In response to the devastating Central Asian earthquake, Oxfam Canada today launched an emergency appeal to help the survivors.
"Hundreds of thousands of people need our help urgently," said Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada. ‘We appeal to Canadians to help us lend a hand."
Oxfam assessments teams have now reported back from Indian- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Urgent needs are for tents, blankets, medical kits, food aid and water. Oxfam has already bought 4,000 tents and material for 8,000 temporary shelters.
Oxfam is sourcing a total of 60,000 tents and will be getting them to the affected area as quickly as possible.
Shaista Aziz, an Oxfam aid worker who took part in the assessment mission to Pakistan-administered Kashmir said: "Shelter remains an urgent priority but getting clean drinking water is an increasing problem in many areas."
A team of Oxfam water experts and engineers from around the world is on its way to help assess the water and sanitation situation and to help coordinate the international response in this area.
"Whenever an emergency strikes, Canadians always respond generously," Fox said. "I urge you to give what you can."
Secure online donations are being accepted at oxfamcanada.wpengine.com or by phone at 1-800-GO-OXFAM (466-9326).
Oxfam has worked in Pakistan since 1973 and in India since 1951. Oxfam has long experience responding to natural disasters in both countries, including the July 2005 floods in Pakistan, the December 2004 tsunami in South India and the January 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.
Oxfam works in partnership with local organizations who work day-in and day-out on community development projects. Our response to this disaster is grounded in our strong relations with communities.