Keeping Promises to Pakistan Flood Survivors, AmeriCares Provides Critical Aid Village by Village.

  • Seven-year-old Sana, whose father died in the disastrous floods in Pir Sabaq, now lives with an uncle and is grateful for relief supplies.

  • Riaz meets with social workers in Samanabad on the banks of the Swat River to assess needs of a village devastated by the floods.

  • Jan Gul, who lives on only a small pension, told Riaz how much the donations mean to the people in his village, where so many homes were completely destroyed.

  • AmeriCares visits the site of the health clinic we are rehabilitating in Tauda Cheena that serves seven additional villages.

  • Children waiting their turn at an AmeriCares-supported health clinic in Pakistan

  • AmeriCares “distribution center” in Akora Khattak where much-needed relief supplies were distributed to families

  • The youngest recipient of the day in Pir Sabaq, Shama who’s only 5, and her two brothers

  • In Akora Khattak, Sardar and his granddaughter receive supplies including quilts and portable cooking stoves.

More than half a year after Pakistan was struck by epic floods that claimed more than 2,000 lives and left 20 million homeless, AmeriCares relief work goes on, village by village, Thousands of people in remote villages are still in desperate need after their farmland, homes and livelihoods were destroyed.

AmeriCares relief worker, Riaz Khalil, recently visited the villages of Pir Sabaq, Tauda Cheena, Samanabad, and Akora Khattak to deliver supplies and check on the health needs of the hundreds of families still living in make-shift camps. The visits also often involve planning with elders, local authorities and village inhabitants to assess and plan rebuilding of health care services.

Every village has its own story – stories of survival and hope.

Pir Sabaq

Near the banks of the Nowshera River and badly damaged by flooding that also knocked out its access road, Pir Sabaq is a large village with many of its 3,000 families still living in tents.  Riaz met with village elders and local authorities to coordinate an AmeriCares delivery of non-food relief supplies including hygiene items, quilts and portable cooking stoves.  More than 40 volunteers assisted with the distribution of supplies to more than 800 families.

Tauda Cheena and Samanabad

Along with providing deliveries of relief supplies in Tauda Cheena – another village severely damaged when the Swat River overflowed its banks – AmeriCares is working to rehabilitate the flood-damaged health facility which serves seven other area villages.  Together with the building contractors, Riaz visited the clinic site where materials were being delivered so construction could begin.  As part of AmeriCares commitment to help communities rebuild sustainable health care following a disaster, the three to four-month project includes supplying basic equipment and other improvements to the facility.

In the village of Samanabad and two other nearby smaller communities on the Swat River bank, many houses are still in damaged condition.  Homes nearest the river were completely destroyed and families lost everything.  Riaz visited the area, which has a population of about 20,000 people, and spoke with a social worker who explained that while many delegations from other aid organizations and the government had visited after the disaster, the people in this village had not received any assistance.  Based on his needs assessment, 250 to 270 families are in desperate need of relief supplies, and Riaz is working with village elders to bring AmeriCares aid as quickly as possible to them. 

And on through the flood-ravaged land, Riaz and AmeriCares continue the long-term relief process – keeping promises, rebuilding lives.