Homes for Pakistan’s flood survivors

CRS will help 2600 families in the north and 22,000 families in the south build transitional shelters. Photo by Maria Josephine Wijiastuti / CRS

Caritas is working in Pakistan through national member Caritas Pakistan, and Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands), Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), and CRS (a Caritas member based in the US). As Pakistan struggle to recover after the summer’s devastating floods, CRS has committed to help 2,600 families in the north and 22,000 families build transitional shelters in a southern area called Sindh. As of early November 2010, almost 250 households in Sindh had been helped.

CRS’s Maria Josephine Wijiastuti filed the following report from Pakistan.

Haran Dhanglo and her husband are farmers who work for a landlord in Noor Mohammad village, which was badly affected by the August 2010 flood. When the flood hit, she and her family moved away for two months. With their three children, they lived in tents with her neighbors and other people who were evacuated.

“It was really a difficult life, but we had no choice,” she says. “The flood washed away our homes and our villages—we lost everything. Now that the water has receded, my family has returned to the village.”

CRS gave Haran, her family and eligible villagers construction materials like bamboo poles, plastic tarps, palm mats, rubber tubes, ropes and timber so they can build shelter that is durable, comfortable and safe. As CRS moved into the recovery phase of the flood response, staff and partners built a demo shelter that villagers used as a guide as they constructed their own temporary homes.

“This shelter program is excellent; shelter is our most urgent need right now, ” says Haran. “I like this shelter. It’s our new home. With the help of family and laborers, we were able to build it in two days. We still have many needs, but this is a good start.”

Haran was grateful to CRS and our partners for visiting her family and providing them with helpful tips on the construction process.

“My family and community here are still facing a big challenge as we try to rebuild our lives, but these shelters give us new hope.”

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