The UN estimates more than 20 million people have been made homeless by monsoonal floods that have affected 20 per cent of Pakistan’s total land area.
- As at 11am Friday, the Unicef appeal has raised $859,384, including a $250,000 donation from the NSW government.
17 million acres of farmland have been flooded, and farmers may not be able to return in time to replant for the next growing season; 200,000 livestock have died.
The Red Cross has reported that unexploded mines and live artillery shells have been flooded downstream, posing a further danger.
Aid is desperately needed, and it’s not arriving fast enough.
International aid agencies are hoping for cash donations, although there might be opportunities for volunteering in the longer term. They are not requesting any goods or surplus personal products.
What you can do
The following agencies have been endorsed by Aus Aid because they are practiced in delivering aid to the region; have been checked for their corporate governance and have been endorsed by Pakistan authorities. Please give generously and consider if you can create a payment plan through credit card deductions or workplace giving.
UNICEF Australia is assisting women and families, including an estimated 7.5 million children affected by the floods. UNICEF has been tasked with providing immediate relief like food, water sanitation and hygiene but is working alongside other UN agencies for long term recovery.
Please donate now at unicef.org.au or call them on either 1300 884 233 or1300 134 071.
It is not the only charity organisation involved in aid efforts in Pakistan. ACFIC (Australian Council for International Development) lists these member agencies who are working to help:
- Act for Peace – NCCA (National Council of Churches of Australia)
Phone: 1800 025 101
- ActionAid Australia (Former Aust Care)
Phone: 1300 666 672
- Australia for UNHCR
Phone: 1300 361 288
- Australian Red Cross
Phone: 1800 811 700
- CARE Australia
Phone: 1800 020 046
- Caritas Australia
Phone: 1800 024 413
- CBM Australia (Christian Blind Missionaries)
Phone: 1800 678 069
- Oxfam Australia
Phone: 1800 088 110
- Plan International Australia
Phone: 13 7526
- Save the Children Australia
Phone: 1800 760 011
- World Vision Australia
Phone: 13 32 40
You can also make donations to the appeal at any branch of any bank by using these details:
- BSB: 012 010
- Account number: 837541992
The account is the UNICEF Pakistan Flood Appeal.