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Here's what musicians are doing to help raise funds and awareness about the Floods in Pakistan - http://webstudio.ciopakistan.com/2010/10/05/blog-beat-superstars-for-flood-relief/Here's what musicians are doing to help raise funds and awareness about the... more
In this episode of Blog Beat, we’re talking about a flood relief initiative called Help In A Box.
Everyday at approximately 3pm, about 200 people, young and old, gather at the Imperial grounds on Main Sh-e-Faisal in Karachi to be part of a human assembly line. Their mission? To pack and ship 100,000 boxes containing immediate nutritional aid, in a systematic and collaborative effort. This chain is made up of 3 different groups:
The feeders, or the guys that stock up the inventory so various stations have enough items that can keep the chain going.
The fillers, or the people who man the stations and have the responsibility of filling in each bag with a specific number of each item and keep the chain moving smoothly.
The chain, or all the people who grab a plastic bag and move around each station to have their bags filled.
And then there are the folders and packers – these are the guys situated at the end of this assembly line who get the filled plastic bags, fold them and pass them onto the packers who tape them and pile them up, ready to be put into boxes.
Volunteers seem enthusiastic and purposeful about giving their time and while some of the items are also donated, others are being purchased at wholesale rates. The systematic human chain circles each station packing bottled water, juices, biscuits, soap, milk, milk powder, matches, toothpaste and dates. With an initial aim to send a hundred thousand boxes of aid by the end of Ramadan, as of this morning, they had delivered 10,000 packs in 1500 boxes to the Pakistan Army.
If you’d like to donate goods, they’re looking for the following items:
1. Powdered Milk
2. Tetra Milk
3. Tetra Juices
If you’d like to dedicate your time, please join the group.
As posted on the Help In A Box Facebook status, “Your contributions have already started making a difference in the lives of many. Lets Keep up the Spirit and Be the Miracle for 20 million. Help Us Help THEM.”
For contributions: Drop by at Imperial Lawn, Karachi, Pakistan
Contact them at: 03362095365; firstname.lastname@example.org
(Video credit CIO Pakistan; Photographs courtesy Help In A Box Facebook Page)In this episode of Blog Beat, we’re talking about a flood relief initiative... more
In this episode of Blog Beat, we’re take a look at a student initiative that has collected close to Rs.700,000, an idea about solar lamps and some important sites that you may want to bookmark if you’re following the Flood Relief work being done across Pakistan.
Gul Zaib Shakeel is the General Secretary of the SZABIST Student Council. And speaking about electricity, Prof. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad from GIK refers to an obvious challenge that the millions of tents and camps face in terms of having readily available light at night and suggests that perhaps economical and rechargeable solar lights are the answer.
According to Dr. Ahmed, Solar lights are available at large stores such as Metro across Pakistan.
Here are some important links for you bookmark, which may help plan, coordinate or perhaps even collaborate with relief efforts.
Ushahidi Incident Reporting for Pakistan can be accessed through Pakistan.crowdmap.com which allows you to update the areas that need specific kinds of help – whether it is food, water and sanitation, health, which areas are experiencing an emergency or which areas simply need volunteers. You can also get alerts or submit a report to have the map layer updated. If you’d like to submit a report, simply send an SMS to 3441 and make sure you add FL to the beginning of the message.
Google also has a Crisis Response page up for the Pakistan Floods which you can access through google.com.pk. They have a list of tools and resources that you can access or embed into your websites which will also help with the collaboration of timely information and reports.
If you’re on Twitter and wish to stay tuned to the relief-related messages, then you should follow the PkFlood or PakRelief hastags.In this episode of Blog Beat, we’re take a look at a student initiative that has... more
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/08/17/17greenwire-western-donations-lag-for-pakistan-flood-victi-56219.htmlWhy? Aid workers and officials at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, say Pakistan's reputation as a haven for the Taliban and al-Qaida, among other extremist groups, is leading some would-be Western donors to pause before offering support that experts say is desperately needed. Donors have also expressed concern over possible corruption and theft of resources, concerns that the humanitarian community is working hard to dispel.
"I certainly think that could be an issue," said Airlie Taylor, communications officer at ActionAid International. "There is perhaps some concern over how aid might be used and that kind of thing."
The heavy monsoon rains that began late last month have caused a humanitarian disaster on a scale never witnessed before in Pakistan's history. Data from the World Meteorological Organization say that the most heavily affected areas have already received about 180 percent of the rainfall expected in a normal cycle.
