That's the situation in Pakistan right now - at least 1/5 of the country is underwater. Will we come through for Pakistan the way we did for Haiti? Not comparing disasters here, but Dkos has been so generous in the past, and the situation in Pakistan is unbelievably dire. Can we make the life-or-death needs of the Pakistani people a daily topic here? Start a ShelterBox drive? Give whatever we can - even 5 or 10 dollars would add up quickly here. According to the NYT, donations are lagging, in part because of a negative attitude toward Pakistan.
I'll put more info below the fold, but here are some links right away:
• Text "SWAT" to 50555 to donate $10 immediately (endorsed by Hillary Clinton)
• UNICEF Clean Water Campaign
Flood Map from ReliefWeb.int
This diary is carrying on from diaries posted by Laughing Planet and boatsie and others, particularly because the mainstream media is not giving this disaster sustained attention and because of the urgent need for more donations to provide clean water and food.
Here are some places running campaigns for Pakistan right now!
• Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontiers MSF
(Waterborne diseases are coming; children will die disproportionately)
• Save the Children's Pakistan Children in Emergency Fund
• British Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal
• CONCERN Emergency Appeal
"Waves of flood must be met with waves of support from the world." - Ban Ki Moon
Another link, from Laughing Planet, of a local Pakistani organization:
Greg (Three Cups of Tea, Stones Into Schools) Mortnenson's non-profit (CAI) recommends supporting a local (Pakistani) group to which donations will likely have a large, immediate, and lasting impact-
Healing Development Foundation
(800) 705 1310
From their page about the flooding:
HDF is committed to work towards relief and reconstruction efforts in flood affected HDF program areas including Mardan and Tandoo Muhammad Khan. HDF already has the existing infrastructure and a team of trained employees and volunteers in place. Currently there is need for basic necessities like tents, blankets, cooking sets, utility containers, soap and bedding as well as, basic healthcare.