In Pakistan, food insecurity and chronic hunger insecurity are rife across vulnerable communities. Due to a lack of regular, nutritious meals, many children die before they reach their fifth birthday. Malnourished children often develop health issues and physical disabilities as a result of stunted growth. Malnutrition is particularly frightening for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who risk exposing their babies to illnesses and infections if they themselves are undernourished.
The South Asian country also has a water crisis. Over 80% of the population faces severe water scarcity, while 79 million people do not have access to a proper toilet. This forces millions of people to drink contaminated water instead- which is a huge health hazard.
Additionally, Pakistan is the third-largest country where people practice open defecation. This can cause the spread of illnesses like bacterial infections, especially among menstruating girls and women.
With so many people struggling to access safe drinking water and clean sanitation facilities, this makes the population more susceptible to deadly diseases such as cholera, typhoid and polio.
Poor hygiene also contaminates food supplies, causes low school attendance, and increases the risk of assault on girls and women who have no option but to relieve themselves outside.
Humanitarian crisis in Pakistan
In the summer of 2022, the unprecedented monsoon rainfall caused catastrophic floods to ravage Pakistan. This natural disaster has created a critical public health emergency in the country.
The flooding has:
- submerged 1/3 of the country underwater- and it will take months for the floodwaters to recede.
- claimed the lives of over 1,700 people and injured thousands.
- pushed millions of people to the brink of poverty.
- displaced tens of thousands of people and forced them to flee their homes and neighbourhoods.
- polluted water sources and destroyed water supply lines, forcing people to drink contaminated water.
- destroyed villages, homes, buildings, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and places of worship.
- washed away hectares and hectares of farmland, along with crops and livestock.
- left millions of people without their incomes, their livelihoods and assets.
- caused widespread shortages of food and essential supplies such as warm clothing.
- left millions of people without urgent medication, medical treatment and essential medical supplies.
- caused the spread of dangerous diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dengue fever and malaria.
- disrupted the education of children, young people and students.
- resulted in widespread open defecation, due to a lack of sanitation facilities.
- caused huge losses and damages to the agriculture sector.
- resulted in high inflation, which is disproportionately impacting the poor.
- hiked up food prices.
- increased public debt.
As you can see, the 2022 floods have had extremely devastating consequences across Pakistan.
Research has found that the global climate crisis helped drive the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan.
Pakistan is responsible for less than 1% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, yet the country is one of the worst affected by climate change.
Now, the people of Pakistan are bearing the brunt, as the floods have left millions of lives in absolute ruin and despair.
That is why we at Zohra Foundation believe it is important to show solidarity with Pakistan, by donating to the people who need our urgent help during this humanitarian crisis.
How is Zohra Foundation helping needy people in Pakistan?
Here at Zohra Foundation, we have made it our mission to help the needy in Pakistan. We provide urgent medical care, food and shelter to elderly and poor people in Pakistan.
We also support dementia patients and orphans, and we run free eye camps.
Following the summer 2022 floods, the team at Zohra Foundation have been distributing cooked meals, clean water, kitchen utensils, tents and hygiene kits to address the immediate needs of the people affected.
Zohra Foundation relies on donations from supporters to fund this emergency aid for the people who urgently need our help.
Donate to the Zohra Foundation Pakistan Flood Appeal today – so that the affected people in Pakistan can move forward and restore some normality in their lives.
Every penny helps- your donations will feed people who have no food, no shelter and no money to support themselves and their families.
Yes. All projects at Zohra Foundation are Zakat eligible. In the last six years, we have saved the lives of thousands of vulnerable people across Pakistan through our free medical treatment and sponsorship programmes.
You can choose to make a one-off donation or donate on a monthly basis.
In a Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was asked what the best deeds are. He said: “To bring happiness to a believer, to satisfy his hunger, to clothe his nakedness, or to fulfil his needs.”
This beautiful Hadith shows you the importance of giving to charity- it allows you to earn great rewards, increase blessings in your life, and safeguard yourself on the Day of Resurrection.
Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) is also an act which is very pleasing to God. The Messenger of Allah said: “When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him.”
Therefore, Sadaqah Jariyah is an excellent way to reap countless rewards for years to come. It is a truly impactful gesture, as it makes a huge difference for vulnerable communities.
Your Sadaqah Jariyah can help support multiple generations of a needy family, to help with their health, hunger and hygiene needs.
By supporting Zohra Foundation as part of your Sadaqah or Zakat, you will be saving the life of someone in need and fulfilling your Islamic duty to care for elders and the poor.
Click here to view the Zakat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and find out more.
Zohra Foundation relies on donations from supporters to fund this emergency aid for the people who urgently need our help in this devastating humanitarian crisis.
Donate here today, so that the affected people in Pakistan can move forward and restore some normality in their lives.
You can choose to make a one-off donation or donate on a monthly basis. By supporting Zohra Foundation with your Zakat and Sadaqah, you will be saving the life of someone in need and fulfilling your Islamic duty to care for elders.