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    Default Swat Flood Relief Initiative: IJC and 4x4Engaged? 2nd to 5th September 2010

    Dear Friends

    Islamabad Jeep Club (IJC) and 4x4Engaged? organised a 4 day trip to the Swat Valley on 2,3,4 and 5 September 2010. With this trip the two clubs were successfully extend their ongoing flood relief activities to the Swat area. Life in the Swat valley has been severely affected by the recent Pakistan floods which have resulted in huge loss of lives, tremendous damage to property and severely affected the livelihood of the entire region.

    Overview of Activities:
    - Distribution of over 180 ration packages to residents of Bashigram (Upper Swat) which has been cut off. The distribution was done in Nawai Killay which is 25km North of Mingora City.
    - Distribution of over 65 ration packages at an extremely remote location 18 kms from Khazakhela which can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicles after a very recent restoration of a damaged bridge across the Swat River
    - Distribution of over 160 ration packages to residents of Kalam, a key tourist location in the Valley which is only accessible through helicopter. Residents had travelled 35km mainly by foot to reach the distribution point in NawaKillay
    - Initial registration of over 350 families in the Swat region with temporary cards issued to them to assist in future activities.
    - Assessment and initial survey of various flood affected areas to to identify short and long term needs and requirements.
    - Follow up meeting with key IDPs from Project Hathian in Mingora to review the success of IJC's relief iniative during the 2010 Swat IDP Crisis

    Swat - Ongoing Initiatives and Future Plans:
    - Supply of food packages to deserving Kalam and Bashigram residents who could not be covered during this trip
    - Assessment of potential areas of where IJC and 4x4Engaged? can assist the Swat residents in their rehabilitation
    - Identification possible areas of collaboration with various organisations.

    Special Thanks:
    - All friends who have contributed to the IJC and 4x4Engaged flood relief efforts.
    - All IJC and 4x4Engaged? members who took time off their busy schedules to make the trip a success
    - Khalid Khan and Jaffar khan for their excellent organization of the distribution process at Nawakillay
    - Rahmat Khan and family in Mingora for there hospitality and help during the trip. Asad Marwat's friends who provided lodging for the team.
    - Pakistan Army and Police for their warmth and understanding at various checkpoints.


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    Thanx for sharing these nice pictures & Videos
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    Guys, great and noble work. The army men sure don't look too happy

    Vehicles look in fine form and so do each of you.

    RKR
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    Great Effort, and may Allah accept all this sacrifice, and help.
    It is heartening to see efforts at all possible levels.
    May Allah grant you the courage and the will to continue these activities.
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    Visiting Mingora was a wonderful experience as we were welcomed by Rahmat Khan and his extended family who had been a part of Project Hathian. It was very comforting to be treated to a lavish iftar and dinner by the same people who only a year ago were depending on food provided by Project Hathian. In addition, on hearing their stories and experiences one could not help being moved....

    The people in Nawakillay to whom we distributed the food packages were pretty well behaved and seemed genuinely thankful and happy at getting the packages....

    We are looking at various ways of providing continued support to the Swat residents and looking at some sustainable contribution besides food assistance. Any information and suggestion in this regards would be greatly appreciated.
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Visiting Mingora was a wonderful experience as we were welcomed by Rahmat Khan and his extended family who had been a part of Project Hathian. It was very comforting to be treated to a lavish iftar and dinner by the same people who only a year ago were depending on food provided by Project Hathian. In addition, on hearing their stories and experiences one could not help being moved....

    The people in Nawakillay to whom we distributed the food packages were pretty well behaved and seemed genuinely thankful and happy at getting the packages....

    We are looking at various ways of providing continued support to the Swat residents and looking at some sustainable contribution besides food assistance. Any information and suggestion in this regards would be greatly appreciated.
    Assalam O Alaikum
    Sir, let me narrate two true stories: Both from the Earthquake of 2005.
    A friend of ours, May Allah Bless him, right on day 1 of the quake, took some tents to his village. His village had suffered great damage, with a niece of this friend of ours having embraced shahadat. He accommodated most of the ladies and children of his village in those few tents, and brought all the able-bodied men to the cities with him. He hired a few cheap, and large houses, accommodated the men there, and requested who-so-ever he knew to give work to those men, while he himself provided the rent to those houses. He strictly refused charity for them, in the form of money or free food, etc.he told his fellow villagers to work hard to earn a living. 3 years later, his village, in the region of Battal, one of the worst affected, was probably the first to have a fully recovered economy; with an intact ego for its proud inhabitants. My friend has not suffered any damage to his economy, probably he is richer than ever!

    In the same earthquake, a team of 'donors' (I practically hate this word), came from abroad: one of them was the president of Chamber of Commerce of a very wealthy nation. He asked me first hand, as to what we needed. He mentioned categorically that amount of money was not a concern. Although much in need, I told him, we did not need anything to feed our brothers and sisters. However, I told him, that if he wished to help, his country needs to establish some cottage industry or other forms of livelihood, and let the local people be trained, and let them earn something for themselves. And, I told him, very honestly, that Turning Our Brothers in to Beggers is not what we would like. The person was impressed, and promised to oblige. We never heard of him again.

