ZSF Disaster Emergency Response Program focuses on to provide quick response to emergencies in Pakistan. During earthquake 2005,IDPs in 2009, floods in KPK IN 2010, ZSF stepped forward to play is role by providing emergency relief and then rehabilitation aid to affected population.
On the basis of the rapid need assessment survey findings, ZSF provided emergency food and Non Food Items (NFIs) to about 50,000 effected residing in makeshift shelters in the native villages as well as tent villages established in AJK as well as in Rawalpindi Division. The Food and NFIs included in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Pak Air Force, AJK Council, AJK government, and partner NGOs distributed in the communities. The items were as 1000 tents, 3000 blankets, 1000 GGI sheets, 25 tons food items, large quantity of medicine.
ZSF Established a Vocational Training Center (VTC) for the October 2005 earthquake affectees of AJK and KPK at the Tent Village established by NDMA at village Karhan near Chakwal Town, District Chakwal for the immediate recovery of the livelihood of the earthquake affectees through Vocational Skill including the unemployed youth and adults who lost their sources of earning as the result of the earthquake.The earthquake affectees were provided 03 months free skill training in these trades:Electrician, Masonry workCarpenter and Steel Fixer.
Pakistan witnessed the worst flood in its history in July-August 2010 from Gilgit Baltistan to Thatta Sind. The recorded rain was 278 MM which broke all the previous rain falls while the previous was 230 MM in 1929 which also caused heavy flooding in river Kabul and all its tributaries. The 2010 flood devastated nearly half of Pakistan particularly all those areas located at the bank of River Kabul and its tributaries and River Indus and its tributaries casing irreparable loss to public, private and community infrastructure, property, crops agriculture, livestock and assets within no time in front of their eyes besides death of 1700 people. The panic situation faced by the affectees and the dreadful scenes of the devastating and roaring flood cannot be expressed in words.
Malakand Division, Mardan Division and Peshawar Division of KPK was worst affected. ZSF immediately responded to the situation and participated in emergency relief operation with a large number of its volunteers for days and nights in collaboration with the Govt. of KPK, PDMA-KPK, and Districtgovernment of the affected Districts, NDMA and PBM.
ZSF received about 10 large containers of food and non-food relief goods of worth PKR 225 million (PKR 225,000,000/-) in kind form from UAE,which were distributed among the victim of the Districts of Charsada, Mardan and Noshera in collaboration with PDMA-KPK, Local/District government and District Authorities, NDMA, Govt. KPK and PBM.The relief goods were distributed among the heads of worst affected families and total number of beneficiary families is about 185, which also includes 49 female headed households. Hundreds of ZSF volunteers participated in this relief operation.
As the acute problems of affectees were enormous and health related issues were also grave and ZSF could not confine itself to distribution of food and NFIs only, therefore, ZSF also arranged a medical camp on immediate bases at Degree College Noshera for the affected people which continued for about 10 days. The camp was led by expert doctors and lady doctors and Para-medical staff of ZSMH - Rawalakot AJK. The Patients were provided free medical checkup and free medicine of worth PKR 40,000/- was also provided to the patients by ZSF from its own sources.
Medicine of worth PKR 200,000/- was collected from the Pakistani expatriates and Arab philanthropists UAE by the UAE office of ZSF which was also provided to the patients in the same camp.The free ambulance service of ZSF served the patients for about 10 days and nearly 1,000 patients were assisted in this medical camp which was organized in collaboration with all the above mentioned local, provincial and national stakeholders.
The holy month of Ramadan came after the flood disaster in 2010 and the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor families needed assistance for Eid Festivity. ZSF arranged a 15 days Eid Packages of food items for 350 affected poor families from the philanthropists of UAE through its UAE office, which was delivered to the targeted beneficiaries in a simple ceremony held at Boys High School Amerabad Rajjar Charsada KPK by the honorable Chairman of ZSF, Sardar Mohammad Siddique in the presence of two local notables Mr. Asad Ali Tarangzai and Mr. Abdul Aziz (former Councilor).