Pakistan has been suffering from natural calamities like earthquakes and devastating floods, war at border, internal socio-political disorder and military operations in different parts of the country while terrorism has played the role of bone of contention among all. This has caused numerous causalities, especially men. These calamities and unlawfulness have taken lives of thousands of innocents.
Al-Khidmat Karachi, committed to its cause of service, has been working tirelessly in the field of Disaster Management. Observing the prompt necessities, fleeting requirements and lifelong needs of calamity influenced individuals, Al-Khidmat Karachi has subdivided its Disaster Management Program (DMP) into three subdivisions:
15 Major disasters and humanitarian emergencies responded
Evacuation of injured and dead and their transportation to medical services as well as to their homes in different urban communities or villages. In order to minimise the risk in disaster stricken area , Al-Khidmat volunteers, in add to concerned government agencies and civil society organization, carryout clearance of harmful debris and demolition of damaged structure.
30 Million worth of relief goods in global warehouses ready for immediate disaster response.
Provision of food, therapeutic anticipation and to influence individuals in coordinated effort. Al-Khidmat gives sustenance bundles, clean water, garments & apparel, sleeping material, cooked food for endangered families and individuals with the help of its donors and partner NGOs across Pakistan.
10 Million Disaster survivors, refugees, and internally displaced people received assistance
Repair and development of houses and communities for influenced and affected families and provision of essential supplies which helps them restart their routine life. Al-Khidmat Foundation has constructed and handed over scores of houses to disaster affected shelter less families till date.
Al-Khidmat has considered this humongous humane challenge quite important and has responded during all the national and local emergencies in an opportune and arranged way. In addition, Al-Khidmat Karachi also contributing in management humanitarian crisis in Burma and Nepal.
Volunteers play a key role in any disaster management activity. The quality of their training often determines the affectivity of a rescue or/and relief operation. Alkhidmat is well aware of that fact and therefore emphasizes the training of volunteers; so that in most crucial times, necessary synergy to oversee a disaster is successfully created. Keeping in view the requirements of disaster management, Alkhidmat Karachi has availed maximum training opportunities at Al-Khidmat Foundation’s, Disaster Management Centre, Rawalpindi and replicated these trainings at gross root level for its volunteers.
Insufficient rainfall during 2015 in three districts of Tharparkar—Mithi, Diplu and Chachero, created draught-like situation in these area, consequently leaving no crop and even fodder for cattle. Clean drinking water had also diminished for the residents including a severe deficiency of edibles. The situation worsened when a great number of cattle perished, milk availability became extinct and the whole situation turned to an agonizing Drought. According to reports, more than 250 children died due to malnutrition and pneumonia. During the recent drought, Alkhidmat Karachi under the umbrella of Alkhidmat Foundation took charge of the situation and reached out for relief, rescue and rehabilitation services of the affected people in the first week of March 2014.
Alkhidmat Karachi sent several teams of volunteers to provide manpower for the rescue and relief operation accompanied with 8 ambulances and cooked food for over 25,000 people while veterinary clinics were also established to facilitate curative problems of cattle. Alkhidmat Karachi has been working in Tharparker since 1998 when the previous famine struck the zone, its completed water project guarantees the provision of clean drinking water at the region. Alkhidmat Karachi also provided medical and health facility for the locals through its mobile medical camps where thousands of people were benefited through these camps.
“Awaran – Baluchistan” the most discussed district of Pakistan on 24 and 25 September 2013, in the world. An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude jolted six districts of Balochistan and over 900 people died and a population of over 300,000 was severely affected by it. As Awaran’s population is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometers, leaving a vast area of the district to depict the scene of wreck after the earth jolts. Buildings and houses had crashed down and there was not a single site without debris and wrecks. Owing to its foresight and commitment with the cause of service to humanity, Alkhidmat Karachi with technical support of Alkhidmat Foundation started its rescue and relief activities as soon as the disaster struck. During the rehabilitation period the noble month of sacrifice approached and Alkhidmat Karachi, with the help of its partner organizations and donors provided meat to the affected families. This was the time when the community of affected people of Awaran celebrated Eid ul Azha as a united family. This was not just the meat that sprout happiness on their faces but the love and care that matters more during hard times
Due to poor infrastructure of the government departments, floods have become a major reason for disaster in rural areas of Pakistan for many years. During 2013 catastrophic floods ruined a vast area of Sindh, Punjab and KPK once again. Alkhidmat Karachi under umbrella of Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan once again faced the scenario with courage and helped the humanity in its traditional way. A big number of volunteers and a huge amount of resources was mobilized and allocated for the flood affected areas of Pakistan. Necessary emergency services were initiated without wasting a single day after flood invaded and the timely started rescue operation saved 5 precious lives.
Alkhidmat’s ambulances provided rapid medical access to hundreds and its mobile medical service camps delivered quick medical help to locals at grass-root level. As everyone was caught under the threat of flood at local level, the flood relief activities were a great challenge for 1600 volunteers of Alkhidmat, where they had to help those helpless people, without any support by government or even the local communities. At that hard time, Alkhidmat was the only hope for those disaster prone people.