The United Nations and the Pakistani government say that about 20 million people have been hit by the flooding, with some 6 million possibly made homeless and at least 1,600 reported dead. The floodwaters have destroyed numerous roads and bridges and have left much of the population cut off from what relief aid there is.Why? Aid workers and officials at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian... more
After the floods began their devastation, Co-Founder of SAJA, Sree Srinivasan sent out an email with several appeals from people who were coordinating relief efforts. That’s how I got in touch with Mahnaz Fancy who went ahead and coordinated a conference call with Kalsoom, herself and me over Skype so we could record this podcast and get the word out.
In this episode of Blog Beat, you’ll hear Mahnaz Fancy and Kalsoom Lakhani, two Pakistani Americans who are driving an initiative called Relief4Pakistan – A fundraising campaign linked with Mercy Corps that gives true meaning to the ‘bit by bit’ approach. At the time we recorded this conversation over Skype, Relief4Pakistan had raised US$23,484 – Their goal? To raise a hundred thousand.
ML Resources Social Vision - http://www.mlresourcesllc.com
Pakistan Peace Builders Facebook page: - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=132639876765313&ref=ts
Relief 4 Pakistan website - http://www.relief4pakistan.comAfter the floods began their devastation, Co-Founder of SAJA, Sree Srinivasan sent out... more
Find out about some of the ongoing Flood Relief collection and drives such as Help in a Box, Help Flood Victims of Pakistan, the IBA Flood Relief Drive and the Disaster Management Training Session for UniversitiesFind out about some of the ongoing Flood Relief collection and drives such as Help in... more
The MotorSports Club of Pakistan and OffroadPakistan collected enough funding to take 6 trucks full of relief goods valued at more then Rs.2.4 Million: They had basic food supplies, food hampers and tents and water bottles along with ready-to-eat-biryani. The plan was to identify a location and set up a camp with shelter of the 70 tents they had and try and feed 650 mouths – Both Faisal and Awab tweeted frequent updates and had a live chat stream open on CoverITLive so the community could follow them.
Details of this relief effort have been made possible because Awab and Faisal were both sending frequent updates through Twitter. While they obviously have a grave responsibility to ensure that all supplies are equally distributed, we simply wanted to piece their photographs and tweets together and salute a group that celebrated Pakistan’s 63rd year of Independence in the only way they knew how: by delivering on a promise they made to serve their fellow citizens. Of course, they will be the only ones who can share the actual accounts of the effort and we hope they will do so upon their safe return to Karachi.
The group will be conducting a second round of relief aid after more fundraising. If you’d like to find out how you can help, please visit teeth.com.pk/blog or sarelief.comThe MotorSports Club of Pakistan and OffroadPakistan collected enough funding to take... more
Here's a quick look at the blogs that have updated information about the PK Floods that have caused more devastation than Hurricane Katrina did in the US.Here's a quick look at the blogs that have updated information about the PK... more
Zahid Jamil specializes in IT Law and kickstarts this series on the CIO WebStudio about domain management and brand protection online. Because we wanted to stream this show from YouTube, we divided the episode into 3 parts: the definitions, the issues and the remedies. Please note that these are only hypothetical situations that we've suggested to Barrister Jamil to discuss.Zahid Jamil specializes in IT Law and kickstarts this series on the CIO WebStudio... more
You wouldn't expect two women from Pakistan to take the world by storm with their jazz-influence sound but Zeb and Haniya showed us a thing or two! Here they are in conversation with Abdullah Haroon, talking about how they started their careers and where they earned their influences from... A fantastic story!You wouldn't expect two women from Pakistan to take the world by storm with their... more
Google and CIO Pakistan are hosting the country's first blog awards! Here's how you can support your favorite blogs! Visit http://blogawards.pk for more!Google and CIO Pakistan are hosting the country's first blog awards! Here's... more
The CIO has many responsibilities. In the case of Asad Ahmed, he looks after the IT operations for Siemens in Pakistan as well as the Middle East group which makes him a very busy CIO! Asad stopped by the CIO Drawing Room to record the first episode with us, talking about planning, making strategy and implementing technology solutions that make sense to users.
