Coming to the Rescue
HOPE has been a critical responder to areas in Pakistan affected by natural disasters. To date we have helped tens of thousands of individuals rebuild their lives by providing food, shelter, and medical attention following an emergency. In a nation already struck with poverty, we go the extra mile to overcome emergencies.
2007 Dadu Cyclone
and Flood Relief
In June 2007, the coasts of Sindh and Balochistan were ravaged by hurricanes and floods. The waters left roads and transport lines unusable, making relief efforts almost impossible. In a collaborative effort, HOPE, Indus Motors, HSBC Bank, and House of Habib set up relief operations in Gadap, Dadu, Juhi and Kharo Chand, all regions which were heavily affected by the storms. Additionally, HOPE established camps in these villages to provide the necessary care to survivors. Due to the stagnant waters, many people contracted gastroenteritis and diarrhea. A team of HOPE doctors from Karachi and Thatta provided medical consultation to over 1,000 patients and provided them with food, water purification sachets, and medicine. HOPE also provided tents for housing against the approaching monsoon rains.
2008 Balochistan Earthquake
On October 29, 2008 Balochistan was rocked by a 6.4 earthquake; the areas of Ziarat and Pishin district were worst hit. Over 200 people perished in the disaster and thousands more were left displaced and homeless with winter on its way. HOPE assembled a team of 20 medical professionals and social workers to alleviate the condition of those affected by the earthquake. Medical aid was provided along with essential food and necessities for winter such as warm tents and winter clothing. A second relief operation was conducted in December 2008 to provide aid to another 6,000 victims of the earthquake. Additionally medical camps were opened across villages to provide 7,500 patients with medical care.
2005 Kashmir Earthquake
The 2008 earthquake in northern Pakistan left the region devastated and tens of thousands of people were in dire need of help. Due to the massive displacement of families, women and children were hit especially hard and malnourishment was rampant among survivors.
HOPE took action to provide aid to those affected by the destruction by mobilizing a 17 member team to give on-the-ground support. This team consisted of physicians, doctors, gynecologists, paramedics, and social workers. Altogether HOPE treated approximately 4,000 patients. Together with UNICEF, HOPE began the treatment of malnourished children along with pregnant and nursing mothers. Additionally, HOPE set up two offices (one in Muzaffarabad and one in Bagh District) to provide counseling to mothers and children.
HOPE Relief Operation for Swat Internally Displaced Persons
HOPE deployed a medical team to Swat and Dir to administer relief aid to the Internationally Displaced Persons in the region. This diverse team of medical professionals and social workers treated 1,000 patients during their work in the area. The medical staff traveled between various camps: Jalala, Yar Hussain, Ambar, and others. Patients primarily suffered from conditions such as diarrhea, skin infections, and acute respiratory infections. HOPE distributed relief goods such as tents, bedding, and coolers along with staples such as flour, rice, and lentils. Additionally, HOPE distributed 12.5 million sachets of PuR to 25,000 families (approximately 200,000 individuals) along basic instruction on the importance of clean water.