As we are all very aware the tragic floods in Pakistan have devastated many lives and has affected the local housing, community and infrastructure. Affecting over 4 million people, leaving a vast number homeless, without the basic human essentials of shelter, clean water and food. The scale of the devastation has said to be worse than that of Haiti, the South-East Asian tsunami and the Kashmir earthquake combined. There has been a great number of charities helping and all the well known charities are involved in some sort of initiative to raise funds. Its been distressing to hear that a lot of people have not been donating, the British public raised more then 100 million in the first week for Haiti, the even vaster natural disaster in Pakistan just raised a mere 10 million in the first week. A lot of people are afraid where the money is going to be sent, and if it is going to actually reach the people, but there are many well known charities declaring aid will be delivered asap or have delivered/delivering aid even as I write this. Recognised charities such as D.E.C (disaster emergency committee) which have been advertising on the TV and local transport all around London.
On Sunday the 19th sept, Imperial university and probably many other university campuses set up a campaign to fill a box. The aim was to pack boxes of vital food supplies and other goods in ‘survival boxes’ and send them to the flood victims. PIA (Pakistan international airline) are transporting the goods for free and kindly the organisers at Imperial were providing boxes and free transportation for the goods to the airport.
Each box containing the following:
1 x cotton sheet
1 x pack of dates
2 x 1.5L bottles of mineral water
2 x packets of sweet biscuits
2 x packets of salted biscuits
12 x small cartons of juice
1.5L of long-life milk
2 x sachets of oral rehydration solution
2 x bars of soap
It was fantastic to go along and help fill the boxes. It really put things into perspective when you see someone’s whole life before you in a 17 by 17 inch box. How lucky we are and the very least we can do is either help fill a box or give a little loose change to people bucket collecting. For fellow human beings who’s life supplies can be contained within a corrugated card board box. A lot of people may worry but what would you rather do, just sit back and see millions of people suffer. I know what we all should be doing, but I hope and ask that anyone who is reading this you do take the time to help at least for the millions of children affected. Finally I just wanna give a big shout out and embarrass my friends Saf and Taufiq for gathering their friends and students to get involved. Heading down to Imperial and for actually taking the time to trek around and drive to big super stores/shops to purchase all these items. All I merely did was turn up, pack a few boxes, but they were the real super stars of the day. Along side with the hard working students who we met at Imperial College London.