Published 22 May 2009
While ongoing fighting and the plight of displaced people in camps across North West Pakistan continue to draw worldwide attention, World Vision’s focus has turned increasingly to small distributions and home deliveries to host families and shelters. Right now, within Pakistan’s conflict zone, there are hundreds of thousands of people displaced in "host communities".
"World Vision has built strong relationships in the communities of North West Frontier Province over several years. Our significant and effective response to the 2005 earthquake has inspired a degree of trust which has allowed us to enter this fragile area," said Graham Strong, World Vision Country Director for Pakistan.
"We recognise that what the displaced want most is to retain their dignity during this extraordinary crisis, but – culturally - there’s little dignity in a refugee camp or mass feeding depot. Our tailored, personal method for providing aid protects the fundamental cultural need for honour and dignity," he added.
As the first responder in the conflict zone in Buner district, World Vision launched an ambitious distribution of basic survival items to families scattered around the region. World Vision’s concern is the limited capacity of host communities to support a 30-35% population increase that has occurred in just over a week.
“Imagine the chaos if 30 people arrived on your doorstep, and 30 more on the doorstep of every house in your neighbourhood," said the Country Director.
In the short term, World Vision plans to support host families and communities by providing food supplies, and longer term shelter opportunities, as well as helping families to access education and health care.
In addition to short term relief efforts, World Vision has long term plans for the communities. After the 2005 earthquake, World Vision committed to providing those affected with community-driven development and livelihoods projects. The organisation is planning to apply a similar approach in Buner, assuring community participation and ownership.