45,000 Farmers Benefit from Flood Relief 2014
20 Jan, 2015
The Imran Khan Foundation has successfully concluded its Rs. 150 Million Flood Relief Program in the 7 worst hit districts of Punjab (Sialkot, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Jhang, Chiniot, Multan & Muzaffargarh) and 3 districts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (Haveli, Rawalakot & Bagh).
Nearly 45,000 acres of most severely damaged cultivable land belonging to the neediest farmers have been restored through the provision of high quality wheat seed. The variety distributed was Faisalabad 2008. In addition, the IKF has also distributed emergency relief items in these areas; including tents, food hampers and access to basic healthcare facilities through Mobile Health Units (referred to as MHUs).
6 MHUs have worked in the worst flood affected areas; providing door-to-door basic health care service to the poorest and the most deserving citizens of the flood stricken areas. An average of 1500 patients were treated each day in the aforementioned 8 areas in the months of October, November and December. The average cost per patient was Rs.250; an remarkably low figure considering the high-quality healthcare facilities that were provided to the affected individuals.
The aforementioned activities ensured that the two-fold vision that we at the foundation work to achieve in the post-disaster environment; to build local capacity to cope with disasters and to ensure that whatever relief work we do creates a positive social impact in the longer term . Both of these objectives were achieved through our Seed Program.
In essence, we have facilitated the flood affected communities to receive relief through their own communities (IKF Service Delivery localized) with dignity. Most importantly, 45,000 farmers and their families have, as a result of this program, been saved from slipping into generational poverty.