Latest update : January 13th, 2014
Development and Peace has a long history of responding to emergencies in Pakistan, including providing aid in the aftermath of an earthquake in 2005 and taking action in 2009 when more than two million people were displaced by conflict in the country's northern region, and immediately mobilized to respond to this crisis.
From the outset of the crisis, development and peace appealed to its members, its donors and the Canadian public for solidarity. The public response was swift, enabling Development and Peace to raise $3,894,000.
In addition to donations from the public, the organization was able to secure $1,254,000 from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) for a food aid project and $2 million in funding from the International Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) program of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a project to improve livelihoods. In total, Development and Peace raised $7,148,000 to respond to the floods.
Development and Peace supported emergency action being carried out by Caritas Pakistan, Trocaire, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Switzerland, and the Afghan Women's Resource Center (AWRC). All of these partners are present and active in the country and all have a great deal of expertise in emergency situations.
Our partners' actions took place in the provinces of Punjab, Baluchistan and Sindh. The main activities carried out were:
- Distributing food and water;
- Providing access to shelters and sanitary facilities;
- Rebuilding infrastructure (schools, roads, bridges and irrigation canals);
- Helping the population restart livelihood activities and agriculture;
- Providing access to health care, including emergency interventions and vaccines against water-borne infectious diseases.
In total, an estimated 100,000 people were helped through our response to this natural disaster.
Our relief and reconstruction program in the country is now complete. For more information about our response, you can read our end-of-program report.