By Pakistan Relief Team (Originally in Urdu)
In early September 2014, torrential rainfall caused widespread flooding in several provinces in northern and western Pakistan, affecting more than 2.5 million people and resulting in the loss of 367 lives. Almost 700,000 people were evacuated, over 100,000 homes were damaged and more than 2.4 million acres of crops lost. As a result of the disaster, many of the displaced people suffered from the chilling cold weather in December. Feeling the pain of the Pakistani people, Supreme Master Ching Hai lovingly offered a US$10,000 fund and asked our local Association members to provide relief.
Forming a relief team in Islamabad, our Association members traveled a long distance to help the most vulnerable individuals in the high altitude Haveli District of Azad Kashmir. On December 15 we distributed 340 blankets to the people in need, primarily elderly individuals, women, children and those who are disabled. We also shared literature about Master, while conveying Her message of love and peace. The recipients were extremely grateful to Master for remembering them during their difficult times.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Flood Relief Work in Pakistan
|Miscellaneous fees (packing, loading and transportation) and taxes||1,476|
The relief team members paid a total of US$2,131 for printing booklets and for their travel expenses including air tickets, lodging, food and transportation.