I’m really having a restful vacation with my family right now but felt this was too important and took a few hours today to help the ODW team in Seattle launch the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund.
Like many others, I’ve completely underestimated the severity of the flooding situation:
On July 21st, Pakistan began experiencing extreme flooding due to heavy rains and monsoons, causing rivers to breach capacity and entire villages to become submerged. Now, it’s estimated that nearly 1/5 of the entire country is underwater.
This natural disaster is affecting nearly 20 million people – more than the Haiti Earthquake AND 2004 Asia Tsunami combined…
Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, after his visit shared these words:
“This has been a heart-wrenching day for me…I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past, I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”
The ODW team spent this entire week researching, analyzing, emailing, and vetting and we’ve chosen to partner with World Vision and KASHF (Pakistan based). We’ve set an initial goal of trying to raise $20,000 to aid in the relief efforts and we’re personally donating $5,000 in that effort.
It’s not much but my family and I also donated $65 to the campaign which is the amount of a relief package that includes food, water, medicine, etc. $65 will sustain a Pakistani family for an entire month…
Three ways you can help:
- Spread the word. Can you share the Relief Fund on your FB or Twitter?
- Get your church involved.
[Pastors/Church leaders: Will you consider partnering with us this Sunday or an upcoming Sunday by donating 5% or 10% of your offering to ODW’s Pakistan Relief Fund?]