TCF Flood Relief Phase II – Back to School: Rehabilitation and Resettlement
The floods in Pakistan have caused widespread displacement and damage affecting more than 20 million people (over 10% of the population) in an area larger than England. Two million homes have been destroyed or damaged, two million hectares of crops have been lost and ten million people are still without shelter. According to the OCHA, Pakistan’s development prospects may be disrupted for many years.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon termed the recent flooding in Pakistan as one of the “biggest, most complex natural disasters”. The flood waters have impacted an area covering a fifth of Pakistan and have left behind nothing but destruction and barren land.
Now that the flood waters have finally started receding, people are beginning to proceed towards their hometowns and villages to rebuild their homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure. Ajay Chhibber, Director for Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific in UNDP states: “What is happening in Pakistan is not just about recovery and rehabilitation of life, it is also about restoring hope and building futures.”
As part of Phase I of the Flood Relief Effort, TCF distributed 20 million meals in a period of 30 days in 21 locations across the country. Phase II of the relief efforts will focus on repairing the damaged TCF schools and getting children back to school as well as supplying food rations to people returning home. In a third phase, further down the line, TCF hopes to construct new schools in the flood affected areas.
The flood waters affected over 60 schools in the TCF Network, in different regions of Pakistan. The affected schools were inundated with flood water or opened up their doors to become shelters for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). In the second phase of TCF’s Flood Relief Effort, repair and rehabilitation of these schools is required to ensure continuing education within these flood affected regions.
The average cost of repair per TCF school unit has been estimated at PKR 850,000 (GBP 6,178). This is the standard rehabilitation cost per TCF School Unit. Any surplus funds after rehabilitation work on the TCF School Units will be utilized towards education of the students in flood affected areas.
The most critical types of repair work required are:
- damaged boundary walls
- masonry work
- structural damage
- wooden fixtures replacement
- new sewerage/septic and underground water tank
- cleaning and paint work
Reports coming out of Pakistan indicate that thousands of children are traumatised by the flash floods and TCF is trying its utmost to get the students back to school asap so they have a routine and can focus on their studies, hence regaining some feeling of normality.
Under these devastating circumstances, TCF continues to strive to provide a quality education to Pakistan’s most disadvantaged children.
Please help us to continue our flood relief efforts in Pakistan by donating generously to:
TCF Flood Relief Phase II – Back to School: Rehabilitation & Resettlement
FTCF Account – Quoting ‘TCF School Repairs’
Cheques to be made out to Friends of The Citizens Foundation and sent to:
Friends of The Citizens Foundation
Suite 420, Regent House Business Centre
24-25 Nutford Place, Marble Arch
London, W1H 5YN
Please quote ‘TCF School Repairs’ on the back of your cheque.