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This is a help Pakistan post.

The floods in Pakistan have affected some 20 million people and aren't over yet. The floods have affected more people than the combined total of the 2004 Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the American Katrina disaster. Right now people need food, shelter and medical attention. In the long-term Pakistan will have to deal with the millions who no longer have homes, the crops that have been destroyed, the resulting economic fallout and much more. Below the cut are links to various organizations that you can donate to in order to help relief efforts. The Canadian government announced today that they will be matching the donations of Canadians from Aug. 2 to September 12. I know that a lot of us might not have the financial ability to donate but please, please donate if you can, bbs.

Donating Online

Oxfam International - "Oxfam is responding to the worst floods in northwest Pakistan in decades. We aim to reach 650,000 people with clean water, sanitation kits and hygiene supplies, to help prevent the spread of water-borne diseases amongst the estimated 14 million people affected. We're hoping to raise $6 million." Donate

The International Red Cross - "Torrential rains and successive waves of floodwaters are hampering relief efforts and placing lives at risk. The ICRC and the Pakistan Red Crescent, already bringing aid to more than 250,000 people, are determined to meet the needs of several hundred thousand more." Donate

World Vision International - "'The scale of the response needed ... is almost incomprehensible,' said World Vision's Anita Cole. World Vision is aiming to help 40,000 families." Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there.)

Save the Children - "Save the Children is racing to provide critical aid to children and families caught up in the worst flooding in Pakistan's history. Left homeless and destitute, they face serious health risks and an uncertain future as raging waters engulf more homes and land." Donate

CARE International - "Our mobile medical clinics, already in place to help the survivors of last year’s violence in the Swat valley, are now serving the flood survivors as well, giving medical aid more than 4000 people a day. This includes providing delivery services for pregnant mothers. More than 30 CARE trucks loaded with shelter and non-food relief items such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets and kitchen sets have already arrived in the affected areas." Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there.)

The Humanitarian Coalition - A Canadian colation of CARE, Oxfam and Save the Children. Donate

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders - "Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, health-care exclusion and natural or man-made disasters. MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Pakistan and chooses to rely solely on private donations." Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there. If donating through MSF check off that you want your donation directed to the 'Emergency Relief Fund' as that's what's being used to help in Pakistan.)

Relief International - "Relief International’s teams are providing clean water, food, shelter, hygiene kits, emergency medical supplies and health services to 100,000 families in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK), Baluchistan and Punjab provinces." Donate

UNICEF International - "UNICEF is one of several agencies that have been delivering much needed emergency relief in the flood zone. Teams of aid workers are providing safe drinking water – installing hand water pumps, bladder tanks and sanitation facilities – and distributing hygiene kits and critical medical supplies such as oral rehydration salts." Donate

International Development and Relief Fund - "IDRF is collaborating with Shine Humanity to provide emergency medical and humanitarian relief to those injured, dislocated and made homeless by the monsooons that have devastated much of Northwestern Pakistan. The project aims to provide humanitarian assistance, medical services and logistical support directly to these individuals and agencies working to assist them." Donate (If donating through IDRF make sure to say in the comments that you want your donation directed towards the Pakistan flood relief.)

World Food Programme - "As floodwaters continue to wreak havoc across Pakistan, hundreds of thousands of people have been cut off from help. WFP is stepping up airlifts of food and supplies for these isolated communities and bringing in more helicopters. Three new ones arrived on Sunday." Donate

Bündnis Entwicklung hilft - A German site supporting several organizations, focusing on development aid as well as immediate relief Donate - Hat-tip to lied_ohne_worte

Aktion Deutschland hilft - Another German site with several organizations combined, supported by government agencies. Donate - Hat-tip to lied_ohne_worte

Long-Term Help

Central Asia Institute - "The primary focus is on building schools in the most remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan where kids have NO schools. They also grant scholarships to young women that wish to pursue higher education in education or medical fields. The do also get involved in long term public health projects as part of total package of ensuring success in school. Mostly they provide latrines and drill wells." Donate - Hat-tip to fenris_lorsrai

Kiva - "Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending." Consider lending to businesses in Pakistan once people start rebuilding. Lend

Text Donations

(I'm not entirely sure if some of these work only in the States or not. I can't check since my phone bill would end up being very pricey.)

In Canada you can text "redcross" to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross.

In Canada you can text "give" in English or "don" in French to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF.

In Canada you can text "world" to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision Canada.

In the United States you can text 'flood' to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children.

In the UK you can text 70707 with the word GIVE to donate £5 to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal.

In Germany texting "Pakistan" to 81190 costs 5 € plus carrier fee; 4,83 € will be donated to Aktion Deutschland hilft. - Hat-tip to lied_ohne_worte

Text the keyword CAI to the short code 50555 to donate $10 to the Central Asia Institute, which focuses on education in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Text PAKISTAN to 50555 to donate $5 to CHF International, which provides shelter for those displaced by the floods and focuses on the rebuilding efforts

Text RELIEF to 27722 to donate $10 to the Islamic Society of North America, which focuses on the betterment of the Muslim community

Text SWAT to 50555 to give $10 to UNHCR, which sends emergency response teams to orchestrate relief efforts

Text AID to 27722 to give $10 the the World Food Programme USA, which transports food to flood victims in isolated communities

Text RESCUE to 50555 to give $10 to World Emergency Relief which responds to natural and man-made disasters worldwide

Text ZAKATUS to 50555 to donate $10 to the Zakat Foundation of America, which is providing food and clothing for flood survivors

Internet Superheroines/Superheros

help_pakistan - "A fandom auction set up to help Pakistan recover from the 2010 floods, which, as of August 16th have displaced over 20 million people, 6 million of whom have still not received any aid."

Extra Info

The DOs and DON’Ts of Disaster Donations - Hat-tip to faerieglen for the link.

Charity Navigator - This site rates non-profits, the specific link sending you to their rating of various organizations that are helping in Pakistan. A really nice tool to help you decide where to donate, it also has quite a few organizations that aren't mentioned in this post. - Hat-tip to masteryoffear for the link.

Mods: I was hoping that this could get linked in the top bar of the comm so that it doesn't get lost after a day or two.

If anyone has any other links or information about helping those in Pakistan leave it in the comments and I'll edit it into this post.
Tags: donations, natural disaster, pakistan
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