IRD has been working in Pakistan since 2008, supporting internally displaced persons (IDP) with relief and humanitarian assistance, helping stabilize and assist communities emerging from conflict, and responding to floods and other needs with in-kind donations and support to smallholder farmers.
Relief, Humanitarian Assistance, and Community Stabilization: In 2009, fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistan military in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Swat district of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KPK) province forced people to take refuge with family or in settlements in D.I. Khan and Tank districts. With funding from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), IRD Pakistan supported IDP with blankets, hygiene and kitchen kits, and other necessities; restocked medical facilities; organized water and sanitation groups to provide hygiene training; and began restoration and construction of water systems and latrines.
IRD has also distributed over $2 million worth of emergency medicines, medical supplies, and oral rehydration sachets to more than 50,000 IDP in KPK and Punjab.
Flood Response: With OFDA support, IRD partnered with local organizations to support IDP and others affected by the 2010 floods. In KPK, Punjab, and Sindh provinces, IRD distributed emergency shelter kits, helped communities form water and sanitation groups, and conducted hygiene sessions. Water tankers provided drinking water, and pumps eliminated standing water from housing areas. In Dadu and Thatta, IRD distributed transitional shelter kits: families contributed labor and materials to complete the structures, which were designed to serve as core structures for permanent upgrades. In the same area, IRD and the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan mobilized community cash-for-work activities, including repair of roads and latrines and desilting of irrigation channels.
Agriculture: IRD implemented a Food and Agriculture Organization project in the Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts of Punjab province to provide seed, fertilizers, and livestock feed to 50,000 farmers. The farmers received training on techniques to ensure successful crops and reduce the need for food assistance. The Latter-day Saint Charities and the Coca-Cola Company supported IRD to assist 10,000 small farmers in southern Punjab to recover from the floods, providing agricultural inputs, poultry units and seeds, and cash-for-work opportunities in advance of the spring planting season.
Conflict Mitigation: More recently, IRD has been working with victims of conflict in the Pakistani Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have poor access to medical services – or are unaware of available assistance – and have few opportunities to rebuild their livelihoods. Under the USAID-funded Conflict Victims Support Program IRD is contributing to stability by strengthening the government’s capacity to provide medical, psychosocial, livelihood, and long-term assistance.
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