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Earthquake Pakistan 2005

earthquake pakistanDIOCESE OF PESHAWAR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF RESPONSE

As the entire earthquake-affected area of the Khyber Pakthunkhwa falls under the Episcopal and pastoral care of the Diocese of Peshawar, the Diocese immediately responded to the situation. On the appeal of the Bishop of Peshawar, many Christians from all over the collected clothing, blankets, quilts, shoes, cooking utensils, candles, match boxes and water bottles.
All the Diocese’s parishes, and institutions not only extended monetary support but also took an active part in the relief activities: members and the Relief Camp St. John’s Cathedral, Peshawar,
Christian youth, especially of St. John’s Cathedral and of All Saints’ Church.
worked day and night to sort out the relief items, and load the material into trucks while the Diocesan Mobile Health Unit helped them to take to the needy people in the affected areas.
Another group of Christian volunteers from Abbotabad, established a relief camp at St. Lukes Church. The group reached all the Christians affected by the catastrophe, and helped Christians who took refuge in Abbotabad. The group also approached the surrounding villages with blankets and foodstuffs, and also brought injured and displaced to Abbotabad, and provided them all possible assistance. The Diocese, provided the necessary support to the team.

Food, quilts, and tents from the Diocese

Many church buildings and homes of Christians have also been damaged. It is responsibility of the Diocese to support the affected Christians, and find out means for the reconstruction of the damaged houses of the Christians and the church buildings/institutions. The Diocese is grateful to the Barnabas Fund-UK which has extended support exclusively for the Christian families. The cost to repair the damaged church buildings, institutions and the attached houses and to rehabilitate the Christian families is around US$730,000.

PHASE-1
EMERGENCY RELIEF
Immediately after the devastating earthquake, the Diocese sent its Mobile Health/Relief Unit volunteers, from the Mission Hospital, to the affected area. The team initiated its operations from Ghari Habibullah, in the vicinity of privately owned Kunhar Christian Hospital. By the end of December 2005, the Diocese had already taken the following measures.:

  • Medical  care was provided to more than 15,000 victims; these beneficiaries around 25% men, 35% women and 40% children of ages.
  • Besides medical care, the Diocese has extended Emergency Relief (e.g. tents, food, and blankets) to more than 25,000 people. Most of the distribution is has been carried out in the villages in and around Balakot, and Ghari Habibullah not reached by anyone before the Diocesan team.

PHASE-II
MEDICAL CARE
 The government initiated temporary tent villages in the affected areas. The Diocesan Earthquake Relief Team was assigned an area at the Shawal (Najaf) camp where the Static Team is still engaged in extending medical cover care. The tent village consists of around 500 families. Recently the Diocesan Static Health Unit is was declared as one of the model clinics in the relief camps. Impressed with the quality of services, the Government health department has requested Diocesan Health Clinic to help the Government in extending special coverage to the TB patients of the area. The government will provide Lady Health Visitors and other necessary resources, while the Diocesan Static Clinic will manage the TB programme in the given area.

Inside the Diocesan Static Health Unit Shawal (Najaf) Balakot
The Diocese’s Mobile Health/Relief Unit is also active in the surrounding villages. Besides medical care, the Team also uncovers needs for shelter, food, health, and education. Above all, the Team approaches the victims, with a personal touch and pastoral care.

PHASE-III
REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION
The Diocese wants to extend full cooperation and help in the rehabilitation of the affected families, and in the reconstruction of their villages. It will provide decent shelters, health, education, clean water & sanitation, income generation, roads & communication, farming, livestock and poultry and support to the disabled. The entire emphasis will be to try and fully develop the affected community.

 Estimated implementation period
As the entire infrastructure has totally collapsed, the rehabilitation, and reconstruction process will continue for several years to bring back life in the affected areas. It is hoped that the Diocese of Peshawar, will extend its services for a period of five (5) to seven (7) years. This is, to give a proper shape to the efforts initiated, and to build up the confidence of the affected community.

Expected results of the intervention:

 

Almost all the hospital, educational institutions, houses of worship, houses, public and private offices, banks, shops, communication systems, farming livestock, and transportation systems have sustained significant damage. The human condition is worse   than the buildings. The earthquake has left many people without families, creating orphans, widows and the fatherless. Still many are frantically trying to find their loved ones.  The Diocese of Peshawar, Church of Pakistan is keen to see that the infrastructure of the devastated area is restored, and all people of God start living in dignified way.

 

 

 
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