Pakistan

Pass the Plate

Ramadan 2020

Every year Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of families, they will not get the chance to spend this spiritual time in a warm home with nutritious food to break their fast.

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years of operations. – UN

Refugees and displaced people are the most vulnerable people on the planet, suffering daily without sufficient housing, access to medicine, doctors, food, or clean water. As the crisis worsens, more and more people are depending on humanitarian agencies like UMR to fill the gaps.

Each year during Ramadan, UMR delivers food packages filled with nutritious items such as beans, rice, flour, oil, canned goods, and more to reach people that have absolutely nothing. We have spoken with families begging for help, telling our field staff that without these resources, they will die.

Me and my children are fasting. What will we eat to break our fast? My children are begging me for food and water!

This Ramadan, these families desperately need your help. Please #PassThePlate to a child in need!

Where We Are Working

Lebanon Kenya
Jordan Somalia
Yemen Sudan
Palestine Pakistan
Bangladesh USA

What We Are Providing

Food Baskets

UMR delivers food packages containing items such as rice, flour, sugar, oil, beans, lentils, tomato paste, pasta, bread, and canned goods.

Water & Sanitation

In addition, we will be building water wells in Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya to ensure that some of the poorest communities are able to find clean drinking water, and prevent the spread of diseases.

Orphan Protection

Children are some of the most vulnerable among these already struggling communities. That is why UMR prioritizes the safety and well-being of children and orphans by providing them with healthcare, education, nutrition and a chance at a future.

Iftars

Each year UMR hosts iftar dinners throughout the month of Ramadan. Last year we were able to serve thousands of people in Yemen and Gaza with warm, nutritious meals.

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Pakistan Child Protection

Pakistan is dubbed as one of the next eleven countries with ‘economic potential’, however with its ongoing political and security concerns, the country has seen a decline with almost a quarter of the population living under a $1 a day. Majority of whom are women and children. Millions of primary aged going children are dropping out of school, and do not have access to quality education and instead are being forced into child labour. Areas within South Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan are heavily populated with people living under the poverty line with very minimum access to basic essentials such as food, clean water and shelter. Pakistan has also been affected by ongoing climate changes with heavy floods and earthquakes destroying millions of homes and leaving many more displaced and living on the streets.

UMR’s child protection mechanism in Pakistan aimed to strengthen economic opportunities for children and their families. Through Child Protection Program UMR Provided Monthly Based Cash Assistance to the 100 Orphan Children and Families Helped them to have Access to the Basic Needs and Paved the Way for 8850 boys and girls to gain Education.  UMR, in partnerships with Takhleeq Foundation, contacted with local social leaders, local mosques, local school teacher, community leader and also the women councilors in Taluka Mirpur Sakro, Gharo and Dgabe jee of District Thatta as they are catalysts for community change in this area and know very well to address the needs of the children in their communities. All children are registered & selected based on objective criteria that establish their need and their ability to benefit from the program.

Pakistan Water Wells

Absolute inequalities are greatest in countries with the largest spread between the richest and the poorest, such as Pakistan for hygiene.1 Despite the access of 91% to improved water sources, but 88% of the water supplied is unsafe.2 Pakistan is running out of fresh water at a high rate, it’s anticipated that it is likely to suffer a shortage of 31 million acre-feet of water by 2025. The shortfall will be devastating for a country with an agriculture-based economy. Approximately 95 % of fresh water is utilized for irrigation, and yet the country is achieving a lower per acre crop production. In addition, nearly 70% of Pakistan’s population is directly or indirectly associated with agriculture, which accounts for 26 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP).

Furthermore, the majority of the 25 million people not using a toilet live in poor rural households or insecure urban informal settlements.3 This makes them the most difficult to reach. Exponential population growth in Pakistan has also dramatically changed the calculus of water demand, resulting in a reduced water availability per capita. The shortage of access to clean drinking water is becoming grave concern in Pakistan where many health problems are caused by water not meeting the basic needs of people either because of scarcity or contamination. UMR works closely with poor rural villages in order to address this equity problem as well as accelerate the rural communities to catch up with their 2030 SDG targets.

UMR’s funded project has delivered 93 modified shallow wells, open surface wells, and shallow wells to approximately 393,000 rural beneficiaries. More than 10,000 Women, Children and Elders Accessed to the Clean Water by Construction of Deep Water Wells under Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Pakistan.

Below are most common examples of beneficiary feedback, indicative of general living conditions of the recipient population:

1. Hardships of in Getting Clean Drinking Water (Heat + Long Distance)

  • Context: Tando Muhammad Khan District is a district in the southern part of Sindh province in Pakistan. Summers are the hottest in Tando Muhammad khan. Due to climatic change there have been drought in Tando Muhammad khan due to which day to day activities have become unattainable. The poor community of TM KHAN had already submitted applications to Muslim Aid Pakistan Field Office for providing safe drinking water. The humanitarian team constituted a committee for conducting the survey to confirm the place and community concerns for which the applications are received. Muslim Aid Pakistan Humanitarian team scrutinized the applications and gave the priority for the most deserve one. After the survey we hired a vendor along with labours and a digging machine. We monitored and evaluated the work regularly until completion.
  • Testimony: The resident of Tando Muhammad khan expressed with gratitude that providing clean drinking water to the poor community is really praiseworthy services. He also added that before execution of this well the people were facing many hardships in getting clean drinking water by walking miles away and also there had been many problems.
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