Funds raised through Y Care International’s Pakistan Floods Appeal are providing shelter and hygiene support to 8,000 families of Nowshera and Charsadda districts of Khyber Paktunkwa Province.

Twenty water tanks have been installed at 11 different points in Nowsherra and Charsadda and debris cleaning activities have started in Pashtoon Ghari Village of Nowsherra.

Y Care International’s emergencies coordinator Claire O’Meara says: “We are delighted that so many people in the UK have donated through the building societies and YMCA shops allowing us to already send over £60,000 to help the people in Pakistan, but we desperately need more money to help more people who are still suffering with no medical facilities, food, water or shelter – the crisis is huge and it is children and young people who are going to need most support.”

Funds raised by YCI are channeled through our partner ACT to those working directly on the ground. All aid is bought as locally as possible, which optimises the efficiency of all funds raised.

The ACT response in Pakistan is reaching over 269,000 people, but children remain at high risk of disease. Sources quoted in Pakistan media say six million children have been affected by the floods with 2.7m needing urgent, life-saving assistance. In addition, 3.5m are at high risk of illness like diarrhea and dysentery. Concerns about the spread of cholera have grown, particularly in areas where water is flowing only slowly.

ACT member Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan’s Dennis Joseph says, “Eighty per cent of patients at the mobile health unit in Balakot Tehsil, Mansehra District, are women and children. The most common diseases are diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, skin diseases and urinary tract infections.” Poor weather and damp, humid conditions increase respiratory infections, particularly among malnourished children.

Y Care International is continuing to fundraise for the emergency and donations can be made through our website or at Building Societies and YMCA shops.

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Notes to editors:

  • Y Care International is the international development and relief agency of the YMCA movement in the UK and Ireland, working in partnership with YMCAs across the developing world to help young people build alternatives to a future of poverty and disadvantage.
  • As well as long-term development programmes, Y Care International undertakes relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation work when there is human emergency and natural disaster. Y Care International is well placed to respond to emergencies, as local YMCAs’ local knowledge and ability to mobilise quickly and effectively is invaluable in coordinating an emergency response. More information on our emergency work.