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Staff pitch in to help more kids in Pakistan

Pakistan, June 19, 2009

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    Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps  </span>
    This picture is of the kids of five families living in a primary school which is away from the distribution points in Pakistan's Mardan District. Photo: Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps
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    Some of the items purchased for children by the Mercy Corps Pakistan staff. Photo: Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps
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    Loading the bags for delivery. Photo: Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps
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    Distributing the bags at a school. Photo: Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps
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    A boy receives a box colored markers. Photo: Shagufta Jeelani/Mercy Corps

On Saturday, we distributed bags and plastic sheets to 160 internally displaced people in six different locations in the Mardan District, where many of the 2.5 million IDPs are staying. These were items which we bought using nearly $4,000 in staff contributions. We have another 40 bags that will be distributed through emergency team this week.

The bags included something for the children. We distributed:

  • 75 girls bags containing one suit piece of six-meter cloth (as they can stitch by borrowing sewing machine from host family), one mosquito net, and one pair of shoes, a doll and molding clay.
  • 75 boys bags containing one suit piece of six-meter cloth, one mosquito net, one pair of shoes, a drawing book and colored pencils or crayons
  • 200 hundred plastic sheets
  • 300 hand fans (two for each family)

We also bought one pedestal fan for a family living in a school with four disabled brother and sisters. They could not even use hand fans, so we made a decision to provide them with a pedestal fan.

We collected money from staff in Islamabad, our Pakistan field offices and Portland to purchase and distribute these items.

Volunteers and community members helped us distribute the items. The emergency-response team requested them to prepare a list of those who are very needy and deserving. We distributed to those who were identified by the community and were on the list.

However, they were in need of so many other things that we requested community members and volunteers to prepare list of most deserving people in the community and also their three major needs at the moment. We will try to use the money remaining to buy those items.

I would like to thank the distribution team who helped in all stages including buying all these items from various places, packing, loading and then distribution. Thank you very much ‘Waqas, Asim, Raheel for all you help on each stage. Special thanks to Batool, Irshad Rana, Haji Qasim, Shabbir, Adeel, Zaheer, Munir, Saqib, Hishaam and Kazim for helping us in packing and distribution.

We are very thankful to all of you who contributed money and made it possible to help IDPs and proved that Mercy Corps Pakistan is a great team!