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■ Japanese Staff Member Sent to the Area Affected by Floods in Pakistan   (2010/09/01)

On September 1, Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) sent staff member Kyo Shimizu from its Tokyo Office to support children and youth who survived the floods in Pakistan.

We are providing education assistance to the children by restoring school functions and sending educational materials to approximately thirty selected public schools in Kohistan County in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) in cooperation with local partner NGO, FWA.

In Pakistan, heavy rain that started at the end of July triggered massive floods and mud slides, causing significant damage with 900,000 collapsed houses, an estimated death toll of 1,400, and over 1.5 million survivors. The United Nations has urged the global community to make target contributions of 40 billion yen, and the aid funds have started to be collected. The damage from the floods is significant, however, and assistance given to the affected areas is not sufficient.

The county of Kohistan, where KnK is providing assistance, is one of the poorest regions in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP). More than 5,000 houses were washed away and nearly 200 people died in the floods. Over 40,000 survivors are living in the affected area.
Destroying more than 100 schools in the county, the floods deprived over 6,000 school children of access to education and have left them in educational crisis.

Since 2005, KnK has been working in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in cooperation with local partner NGO FWA providing earthquake survivors with assistance, including giving children and youth educational opportunities, life assistance, and support in the reconstruction of schools. For our new project, we will again coordinate with FWA to give educational support to children and youth who survived the floods.

[Description of Assistance]
Tents, school supplies, and teaching materials and equipment will be provided to the schools affected by floods in Kohistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in northwestern Pakistan to help restart their educational activities.
With educational activities given in these tents, children will be encouraged to come back to school.

[Assistance Recipients]
Approximately 3,300 child flood victims in Kohistan

Please contribute to the emergency aid that supports child survivors.
The area affected by the floods makes up one fifth of the national land area of Pakistan, and it is estimated that 6 million of the 15.4 to 20 million survivors are children.
Yet another disaster has struck the people of Pakistan as they were struggling to recover from the damage caused by the great earthquake in 2005. It is feared that damage is still spreading and that a complete recovery will take a long time.
Pakistan, together with neighboring Afghanistan and India, is thought to be a keystone of world peace and stability. For peace and stability, and for children to play important roles in the future of the country and the region, there should never be a lack of access to education. KnK has been providing educational opportunities and mental health care to approximately 2,500 children in Pakistan since the great earthquake in 2005. For our new emergency aid project, we will continue to work mainly for educational assistance, with our local partner, offering assistance to affected schools, such as tents.
What drives children in the crisis of poverty and disaster into the deepest despair is indifference from the world around them. Please give generous support to the child survivors in Pakistan.

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