Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Recovering Livelihoods after Flood


I am a complete wimp when it comes to floods, especially when driving. I will turn round and take another route when faced with even very shallow water across a road. It is so hard to judge how deep the water may become. 


Thankfully I have never lived in a house that has been flooded, apart from minor internal plumbing incidents. Where we live now is unlikely to be flooded. Not too far away is a river that regular spreads itself over the water meadows and sometimes over the rural roads, but not this year so far. We have had so little rain.


I have never lost a friend, family member or property to floods. I can only imagine how devastating that must be, especially when floods affect a whole community.


Christian Aid's 'Count Your Blessings' calendar tells me today about Lal Chand Kumar. Like so many others he lost everything in severe flooding in Pakistan in 2010. This was the worst flooding in Pakistan's history with 20 million people affected. Christian Aid was one of many organizations who helped to meet immediate needs and continue to help survivors recover livelihoods and build new homes. If you want to know more, take a look at Making a Living after the Floods.


Christian Aid's partner CWS-P/A (Church World Services - Pakistan/Afghanistan) is supporting Lal Chand Kumar to train as an electrician so he can support himself and his family. 


Christian Aid suggests you give 10p for every light in your home. I think we have about 30, so that's £3.






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