“The CIO must have strong communication skills,” repeats Asad, and it is these communication skills that enable IT to convert itself from being just a stoic department, into a revenue generating engine. To listen to this and more, click the play button and tune in!The CIO has many responsibilities. In the case of Asad Ahmed, he looks after the IT... more
In the Line of Wire takes a look at the potential and challenges in the local Pakistani IT industry. Here the host, Jehan Ara, talks to veteran new media marketing expert, Dr. Irfan Ahmad, who works with Yahoo! ad sales in Pakistan.In the Line of Wire takes a look at the potential and challenges in the local... more
In The Line Of Wire is a series that talks about challenges, issues and opportunities in the Pakistani IT market. Here's an interesting first part of the show where the host speaks with Dr. Irfan Ahmad of Yahoo! Ad Sales in Pakistan about online advertising and the promise it holds for the local market.In The Line Of Wire is a series that talks about challenges, issues and opportunities... more
I came across a smart youngman full of passion for the Musharraf government because of all the right things that had finally started happening for Pakistan in the past 8 years. With the exception of the former President's last year in power, this youth has a vibrant take on Pervaiz Musharraf, the success he had in finally providing Pakistan with much-needed stability and where he thinks we're heading from here. It's a bit long, but it is the voice we're not hearing enough of.I came across a smart youngman full of passion for the Musharraf government because of... more
5 stupid, completely senseless, absolutely unjustifiable idiots claiming to be suicide bombers because they cannot be anything else, rocked Karachi city earlier this evening. These people are neither humans nor do they share the same color and values of the Pakistani flag as the rest of us. They are (were) not muslims neither were they or any other religion known to a civilized society.
In protest or otherwise, this is just not okay. It's not alright. All the work and effort that the hundreds of thousands of people put in to make sure that there is food on the table, electricity in our homes and offices, and unity amongst our fellow workers, it is a stupid, completely moronic, selfish act like this that nobody needs. IN a day and age where people are struggling with a food crisis and economic turmoil, struggling to make ends meet, I mean... come on.. , this is not even what animals do to their own kind. The video is footage shot by me to show you that despite the low intensity blasts, we're okay.. Life is normal here.. We're safe. Shook up, yes.. but we're okay. We're just sick and tired of this vile behavior.
You can read the rest of the news story as it is breaking at the following link: http://geo.tv/7-7-2008/20490.htm or watch the news live at: dawnnews.tv or http://www.geo.tv/geoip/ - though if you're looking for citizen's account of what's happening, then you can log onto: http://karachi.metblogs.com/5 stupid, completely senseless, absolutely unjustifiable idiots claiming to be suicide... more
Bloggers became a prime source of information to populate news online during Pakistan's 'emergency season'. Here's an interview of two bloggers from the Karachi MetroBlogging team, with a journalist from Auckland on Emergency rule back in December. In the first of his radio features from his journey to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Damian Christie discovers a lively blogging scene, one often openly critical of President Musharraf's rule. I thought it would be interesting to hear what they have to say. Take it away, Unaiza Nasim Umar Siddiqui!Bloggers became a prime source of information to populate news online during... more
And so the vicious cycle continues. Make basic food so unreasonably expensive, and all hell breaks loose. When was the last time you actually felt hungry or saw someone who was so desperately starved for food? People like this man witness this horror in their homes and communities every day. While this does move a little away from the nature of what Current is looking for in the segment of "Food Crisis", but I can't help but continue to highlight how the right to eat, or have access to food, is so common.
I'll put up all the videos again with sub titles later on, but until then, this text may help to understand what this gentleman is talking about...
See, what happens when commodities become more expensive is, for example, Rice has become Rs.100 per kilo, Ghee (cooking oils) is more than Rs.150, one individual, earning even a salary of Rs.3,000 or even Rs.4,500 and he has an average of 8 people in his home, and he is the sole breadwinner, the Government needs to think about how this can possibly work. That is a household of 8 people, one person who is earning for those 8 people, with increasing prices, perhaps his salary or payscale should also be increasing at the same rate.
I don't think it is possible for the Rs.4,500 breadwinner to last even a week, let alone a month. Take vegetables, milk, rice, the cost of everything has gone up. He can hardly afford to buy any of the things needed to run his home.
Children are studying in schools and even the fees of those are so difficult to sustain - there are few government schools, and so children that study in the private schools also are a burden to have to manage their fees.
Question - What was life like before? How did you manage before the inflation in prices that you are talking about?
Answer: See, it used to be within our range to buy. We could afford something. Flour, that used to be 15 or 16 rupees per kilo was something we could afford. Now, all of a sudden, flour is being sold for 25 rupees per kilo. That is just difficult to manage. Now in order to afford the same amount of food, we have to work 16 instead of 12 hours and look for overtime separately.
At least that way, we can make something extra to manage our needs. Maybe we'll get an additional Rs.3,000 in overtime in a night duty somewhere. At least we'll be able to manage.
I think the Government needs to look at the fact that perhaps they cannot reduce the cost of petrol or oil, but at least these commodities such as flour, lentils, sugar... if they can't make these at nominal prices, then at least figure out a way so that we can afford to buy these. And so the vicious cycle continues. Make basic food so unreasonably expensive, and all... more