    So,..... I don't know what is the moral of the story. If you are looking for suggestions, it may be a good idea to select a brother or sister, and help him establish a business or something so he can fish for himself. This may be better in the long run. AS A GROUP, PROBABLY, WE COULD AFFORD BIGGER INDUSTRIES TO BE SET UP. But at the end of the day, of course this is only a suggestion: I don't know the impications-honest.
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    excellent trip.. wonderful comrades company and a conscious full of joy of helping our fellow country men in the time of their need in the way every participant could
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger_ofthe_North View Post
    Assalam O Alaikum
    Sir, let me narrate two true stories: Both from the Earthquake of 2005.
    A friend of ours, May Allah Bless him, right on day 1 of the quake, took some tents to his village. His village had suffered great damage, with a niece of this friend of ours having embraced shahadat. He accommodated most of the ladies and children of his village in those few tents, and brought all the able-bodied men to the cities with him. He hired a few cheap, and large houses, accommodated the men there, and requested who-so-ever he knew to give work to those men, while he himself provided the rent to those houses. He strictly refused charity for them, in the form of money or free food, etc.he told his fellow villagers to work hard to earn a living. 3 years later, his village, in the region of Battal, one of the worst affected, was probably the first to have a fully recovered economy; with an intact ego for its proud inhabitants. My friend has not suffered any damage to his economy, probably he is richer than ever!

    In the same earthquake, a team of 'donors' (I practically hate this word), came from abroad: one of them was the president of Chamber of Commerce of a very wealthy nation. He asked me first hand, as to what we needed. He mentioned categorically that amount of money was not a concern. Although much in need, I told him, we did not need anything to feed our brothers and sisters. However, I told him, that if he wished to help, his country needs to establish some cottage industry or other forms of livelihood, and let the local people be trained, and let them earn something for themselves. And, I told him, very honestly, that Turning Our Brothers in to Beggers is not what we would like. The person was impressed, and promised to oblige. We never heard of him again.

    So,..... I don't know what is the moral of the story. If you are looking for suggestions, it may be a good idea to select a brother or sister, and help him establish a business or something so he can fish for himself. This may be better in the long run. AS A GROUP, PROBABLY, WE COULD AFFORD BIGGER INDUSTRIES TO BE SET UP. But at the end of the day, of course this is only a suggestion: I don't know the impications-honest.
    Doctor Sb.
    Many thanks for sharing your experiences. You suggestions are in line with the feelings we had during our Swat visit. We looked at the key local businesses which we could support which included fruits orchards, tree nurseries, trout fishing and hatcheries, gems and gemstones and principally
    tourism.

    Of these, after the Swat visit and the IJC Summer Camp, I do strongly feel that the promotion of local tourism is something that we should and can look at as an online community. At this stage even if our efforts do not translate into big bucks for the locals, as our Malam Jabba visit tells us, even a small gesture can provide moral support for the locals to keep on doing what they are doing in the hope of things getting better.
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    On a lighter note.. The truck in the pictures didnt have diff locks I guess..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobeTrotter View Post
    On a lighter note.. The truck in the pictures didnt have diff locks I guess..
    Guess what! It didn't even have 4x4
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    excellent trip.. wonderful comrades company and a conscious full of joy of helping our fellow country men in the time of their need in the way every participant could
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Doctor Sb.
    Many thanks for sharing your experiences. You suggestions are in line with the feelings we had during our Swat visit. We looked at the key local businesses which we could support which included fruits orchards, tree nurseries, trout fishing and hatcheries, gems and gemstones and principally
    tourism.

    Of these, after the Swat visit and the IJC Summer Camp, I do strongly feel that the promotion of local tourism is something that we should and can look at as an online community. At this stage even if our efforts do not translate into big bucks for the locals, as our Malam Jabba visit tells us, even a small gesture can provide moral support for the locals to keep on doing what they are doing in the hope of things getting better.
    Sir, I am in total agreement. We support local tourism, and whatever else we can. Please also count me in for whatever you plan.
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    IJC is planning to assist the local population in re-building bridges that have been washed away during the recent floods in Upper Swat. We have initiated groundwork on this and have received a positive response from the local population and the Army. Initial plan is to provide funds and support to re-build at least one bridge North of Kalam which would restore vital land-link to remote areas before the winter snow sets in. Will keep updating everyone on progress in this respect.
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    Quite an initiative..... best of luck and you will find us right behind surporting for this great cause. Insha Allah



    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    IJC is planning to assist the local population in re-building bridges that have been washed away during the recent floods in Upper Swat. We have initiated groundwork on this and have received a positive response from the local population and the Army. Initial plan is to provide funds and support to re-build at least one bridge North of Kalam which would restore vital land-link to remote areas before the winter snow sets in. Will keep updating everyone on progress in this respect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    IJC is planning to assist the local population in re-building bridges that have been washed away during the recent floods in Upper Swat. We have initiated groundwork on this and have received a positive response from the local population and the Army. Initial plan is to provide funds and support to re-build at least one bridge North of Kalam which would restore vital land-link to remote areas before the winter snow sets in. Will keep updating everyone on progress in this respect.
    Kiani sb, a great initiative. Shall see you regarding this. Please keep us updated.
    Thanks a lot
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    beautiful...hats off to you all....
    Drivin Benzez...with no benifits....
    Not bad..huh..for some imigrants..

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