22 Oct 2022 | UK
In September, the Amir Khan Foundation partnered with UK charitable company Hands Across The Skies to deliver a 35-ton shipment of aid to Pakistan after monsoon floods devastated the country.
After extensive assessment by the foundation’s team already on the ground, immediate need was identified as personal hygiene items including hygiene kits, towels, blankets, nappies, sanitary towels, soap, mosquito repellents and more. Members of the UK team accompanied by a group of volunteers traveled to Pakistan to deliver aid first hand to those in need.
Upon arrival in Pakistan, the team mobilised across KPK, South Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan to ensure critical relief was delivered promptly and efficiently. Emergency shelter, hygiene kits, food packs and cooked meals were distributed by volunteers across the country.
During distributions, the team spoke with many survivors on the ground who recalled the moment they realised evacuation was the only means of survival. Leaving almost everything behind, most people returned to substantial damage not only to their homes and possessions, but also to their livelihoods. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, 6.5 million acres of crops and orchards have been damaged by the floods, leaving 35% of households with no source of income.
Harry Khan, brother to Amir Khan, founder and CEO of the foundation, joined the team in Pakistan recalling “the sheer extent of destruction is unlike anything I’ve witnessed before. People who were already living on the poverty line have now lost what little they had. We must band together to support those who have fallen victim to the consequences of climate change”.
Further relief efforts will look towards rebuilding damaged homes and other essential infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals. The team is still on the ground providing assistance and working towards rebuilding all that was lost in the floods. Pledge your support to rebuilding efforts by donating to the Amir Khan Foundation’s emergency campaign here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/pakistanfloodsappeal.