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SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES: ALLIANCE OF PAKISTAN FLOODS RELIEF EFFORTS - SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2011


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PHASE III – CONTAINER PREPARATION AND      SEND-OFF CEREMONY

Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts container send-off ceremony
 
Houston, Texas.- In an effort to provide needed humanitarian aid to the people of Sindh affected by the 2011 floods, which destroyed the livelihood of millions of people in Pakistan, twenty four organizations and twelve media partners came together and formed the Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts.

Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (95) Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (99)

Under the dynamic leadership of Alliance Coordinator and President of the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association, Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, the Alliance mobilized the Houston giving community and local businesses who generously donated the necessary nutritious dry foods, medicines and hygiene items to fill the buckets donated by Angels in Cowboy Boots (AICB), while other organizations donated needed blankets, head cups and slippers.
Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (10) Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (93)

The preparation and farewell ceremony was hosted by the Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts at the Pakistan Association of Greater Houston (PAGH).
Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (31) Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (42)
  
Sheikh welcomed the guests and briefed them on the Alliance achievements, which included the fund raising drive collection of $84,000 and the shipment of a 40-feet container filled with in-kind donations and humanitarian aid with an approximate value of over $100,000. Sheikh expressed his appreciation to the members of all participating organizations, media, sponsors, donors and volunteer for their help and support.
Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (82) Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (51)

Helping Hands USA has gracefully committed to handle the transportation logistics and the distribution of the humanitarian aid to the people of Sindh in Pakistan.
 
  Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (61) Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (58)
 
Guests of honor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, and City of Houston Council Member Al Hong, participated in send-off the ceremony and handed over the container to Mr. Ilyas Choudry area representative of Helping Hand USA, and presented Certificates of Congressional Recognition to the Alliance Coordinator Muhammad Saeed Sheikh and members of working committee, Celil Yaka, Talat Talpur, Mian Nazeer, Mansoor Soomo, Sohail Somoo, Cristal Montañéz Baylor and Matloob Khan.

Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (98)
 
The program was conducted by Noornisa Ganghroo and was attended by the Honorable Consul General of Pakistan Aqil Nadeem and the Honorable Consul General of Turkey Camalitin Aydin, and by a large number of community leaders, including Haroon Sheikh, P.J.Khan, Gul Fraz Khan, Khaleed Khan, David Goodwin, and Tasleem Siddiqui, among others.
 Container send-off Ceremony_Community filling AICB buckets (54) Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (42)

The container departed from the Port of Houston to the Port of Karachi on December 6, 2011, and it is expected to reach the people of Sindh by the middle of March 2012.
Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (86) Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (89)

The Alliance of Pakistan Relief Efforts will present a detailed and documented report to all donors, community representatives, volunteers and the media of the outcome of the distribution of the humanitarian aid and funds send to Sindh, Pakistan.


Geo Tv's Program "Safeer E Pakistan" on the efforts of Alliance of Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts





Preparation and Send-Off Ceremony Pictures



Media Coverage


Daily Jang News Report
http://ejang.jang.com.pk/12-09-2011/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=03_03.gif


Biggest Allies of Pakistan are the Pakistani-Americans
Congresswoman Lee, Hon Green, Lee, & AL Hoang at the Alliance Benevolent 40-Feet Container Sending-Off Ceremony

Houston, Texas (Our Staff Reporter): “According to the latest reports from Pakistan of this past Thursday, three millions out of the original six million brothers & sisters in humanity are still suffering from the after affects of the floods of late August & early September, including hundreds & thousands of children. It is clear that several thousands will continue to struggle in months and years to come,” informed Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, Coordinator of the Houston Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts, a collaborative of 42 organizations and media outlets.

Mr. Sheikh was doing the welcome speech at the Pakistan Center of Pakistani-American Association of Greater Houston (PAGH), on the occasion of preparation and sending-off ceremony of 40-feet container termed the Benevolent Container from the Houstonians Community for the brethren in humanity in Sindh Pakistan, who are suffering from the aftermath of the floods of 2011.

