The Way Forward

FLOODS 2022

Two-thirds of Pakistan is submerged under water. Water that continues to swell, breaking embankments and sweeping entire villages away. People are struggling. They have no access to food or any kind of shelter. In 10 to 15 days, another rain system will hit Pakistan. There really is no time left.

In line with our vision to provide relief and rehabilitation to people in distress, Dawn Relief has initiated relief operations in those villages in Balochistan that have been worst-hit by floods.

We are concentrating on Lasbela District of Balochistan — one of the worst affected areas. We have provided people in Uthal Tehsil with non-perishable food items and water, and are now focusing on Bela Tehsil.

We are providing flood-hit families with:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Drinking water
  • Essential medicine

Given the unstable weather conditions, this is the need of the hour — ensuring survival. Once the waters start to recede, we will move to the reconstruction phase.

We aim to replicate these efforts across the country, after which we will initiate our Home and School Reconstruction Programme which we implemented previously in Azad Kashmir, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

DONATE

1) Send a cheque or money order to:

DawnRelief, c/o Irfan ul Haq, DawnRelief, Haroon House, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Karachi 74500

2) Donate via bank transfer:

  • Account title: Dawn Relief Earthquake Welfare Organisation
  • National Bank of Pakistan
  • Account number: 4000373293
  • IBAN: PK81NBPA0223004000373293
  • SWIFT code: NBPAPKKA

For more information, please call Irfan ul Haq at (021)3561-3115 or e-mail [email protected]during regular business hours.

ABOUT

Dawn Relief, officially known as the Dawn Relief Earthquake Welfare Organisation, was established in October 2005 by The Dawn Media Group, Pakistan’s leading news media group. The Group traces its history back to 1947, when Mr Mohammad Ali Jinnah founded Dawn newspaper in Karachi.

Dawn Relief is registered under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance 1961 as a non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary social welfare organisation.

The objectives of Dawn Relief are to provide relief and rehabilitation to people affected by natural and man-made disasters in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. The vision is to encourage affected communities to participate in a process of renewal conducive to establishing a sustainable leap in their quality of life.

In 2016, Dawn Relief received the prestigious 2016: CSR Award by the National Forum for Environment & Health for its rehabilitation and reconstruction initiatives in Azad Kashmir and throughout Pakistan.

Office Bearers

  • Amber Haroon Saigol
  • Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani
  • Hameed Haroon
  • Fahim Zaman Khan
  • Shabbir Gangat
  • Nadeer Contractor
  • Shakeel Masud Hussain
  • Sabeen Ghani

OUR JOURNEY

We have been rebuilding lives for over 15 years, and extended relief efforts to affected people across Pakistan.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir

2005

Immediately after the October 8, 2005 earthquake, Dawn Relief set up four Tent Villages in Hattian Bala Tehsil in District Muzaffarabad (one of the areas most severely affected by the earthquake), and provided shelter to 8,500 men, women and children from 18 villages for nearly a year.

Since then, Dawn Relief has been implementing an extensive rehabilitation, programme in Hattian Bala, and so far our home and school reconstruction programme has seen the completion of 166 prefabricated homes and seven schools.

On November 3, 2007, in recognition of the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work undertaken by Dawn Relief in Hattian Bala, Azad Kashmir, the people of Karthama requested that their village be officially renamed Haroonabad. The name Haroonabad was chosen in recognition of the services of Haji Sir Abdullah Haroon during the Pakistan Movement and the creation of Pakistan, and to honour the media organisation founded by his heirs in furtherance of his mission.

The vision at Dawn Relief is to bring a quantitative and qualitative change in the standard of living of the people in Hattian Bala by providing technical and material support that will reenergise the community and provide them with skills to take advantage of these emerging opportunities.


The earthquake in Balochistan

2008

In October 2008, when an earthquake struck Balochistan, Dawn Relief provided aid and support to men, women and children located in the Kachch Fateh Khan, Momezam Killi, Kala Chaua and Torshor areas of Ziarat District, by trucking relief goods that included tents, bedding, blankets, dry food and jackets.


The humanitarian crisis in Swat

2009

In May 2009 in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis caused by the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from the Swat and the Malakand regions of North Pakistan, Dawn Relief set up a camp in Labour Colony, Mardan, which provided 3,953 displaced people from Swat and Buner, with shelter, food and basic living amenities for nearly four months.


The floods in Sindh and KP

2010 & 2011

In August 2010, following deadly floods across Pakistan, Dawn Relief set up relief camps in Nowshera, Hyderabad and Thatta, and provided over 22,000 people with food, water and shelter for six months. After that, DawnRelief began its Home Reconstruction Programme in Sindh, and handed over 250 newly constructed houses to displaced families there.

In August 2011, after another wave of deadly waves hit Lower Sindh, Dawn Relief set up relief camps in Badin (in Sindh) that supported nearly 12,000 people from 27 villages in Sindh. After the flood waters subsided, DawnRelief began its Home Reconstruction Programme there, and established 435 homes, 2 functioning schools and over 130 community bath and washroom facilities in Badin, Sehwan and Thatta.


The earthquake in Churan Oveer, Chitral

2015

In 2015, Chitral was hit by a 7.6 Richter scale earthquake on October 27, 2015. Since then, DawnRelief has been working in Churan Oveer, one of the hardest hit villages in the upper Chitral Valley.

The earthquake destroyed 143 houses there, and so far Dawn Relief re-constructed 90 houses.


The Covid lockdown

2020

In April 2020, following the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dawn Relief started to provide food rations to families living in katchi abadis in Baldia-Orangi Townships for three months; a population identified as Karachi’s poorest one percent.

We subsequently increased our scope significantly and in addition to supporting 3,916 families in Baldia-Orangi Townships, we extended our efforts to people living in Gharibabad who were made homeless due to the Karachi Circular Railway project, as well as to people living in Afghan Khaima Basti.


The destruction of settlements due to construction along Gujjar Nalla and Orangi Nalla

2021

In April 2021, we focused on 7,600 families who lived in 57 katchi abadis along Gujjar Nalla and Orangi Nalla whose homes were destroyed following an anti-encroachment drive. Most of these underprivileged families were homeless, and we provided them with ration boxes every week throughout Ramzan.


CONTACT



OFFICE ADDRESS

Dawn Relief, Haroon House,
Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
Karachi 74200,
Pakistan

CONTACT NUMBERS

UAN: 111-444-777 (With city code for Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad)
Direct: Irfan ul Haq (+9221)35613115

EMAIL

Irfan ul Haq [email protected]


DawnRelief, officially known as the Dawn Relief Earthquake Welfare Organisation, is a non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary social welfare organisation established in October 2005 by The Dawn Media Group.