Few westerners know rural Pakistan more intimately than Greg Mortenson. Since his 1993 climb on K2, Greg has established the Central Asia Institute and done over 30 trips to set up schools in remote mountain villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Two days back, we asked Greg to recommend nonprofits who he has seen working in the area. Here's from Greg:
<b>What you dont see and seldom hear about</b>
"We're receiving hundreds of calls and email from people wanting to help in Pakistan. People all over the world really do care, even though they have been rocked by all the catastrophic events of the last year."<cutoff>
"The TV news is mostly focused in the urban areas of Islamabad, Muzzafarabad, Balakot, and surrounding towns. What you dont see and seldom hear about are the hundreds of small villages in the rugged Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains that have been buried in subsequent landslides, rockfall, mud, and torrents of water. Its will take weeks and months to ascertain the full impact of this catastrophic event in these remote areas."
<b>Pakistan Army and Frontier Works Organization FWO</b>
"I've compiled a list of a few USA registered nonprofits who we know or have seen working in the area. These organizations qualify for tax-deductible contributions. This list is not inclusive."
"By far the biggest, effective force to deliver relief, put in bridges and build roads, set up water systems and electricity is the Pakistan Army and also the Frontier Works Organization FWO (which builds and repairs roads), which is a paramilitary unit."
"Pakistan has over 100,000 troops already based in Azad Kashmir along the Line Of Control (LOC) war zone between India and Pakistan, and already has dispatched two more divisions (12,000 troops) to the area. Pakistans military are well disciplined, respected by the people, and many are from the affected areas."
<b>Roads = Relief</b>
"Media reports have sometimes criticized the Pakistan Army and the governments slow response, however, there is a massive effort by the Army and FWO to clear roads and open bridges to the area that are crucial to get any significant aid in at all. Roads = Relief. The storm and rains for the first three days after the earthquake, which slowed down helicopters and aircraft did not help the problem."
"It is important to note that in the last 15 years, over 65,000 civilians in the LOC areas were killed in the ongoing war and border dispute between India and Pakistan. Why is it that nothing was done politically in the last decade to address this human disaster?"
<b>$10 or 20 goes a long ways</b>
"With other recent disasters like Katrina, the Tsunami and ongoing war in Iraq, it is difficult for some to appreciate the immensity of this disaster. Even if you cannot contribute much, $ 10 or 20 goes a long ways. Please consider supporting any organization below, or others on the ground in Azad Kashmir. Please also take a few minutes to encourage your Senator or Congress Representative to act decisively and immediately provide Pakistan with significant funds to get the ball rolling before winter sets in."
"What is inspiring and amazing is that many of the people who were worst hit by the earthquake did not wait around for help to arrive. Despite the sight and stench of hundreds of dead bodies, a lack of medical supplies, no food or drinking water, they bravely began to shovel out debri themselves and carry heavy loads over mountain trails to get in relief supplies. Most survivors also continue to respect their holy Ramadhan season, and fast from around 4:20 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the true essence of the human spirit to have faith, survive, and not give up in the face of adversity."
"Thanks for your prayers, interest and contributions which make a big difference."
Central Asia Institute
Web <a href="http://www.ikat.org" target="_new"> www.ikat.org</a>
USA registered nonprofits working in Pakistan earthquake area (not inclusive)
Islamic Relief USA
1919 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
Phone 818 238-9520
Fax 818 238-9521
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a href="http://www.irw.org" target="_new"> www.irw.org</a>
Already providing emergency tents, food, water and medicine. On the ground with expertise in working in Azad Kashmir. Well respected and accepted by local people. The USA office can take IRS tax-deductible donations.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
Phone 212 551-3000
Fax 212 551-3185
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.theirc.org"> www.theirc.org</a>
Founded by Albert Einstein in 1933, works in 25 countries affected by war, disaster and resettlement. In Pakistan, provides food, milk, water, blankets and tents, and medical relief. IRC has worked here before, and has expertise in natural disasters and emergencies.
Direct Relief International (DRI)
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone 805 964-4767
Fax 805 681-4838
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.directrelief.org"> www.directrelief.org</a>
Founded in 1948. Direct Relief furnished an initial supply of $200,000 worth of emergency medical supplies in response to the Pakistan earthquake.
PO Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669
Phone 503 796 6800
Fax 504 796 6844
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.mercycorps.org"> www.mercycorps.org</a>
Central Asia Institute
PO Box 7209
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone 406 585 7841
Fax 406 585 5302
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.ikat.org"> www.ikat.org</a>
Twelve years experience in northern Pakistan mountain villages. Small, but effective on the ground, works mostly in remote mountain regions, with focus on girls education. Disaster aid focused on long term support of schoolchildren impacted by earthquake with temporary tents and supplies to continue education.
American Red Cross
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone 202 303-4498
Donation 800 435-7669
Web <a target="_new" href ="http://www.redcross.org"> www.redcross.org</a>
In partnership with the Red Crescent Society, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross Society, which is on the ground providing medical care, tents, food and shelter.
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.unicefusa.org"> www.unicefusa.org</a>
On the ground, currently providing medical care
26 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone 617 482-1211
Fax 617 728-2594
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href ="http://www.oxfamamerica.org"> www.oxfamamerica.org</a>
Based out of UK, but USA office can take IRS tax-deductible donations. Extensive experience with disaster areas in region. Oxfam will send 60,000 tents and 300,000 blankets immediately to Pakistan.
International Medical Corps (IMC)
1919 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone 310 826-7800
Fax 310 442-6622
Email <a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.imcworldwide.org"> www.imcworldwide.org</a>
Provides emergency medical care, deployed five medical teams five teams to
Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone 800 736-3467
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.catholicrelief.org"> www.catholicrelief.org</a>
Founded in 1943 by Catholic Bishops of America,
Aga Khan Foundation USA
1825 K Street, NW, Suite # 901
Washington, DC 20006
Phone 888 253-9255
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.akdn.org"> www.akdn.org</a>
Primary area of service is through its disaster relief agency FOCUS Humanitarian, which provides tents, food, drinking water and community mobilization to disaster areas.
88 Hamilton Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone 800 486-4357
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.americares.org"> www.americares.org</a>
Preparing to fly in medical supplies and more in partnership with Islamic Relief.
Baptist World Aide
405 North Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone 703 790-8980
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.bwanet.org/bwaid"> www.bwanet.org/bwaid</a>
Provided ten Bulgarian earthquake specialists and two dogs for rescue work.
P.O. Box 1870
Merrifield, VA 22116
Phone 800 521-2273
Web <a target="_new" href="http://www.care.org"> www.care.org</a>
CARE teams are on the scene preparing to provide emergency aid kits consisting of shelters, blankets, food, water and basic medical supplies
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