Flood Victims in Pakistan Crisis Need Our Help

September 2, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA —Christian Aid Mission is increasing efforts to collect emergency help for the flood victims of the continuing crisis in Pakistan as worldwide interest from the news media wanes.

Over 20 million Pakistanis are in need of help now as massive floods have raged down the Indus River.

While the news media is providing daily coverage, the effects of flooding continue in Pakistan and it will take several years to recover. Many millions have lost everything.

Even before the floods, Christian Aid had been involved in sending help for needy persons in Pakistan, although the flooding has made problems worse.

The good news is that Christian Aid relief is getting through to some of the families in desperate need of emergency help.

By distributing help through indigenous ministries, the Christian Aid assistance does not have to go through the delays and red tape of government bureaucracy.

“The crisis aid we have sent for survivors is getting through and is making a big difference,” says the Christian Aid director for South Asia, “but they continue to need much more since this is the worst flooding in 80 years.”

“Native missionaries are grateful for the help we are sending but the needs are increasing every day—so we must send more help,” said the director. “With homes, crops and livestock all destroyed, millions face death from disease and starvation. It will take many years to rebuild. So Christian Aid is committed to long term assistance.”

Founded in 1953 by Bob Finley, Christian Aid assists over 740 indigenous mission agencies that deploy over 75,000 native missionaries working among 3000 language groups. It is based in Charlottesville, Virginia and provides disaster relief as well as other financial assistance directly to indigenous Christian ministries in underdeveloped countries.