Pakistan Red Crescent extends network to Thatta for effective community resilience, DRR and livelihood
THATTA: Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) in collaboration with German Red Cross (GRC) has established district branch Thatta for effective community resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and livelihood with the support of international donors. The inaugural stone of newly constructed building of PRC District Branch Thatta was unveiled by the PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi while PRC Secretary General Ghulamm Muhammad Awan, PRC Chairperson Sindh Branch Farzhana Naek, Secretary Sindh branch Kanwar Waseem, GRC Head of Office Ms. Hannelore and Consul & Deputy Head of Mission of Germany Carsten Muller were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Saeed Elahi said that the establishment of PRC Thatta Branch will focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate change initiatives. Dr Saeed Elahi said that PRC and GRC are working extensively for almost three decades on disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, contributing towards improving livelihood and trainings of relief workers at district levels to build resilient communities.
Commenting on the initiatives of PRC at national level, Dr Saeed Elahi said that PRC is expanding its network and programs such as First Aid, RFL (Restoring Family Links), School Safety, Road Safety, Health Care, livelihood promotion and gender mainstreaming etc. across the country. He expressed that “First Aider in Every Home” is our mission and PRC is efficiently pursuing this mission by providing FA trainings to communities in disaster prone areas of Pakistan. Saeed Elahi expressed that PRC’s programs Health & Hygiene, School Safety, RFL and First Aid are praised widely at international level. He said the PRC launched Lost Helpline 1030 service by establishing RFL Help desks in all the major hospitals of Sindh province. PRC Chairman said that RFL program is running effectively and efficiently and will be extended to all other districts of the province in coming days. Talking about the Red Crescent Volunteers he said, “PRC has a pool of 1.7 volunteers and by the grace of Allah Almighty; PRC will achieve its target of 5 million volunteers by 2020”.
Farzhana Naek spoke to participants that PRC is strengthening the community resilience through enhancing Emergency Operation (EOC) and Urban Disaster Response Teams (UDRT) and Districts Disaster Response Teams (DDRT) of Sindh HQ, Thatta, Badin and Karachi districts. He said that PRC with the support of GRC have provided cash assistance at Rs. 40,000/- per family to over hundreds of families in Thatta. This program is strengthening livelihood sources of impoverished people under phase-11 of project “Integrated Rural Food Security” being implemented with an outlay of Rs. 66.00 million for over 10,000 beneficiaries.
GRC Head of Office Hannelore also lauded the efforts of both GRC and PRC teams in mitigating the sufferings of vulnerable segment of society. She said that GRC has been working in Pakistan with Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) for a long time strengthening communities and local authorities on disaster response and recovery, disaster risk reduction and livelihood etc. “We will continue our support to PRC and will leave no stone unturned in expanding our humanitarian services to the vulnerable population living in far flung areas of Sindh province”, she added.
Speaking on this occasion, Dy. head of mission German consulate Muller Congratulated the PRC-Sindh on construction of two buildings with the financial support of GRC as branch offices including the warehouse facility in Thatta and Badin. He also assured the complete support to Pakistan Red Crescent to serve the needy people.
Officials and special guests in attendance for the event included Red Crescent Thatta Branch Chairman Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Uqaili, Honorary Secretary Haji Muhammad Hanif Memon and Members of Managing Committee.