Thousands of people who have had their lives devastated by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan will be given emergency relief thanks to our grant of £30,000 to the British Red Cross and UNICEF.
More than a thousand people, including hundreds of children, have lost their lives in the disaster, and Freemasonry, through the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and us, the MCF, is responding in partnership with the British Red Cross and UNICEF to provide emergency relief to the survivors.
An estimated 33 million people from three of the country’s four provinces have been affected by heavy rains and floods, many of them losing everything. The victims include many of the most vulnerable people in the world, including 400,000 refugees from Afghanistan.
In addition to the loss of life and destruction of homes and property, millions have lost their livelihoods. A very large part of the country remains underwater, with the loss of billions of pounds of crops and the deaths of more than 700,000 livestock.
UNICEF and the British Red Cross will each be receiving £15,000 from us for their relief efforts, which could provide clean drinking water, emergency food relief for hundreds of households, tents to provide basic shelter or mosquito nets to protect flood survivors from malaria and dengue fever.