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CBM's preferred approach in meeting the needs of people with disabilities is to focus on mobilising the community. In 2013, CBM contributed to 197 community-based rehabilitation programmes, helping 202,505 people.

2010 Pakistan flooding

Pakistan flood relief – Rebuilding

16-11-2010
Children pumping water, bore hole, Pakistan
© CBM/CHEF
CBM partner CHEF is working on installation of safe bore holes, as one of the most important needs of the communities in Pakistan affected by flooding is clean drinking water

CBM and its local partners are now shifting their emergency relief efforts towards rebuilding homes, schools and livelihoods. To date, and with your support, we have helped more than 44,000 flood survivors.

Devastating impact

It’s been over four months since Pakistan was devastated by flood waters that literally swept away the country's food stocks, decimated its infrastructure and sent more than 20 million people scrambling for basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.
 
45 per cent of Pakistan’s labour force relied on agriculture as their only source of income. 21 per cent of the country’s GDP came from cotton, wheat, sugar cane and fruit and vegetables crops, much of which was whipped out.

The World Bank warns the economic impact of the floods could be felt for years due to massive crop damage and the ensuing food shortages.

CBM rebuilding lives and livelihoods

Equipment provided by CBM and local partners being put to use during the clean-up operation (men using buckets and wheelbarrows) ©CBM/CHEF
Equipment provided by CBM and local partners being put to use during the clean-up operation
During the onslaught of rain and floods, CBM and our local partners were providing food, water, medical care, equipment and shelter for thousands of survivors.
 
Now we are focusing on the long-term rehabilitation of flood survivors.
 
CBM and our local partners are helping survivors by:
  • Providing food/cooking supplies to more than 8,000 people
  • Providing medical, eye and ear care to more than 31,000 people
  • Distributing hygiene kits to more than 4.000 people
  • Drilling 45 bore holes/water pumps in 6 villages
  • Distributing 127 assistive devices for people with disabilities
  • Providing 200 wheel barrows, buckets and tools for shelter reconstruction
  • Providing seeds, tools and fertilisers for farmers
  • Distributing livestock for livelihood initiatives
  • Providing free medical and ophthalmic care in 48 camps
  • Providing medical services through mobile clinics and basic health units

More to come

Over the coming months CBM and local partners will focus attention on:
  • The accessible reconstruction/renovation of schools and health centres
  • Inclusive education for children with disabilities
  • The reconstruction of health centres with a focus on ‘disability units’
  • Increased livelihood support
  • The capacity building of experts in different disability fields

Building on CBM's history

CBM has been working in Pakistan for more than 30 years and many of our programs target people living with a disability, their families and their communities.

CBM and our local partners are committed to helping Pakistani flood survivors rebuild their lives and livelihoods, but we can't do it without your support.
 
Your gift to CBM will enable us to provide much needed relief and rehabilitation in Pakistan or the surrounding region.

Together we can do more.

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