Pakistan’s geographical location makes it vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The floods are made worse by the country’s extreme deforestation and are leading to more frequent emergencies. Caritas is at the frontline of the humanitarian response to relieve the suffering of Pakistan’s poor who are otherwise being pushed deeper into poverty.
Caritas Pakistan distributes food, kitchen utensils, quilts, bed sheets and pillows alongside 4 international Caritas member organisations who work in the country. To prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes and dirty water, Caritas gives soap, antiseptic, detergent and bed nets to families. It sets up free medical camps and runs hygiene sessions on how to avoid becoming ill.
Pakistan’s villagers also need longer-term help to keep rebuilding their lives following protracted crises. Although some donors are showing fatigue in responding to Pakistan’s crises, Caritas gives out seeds and fertilizers, helps farmers prepare their land in time for the next growing season and vaccinates surviving livestock. It wants flood victims to become self-sufficient once more.