In the summer of 2010, Pakistan was hit by the worst flood disaster in its history. One-fifth of the country was covered by water. The floods killed 3,400 people. About 21 million people were left homeless and without any livelihood. The water destroyed not only their homes, but also their crops and food. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of donors, we were able to support some 140,000 people with food and clean water. We have built 87 shelters since the disaster struck to help children in need. Some will continue to be used as temporary schools over the coming year until we will be able to replace them with permanent structures within the scope of long-term development projects.
It will take years to complete the reconstruction. Renewed flooding, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, hit the southern parts of Punjab and Sindh provinces in 2011, submerging an area the size of Israel.
The flooding has exacerbated chronic problems in the country like malnourishment, exploitation, and poor education. The flooding destroyed over 10,000 schools and other educational institutions. The availability of food and healthcare services remains critical for roughly 3.5 million children, among them many who are severely traumatised. To help solve these problems over the long term, we are not only building schools but also empowering people with our projects, both economically and politically.