Pakistan YMCA Relief Distribution

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Last Updated (Monday, 31 October 2022 11:47)

The Lahore YMCA distributed relief packets containing 10 kg flour, 2 kg rice, 2 kg sugar, 2 kg lentils, 2 kg ghee (cooking oil in some cases), one packet tea, 6 bathing soaps, one packet powdered pepper and one packet washing powder to around 180 families of the Nowshera District at two points namely Pir Sabaq village and Christ Church. The families who were enlisted during the assessment stage included Christians, Muslims and Hindus. A thanksgiving service was held at the church in which Rev Shajeel Khan in his sermon spoke of the difficulties of people and how all the different religious communities came together at church to support and help each other in the difficult time. He explained how through joint efforts they were able to keep the community kitchen running throughout the crisis.

↑ Beneficiary receives relief packs from Lahore YMCA flood relief distributionPackaging of relief items from distribution

The relief packets that were prepared and packed by the YMCA staff were distributed to enlisted beneficiaries. The task was completed in coordination with Christ Church Nowshera (under Peshawar Diocese, Church of Pakistan) and Youth Development Association Development. At the time of distribution, the affected people are still in need of hygiene kits including mosquito nets.

The flood came in the last week of August and first week of September. Although the water has receded, the destruction it caused was visible in the areas near River Kabul. The flood has destroyed the people’s livelihood, cattle and farm animals. Most women complained on losing their sewing machines on which they used for livelihood. As such, the YMCA plans to provide training for making high end quality clothes that they could sell to markets and train as beautician so that they could set up their own saloons for business.

By: Mr. Emanuel Sarfraz, General Secretary, YMCA Lahore