Trip Report Project Hathian - 14th May 2009
Suhaib Kiani, Dr. Taimur Khan, Hasan, Musharraf, Khurram Waqar and Asif
Three Trucks filled with 100 bedding sets (tallai, sheet and pillow), All necessary items and food stuff to start off a full Lungar (Kitchen)
Government High School Hathian. Hathian is a village and Union Council of Mardan District in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
900 people including women and children in this pirticular school.. 10000 (approximate) IDPs in Hathian Union Council Area and growing.
Today's 3 trucks were the first relief convoy to reach this place till date.. There has been no government help in this area. There are no UNHCR camps here till now. People are sleeping on bare floors (thank God for the shelter the school buildings are providing). Food is short.. Beddings are short. And everything else that you can imagine needed is short. The shear number of IDPs is overwhelming. Moral is low. These people feel left out. Forgotten. Helpless. Most families are split between the camps and there native villages in Swat and Buner.
A committee has been formed at this place comprising 5 representatives. 2 local people from Hathian, 2 respected members from the IDPs and one from our side (Mr. Asif who has 3 months experience of managing relief camp in Balakot right after the earthquake). All matters pertaining to the distribution will be handled through this committee.
What is required now...
1 - More food stuff to keep the kitchen running. An estimated Rs. 25000 - 30000 will run the kitchen for one day. And this just for 900 people. There are thousands more just in the neighborhood literally.
2 - A medical camp and medicines: I already have secured 3-4 doctors including myself who have agreed to work there on Sunday. I have already mentioned some medicines above. There is a dire need for lady doctors as the women observe strict parda. Also. A few women are expecting as well.
3 - Bedding.. One set containing a tallai (mattress), sheet and a pillow is available at a wholesale price of Rs. 600 at Nankari Bazar Rawalpindi. We still have 900 people without any mattress just in this premises. 8-10K in just this union council .
4 - Morale.. We need to talk to them and play with there children. Tell them they are not alone. They have hosted us several times when we were young in the beautiful valley of Swat that is their home. Now its our time to make them feel comfortable.. Make them feel at home.. The trauma that they have gone through and are still going through is phenomenal .
5 - Volunteers to help. In administration, distribution, medical camps etc..
6 - Funds and fund generators. Lets spread the word around.
7 - Kitchen utensils like plates, glasses and cooking pots etc. IJC dontated 200 plates but we need more.
8 - Water storage. Buckets, Lotas, etc. Water coolers
9 - Mosquito repellants. Mosquito nets.
10- Baby diapers, Baby milk. Baby food
11 - Tents...
I may have missed a lot here and I will keep adding to this list from time to time.
..... Dont do this today... Lets do this ..
Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have.. Any suggestions that you may have..
The contact numbers above are live.. You may call anyone regarding anything to do with Project Hathian..
Thank yo u
Dr. Ehsan Masud Kiani