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Flood Relief Drive


United for Pakistan Flood Relief Drive is a campus-wide/city-wide coalition established by the Organization of Pakistani Students at Columbia University in collaboration with on-campus organizations such as (in alphabetical order) Ahimsa, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Club Zamana, CU Unicef, Hindu Student Organization, MSA, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated, and SIPA South Asia Association to act immediately to the devastation occurring in Pakistan due to massive flooding. The coalition builds on the success of an earlier initiative by Columbia students, who raised more than $17,000 and used it for distributing relief supplies through a local NGO. An account has been set up by Student Affairs Central Business Office (SACBO) to promote the entire University's full support of the initiative.

Our goal is threefold:

  • 1. Fundraise to reach our goal of $100,000. The beneficiary will be UN Emergency Response Fund and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • 2. Spark community involvement via inter-faith alliances, intellectual discussions, fundraisers and vigils.
  • 3. Remove the negative stigma and stereotypes surrounding Pakistan. We seek to educate the community that Pakistan is a country going through unimaginable levels of suffering and poverty and has been the victim of corruption and terrorism itself. We should be concerned about Pakistan's health as human beings first and foremost for the disaster is quickly unfolding into a long-term human tragedy.

 

Main project:
Volunteers fundraise at NYC/Long Island/NJ mosques, churches, synagogues, temples, restaurants, bazaars and other places of gathering throughout the fall semester to reach our goal of $100,000, starting 8/30.

How to get involved?
As an individual:
1. Sign up NOW to volunteer- we will send you an email with a schedule for shifts:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEJzUV9qYVp1RVpkb2tabjBIXzhPX2c6MQ
Flyers are available at:
http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~salman/pakistanflood/
2. Attend the facebook event and invite all your friends to volunteer too http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119044921477603&ref=ts
3. To be notified of other events/news information send your contact information to opsfloodrelief@gmail.com
4. If you cannot volunteer, text SWAT to 50555 to donate to UNHRC.


As a campus organization:
5. If you are a part of a campus faith group other than MSA and would like to be a part of our steering committee, please email your contact information and organization to opsfloodrelief@gmail.com


Ways to donate:

1. Cash. Attend our events to place cash in donation boxes.
2. Check
Checks should be made payable to Columbia University and include "Pakistan Relief" in the memo. Mail to:


Henna Mahmood
Columbia University
3442 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
* Henna is the President of the Organization of Pakistani Students

3. Online. Purchase a ticket online via Columbia’s TIC Center (will act as a PayPal account). All ticket sales aka donations will go straight to our account for the flood relief

Important statistics:
* Worst flooding in 80 years; an area the size of Italy submerged by floods
* Estimated 20 million people affected (more than one-eighth of country's population)
* Affected more people than Haiti quake, 2004 Asia tsunami, 2005 Pakistan quake combined
* More than 1,600 dead
* 6 million people in need of life-saving assistance (WHO)
* More than 200 hospitals and clinics destroyed
* Thousands of homes destroyed; thousands of acres of farmland uprooted

Why the disaster is escalating:
According to WHO fact sheet, floods can potentially increase the transmission of both water-borne and vector-borne communicable diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, hepatitis, malaria, dengue, dengue haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Fever. They also increase the number of snake bites.

 

Frequently asked questions:

Please follow this link.

 

Press:

Panelists Urge People to Donate to Pakistan Flood Victims

Pakistani student group raises funds, awareness

Student uses Facebook to raise money for Pakistan

Pakistani students bring aid from New York

 

Acknowledgments:

SIPA Student Association

 


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