In 2014, floods hit central Punjab in Pakistan during the monsoon season. Hundreds of roads were flooded and thousands of homes were washed away. In Jhang district, the worst-affected area. 46,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, forcing families to live out in the open. Shelter became an urgent priority.
International Waqf Fund provided emergency kits for 360 of the worst-affected families through its parent organisation Islamic Relief Worldwide in nine villages in the Athara Hazari tehsil (sub-district). Firstly, They provided kits to the most vulnerable – the elderly, disabled, widows and orphans. Kits contained a set of tarpaulin sheets, bamboo poles and strong woven rope to allow construction of a basic family emergency shelter.
Islamic Relief Pakistan’s emergency response team recruited Local youth, both men and women, as volunteers to help assess and select beneficiaries. Local participation ensured the support of the community in protecting relief goods and allowing a smooth distribution process.
Overall, 2426 individuals from 360 families from nine villages benefited from this emergency intervention.
Hafiz’s Story “The beneficary of Emergency shelters”
Hafiz Muhammad Ashraf was one of the beneficaries. The monsoon floods left him, his wife, two children and elderly parents with nothing.
“We lived many days on the road, without any emergency shelter. The food and water we had did not last long. In addition, the flood water smashed our houses and everything in them,” said Muhammad Ashraf. “(Islamic Relief and International Waqf Fund) are doing the most beautiful work in the world. To illustrate, helping others who are in a difficult situation, and in need of assistance is not only rewarding but is the real test of brotherhood. We are very grateful to International Waqf Fund and Islamic Relief for helping in our time of distress. Many people are not in a position to rebuild their houses. Thus, these tarpaulin kits will serve as a shelter for us to live in for now.”
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