UMCOR Gives Aid to Displaced in Pakistan
May 20, 2009—Continued fighting in the Swat region of Pakistan has displaced well over 1 million people. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping to provide immediate relief to thousands of people who were fled the fighting through partner organizations already operating in and around the Swat Valley in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, where the fighting is taking place.
UMCOR is supporting the efforts of Church World Service as they deliver food, shelter and blankets and other supplies in the Mardan and Swabi districts. “Children without shoes walk for miles to reach a camp without adequate facilities,” reported Church World Service Pakistan./Afghanistan in a recent news release. These supplies and those provided by Muslim Aid, another UMCOR partner will help provide needed assistance. UMCOR is also in contact with the Church of Pakistan regarding assistance.
Church World Service is also working to make mobile health clinics available to provide needed medical services in these camps.
Muslim Aid is working in a different area of the affected region and is assisting displaced people by providing tents, mattresses, and other necessities. The local office is exploring options to provide medical services as well.
UMCOR has sent $110,000 to support Church World Service and Muslim Aid in their relief work. UMCOR works through partner organizations in areas where the organization does not have a direct presence through an office or The United Methodist Church. Partnerships such as these extend UMCOR’s reach to provide immediate help where it is most needed.
How You Can Help
Financial gifts will provide support for UMCOR’s response to this growing crisis. The current responses are initial efforts in what will be a long-term relief and recovery effort in Pakistan. Please give to UMCOR Advance #982450, Pakistan to support this work.