The Alavi Foundation Joins Action Against Hunger for Pakistan Recovery Efforts
NEW YORK, NY—Six months after monsoon rains washed over Pakistan, wiping out roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure, millions still lack access to clean water and sanitation, leaving them at serious risk of contracting deadly water-borne illnesses like cholera and dysentery.
Since the floods global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has built over 1,000 emergency latrines and showers, distributed more than 27,000 hygiene kits to families at risk of contracting water-borne illnesses, and provided over 300,000 people with access to clean drinking water by trucking in over 7.8 million liters and rehabilitating 325 water points.
To expand the reach of these efforts, Action Against Hunger announced today receipt of a $450,000 grant from The Alavi Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization based in New York City, for ongoing relief and recovery programs.
“Action Against Hunger has a strong track record of working to protect disaster survivors from disease and helping them recover and rebuild,” said Houshang Ahmadi, President of The Alavi Foundation. “Because the needs in Pakistan are still immense, we are pleased to support ACF’s efforts to provide thousands with access to clean water and sanitation.”
The grant will provide clean water and improved public health awareness for 30,000 flood-affected people, access to sanitation for 10,000 people in the most at-risk areas, and assistance to reduce the threat of future humanitarian disasters in the region. The massive flooding that tore through Pakistan in July 2010 wiped out thousands of water points—forcing survivors to gather their water from contaminated sources—and destroyed latrines and other sanitation infrastructure, leaving them at increased risk of disease.
The grant from the Alavi Foundation will fund emergency water trucking and water treatment of 75,000 liters per day; the restoration, repair, and rehabilitation of 240 public and private water points; the creation of water committees to ensure water systems are managed effectively; the promotion of household-level water treatment, safe water handling, and storage; the installation, restoration, and maintenance of over 100 latrines, hand-washing facilities, and showers; and training on basic hygiene practices to prevent disease transmission.
To mitigate the risk of future emergencies, the grant will also fund stockpiles of relief item; early warning systems to alert communities to disasters; public information campaigns on best practices during natural disasters; and infrastructure reinforcements to increase damage resistance.
“Given the overwhelming devastation in Pakistan, the ongoing threat of water-borne disease outbreaks, and the need for sustained investment in Pakistan’s long-term recovery, this new partnership with The Alavi Foundation could not be more timely,” said Geoffrey Glick, Action Against Hunger’s Director of External Relations. “This is precisely the type of partnership that can be so effective in providing critical services after natural disasters.”
Action Against Hunger launched its first humanitarian intervention 30 years ago for Afghan refugees who crossed into Pakistan. In the 1990s, the organization returned to the country to address food and water insecurity across its southern and western provinces. More recently, ACF recently provided emergency assistance after the 2005 earthquake and the 2007 flooding in Sindh province.