Honorable Congresspersons AL Green and Sheila Jackson Lee; Councilman AL Hoang of City of Houston, and Honorable Consul Generals of Pakistan & Turkey Aqil Nadeem and Cemalettin (pronounced Jemalettin) Aydin were the special guests of honor at this ceremony, together with President of PAGH Taslim Siddiqui, Sindhi Association of North America (SANA)’s Jamil Daudi, Sam’s Club’s Khaled Khan, Hashoo Foundation’s Cristal Montanez, and many others. Emcee of the event was Noorunisa Ghanghro, who included several inspiring quotes of Madam Teresa in her talk.

Special Congressional and Mayoral Proclamations of Excellent Service by the Alliance were given by the three elected officials.

Hon AL Hoang; Hon Aqil Nadeem; Hon Cemalettin; President of the Texas-Turkish Chamber of Commerce Celil Yaka; and Taslim Siddiqui spoke on the occasion, appreciating the work of the Alliance under the leadership of Muhammad Saeed Sheikh; in doing the unified efforts, and said Alliance has shown how when several hands join together have such positive impact.
Coordinator of In-Kind Donation Mian Nazir of PAGH thanked his team of volunteers lead by Zeeshan Qavi, and more than 15 volunteers of Red Cross from Dulles High School Sugar Land; plus several volunteers of SANA.

Honorable Congressman AL Green said that the motto of Alliance is Blessings in Unity and the excellent results of the efforts of Alliance truly reflect that. He applauded the efforts of Pakistani community in helping people in need everywhere including at the time of Katrina and Ike, when the Pakistani community got together in helping the fellow Americans. He appreciated PAGH for always offering Pakistan Center, when humanity has the need.

Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she is totally impressed to see more than $81,000 raised in cash by the Alliance and more than $100,000 wholesale value of in-kind donated items raised by the Alliance of 42 entities to benefit the flood victims of Pakistan. She said when the nutritious meal will reach the mouth of those needing it the most and hygiene items reaching to cleanse them, they will indeed remember this nice gift sent by Pakistani-Americans, who are the biggest allies of Pakistan.

Honorable Lee went on to say she is extremely sorrowful on the recent loss of army soldiers as well as several of the Pakistani army personnel and civilians losing their lives in this war on terrorism. These are trying days in the USA-Pakistan relations, where their friendship goes back to decades. We need to continue informing leaders of USA and Pakistan that this friendship should be strengthened rather than made weaker; and although many tragic incidents may have happened, but that should not affect the otherwise cordial relationship between the two nations and countries.

In his presentation Coordinator of the Alliance Muhammad Saeed Sheikh said in the end that last year at an emergency meeting called by Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee at her office, she mentioned about sending a Mercy Plane to Pakistan. Although it is not a Mercy Plane, but we want to report to Honorable Congresswoman that it is a much larger 40-feet Mercy Container holding more than $100,000 retail worth of in-kind donations of the most needed food and hygiene items plus blankets for the flood victims of Pakistan.
For more information about the Alliance, one can call Muhammad Saeed Sheikh at 1 (281) 948-1840.


Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts Invitation to Participate in the Preparation & Sending-Off Ceremony

                                   
                             PHASE II – FUNDRAISING
Alliance of Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts Fundraising Dinner for Sindh Flood Victims in the International News
 





Updated at 9:20 PST Saturday, October 29, 2011
Raja Zahid A Khanzada


DALLAS/TEXAS: Twenty-Four community organizations in Houston came together to form the ‘Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts’ in order to collect funds for the flood victims of Sindh.
Saeed Sheikh, coordinator of the alliance, welcomed all the guests at the fundraising dinner held at the picturesque Turkish Center in Houston .
“We want to thank Syed Javaid Anwar of Midland Energy Inc. for his cooperation along with our donors who organized, donated and collected funds”, Sheikh said.
Consul General of Pakistan and the Vice Consul of Turkey Sonia Azad also addressed the event.

The Consul General of Pakistan also thanked the Turkish community.

Cristal Montanez of Hashoo Foundation gave a heart wrenching presentation on the situation in Sindh. Vice Counsel General of Turkey Salim Tapchko informed that Pakistan is like the second home for many Turkish people including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; and that Turkey will always assist Pakistan.

