Severe flooding in Pakistan began July 29, but the emergency is ongoing. Aid organizations have been there from the beginning, but newscasts throughout the month of August reported that many people were having trouble getting assistance.
CNN reported in mid-August that the number of Pakistanis needing urgent help is twice the number of Haitians who needed help after the earthquake there.
They also reported that donations for Pakistan were merely trickling in, in comparison to the response to the Haiti earthquake.
I give to Mercy Corps, an organization headquartered in Portland, both for regular giving and extra, disaster-related giving. I’ve already given for Pakistan, and can’t give more right now, so I thought I would try to multiply my giving by harnessing technology to ask others to donate as well.
Why MercyCorps? They don’t just provide immediate relief; they also help people to become self-sustaining again. For instance, in Haiti, Mercy Corps provided water to those in need, but they also set up a program to help people purchase water from local vendors, which helps support the local economy (read “Building capacity in Haiti, one community at a time” for more information).
I’ve set up a personal fundraising page through Mercy Corps, where you can give online. You can also mail a check to Mercy Corps, PO Box 2669, Dept W,
Portland OR 97208-2669.
I don’t get anything for doing this. There are no prizes or incentives. I just want to help. How about you?