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South Asia Earthquake Relief

On October 8, 2005 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, killed over 86,000 people and left over 3.3 million survivors homeless. The region of Kashmir was the most devastated area affected and left towns in splinters and killed thousands of Pakistanis. The aftermath of this earthquake was just as heart-wrenching as weather and rocky terrain delayed relief efforts and approaching winter months threaten hundreds of thousands more trying to survive without shelter.

 

Humanity First Approach

Humanity First USA immediately collaborated with sister organizations in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Pakistan to setup up relief camps. Teams of doctors, neurosurgeons, nurses, and pediatricians gathered in Kashmir to provide emergency medical relief services for the earthquake victims.

Results

  • Humanity first sent volunteer doctors from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland, Pakistan, USA, and the UK to Pakistan to provide medical relief to over 50,000 earthquake victims
  • In Muzaffarabad, over 25,000 patients were treated
  • In Bagh, over 22,000 patients were seen and treated
  • To date over 21,000 earthquake victims were served meals with up to 2,200 hot meals served daily
  • Humanity First worked in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies, international governments, and individual donors to provide victims with medicines, hospital equipment, satellite phones, and electricity
  • Thousands of tents, blankets, clothing items, and medical supplies were collected and distributed to the victims of the earthquake along with survival kits, aqua boxes, ration packets, crutches, walking aids, wheelchairs, and patient bed lifts for a total of over 286 tons of aid
  • Temporary shelters were provided to over 27,580 people through tents and alternate temporary housing

Next Steps

Humanity First is committed to staying in the region until Pakistan is once again rebuilt by pursuing shelters that, unlike tents, will provide “long-term” housing for earthquake victims.

 

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Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.

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92% Return on Investment

Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.

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