Ensuring Survival for Internally Displaced People and Earthquake Victims

February 2, 2009

It may not have attracted international attention as a humanitarian disaster, but for Shelter Now every human life counts. Refugees from Helmand province in southern Afghanistan are currently fighting to survive...

 

It may not have attracted international attention as a humanitarian disaster, but for Shelter Now every human life counts. Refugees from Helmand province in southern Afghanistan are currently fighting to survive in makeshift camps on the outskirts of Kabul. Your donation of 35 euros could save the lives of an entire family!

Renewed distribution of "survival packages"

Many of us experienced freezing temperatures this winter. But for nearly 1500 refugee families near Kabul, winter was a fight to survive with temperatures dropping as low as –14°C or 6.8°F. They live in tents that are torn, they are extremely poor and in need of help. Last Autumn, Shelter Now was able to supply the most needy families with blankets, tents and food.

 

Shelter Now is currently supplying all of them with food. Each family receives:

- 50 kg flour

- 5 litre cooking oil

with a value of approx. 35 euros.

 

This is a huge help to these people who have known so much suffering in their lives. They were forced by the Taliban to leave their homes. These are families who refused to hand over one of their sons to the extremists to be trained as terrorists and to use their fields for growing poppies. For fear of being killed, they left their homes and possessions behind. Shelter Now plans to continue to support them through development projects.

Shelter Now started up a similar project in January of this year. 450 families in Kandahar who were forced to flee are being provided with food: flour, beans, sugar, tea and cooking oil. That costs us 48 euros per family.

 

Earthquake victims wait for winterized tents

 

A powerful earthquake in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan last October left around 100,000 people homeless. While food has been provided by others, accommodation suitable for the harsh winter has yet to be organised. With the donations provided to date, Shelter Now has been able to buy 200 tents including insulation and flooring and distribute them to those in need.

 

Another 1000 tents are still needed; we are dependent on donations to be able to buy them. You can make a significant contribution to stop these people from freezing to death. We can purchase an insulated, winterized tent for 190 euros.

 

27th January 2009: our staff have returned from the earthquake zone. The tent distribution was successful. 200 families were grateful and pleased to receive the winterized tents from Shelter Now. Our staff nevertheless brought back worrying news: it’s snowing in the earthquake area. Many people, for whom we didn’t have a tent, are now having to bear the winter cold and are worried they could freeze to death in their tattered summer tents. We have pledged to bring more tents as soon as possible.

 

1st March 2009: Adittional 160 families have been provided with high quality winterized tents.

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