Relief Activities By Rukhsana Foundation
Caravan Of Hope To Badin, Sindh
This year Pakistan has received very heavy rains, with Sindh province being the worst affected. The flood resulting from these rains has caused a major collapse of the entire, drainage system of LBOD (The Left Bank Outfall Drain), Phuleli, Ghooni and Ghoongro Drain. More then 100 breaches have appeared in the canals and have caused severe hardship to people in lower Sindh. Badin is the worst affected District in the recent wave of torrential rains and floods in the Sindh Province. The areas of Malkani Shareef, Khoski and Panjrio are still inundated in three to five feet of water, while over a million people are currently suffering from malnutrition. The stagnant flood water contains the remains of dead animals which turn the conditions unhygienic. There is a risk of the spread of viral, fungal and other diseases. There is water everywhere and as long as the flood water stays, it remains a hell for the local residents.
Rukhsana Foundation in association with APPKI (Association of Physicians of Pakistani decent Kentucky Indiana) embarked on a major relief operation for the affected people of Badin. This operation was planned in two phases. The first Phase was focused on the supply of clean water, food, medicine and a survey for the second phase being the construction of permanent shelters for the displaced people. The first phase started with the purchase and packaging of medicines at the RF head office in Lahore. Life Straws and Family Straws for water purification imported from the United States were also packed here. Life Straw and Family Straw is a water purification system which works without electricity, battery or an external power source. The person using a Life Straw drinks contaminated water through it like a conventional straw and the water is instantly purified. It is to be used individually. A Life Straw can be used for the consumption of 1000 liters of water. A Family Straw purifies water just by adding water from its intake and the purified water comes out from the tap on the other side giving clean water to the whole family. A Family Straw can purify 10,000 liters of water.
From the RF head office the supplies were taken to the Lahore Railway station from where the medicines were booked for Karachi to join the food bags already acquired over there. The Life and Family Straws were booked for Hyderabad from where the same were to be taken to Badin.
Medicines, Life and Family Straws Being Packed at RF head office Lahore
On 9th October 2011, the RF personal embarked on a journey from Lahore to Hyderabad, while the RF Chairperson, Mrs Rukhsana Mushtaq was already in Karachi to lead the caravan of food and medicines to Badin. On 10th October 2011, the caravan of RF with food and medicines, started its 5 hour journey to Badin from Karachi via Thatta with Chairperson Mrs. Rukhsana Mushtaq and RF Secretary Lt Col (R) Mushtaq Ali Tahirkheli leading the way. An escort of Pakistan Rangers was also with the caravan. This escort was arranged because the relief caravans had been looted by bandits in the past and it was dangerous to travel in the area. In order to ensure that the supplies reached their destination this escort was mandatory.
Trucks Loaded With Food and medicine For Flood Affectees
The destination of this caravan was 206th Army Brigade in Badin. The 206th Army Brigade was right in the middle of the flooded area. Upon reaching there the caravan was greeted by Brigadier Javaid of The Pakistan Army. By this time the second arm of the caravan of hope from Hyderabad consisting of Life Straws and Family Straws for water purification Led by the RF Operations Manager Mr. Arsalaan Waheed had also reached the 206th Army Brigade after an 8 hour journey. Life Straws, Family Straws, medicines and 300 bags of food with each bag containing 5 Kg Ghee, 20 Kg Atta, and 5 Kg Sugar were handed over to, Brigadier Javaid for distribution among the deserving. Brigadier Javaid told Mrs. Rukhsana Mushtaq that Army had established a camp for 6,000 flood affectees and was providing them food and shelter.
Mrs Rukhsana Mushtaq and Lt Col Mushtaq Tahirkeli with Brig Javaid in Badin / Food and medicines being unloaded by Army In Badin
Brigadier Javaid Thanked the Chairperson of Rukhsana Foundation Mrs. Rukhsana Mushtaq for the efforts of the Foundation and associates for the service of the flood affectees and assured her that the relief goods will reach the hapless promptly in order to ease their pain. He also presented a traditional Sindhi Ajrak (a sindhi shawl) To Mrs. Rukhsana Mushtaq along with a 206th Brigade cap to Lt Col. Mushtaq Tahirkheli as a token of thanks.
