Ongoing Support for Survivors of the Pakistan Floods

By Khadim Dahot, Managing Director, Sewa DTS - May 2011


Project Approvals Increase National Reputation

SDTS---child-in-need-of-sheChild in need of shelterIn recent months, major achievements of Sewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS) have been focused on the recovery and rehabilitation of the 2010 flood survivors, particularly targeting groups who are most vulnerable - women and children - and in the worst-affected areas.

SDTS provided emergency and relief support to 21,000 flood-affected families and Internally Displaced People (IDP) through provision of shelter, hygiene kits, water supply, sanitation, food and non-food items.

The need for support is ongoing. After the relief and emergency support, the next challenge was early recovery and rehabilitation of these groups. 

SDTS, with its professional team and strong coordination with the UN, national donors, and funding organisations, achieved successes to approve our One Room Shelter Project, Provision of Transitional Shelter Project, Women Property and Land Rights Project, and Gender-based Violence project.

SDTS extended its outreach and established two new field offices in the districts of Kashmore and Qambar Shadadkot.

SDTS---child-requesting-treChild requesting treatmentThese achievements increased SDTS' reputation at a national level, and gained recognition of its achievements from beneficiaries, communities, government authorities, and those who support SDTS projects.

105 Year-Old Woman Survives Floodwaters for Eight Days

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An elderly woman survived eight days in water during the flood in which her house was nearly five kilometers away from the river water's breach to her boundary wall.

Read Salma's story in her own words here.

Musmat-Salma105-year-old flood survivor, Musmat SalmaMusmat Salma, aged about 105 years, of Village Adam Khan Bahalkani U/C Dunyapur, Taluka Tangwani, District Kashmore, Kandhkot, miraculously survived alone up to eight days and nights in the flood water in Sindh.

Salma, wife of Manglo, aged about 105 years, has five children, three sons, and two daughters (one daughter, aged over 60) here.

Two sons have passed away, and one the one who is alive –  named Bahar Khan, is over 60 years old. She  currently resides with son in-law, Mr. Baz Mohammad.

Ms. Salma has now lost her eye sight as well as body strength. Now she is spending her life  like those of disabled persons; she has no room for shelter.

SDTS provided financial and technical support to Salma, and now she has her own room for residence and feels proud among family members.

SDTS-flood-relief---childreVillage children stay togetherThe SDTS team asked Salma, “What you think of the support provided to you by SDTS?“ 

“I am thankful to the NGO who rebuilt my home.  It could have never been built without your support, because I am unable to reconstruct my house; nobody in the family gives priority,” replied Salma.

One Province, Millions affected, Crops Destroyed

child-with-hole-in-heartChild with hole in heartSDTS work has been affected in 2010's flood, which is one of the biggest natural disasters in world history.

Seven million people affected, 800,000 homes, and 26 million areas of crops destroyed – in one province of Pakistan.

It has taken almost seven months to return families back to their villages and homes.

All current projects were stopped, and full attention and program strategies were focused on the disaster.