It's not getting any better. The monsoon flooding in Pakistan now threatens 3.5 million children with water-borne diseases, according to the UN. The Voice of America reports that "The U.N. has launched an appeal for $460 million, but charities say the response has been sluggish, with only 20 percent of the goal being met so far."
Aid is flowing into Pakistan, but problems in distribution are creating problems and more desperation among survivors. Clean water is the most obvious need.
Although governments must take the lead in providing the bulk of aid, we can help by supporting the UN efforts and those of a myriad of NGOs working in the area. Some obvious places to check out for your donation are:
- The UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency). You can donate at the agency's website and also you can quickly donate by text. Just text the word SWAT to 50555 to give $10.
- International Rescue Committee
- World Food Programme. Text the word AID to 27722 to give $10
By all means, if you have a favorite organization that works internationally, check to see if it is helping in Pakistan and then support it. Having a history with an organization is the best way to know that your funds are safe and effective.
For more organizations that you might support, see our earlier blog post that lists many resources and ways to donate.
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