.
The best way to help Pakistanis get back on their feet is to support them in their jobs – if families can earn a decent income, they can afford food, clothing, education and all the other necessities of life. In addition, we’ll fix some of the damage done by the floods to water sources, and help the community protect itself from any future floods, so that this level of damage doesn’t happen again.
Islamic Relief started working in Pakistan in 1992. By initiating a child welfare and protection programme, we established ourselves as a development organization and then expanded our work in Neelum Valley Health in 2001.
A key achievement in 1998 was the launching of the prevention of blindness project which led to the opening of an eye hospital. The programme is still successfully operating and benefiting the community.
During the earthquake in 2005, Islamic Relief received an award for its relief efforts by the government of Pakistan and received international acclaim for its extensive humanitarian response. In 2010 and 2011, Islamic Relief responded extensively to the devastating floods which hit Pakistan through extensive emergency relief and reconstruction activities.
Following the 2010 flooding in Pakistan, entire communities were affected. One of Islamic Relief programmes was integrated village rehabilitation, which used an integrated approach, providing rehabilitation to water, sanitation and hygiene and housing facilities as well as livelihoods support.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Supporting Community Resiliency in Mardan
- Provided access to the health services, adequate water supply, kitchen and hygiene kits to 90000 beneficiaries
- Rehabilitation of Flood affected communities in Muzaffargarh
- Provided access to safe drinking water to 4526 beneficiaries as well as adequate emergency shelter for 497 households
- Ensured that the flood affected communities are given livelihood support through training programs for farmers and restocking livestock for households
- Support in Flood Affected Sindh
- Communities affected by the devastating floods in 2010 were provided with household kits and shelter items. The projects resulted in 1829 beneficiaries
- Water and Access facilities for Dhirkot
- Reduced vulnerability of the targeted communities by providing rain water harvesting facilities and enhance the safe mobility of local population through the construction of walking tracks and rehabilitation of link roads
- Solar Water Pumps in Balochistan
- Improved access to safe and clean drinking water for drought affected areas by installing solar water pumps directly benefiting 315 households in Noshki, Balochistan
- Health care Assistance for Women and Children in Rawalpindi
- 1700 orphan families treated for minor health issues at their doorsteps through mobile health services
- Awareness raising sessions held for orphan families to sensitize them on personal and domestic health and hygiene
- Haveli District Rehabilitation Project
- Rehabilitated the livelihood, water and communication resources through extensive community participation of the flood affected communities resulting in 20,818 beneficiaries