Millions of Afghans suffered hardships as refugees caused by the Sovjet invasion during the 1980's. This caused the beginning of the work of Shelter Now.
Since that time people had to face extreme sudden hardships again and again
Such situations cannot be forseen. We try - if possible - to have some funds available to be able to react quickly if an emergency situation occurs.
Like in North-Irak-Kurdistan these months.
Wars and natural catastrophes again and again causepeople to leave their homes. They may save their lives, but find themselves in huge camps - many times without any support. The local authorities are normally unable to cope the situation and ask us for help.
In October 8th in a huge region of Northern Pakistan the earth shook. More than 86,000 people lost their lives, 3.5 Million are suddenly homeless, whole villages were extinguished. Time is close to winter. We work day and night saving lives of as many as possible, distribute blankets, tents, food, material for simple houses to about 100,000 people. Later - until 2010 - we build 20 earthquake resistant schools.
Over night comes the water overflooding whole villages, ripping people, animals, houses and covers a fifth of Pakistan after a few weeks. Millions of affecties lost everything but the clothes on their bodies. They urgently need food, clean water, household items, ... We start distributing warm meals and water purifying tablets. Later the people get cooking and eating items, waterfilters, beds, new clothes, and material to rebuild their homes - flood resistant.
Situations like these are normally not forseeable. If possible we try to keep some funds ready to be able to react quickly in those emeergency cases.
Caused by the still ongoing terrorist harrassments thousands of families had to flee. Again and again about 500 unto 2,000 such new approaching families are lingering in Kandahar in several camps. As there's no other organization able to assist them, we distribute food to these desperate people and build wells for drinking water.
Autumn/Winter 2017/2018: With financial help from a donor organization we were able to assist 1.000 refugee families with food ditributions.
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