Since 2005, Mankind Welfare Trust has provided emergency response activities from first response to extended relief and recovery support. When Mankind Welfare Trust responds to a disaster, it is able to call upon a pre-positioned pool of volunteers from across every town and city of Pakistan. Harnessing local manpower for packaging, delivering and distributing humanitarian relief provides integral support to staff on the ground and ensures that those in direct contact with affected communities are soundly equipped with local knowledge of the terrain, culture and language.
October 2005 – Earthquake Relief in Pakistan
Over 70,000 individuals lost their lives to the devastating earthquake which hit both Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir. The worst affected areas were Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Balakot, North West Frontier Province. Mankind Welfare Trust immediately launched a drive to motivate volunteers from across Pakistan to engage in search and rescue operations moving on to relief operations. Mankind Welfare Trust conducted humanitarian relief operations across a number of isolated locations in the Neelum and Jhelum valleys and other vulnerable regions inaccessible by road. Coordinating its relief efforts with the Pakistan Army, Mankind Welfare Trust reached tens of thousands of affected individuals who benefited from food, safe drinking water, clothing, shelter, blankets, vital medical aid as well as toys for the youngest affected.
August 2010 – Flood Relief in Pakistan
Heavy monsoon rains triggered the worst floods in Pakistan since 1929, killing approximately 2,000 people and forcing people to flee from their homes. Torrential rain caused many rivers to burst their banks and unleashed widespread destruction across the country. In the early days, amongst the worst hit areas were Nowshera, Charsadda and Swat. The situation worsened and millions of people all over Pakistan became homeless, rendering them without food, shelter or clean water. Approximately one fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater and the floods directly affected approximately 20 million people with a significant rise in the number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea, cholera and malaria. Our volunteers directly supported efforts to get essentials such as clean water, food packages, shelter, blankets and medication to tens of thousands of the most affected. Distribution took place in Nowshera and Swat in the North West frontier Province, Kot Addu in Punjab, and Thatha and Badin in Sindh.