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Pakistan flood relief still stalled

December 10, 2010

We’ve talked before here at SAPP about how the Pakistan flood relief efforts have not been as successful as other disaster relief efforts.  The story continues with a recent report in USA Today:

U.S. groups raised $48.7 million [for Pakistan flood relief], according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.  That compares poorly with fundraising measured after five weeks for Hurricane Katrina ($1.9 billion), 9/11 ($1.1 billion), the tsunami ($900 million) and the Haiti earthquake ($900 million), says Patrick Rooney, the center’s executive director.

“It’s a huge difference,” and a major reason is political, he says.  Americans are concerned about terrorism and “negative images of Pakistan as an incubator, or a place that has tolerated the Taliban and other terrorists,” he says.

That disparity seems so huge!  I wonder what some of our South Asian readers think about this.  Does our community have more of a responsibility to fill in the gap?

Some good news on the Pakistan front though – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced $750,000 in grants for Pakistan, including:

$250,000 to Oxfam America in support of recovery-phase activities in the areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as well as agriculture livelihoods; $100,000 to BRAC USA for its emergency WASH activities such as the digging of new wells and the construction of latrines; $100,000 to the International Medical Corps for the provision of emergency medical treatment and distribution of emergency medicines and hygiene supplies; and $150,000 to Merlin USA in support of the organization’s malaria treatment and prevention programs.

(Hat tip again to Philanthropy News Digest on both of these items.)

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