Others who spoke included Mehmet Okumus of Turkish Center, PJ Swati of PCC-USA. Representatives of all the four 501 (c) (3) Alliance member organizations namely Helping Hand (USA) For Relief & Development, HOPE USA, Raindrops Helping Hands and Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) made presentations of their work in Sindh

Matloob Khan (ISGH Bear Creek) and others did an effective fundraising and auctioning of traditional Sindhi garments and accessories, raising more than $71,000.

“Our efforts will continue as we will strive to send the in-kind donation container in the month of November 2011; and continue to raise monetary funds for our member organizations, so that they can continue their humanitarian services in the months and years,” added Saeed Sheikh.










Alliance Fundraising Dinner for Sindh flood victims_Turkish House 10_21_11 (4)




More Media Coverage

Daily Jang
http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/oct2011-daily/29-10-2011/u86183.htm

Daily Times
PAGH sends relief goods, funds to Sindh flood victims






Pakistan News
Fund Raising
 


Invitation Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts

                                     
                                     PHASE I - PLANNING
Alliance of Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts In-Kind Donations Drive
 
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Background Information
 
Since the beginning of August 2011, monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in southern Pakistan affecting 5 million people. The recent floods have exacerbated the situation in Sindh Province, where communities are still recovering from last year’s floods. Nearly 1 million homes have been partially or fully destroyed and an estimated 222,000 people are in temporary camps.The most acute needs are shelter, food security, water, sanitation hygiene and health.
The Pakistan government disaster management agency, NDMA, is leading the disaster response, with support from other relevant government agencies. The Red Cross, and various UN agencies are at work on the response, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Program (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  The Office of Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon recently issued this statement: “We call for solidarity of the international community in support of disaster management and risk reduction in Pakistan.”

Call to Action
In response to the most devastating floods in the last 51 years and keeping in perspective a united effort in the Greater Houston Area, more than thirty (30) organizations, community leaders, and media partners have joined efforts and established the Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts to serve those affected.

Given the magnitude of these floods and considering the encouraging statement issued by the UN, the Alliance would like to invite the City of Houston International Department and City of Houston Officials to support the Alliance’s efforts by facilitating a joint press conference to create awareness and give the Houston international community the opportunity to help the millions of women, men and children affected by these devastating floods.

The first phase of the Alliance’s efforts will be an in-kind donation drive that will continue until October 16th, 2011. The second phase will be a fundraising event scheduled to be held also in October 2011.
 
Mr. Saeed Sheikh, President Houston-Karachi Sister City Association, is the Alliance Coordinator
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Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts Partners
 
1) Pakistan Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2011
2) Aisha Foundation
3) Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) South Texas Chapter
4) Hashoo Foundation USA
5) Helping Hand [USA] For Relief & Development (HHRD)
6) HOPE USA
7) Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association (HISCA)
8) Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA)
9) Imamia Medics
10) Muslim Council of USA
11) Pakistani-American Association of Greater Houston (PAGH)
12) Pakistan Association of Golden Triangle (PAGT)
13) Pakistani-American Society of Texas (PAST)
14) Pakistan Chamber of Commerce USA (PCC-USA)
15) Raindrop Helping Hands
16) Raindrop Turkish House
17) Shifa Healthcare
18) Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT)
19) Sindhi Association of North America (SANA)
20) Sun Charity
21) Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce (TTACC)
22) The Citizens Foundation
23) Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB)
Media Partners
1) Muslim Observer Weekly
2) Pakistan Chronicle Weekly
3) Pakistan Journal Weekly
4) Pakistan News Weekly
5) Pakistan Post Weekly
6) Pakistan Times Weekly
7) Radio Houston
8) Radio Light Of Islam
9) Radio Music-in-the-Box
10) Radio Naya Andaz
11) Radio Perdes
12) Radio Sangeet

The Working Team


Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (118)


Alliance volunteers in Houston filling AICB buckets for flood affected families in Sinhd Pakistan    (119)

Summary prepared by Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA

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