"Look! These people even eat together with us!"

January 11, 2012

Last month, Shelter Now Germany received a call from Kandahar, desperately seeking help for 600 refugee families from Pakistan to help them survive the winter. We told our supporters about the need for help and publicized it via the media too. The response was impressive.

 

Amazing response to appeal for donations

 

Last month, Shelter Now Germany received a call from Kandahar, desperately seeking help for 600 refugee families from Pakistan to help them survive the winter. They were all Afghans, who had originally fled to Pakistan many years ago, but now having been confronted with fresh danger in Pakistan had crossed back over the border. We told our supporters about the need for help and publicized it via the media too. The response was impressive. As a result, we were able to provide winter survival packages not only for the refugees in Kandahar but also the internally displaced members of the Chalu people, who were in a similarly desperate situation. As a people group, the Chalu are widely despised in Afghanistan, and as a result almost no one is willing to help them.

 

So we'd like to say a big thank you to all those who donated so generously to this cause!

 

Recipients were relieved and overjoyed

 

Here are some of the initial reactions we received from Afghanistan today, January 11th:

In the Chalu camp people told us they were so happy for the help from Shelter Now. “People hate us”, they said. “The government doesn’t help us, if people realize we are Chalu we sometimes get thrown out of the mosque. God doesn’t even like us.”  Shelter Now workers were able to reassure them that God loves everyone, including the Chalu. God even loves people who are his enemies!  When our workers sat down to eat with the Chalu people one of them was so delighted he shouted to his friend across the street, “Look, these people even eat with us!”


One woman was so eager to get the distribution that her small baby was in danger of being crushed because she was pressing in so hard. So one of our workers ended up holding the baby while she finished collecting her supplies from SNI.

In Kandahar, staff from the Economics Ministry told us how grateful they are that Shelter Now is working there, because most people are afraid of the area and as a result, very few organizations ever go there.

One man, who is not able to work because he fell off a wall and broke his hand, was particularly grateful to receive the winter relief. His family currently has no income whatsoever and he was totally desperate.

Shelter distributed the following aid packages to 669 families in Kandahar and 499 families at the Chalu camp near Kabul:

•    5 liters of cooking oil
•    1 kg of tea
•    3 kg of sugar
•    5 kg of beans
•    50 kg of flour

Altogether we were able to provide food to 1,168 families – that's more than 8,000 people – so that they no longer need to fear the long winter. Once again, our sincere thanks to all those who supported us.

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