Winter Shelters, Blankets & Shawls for Pakistan's Flood Victims
By Khadim Dahot, Managing Director, Sewa DTS - update September 2011
Floods strike Pakistan again, one year later...
One year after devastating floods wreaked havoc on Pakistan, another one struck in August, leaving tens of thousands affected, homes damaged and more than 80% of crops destroyed.
Sewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS), with financial support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) under Pakistan's Emergency Response Fund (ERF), provided transitional shelter support and distribution of non-food items (NFI) for winter in union council (UC) Jamali.
The UCs Jamali Tehsil Shahdadkot of district Qambar Shahdadkot have been under water, and badly affected by the recent flood.
Top Priority for Winter: Transitional Shelters & Non-food Items
According to statistics, more than 28,025 people have been affected, 2,803 households were damaged, and 82% of the standing crops have been destroyed.
The survey revealed that non-food items (NFI) are to be considered as top priority. Winter has started and vulnerable groups like children, women, disabled, and older persons require shelter and NFI.
SDTS is one of the agencies that has been accepted into the revised Pakistan Floods Emergency Response Plan 2010 (PIFERP 2010) as of 17th September 2010.
Those who've taken refuge under the open sky have top priority
We have responded to this emergency by supporting 500 families and 4500 individuals with shelters and NFI for winter. Women, children, and vulnerable families who are without shelter and have taken refuge under the open sky, will be given priority.
SDTS is the district's focal agency for shelter and NFI cluster for district Qambar Shahdadkot, and is proposing to respond to this emergency with shelter and NFI support.
The shelters are locally and culturally accepted, and called Manah or chappar. They are made with Manjhandari (a long wood like bamboo), straw chikh (pattar – reeds, used in roofing), a plastic sheet, and rope, and will be provided to 300 families who are in the open sky.
A total of 4,500 individuals, 2,000 female, older and people with disabilities, will get shawls and blankets, and 3,000 children will be provided with winter warm caps and sweaters.
- To provide bamboo built transitional shelters to the 300 flood-affected families of UC Jamali district Qambar Shahdadkot.
- To provide non-food items (include blankets and shawls) to the 2,000 flood-affected most vulnerable persons with disabliities, older persons, female-headed households of UC Jamali district Qambar Shahdadkot.
- To provide sweaters and woolly caps to 3,000 children of UC Jamali district Qambar Shahdadkot.
- To facilitate the speedy delivery of non-food items and shelter to the flood-affected children, women, disabled, and older persons.
- Carrying out Beneficiary Identification surveys in the targeted UCs.
- Distribution of 300 transitional shelters.
- Distribution of winter NFI kits; a total of 2,000 females, older persons, widows, and disabled persons will get blanket and shawls.
- Distribution of winter sweaters and warm caps for 3,000 children.
- ERC committee establishment and orientation session: (100 individuals including 50 male and 50 female)
- Community meetings and social moblization.
- Flood-affected population received immediate shelter and NFI assistance in the project period.
- Beneficiary Identification Survey carried out in the targeted UC at the end of the project.
- Distribution of 300 transitional shelter among 300 female households, widows, older persons, and persons with disabilities (3,500 individuals), is completed as planned.
- Distribution of winter NFI among 2,000 female, elderly persons, widows and disabled who will get blankets and shawls.
- Distribution of winter sweaters and warm caps among 3,000 vulnerable children – boys and girls.
- ERC committee establishment and orientation sessions: 100 individuals (50 males and 50 females) is conducted and committee is functional during, and at the end, of the project.