In Pakistan, a staggering 60% of the population struggles to find enough food to eat. That’s around 113 million people who cannot rely on getting a regular meal. Sadly, the worst affected are society’s already most vulnerable, including women and children.
With lack of financial stability means, many families worry about where their next meal will be coming from. Whilst many of us enjoy three meals a day, for many families in Pakistan, this is a mere dream. On average, over half of a family’s income is spent on food and 44% of children under the age of five are stunted due to malnutrition.
HOPE - An NGO in Pakistan, along with Standard Chartered collaborated for the distribution of ration bags among poor and deserving families.
Serving a whole better purpose of charity and was a great help to the underprivileged people during this hard time, as job opportunities for daily wagers has come to a halt; and they do not have any resources or savings to sustain on during this lock-down.
By providing ration bags to these families, it will help keep their kitchens running for some time, until the corona pandemic situation restores to normal again.
As per the number of families we have in our communities; HOPE – A Health NGO in Pakistan distributed ration bags to the low income families, such as labors and daily wagers etc., who are needy and do not have a stagnant source of income during this lockdown period, due to the corona pandemic.
Ration bags were given to approximately 510 plus families. Each family consisting of around 6-8 members and children. These families belong to Rural areas such as Ghaggar,Link Road, Rehri Goth, Kathore, Gadap, Dhabeji, Sachal. As well as katchiabadis like Manzoor Colony, Zia colony, Bilal Colony, Mujahid Colony, Behas Colony, Bhittaiabad. Interior Sindh areas such as Badin, Thatta, Sujawal etc.
The ration bags we provided, consisted of various items such as milk powder, flour, cooking oil, sugar, pulses, rice and tea leaf, which sums up to the basic needs required in any household.
The support provided by Standard Chartered Bank, had a tremendous impact on saving more lives, and restoring happiness in the families of those affected by the shortage of food. These activities were carried out under the supervision of Dr. MubinaAgboatwalla - A Child Specialist in Karachi who is the main pillar behind HOPE.