Joyous Eid ul Adha in Flooded Sindh

07 Nov, 2011

The IKF has been active in the distribution of essential food items for the last two months following the latest flooding in Sindh. This morning, on the last leg of the food relief operation, the IKF team reached Village Jammu Nuhani in District Tando Mohammad Khan, to join the villagers there, who are just beginning to emerge from this latest flood.

The field team has gone a little beyond the call of duty this Eid holiday, and elected to ensure that the neediest and most underprivileged of the villagers the IKF has provided relief to can celebrate with a small measure of happiness and dignity. The relief comes in the form of 4 heads of cattle, to be sacrificed and then distributed by the Youth Village Volunteers in not just their own villages but also neighbouring flood affected villages.

Normally, village communities pool their resources and arrange for the sacrifice of animals at Eid themselves. However, given that they are only now beginning to emerge from the flood waters, it became incumbent on the IKF to intervene with this small token of appreciation for their perseverance through the most adverse circumstances. Asif, one of our volunteers in the village told us that, “The people of the village had raised just enough money to arrange for the sacrifice of 3 goats. Now, thanks to the cattle provided by the IKF, every villager will be able to partake in the celebration.”

With the advent of Eid, the IKF’s province wide food relief program is at an end. In total, the IKF has provided 1-3 weeks of ration to almost 350,000 people in 210 villages across 11 districts of Sindh, from Ghotki in the north to Badin in the south. Going forward, the IKF is set to begin the rehabilitation of the villages by providing seed to farmers whose land is free from water. The variety of seed to be provided will be based largely on the feedback from our village volunteers, who are also playing an important role in the assessment process. Concurrently, the IKF is working on providing access to safe drinking water to flood affected villages in Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar and Tando Mohammad Khan. Stay tuned for further developments.

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