Pakistan COVID-19 Hygiene/Food Care Kits | Lahore , Pakistan

PROJECT GOAL: HYGIENE AND FOOD CARE KITS FOR IMPOVERISHED, MINORITY FAMILIES IN PAKISTAN

MISSION

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic, the need for humanitarian care has increased exponentially.  This Project will provide Hygiene and Food Care Kits that consist of hygiene, disinfectant supplies, rice, beans and canned foods for impoverished families in Pakistan.  Each Kit costs $70 USD and will be sufficient for at least one month's supply for a family of 4-6 people. 

BACKGROUND

Pakistan is the 5th largest country in the world.  Hospitals are full with patients, but the government doesn’t have the testing facilities to properly test, so the infections are probably much higher.  The minority communities in Pakistan are relatively small (2%) and extremely poor and work in almost slave like jobs.  With the lockdown, most have now lost their jobs.  The government doesn’t provide much help to minorities.  So even if they survive the pandemic they have to face inevitable hunger on their own. 

WCF is working with a local partner, RAM Foundation, an indigenous Pakistani organization born out of a need to address the terrible poverty of the communities in Lahore, Pakistan.  The ministry focuses on women and children, on oppressed and persecuted minorities and the untouchables.  It is estimated that one million men, women and children are in bonded labor in Pakistan today, working at brick kilns and other labor intensive work.  These extremely poor families are routinely taken advantage of and can become effectively enslaved for life.  The ministry provides vocational training, a safe house, humanitarian aid and legal aid for those that have no resources to represent themselves, which typically include women who were raped or sexually assaulted by employers.