08.10.2015 / For immediate release
For immediate release on 8 October 2015
Human Appeal marks ten year anniversary of Pakistan earthquake
Today (8 October 2015) marks ten years since Pakistan’s devastating earthquake which took the lives of more than 100,000 people, including over 19,000 children, many of whom were in school at the time of the quake. It is estimated that around 11,000 children were left orphaned. Several thousands more lost their limbs or the ability to walk or move again. Close to 3.5 million became homeless and without proper shelter.
Human Appeal responded immediately, we provided shelter, food and other relief goods – concentrating particularly on the places that were hardest to reach. We had worked in Pakistan since 2002, but in response to the devastation caused by the quake, we set up a permanent base in the country. Since that time we have helped thousands of people in Pakistan to rebuild their lives.
Our long-term work in Pakistan has concentrated on helping people build sustainable livelihoods. We have helped people to establish honey-bee farms, poultry farms and kitchen garden projects. We have also built wells, provided water purification kits and eye tests. In more recent years, we responded to the devastating floods that have affected the country by providing food and shelter to those affected.
The anniversary is being marked by an event attended by key Pakistani media in the UK. Human Appeal will showcase some of the organisation’s biggest achievements in the country. *
Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said:
“We are incredibly proud of what British donors from different communities, especially the Pakistani community, have helped Human Appeal achieve in Pakistan. We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors when we launch campaigns for the country. Human Appeal’s achievements in Pakistan are a shining example of the scale of the difference our supporters can make to people’s lives.”
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Notes to editors
Human Appeal (www.humanappeal.org.uk) is one of the UK’s fastest growing charities. With a presence in 25 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, we help in times of crisis and we deliver sustainable development programmes in the world’s poorest nations.
* The event will take place at 6pm in Whitechapel.
For more information contact Hassan Imtiazi on 07711 592 165.