Flood Effectees And Role Of NGOs

By: Zubair Ali Kalhoro

Pakistan experienced super flood in 2010, which inundated a large area causing loss of billions of rupees to agriculture, infrastructure and also loss of human lives, 

It was heavy task and the only government could not meet the requirement of rescue, relief and rehabilitation. Hence NGOs entered the field.

NGO started several projects right after the disaster which included WFTC, SARP, and a project that is still working is USAID. It was started on June 20. NGO is getting help from the government (NADRA).

It firstly provides NICs to the flood effectees, and later the NGO help the people who really deserve it by providing them food, rashan cards, clothes and shelter.

Free providence of food shelter and basic necessities for the needy people in a way surely gives them chance to lead a better life, but simultaneouslty makes them lazy and destruct their self respect.

One feels better to stay in a camp and wait for the distribution of food, rather than earning something on his own. NGOs therefore make them to rebuild their houses, and pay them for it. This keeps in them a hope to do something for their own self and family.

Also it keeps them busy at work. The NGOs are even providing the material to build their homes.

Besides the physical destruction, the disasterous flood has affected the psyche of people. They badly lack in confidence, that they can lead a prosperous life as earlier.

This hopelessness is turning the situation even worst. Other than meeting the material requirements, one thing is really necessary that the flood effectees need to have, that is the self confidence and proper guidance for rehabilitation. Many of the NGOs are conducting workshop to counsel the people and bring them back to life.