Brig Javaid expressing his gratitude on the efforts of the foundation
After, the handover of relief goods to 206th Army Brigade, the caravan of hope of Rukhsana Foundation led by Arsalaan Waheed (Manager Operations) and Ashfaq Ahmed (Caretaker) moved on towards interior Badin to Siryani, a village totally destroyed by the floods, and still engulfed with water. 200 bags of food were distributed there.
200 bags of food being distributed in Siryani Village
This ended the first phase of the relief operation of Rukhsana Foundation in Badin. The second phase of the operation was initiated and a survey was started for locations and logistics for the construction of 50 permanent houses. There was hardly any place without flood water and people were forced to live along a few roads and walkways that were left. Rows and rows of tents could be seen at the road side
People forced to live on the road side as their villages are inundated
The survey team of Rukhsana Foundation after extensive evaluation of conditions selected the villages of Walasani (Faiz Mohammad Samijo) and Rahoo Ki. In the first phase 15 houses will be constructed out of the planned 50.
The Rukhsana Foundation team also met the Hindu community in the area. There is a large number of Hindus living in the area. The Hindus were most concerned about the damage to their temples due to flood in the area. They were keen to save their temples even before their
Hindu Temples engulfed in the flood water
homes. They showed the RF team main temple in the area which needed repair. The roof and wall of the temple was damaged. The RF team assured their Hindu brothers that this repair will be undertaken as soon as possible and the temple will be restored to its pre flood position.Hindus were most concerned about the damage to their temples due to flood in the area. They were keen to save their temples even before their
Pictures tell the story
Natural calamities are beyond the control of man, but once they occur, damage control should be promptly started in order to reduce the suffering of the people. We might thank God, we are spared but have we ever thought about the unfortunate people who were not spared. What if God forbid the tables are turned and we might go in their position. We are spared because we have to help and reduce the suffering of our brothers. The relief efforts of Rukhsana Foundation and associates will continue until we bring some relief to the hapless. We will also invite others to come forward and join hands in order to combat the situation.Summery of Relief Goods And Cost
|Items||Quantity||Cost Per Item||Total Cost|
|Food Bag Containing 5 Kg Ghee, 5 Kg, Sugar, 20 Kg Atta||500||Rs. 2,155/-||Rs. 1,077,500/-|
|Life Straw||1000||Rs. 890/-||Rs. 890,000/-|
|Family Straw||180||Rs. 2,225/-||Rs. 400,500/-|
|Grand Total||Rs. 2,609,818/-|
|2||Brufen 400mg Tab||1250|
|3||Brufen 200mg Tab||5000|
|4||Mefnamic acid forte||5000|
|17||Tab. Lefofloxcin 250 mg||500|
|18||Tab.Lefofloxcin 500 mg||500|
|19||Tab. Ciprofloxcin 500 mg||500|
|22||Syp. Ammonium Chloride||200|
|29||Gentacin Eye/Ear Drops||50|
|32||Bandge 2″||1 gurus|
|33||Bandge 4″||1 gurus|
|35||Tab. Metronidazole 200mg||750|
|36||Tab. Metronidazole 400mg||750|
|41||Chlrophenicol eye drops||24|
|2||Brufen Tab 400mg||2500|
|3||Brufen Tab 200mg||7500|
|4||Mefinamac Acid Fort Tab||5000|
|7||Rantodin 150mg Tab||1000|
|14||Septron DS Tab||2000|
|15||Erythrocin 250mg Tab||2500|
|16||Erythrocin 500mg Tab||1000|
|17||Cephadin Capsule 500mg||1200|
|18||Leflox Tab 500mg||1000|
|19||Leflox Tab 250mg||1000|
|20||Cipro Tab 500mg||2000|
|21||Cipro Tab 250mg||1000|
|23||CQ tab 500mg||10000|
|33||Gentaonycin eye/ear drops||250|
|38||Bendages 2″||03 Gurus|
|39||Bendages 4″||01 Gurus|
|Total Cost||Rs. 241,818/-|
|Daryan Khatoon||Widow||Gul Mohammad||Female|